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Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Fallout

I've mentioned before that I think Dennis Felton has gone a bit overboard in trying to play up the silver linings for Georgia this year. That wasn't an issue after Saturday's debacle that turned out to be Georgia's worst regular-season home loss in 14 years, and had it not been for three 3s down the stretch, would have been worse than that.

Here's what the team had to say...

DENNIS FELTON

On the team's biggest problem...

"We just did not compete with the kind of toughness that's required. We were very, very soft. It was a soft effort, and that's the storyline of this game."

On why they lacked mental toughness...
"I don't know, but we're going to work to get to the bottom of it. All I know is that's been one of our issues all along. We haven't gotten as tough as we want to be or need to be. Our leaders need to lead the way, our captains, our oldest guys, in terms of bringing that toughness to our team every day and developing that as a habit. But we've got to just go to work and overcome that."

TERRANCE WOODBURY

On the team's problems...
"It was definitely a lack of effort and just heart tonight. From the tip, we didn't come out with the energy we needed to come out with, and Kentucky being as good a team as they are, they took that and ran with it. We dug ourselves a hole and never got a chance or gave a chance to ourselves to get back in the game. It was a real soft effort from us. We're going to have to just learn from it."

On his confidence...
"I'm confident as ever still in my team and myself, but I feel like everybody else is not as confident as we need to be in each other. That's something where we've got to make changes on our team and get it together. We've still got a long season left. It's only three SEC games we've played, but it's not going to get any easier and we've got to tough it out."

TREY THOMPKINS

On the team's attitude...

"Today was just a lack of execution and a lack of heart in the first half. Everybody has to take it personally. We've got some guys not buying into the system."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

"I don't know, but we're going to work to get to the bottom of it. All I know is that's been one of our issues all along."

No sh*t, Sherlock.

It's your fault. You are the coach, and for 6 years this has been a problem over and over and over and over and over again.

There is no heart, because you never give the kids a chance to win. You have failed them and the University of Georgia and it is time for you to be relieved of your duties.

rbubp said...

A coach saying "I don't know" is never a good thing.

You are paid to recognize, respond, correct!

I am beginning to think Felton needs to go mid-season. This team is one of the worst D-1 teams in the country, and it's completely unacceptable.

ky_dawg said...

You have 15 of ESPN's top 150 in your state and you don't recruit any of them. I'm afraid that winning the SEC championship simply prolonged the inevitable. Felton has got to go. He should have been gone three years ago. I'm sure he's and nice guy, yada, yada, yada, but the plain simple truth is, he's not getting it done at UGA. How much longer will Damon Evans allow this to go on?

Anonymous said...

Dennis Felton is the Willie Martinez of college basketball.

The Watch Dawg said...

The team lacks heart because Felton doesn't inspire them. They don't buy into the system because Felton's system doesn't work. Felton doesn't even have the confidence of the team anymore, much less anyone else.

It's high time for Felton to go. NOW. Not at the end of the season. Give a new coach a chance to show some signs of life so we don't start bleeding recruits and losing players to transfers.

rbubp said...

Dennis Felton is far worse than Willie Martinez. PLEASE. Martinez has coached successful defenses and recruited excellent players. There is no comparing anyone associated with football with the abject failure that is basketball.

The whole spectacle today was a total failure: the score; the pathetic effort; the lack of home-team fans in our own building; the other team's star being from Norcross.

Anonymous said...

I feel this was the nail in the coffin today. I was hoping his run was going to end last year but the impossible happened to prevent that. If Georgia wants to consider itself an elite athletic program a move HAS to be made and I have confidence that Evans will make it.