I know I am in the minority, but I think the University of Georgia made the right decission by electing to remove its men’s basketball team from post-season play. See, a week from now, the entire nation will be neck-deep in March Madness. There will be too much bracketology going on to spend much time thinking about the problems in Athens. So, the University just saved itself about three weeks of more negative publivity on college basketball’s biggest stage. And with a team that’s probably going to have to forfeit all 19 of its wins as it is, any money gained from these games would not have stayed in Athens. Now, let’s look at would’ve happend on the court. This team would be playing without its head coach, usually not a recipie for success. Add on to that, two key players being suspended from a team that really only goes seven deep. Maybe, they would’ve gotten past an awful Arkansas team. After that they’d be leaving the Cresent City on Friday night. Then, with a sure drop in their NCAA tournament seeding (to probably at least a six, maybe a seven) there would be a high probability of a first round exit. So, the University also spared itself two embarassing losses that the whole country would be talking about. It is unfortunate for the players (on the 1% chance there is a clean one on the team) and fans who will suffer from this. But a big up to Coach Dooley for having the foresight ot make the difficult, but correct, call. Now, as far as the future goes, Jarvis Hayes will probably have already announced he is leaving for the draft by the time you read this (that’s a fact, just not a public one yet). Jim Harrick is fired, they just can’t announce it as such yet. The University is already gonna take a severe financial hit on all of this and a lawsuit from Harrick (ala Knight at Indiana) would only add to the money woes. Let’s hope that Mike Adams and his heavy-handed, parking in handicapped spaces ass is right on their tails going west on Ga 316.
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