Georgia Basketball (Damon Evans) Settling for Whatever Coach They Can Get

Robert HollandCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 9:  Joakim Noah #13 of the Florida Gators watches on from the bench during their quarterfinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome March 9, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans will meet with Clemson's Oliver Purnell and Miami coach Frank Haith to discuss the open men's basketball head coaching position at the school.

Evans left for Detroit Thursday morning to attend meetings surrounding the NCAA Final Four tournament and apparently will meet with the two coaches while there.

So does anyone else have the same opinion as I do: "This really sucks."

Regardless of who Evans picks from this point forward, the ones who really lose out are the players and fans of Georgia basketball.

Now don't get me wrong. As a dedicated fan to Georgia, I'm not going to abandon ship and jump on some other bandwagon. I'm sticking with Georgia, supporting the players and program, no matter what.

But I have problems with a few things here:

1) Why did it take Evans so long to make an offer to a coach? I mean, it wasn't until last week that any discussions (that we know of anyway) even happened. Former Bulldogs head coach Dennis Felton was fired on January 29th; that's nearly two months before fans heard of anything regarding a replacement.

Would that have happened if the team needed to find a head football coach?

2) Why wasn't Evans pursuing all of the top basketball coaches who were available last week? I mean, the $2 million a year offer to Missouri head coach Mike Anderson was all we heard about, and he decided to stay right were he's at.

Surely Georgia could have up'd that ante and made offers for some of the big names that were available.

3) The team now has to get whatever they can, and continue falling back until they can finally find a coach willing to come to Georgia. I don't know, that just puts a "cheap" feeling in my stomach, and it's definitely not the image I want to have for the Georgia basketball team.

So here we are. Georgia basketball fans are waiting to see who Evans comes up with to be our coach. Or I should say, what coach decides to accept an offer from Evans. 

You see, the leveraging and negotiation power is no longer Georgia's. The team just has to accept whatever they can get at this point, and to me, that really sucks!


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