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I know y'all have another thread on this but here is the ESPN story on the hiring of Felton.....what do y'all think? Sounds like a good call.


Felton will follow Harrick at Georgia

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By Andy Katz
ESPN.com


Georgia will announce the hiring of Western Kentucky's Dennis Felton to replace Jim Harrick Sr., at a 7 p.m. ET news conference in Athens, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com Wednesday night.

Felton agreed to an offer Wednesday and will be in attendance at the news conference. Terms of the contract weren't known but it was believed to be from 5 to 7 years. Georgia could face NCAA sanctions for violations alleged by former player Tony Cole. The violations, ranging from academic fraud to extra benefits, led to the school suspending Harrick and being held out of the SEC and NCAA Tournament.

Harrick then retired two weeks ago, albeit with a push from the Georgia administration.

Felton met with Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley and president Michael Adams twice in New Orleans at the Final Four and was in negotiations all day Wednesday. Felton fits the criteria to replace Harrick. The school was looking for someone who didn't have any NCAA violations. They also wanted someone who recruits players of high character and wins.

Felton has been a model coach since being hired five years ago from his assistant's job at Clemson. Felton led Western Kentucky to three straight NCAA berths after winning the Sun Belt conference regular-season and tournament titles in each of the three seasons. Felton did his best coaching job this past season. He lost projected leading scorer Todor Pandov for the season to an ACL injury in the opening loss at Arizona. He then had to deal with the on-again, off-again plans of oft-injured center Chris Marcus.

The 39-year old Felton is one of the most respected coaches at the mid-major level, and should be able to keep Georgia in the top three in a competitive SEC East.

Felton's top assistant, Pete Herrmann, will try to get the Hilltoppers' job but he'll have competition from a number of mid-major head coaches and high-major assistants.
Young, smart, aggressive, excellent recruiter, plus he's a winner....and clean as a whistle. Excellent hire.

03-cool
I love that he's a great recruiter. We're gonna need it.
10MAN Wrote:Felton led Western Kentucky to three straight NCAA berths after winning the Sun Belt conference regular-season and tournament titles in each of the three seasons.
This doesn't hurt either. He may struggle a bit for the first couple years as most coaches do at a new program, but this guy should wind up winning a lot of games for the Dawgs.
10MAN Wrote:this guy should wind up winning a lot of games for the Dawgs.
I hope.
Very good hire by Georgia IMO.

Felton was on UA's short list last year. He's got a good basketball mind and built Western Kentucky into quite a program. I believe 2 years ago they beat Kentucky by double digits @ Rupp Arena. This guy is for real.

What was interesting was WKU's contract was set to where the program Felton would go to (in this case UGA), would have to play a 4-yr. home and home with the Hilltoppers. That was good strategy on WKU's part, as I'm sure their arena will overflow with a SEC team coming to town.

Anyways, sounds like a class guy (the opposite of John Brady), and he should do well at Georgia. The cupboard's not bare, that's for sure.

WPS
What's really eerie about this is that I suggested this very move on this board not long ago. :eek: :eek: :eek:

It appears Dooley and I were on the same track. 04-cheers Hmm, wonder what else Dooley's got in mind for us? (using vulcan mind-meld to see what Dooley is thinking) :ninja:
DawgNBama Wrote:What's really eerie about this is that I suggested this very move on this board not long ago. :eek: :eek: :eek:
I remember.
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