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Mornings unPHILtered - Talking about Hatcher's firing
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Chris Hatcher
    Sports took center stage Tuesday on “Mornings unPHILtered,” as host Phil Boyum welcomed Statesboro Herald sports editor Matt Yogus and Herald prep sports writer Mike Anthony to the show.
    After listening to a portion of the press conference where the firing of head football coach Chris Hatcher was announced, Yogus talked about the stated reasons for his firing and who are some possible replacement candidates.
    Yogus said the firing was a surprise to many people. He said he was asked all season long if Hatcher would be around for another year, and he told people he believed Hatcher would be given at least another year to prove himself.
    Yogus said he did not believe the way Hatcher and the team were informed of the decision was done properly.
    Yogus said he thought that notifying players about Hatcher's firing by emails could have been done with more thought. While 2009 was not a good year for GSU football, Yogus said, he felt Hatcher deserved a little more time to turn the team around.
    A number of the names floated to become the next head coach are on the staff of former GSU coach Paul Johnson's staff at Georgia Tech.
    The next guest on the show was Statesboro Herald sports writer Mike Anthony. Anthony explained the details of the changes in the Georgia High School Athletic Association classifications for Region 2-AAAA teams. Statesboro's enrollment would allow the Blue Devils to move AAA.
    Anthony said that a move to AAA would not necessarily mean an easier season in 2010. One of the toughest games Statesboro played in 2009 was against Burke County, a AAA team.
    Statesboro could opt to stay in AAAA. Anthony said that one of the real issues was travel time. If Statesboro moved to AAA, it could result in greater distances to most of its games.
    Today is the deadline for schools to decide which classification they want to play in. Anthony said there is much discussion going on at many schools about what they should do.
    “Mornings unPHILtered” airs live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on and also simulcast on WWNS-AM 1240 on the radio. You also can listen anytime at on
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