Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Joey King, who led Cartersville to two state titles, takes over Carrollton football. Tennessee cleans house following football recruiting violations. Pruitt fired; Fulmer retiring. All eyes on Mahomes ahead of NFL’s championship Sunday. Jags talking with former Falcons interim coach Morris.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Joey King, who led Cartersville to two state titles, takes over Carrollton football. Tennessee cleans house following football recruiting violations. Pruitt fired; Fulmer retiring. All eyes on Mahomes ahead of NFL’s championship Sunday. Jags talking with former Falcons interim coach Morris.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Former Cartersville Head Football Coach Joey King returns to Carrollton: Posted on the city schools’ website:

A former Trojan quarterback coach and offensive coordinator who went on to claim back-to-back state titles as a head coach in Cartersville and then gained experience as a coach at the collegiate level is returning to Carrollton older, wiser, and ready to take the Trojans to new heights.

Joey King spent six seasons with the Trojans under head coach Rayvan Teague and helped coach the Trojans in two state title appearances.  The Carrollton Board of Education, in a called meeting Monday night, unanimously approved his hire as the new head coach.

“We welcome Coach King back to the Trojan Nation with open arms,” said Dr. Mark Albertus, Carrollton City Schools superintendent. “He is a great fit for our program. He’s not only a talented football coach who connects and cares about his players, he understands and employs the tenets of leadership which will be a great asset for our community.”

CHS Principal David Brooks, who served as CHS athletic director during King’s tenure, said King did an “outstanding job and we are excited to have him back.  “Coach King understands the Trojan culture,” he added. “That goes a long way in garnering the support of our athletes, parents and fans within our football tradition.”

Paul Fitz-Simons, CHS athletic director, noted King’s experience at the collegiate level also will be advantageous for Trojan athletes.

“Coach King is extremely well connected in the coaching profession which will serve our athletes well in the future,” Fitz-Simons said. “He values the Trojan tradition and will build on the Trojan legacy.  He has always held the Carrollton community in high regard and I am thrilled that he and his wonderful family are back.”

King most recently served as the tight ends coach for the University of South Florida in Tampa and prior to that, coached wide receivers at Coastal Carolina University near Myrtle Beach, S.C. He served as head coach for Cartersville from 2014-2018, where he led the Purple Hurricanes to a 67-4 overall record, two state championships, four state title games, and earned the status for reaching 50 wins faster than any head coach in Georgia High School football history.

A native of Cedartown, King earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee where he played quarterback for three NCAA playoff teams and three South Atlantic Conference championship teams. He later earned master’s and education specialist degrees from Jacksonville State. He and his wife Ashley have two sons, Jay and Ty, and a daughter, Jesse.

“I am excited, but also humbled, about coming back to Carrollton,” said King. “During my six years here I quickly learned it is a special place. This is where Ashley and I want our children to grow up. As the saying goes, ‘There is nothing like being a Carrollton Trojan’ and we couldn’t be happier.”

This fall, King vs. Reid: Rome will host Carrollton in the fifth game of the season. They will be the top two teams in preseason in Region 5-5A and both likely will be in the state preseason Top 10, says John McClellan. The season currently is scheduled to start Aug. 20. It will be a showdown between King and Rome High’s John Reid.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

From ESPN: Tennessee has fired head football coach Jeremy Pruitt after a weeks-long investigation into potential recruiting violations in the program, sources told ESPN on Monday. Additionally, athletic director Phillip Fulmer, a Hall of Fame coach, plans to retire after leading the athletic department for more than three years, sources said. ESPN

  • That’s four changes among the SEC’s 14 schools: South Carolina (Will Muschamp), Vanderbilt (Derek Mason), Auburn (Gus Mahlzan) and Pruitt.

NFL

Championship round:

  • NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs, 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Fox.
  • AFC Championship: Buffalo Bills vs.Kansas City Chiefs, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

Mahomes watch: The Kansas City Chiefs are watching the progress of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and whether he can play this Sunday vs. Buffalo in the AFL title game.

Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 7.

On CBS. From Tampa. 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that Jaguars’ head coach Urban Meyer is talking to former Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris about becoming the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator and added that the “two sides have been in contact and continue to be, as Morris sifts through his opportunities.” The Falcons confirmed that Jaguars requested and were granted permission to speak with Morris.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

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