Who should be the next basketball coach at uga ? Is Hugh Durham still alive?

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  • BobcatGradBobcatGrad Posts: 839 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Living here in Richmond I was not surprised Shaka moved on, but thought he made a mistake going to Texas not so much because it is a football school but the AD Steve Patterson had a history of blowing up bridges from job to job and sure enough he was gone Shaka’s first year. Shaka was making 1.2 Million at VCU and they built a state of the art practice facility. He could have waited for a better job. Shaka played Dlll hoops at Kenyon College and his wife has degrees from Harvard and Northwestern.

    VCU had a highly rated recruiting class that fell apart when he left and the same happened this year when former Clemson Ballboy / Equipment Manager Will Wade took the LSU job.

  • jarred_buckjarred_buck Posts: 644 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Looks like Memphis is gonna cut ties with Tubby because going 19-13 is not good enough. They are going after Penny Hardeway. I sure wish we had such high expectations.

  • donmdonm Posts: 5,627 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @jarred_buck said:
    Looks like Memphis is gonna cut ties with Tubby because going 19-13 is not good enough. They are going after Penny Hardeway. I sure wish we had such high expectations.

    Penny was a player. Any coaching experience?

  • TeddyTeddy Posts: 1,959 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @donm said:

    @jarred_buck said:
    Looks like Memphis is gonna cut ties with Tubby because going 19-13 is not good enough. They are going after Penny Hardeway. I sure wish we had such high expectations.

    Penny was a player. Any coaching experience?

    He's been coaching a Memphis high school team for a little while now.

  • mqg96mqg96 Posts: 456 ✭✭✭ Junior
    edited March 7

    "Georgia’s Yante Maten selected as AP SEC player of the year.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/georgias-yante-maten-selected-as-ap-sec-player-of-the-year/2018/03/06/709f4526-2160-11e8-946c-9420060cb7bd_story.html?utm_term=.c595ff8ad535

    also was a unanimous pick for the all sec 1st team.. led the sec in scoring. this is how good Maten was: This marks the first time an AP SEC player of the year has come from a team that ended the regular season below .500 in conference play since 1971, when Mississippi’s Johnny Neumann won the award while the Rebels went 6-12 in league competition. Congrats to Maten. Very proud of how he has progressed from a kid that was recruited late and most team's ignore to what he is now."

    Did I really just hear this for the first time!?

  • 3rdshift3rdshift Posts: 217 ✭✭✭ Junior

    @mqg96 said:
    "Georgia’s Yante Maten selected as AP SEC player of the year.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/georgias-yante-maten-selected-as-ap-sec-player-of-the-year/2018/03/06/709f4526-2160-11e8-946c-9420060cb7bd_story.html?utm_term=.c595ff8ad535

    also was a unanimous pick for the all sec 1st team.. led the sec in scoring. this is how good Maten was: This marks the first time an AP SEC player of the year has come from a team that ended the regular season below .500 in conference play since 1971, when Mississippi’s Johnny Neumann won the award while the Rebels went 6-12 in league competition. Congrats to Maten. Very proud of how he has progressed from a kid that was recruited late and most team's ignore to what he is now."

    Did I really just hear this for the first time!?

    Big accomplishment for Maten and Fox...perfect eval by fox for his system and Maten flourished. .... when you slow the game down and the focus is defense and ball control...you have to win most 50/50 balls and get boards...Fox for most of his tenure has accomplished this....its just when your always in a half court set and shots are at a premium....He lacks consistent scoring from his guards to create space...i can remember sections of past games where Manns ability to get fouled looked like it was our offensive set. Even when frazier was going Ai @ times...it still had to be defended so that helped...and at times when fox had bigs that could stretch the d...that improved his consistency as well....I don't know if its more bad eval or development.... but jekyll and hyde guard play is not good for any team but its exacerbated in a fox system.

  • BojanglesInsiderBojanglesInsider Posts: 1,401 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @Kasey said:
    Jim Chaney

    Dick Cheney

  • DawginSCDawginSC Posts: 323 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Sounds like Tubby Smith might be available. To be honest... other than a brief stint under Jim Harrick where we were cheating... Tubby was the coach the last time we were relevant. Maybe just try go bring him back to end his career and reach relevance again.

