Mark Bradley

Sports columnist and blogger

Mark Bradley has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader for six years. He has finished in the top 10 of the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest four times for columns and twice for features; in 1985, he won the APSE award for best columns at the highest circulation level. He has finished in the top five of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association writing contest eight times and won for best feature. He has won the Best of Cox award for sports columns and been named Georgia Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. 

Latest from Mark Bradley

About our Bracket Fiasco and the NCAA’s bracket fiasco
 If you haven’t entered Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco – now in its 32nd year! – we invite you to do so. You have until Thursday at noon. (The  First Four winners are freebies.) If you have already entered, we thank you for your patronage, and here we note the peculiar nature of this bracket itself. Of the top 16 teams &ndash...

Posted: a day ago

If you haven’t entered Bradley’s Bracket Fiasco – now in its 32nd year! – we invite you to do so. You have until Thursday at noon. (The First Four winners are freebies.) If you have already entered, we thank you for your patronage, and here we note the peculiar nature of this bracket itself. Of the top 16 teams &ndash...
Ron Hunter: Georgia State’s big-league mid-major coach 
 Steve Spurrier, my role model in all things, used to say that if you want to know if someone can coach, look at the record. (This might fall under the heading of “no duh,” but when the Evil Genius says it, it carries the ring of truth.) So here’s Ron Hunter’s record at Georgia State.  Over eight seasons, his Panthers...

Posted: 2 days ago

Steve Spurrier, my role model in all things, used to say that if you want to know if someone can coach, look at the record. (This might fall under the heading of “no duh,” but when the Evil Genius says it, it carries the ring of truth.) So here’s Ron Hunter’s record at Georgia State.  Over eight seasons, his Panthers...
Bracket Fiasco: Georgia State wins once, Duke wins it all
 Hating the ACC in the spring is the equivalent of hating the SEC in autumn. For all those who insist the biggest league isn’t all that great, the reality is that most Januarys see an SEC team playing for the football national championship and most Aprils wind up with at least one ACC team in the Final Four. We begin the 32nd edition...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hating the ACC in the spring is the equivalent of hating the SEC in autumn. For all those who insist the biggest league isn’t all that great, the reality is that most Januarys see an SEC team playing for the football national championship and most Aprils wind up with at least one ACC team in the Final Four. We begin the 32nd edition...
Don’t look now, but Duke and Carolina could meet again
 Contrary to what the Tobacco Road folks would have us believe, not every good team in the land plays in the ACC. In the weeks ahead, those based elsewhere would love nothing more than to fell a representative from the league where, at least in this sport, It Just Means More. And no, the NCAA tournament isn’t the ACC’s personal...

Posted: 4 days ago

Contrary to what the Tobacco Road folks would have us believe, not every good team in the land plays in the ACC. In the weeks ahead, those based elsewhere would love nothing more than to fell a representative from the league where, at least in this sport, It Just Means More. And no, the NCAA tournament isn’t the ACC’s personal...
Zion returns. The rest of college basketball trembles
 Ten minutes in, Zion Williamson had dunked twice and made all his field-goal tries. This prompted the Duke pep band to chant, “Zion’s winning!” Which, if you went by the scoreboard, he was. Ten minutes in, it was Zion 13, Syracuse 11.  Even by the hyperventilated standards of the ACC tournament, Thursday was almost...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ten minutes in, Zion Williamson had dunked twice and made all his field-goal tries. This prompted the Duke pep band to chant, “Zion’s winning!” Which, if you went by the scoreboard, he was. Ten minutes in, it was Zion 13, Syracuse 11.  Even by the hyperventilated standards of the ACC tournament, Thursday was almost...
More bad news for Tech hoops: The NCAA’s at the door
 Hours after Georgia Tech was beaten by Notre Dame in the ACC tournament Tuesday, Josh Pastner texted this sentiment to this reporter: “We will get there, Mark. We are close. I really believe that.”  On Thursday night, the Institute’s director of media relations admitted to the AJC’s Ken Sugiura that ...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hours after Georgia Tech was beaten by Notre Dame in the ACC tournament Tuesday, Josh Pastner texted this sentiment to this reporter: “We will get there, Mark. We are close. I really believe that.”  On Thursday night, the Institute’s director of media relations admitted to the AJC’s Ken Sugiura that ...
A year after its epic March fail, Virginia tries again
 There’s no way Virginia can forget UMBC, but did the Cavaliers’ first postseason game after suffering the biggest upset in college basketball annals have to come at the arena where, 363 days ago, they fell on the wrong side of history? Was there any way for UVA not to be rattled by the wretched memories of the Spectrum Center? ...

Posted: 5 days ago

There’s no way Virginia can forget UMBC, but did the Cavaliers’ first postseason game after suffering the biggest upset in college basketball annals have to come at the arena where, 363 days ago, they fell on the wrong side of history? Was there any way for UVA not to be rattled by the wretched memories of the Spectrum Center? ...
The question for Pastner: When will Tech dance again?
 In sports, it’s the hardest thing to know: When is the breakthrough coming? Because just asking the question leads to another: What if it never arrives? And the answer to the latter is invariably, “The coach gets fired.” Nobody is seriously suggesting Georgia Tech should fire Josh Pastner, even though his record after three...

Posted: 7 days ago

In sports, it’s the hardest thing to know: When is the breakthrough coming? Because just asking the question leads to another: What if it never arrives? And the answer to the latter is invariably, “The coach gets fired.” Nobody is seriously suggesting Georgia Tech should fire Josh Pastner, even though his record after three...
It’s never a Fat Tuesday for Pastner and Tech
 Josh Pastner is still stuck on Tuesday. The big boys – Duke, Virginia, Carolina – aren’t even in town yet, and Georgia Tech is again headed home.  Back when the ACC tournament featured only nine teams, the 8-vs.-9 opening session was known as the Les Robinson Invitational, a nod to the N.C. State coach who landed there...

Posted: 7 days ago

Josh Pastner is still stuck on Tuesday. The big boys – Duke, Virginia, Carolina – aren’t even in town yet, and Georgia Tech is again headed home.  Back when the ACC tournament featured only nine teams, the 8-vs.-9 opening session was known as the Les Robinson Invitational, a nod to the N.C. State coach who landed there...
Will we see another shining moment for Georgia State? 
 The big leagues get the big ink and the prime TV slots because, duh, they’re big. For impact, though, this is the time of the season when small means all. For case studies, we turn to Music City U.S.A.  The SEC tournament will be staged there, which seems almost fitting, seeing as how Nashville-based Vanderbilt just made SEC history...

Posted: 9 days ago

The big leagues get the big ink and the prime TV slots because, duh, they’re big. For impact, though, this is the time of the season when small means all. For case studies, we turn to Music City U.S.A.  The SEC tournament will be staged there, which seems almost fitting, seeing as how Nashville-based Vanderbilt just made SEC history...
The Hawks are on their way, but it’s a long trek
 The Hawks figured to be terrible, albeit by design. They’re not quite terrible. A week before Christmas, they were 6-23; they’re 16-25 since. They won 24 games last season; with 16 remaining, this team has won 22. That they’ve exceeded (admittedly meager) expectations has led many if not most to pronounce them – all...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Hawks figured to be terrible, albeit by design. They’re not quite terrible. A week before Christmas, they were 6-23; they’re 16-25 since. They won 24 games last season; with 16 remaining, this team has won 22. That they’ve exceeded (admittedly meager) expectations has led many if not most to pronounce them – all...