It’s been two months since the firing of Dennis Felton, and it remains all quiet on the UGA basketball front. The silence coming out of Athens is eerie, and it suggests a secret yet professional search is being conducted by Damon Evans and Michael Adams.
A few prominent names are still being mentioned for the job, led by Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel and Missouri’s Mike Anderson. Both Capel and Anderson are now available to talk with the Georgia Bulldogs due to their elimination this weekend from the NCAA Tournament.
Anthony Grant was previously thought to be a candidate at Georgia, but he recently accepted the head coaching position at Alabama. Rumor is that Grant didn’t want to meet with Georgia due to their use of the consulting firm Parker Executive Search.
Another coaching change in the SEC could have an affect on Georgia. Kentucky fired head coach Billy Gillispie on Friday and immediately turned to Florida head coach Billy Donovan, who then turned down the Wildcats. Kentucky is one of the premier jobs in the country, but they are likely to attract a different type of coach than Georgia. The leading candidate for them right now appears to be Memphis’ John Calipari. If he and other prominent coaches turn down the Cats, look for them to hire Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford, a former Kentucky player.
If the Bulldogs strike out on what appears to be their top two targets, Capel and Anderson, other possibilities could be Brad Stevens of Butler or Scott Drew of Baylor. Stevens is available for an interview after his team’s loss to LSU in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament. On the other hand, Drew is not available yet as Baylor plays tomorrow night against San Diego State in the NIT Semifinals in New York.
As a Georgia fan, it’s frustrating waiting on this search without any concrete information. But it’s comforting knowing that the information is being kept confidential in order to protect the potential candidates. I would rather have UGA get their man rather than lose him due to an information leak.