  • cfc136cfc136 Posts: 44 ✭ Freshman

    Tubby is 66 now and I thought did a great job at Memphis .

  • gregoryrowleygregoryrowley Posts: 13 ✭ Freshman

    I think Jim Chaney.... :D ;) :p

  • amfireamfire Posts: 12 ✭ Freshman

    Ron Hunter the Georgia State coach. He's done well, knows Georgia recruiting and I believe just won the Sunbelt conference again to qualify for the NCAA Tourney, and yes he has WON a game in the NCAA Tourney

  • donmdonm Posts: 5,627 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @amfire said:
    Ron Hunter the Georgia State coach. He's done well, knows Georgia recruiting and I believe just won the Sunbelt conference again to qualify for the NCAA Tourney, and yes he has WON a game in the NCAA Tourney

    Don’t think he’s the answer.

  • mleemlee Posts: 657 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Love UGA but our basketball team isn’t like football where we are going to get a established coach so you are looking at a young and up and coming coach who if starts winning will leave for a better program..

  • bmauldinbmauldin Posts: 3,229 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Hope they can sway Bobby Hurley.
    Great basketball iq... played at a high level and Dad was a legend. Success everywhere he’s been.

  • PTDawgPTDawg Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no... Is that not clear enough? Don't want him anywhere near Athens.

  • BigcalidawgBigcalidawg Posts: 802 ✭✭✭ Junior

    @ugaboss said:
    We are talking about resurrecting the dead basketball program not a coach.

    Lol. If he can “roll away the stone” he da resurrect the program

  • WildDawgWildDawg Posts: 256 ✭✭✭ Junior

    @PTDawg said:

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no... Is that not clear enough? Don't want him anywhere near Athens.

    I'd agree if it had been shown that players were being paid and recruiting violations...he was let go for other stuff and he's still vehemently fighting that. No it's not ideal, but man if you want a coach with instant cache for the game it doesn't get any better. Just have clauses in his contact that stipulate if there's any violations or misconduct he can be immediately fired for cause without compensation or buyout. Nobody else on the list that has any legitimate success will even move the excitement meter. Just watch him close. I know lots of players still love him and think he's being vilified in his current situation.

  • coastaldawgcoastaldawg Posts: 918 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I don't think Pitino had the same big-name status with recruits he once had, even before his latest scandal, feel like he's done. Tom Cream has one big problem, his brother-in-law is Jim Harbaugh. Earl Grant looks good as a up and coming mid-major coach. Jonas Hayes could be a fall-back option, might be able to attract some talent.

  • CoachRob16CoachRob16 Posts: 378 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Stay away from Pitino and Hardaway. Crean or Matta should be the first two calls made. After that if Memphis fires Tubby Smith then bring him back. You could do worse in my mind.

  • WildDawgWildDawg Posts: 256 ✭✭✭ Junior

    @CoachRob16 said:
    Stay away from Pitino and Hardaway. Crean or Matta should be the first two calls made. After that if Memphis fires Tubby Smith then bring him back. You could do worse in my mind.

    I don’t think Crean would do any better than Fox did tbh. Matta would be a great hire if his health is good and he would actually be interested. Pitino would definitely be a controversial selection, but if you distill everything down to coaching and recruiting ability, he’s the best candidate who would bring the most to the table in terms of the game. We’ve all seen what a “safe pick” with a clean record gets us...7-11 and 11th in the SEC. UGA athletics are better than that. We should expect better results than what the “safe bets” have given us. Just keep Pitino on a short leash, like I said, and see what happens. Or is anyone else tired of only 2 early exits and in the NCAAs and no b-ball pulse whatsoever?

  • PTDawgPTDawg Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    @WildDawg said:

    @CoachRob16 said:
    Stay away from Pitino and Hardaway. Crean or Matta should be the first two calls made. After that if Memphis fires Tubby Smith then bring him back. You could do worse in my mind.

