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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Break Meant to Secure Leslie's Future

The Georgia basketball program announced last week that freshman Travis Leslie would miss the remainder of the season to concentrate on academics. Leslie was averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, but head coach Pete Herrmann said his basketball commitments were interfering with his academic responsibilities.

Herrmann discussed Leslie's situation Tuesday, saying that the decision was not an issue of eligibility, but rather a chance to ensure that Leslie would be available for future seasons. Herrmann said the decision was made by a combination of coaches, administrators and Leslie's teachers rather than solely coming from the team.

"He's the same way with the academics as he is on the floor," Herrmann said. "He needs to work harder. He needs to get over the hump academically. He's got a couple classes that he needs to be on solid ground as we go into the summer and the fall so that his future is guaranteed. It's similar to the way Travis is on the floor. He has a lot of potential, and he's going to be a good player, I think, if he continues to work harder and play harder. And he's the same way off the floor. He needs, OK, we've got to shake you a little, and now you've got to really concentrate and work on your academics, on these classes. It's to make sure that your future is good. You don't have to worry about, you've got to get these grades in the summer to be eligible. We want to prevent that."


Anonymous said...

The long arm of Felton strikes from the grave!

Ubiquitous GA Alum said...

Coach Herrmann is certainly an honorable man. He knows that he will not be a coach on the next staff and he is arguable fighting for his next job.

As such, it would be easy to allow the flashy and talented Leslie play out the year, but instead he looks out for the future of the player and the school.

Coach Herrmann = Damn Good Dawg