    I don’t think Crean would do any better than Fox did tbh. Matta would be a great hire if his health is good and he would actually be interested. Pitino would definitely be a controversial selection, but if you distill everything down to coaching and recruiting ability, he’s the best candidate who would bring the most to the table in terms of the game. We’ve all seen what a “safe pick” with a clean record gets us...7-11 and 11th in the SEC. UGA athletics are better than that. We should expect better results than what the “safe bets” have given us. Just keep Pitino on a short leash, like I said, and see what happens. Or is anyone else tired of only 2 early exits and in the NCAAs and no b-ball pulse whatsoever?

    Provided his health is good I would go all out for Matta.

  • donmdonm Posts: 5,627 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @WildDawg said:

    @CoachRob16 said:

    We’ve all seen what a “safe pick” with a clean record gets us...7-11 and 11th in the SEC.

    I think Pitino could get us NCAA probation. He may end up with one of those things with the NCAA where he can't be hired for a certain # of seasons. Those have been handed out for far less. Don't forget, there is still that FBI investigation going on. Crean did recruit some good players to IU and Matta brought excellent talent to TOSU.

  • bmauldinbmauldin Posts: 3,229 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @PTDawg said:

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no... Is that not clear enough? Don't want him anywhere near Athens.

    I think with opposing teams questioning our stellar class in football (which doesn’t have any validity) that adding Pitino would only add fuel to the fire.

  • LawDawgLawDawg Posts: 82 ✭✭✭ Junior

    There is ZERO chance that President Morehead would ever allow Pitino. Morehead is as deliberate as it comes, analyzing everything, assessing the risks and benefits. Pitino is the antithesis of Morehead. It won't happen!

    Time to move on to other coaches.

  • ajf611ajf611 Posts: 91 ✭✭✭ Junior

    @LawDawg said:
    There is ZERO chance that President Morehead would ever allow Pitino. Morehead is as deliberate as it comes, analyzing everything, assessing the risks and benefits. Pitino is the antithesis of Morehead. It won't happen!

    Time to move on to other coaches.

    Agree with this and as an alumni, I would be embarrassed if we hired this scum bag. He has no business being around college kids and hiring him would put us in the same category as Auburn and Lville. I want the BBall program to be great and think it has a lot of potential with the right coach. However, I would not want to get there with Pitino. I also have faith that our admin would not make such a bad hire.

  • PTDawgPTDawg Posts: 609 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    @ajf611 said:

    @LawDawg said:
    There is ZERO chance that President Morehead would ever allow Pitino. Morehead is as deliberate as it comes, analyzing everything, assessing the risks and benefits. Pitino is the antithesis of Morehead. It won't happen!

    Time to move on to other coaches.

    Agree with this and as an alumni, I would be embarrassed if we hired this scum bag. He has no business being around college kids and hiring him would put us in the same category as Auburn and Lville. I want the BBall program to be great and think it has a lot of potential with the right coach. However, I would not want to get there with Pitino. I also have faith that our admin would not make such a bad hire.

    What I like about Matta is not only his winning track record but a significant part of it was winning at a high level at a school where football is clearly the first priority. That's exactly what we need. No matter who we bring in and how much they win UGA isn't turning into Duke, Kentucky, etc where basketball is the primary focus.

  • greshamdiscogreshamdisco Posts: 727 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    I want to win and win badly. But I don’t want us hiring Pitino either. It would cost us in the long run - we learned our lesson with Herrick. Plus, there’s the whole FBI issue, and the history with how he recruits. We all know the arguments. I agree President Morehead has too much integrity and intelligence to roll the dice, and so does GM. Look for us to chase after a high profile coach, one stretch surprise hire, and have a few safes.

  • ReeldawgReeldawg Posts: 987 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    As much as I like Fox as a person, the idea of a new basketball coach is exciting.

    The excitement of the search will be short of football recruiting but the feeling of energized anticipation is present.

    I really hope we land a 5 star basketball coach.

  • WildDawgWildDawg Posts: 256 ✭✭✭ Junior

    I think Thad Matta would be my first pick also. But that's going to take a greater commitment than UGA has shown to bball in the past. And what about his ability to recruit Georgia? We'll see what happens. I wish Pitino wasn't a scumbag and we could get him just for his ability to coach and recruit but who knows whether he's learned from past mistakes. After more thought I agree with others that it might be too big a risk. I'm hoping for Matta, but hoping regardless who it is that UGA bball becomes a force to be reckoned with rather than simply a distraction between football and baseball.

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