Purnell, Haith may not be only candidates for UGA

Word is the Bulldogs are going to talk to Clemson’s Oliver Purnell and Miami’s Frank Haith in Detroit. That’s just who we know about right now. Surely there will be others on Damon Evans’ to-do list in Motown. They could be still waiting on Baylor’s Scott Drew, whose team plays Penn State in the NIT finals tonight. Other names that have been discussed here — Xavier’s Sean Miller and Butler’s Brad Stevens, to name two — remain possibilities.

So would you want to see Georgia get Purnell or Haith? Some of those other guys? What about an assistant coach from one of the powerhouse programs? Let us know what you think?

233 comments Add your comment

Clemsonjoe

April 2nd, 2009
1:25 pm

Stay the eff away from our coach you mutts.

Joe Schmoe

April 2nd, 2009
1:28 pm

There is no way that an ACC basketball coach would leave for the soft SEC. This story is bogus. Why would they want to go from a powerhouse confrence to a pillow fight conference!

nola dawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:28 pm

Chip – in your opinion, is the Capel thing off?

I don’t like Haith or Purnell. But I think Miller would be a GREAT hire.

david

April 2nd, 2009
1:28 pm

ga better get going.ga was the first team looking for a coach. if they do not do something so all thr top coaches will be taken .then they will have to settle with whos left.

Mark

April 2nd, 2009
1:29 pm

Sean Miller’s resume is very impressive, Should he be a top candidate?

Left to Right

April 2nd, 2009
1:30 pm

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO to Purnell and Haith.

I’d rather have a mid-major coach with potential than these two proven mediocrities.

Dawgbonz

April 2nd, 2009
1:31 pm

Sean Miller!!!!!!!! Please come to athens!!!

plainville dawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:32 pm

None of these names will fire up dawg fans. Bobby Knight is the only name that would get the fan base excited. 3-4 years of Bobby is better than another 5-8 years of “rebuilding”.

William West

April 2nd, 2009
1:33 pm

Go after Miller he is our man

Chardog

April 2nd, 2009
1:34 pm

Chip,

Do you think Damon is serious about these two guys? It seems like this would be a major letdown after 2 months of essentially no news.

Chip Towers

April 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

Yes, I think the Capel thing is off. No interest from his end.

Clemsonjoe

April 2nd, 2009
1:35 pm

Left to Right…you are a silly man. Purnell has accomplished more in the past 3 years with Clemson than UGA has accomplished in the past decade.

lawzoo

April 2nd, 2009
1:36 pm

What about Capel in Oklahoma or SoCal’s Tim Floyd? I thought ga. was going “to pick” one of them?

Joe Schmoe

April 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

Left to Right, UGA couldn’t hold the basketball shorts of those two coaches.

TommyP

April 2nd, 2009
1:37 pm

PLEASE say no to Haith and Purnell.

Haith hasn’t done much (aren’t the Miami fans ready to get rid of him?) and Purnell has NEVER won an NCAA tournament game.

Any from a list of Stevens, Miller or Drew would do well. I am really thinking Drew is a darkhorse candidate for our job.

nola dawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:38 pm

thanks Chip…

as you have been saying, i’d bet there is another coach out there that we are not talking about, that still could surface. I bet by the end of the weekend, or final game monday, we have a coach.

i am afraid Miller won’t leave… maybe 2 mil will be enough to get him to leave a pretty good gig at Xavier

Joe

April 2nd, 2009
1:39 pm

Every coach UGA is “looking at” is way out of their league. First Bob Knight, then Jeff Capel and Mike Anderson, now Oliver Purnell and Frank Haith. Outside of Knight, every one of these guys is in a coaching situation that is miles above where UGA is. Any of these coaches would be stupid to leave their schools and coach at UGA. The only reason they should consider it would be to get an extension at their current school. UGA needs to lower their standards a bit and start looking at some top tier assistants or coaches at lesser known schools.

Who’s next on UGA’s wish list?? John Wooden??

SoCal Dawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:39 pm

Don’t worry Clemsonjoe! I promise that UGA fans are not kickin down the doors for Purnell who has a 57% win record. If we get either one of the coaches we’ll be looking for another coach in 4 or 5 more years with a program still at the bottom of the barrel. Please CJoe KEEP HIM. WE DON”T WANT HIM!

William West

April 2nd, 2009
1:39 pm

ad on watching Georgia defense we need corrections, offense moving with out the ball passing catching a pass is very important we need to work on both of those that why I say go get Miller

lawzoo

April 2nd, 2009
1:39 pm

Oh, no interest from Capel’s end? I can’t imagine why not.

Chip Towers

April 2nd, 2009
1:40 pm

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I don’t think Georgia/Evans has done anything wrong. I believe they identified Capel as the top guy on their wish-list and Mike Anderson No. 2. Both coaches played deep into the NCAA tournament. Capel showed no interest. Mike Anderson was interested but decided to stay put after Missouri doubled his pay. I believe Anthony Grant was No. 3 but he was gone before they could talk to him. Now they’re further down the list. If you have a problem with the strategy it would have to be their evaluations/pecking order. But they said they were going to shoot high and that always comes with risks.

mattain

April 2nd, 2009
1:41 pm

Clemjoe, UGA has won a conference championship in the past three years. How many in the entirety of CU basketball have they won?

mexdawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:41 pm

TUBBY SMITH, TUBBY SMITH, TUBBY SMITH……He’s the man.

phil

April 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

raise the bar– Haith and Purnell stink–you let Alabama get the best available coach.

Rock Preston

April 2nd, 2009
1:43 pm

Dawgbonz, you are right!!! Sean Miller from Xavier is who UGA needs. He knows the AAU circles and can recruit his a** off!!! Haith or Purnell have nothing on this guy!

bank walker

April 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

Purnell maybe, Haith no way. To the Clemson guys: If we get the right coach, that recruits the state of Georgia well, we will be on top in basketball as well! Then you will be getting a little taste, in basketball, what you have received the past two days in baseball and the past two decades from UGA in football!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!

doyle

April 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm

if it’s colored orange, forget it!!!

Clemsonjoe

April 2nd, 2009
1:47 pm

SoCal Dawg, you UGA basketball fans HAVE to be some of the dumbest out there. Your basketball IQ is 0.0

Joey

April 2nd, 2009
1:48 pm

Why is Evans talking with coaches who have won only half of their games? Hell, just rehire Dennis Felton if that is the best we can do!!!!

murfdawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:49 pm

go get the guy from
Arizona.

Clemsonjoe

April 2nd, 2009
1:50 pm

LOL mattain, in the SEC? Wow. 1 through 9 in the ACC could have won the SEC that year.

BadgerDawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:50 pm

We NEED Sean Miller like we NEED Mike Anderson or we NEED Roy Williams. None of them will go to a 2nd rate basketball school. Evans needs to take some of that cash and build a new arena and all of the alleged UGA basketball fans need to start showing up and selling out our nothing arena. I’ve said it before, there are HIGH SCHOOL gyms in parts of this country that seat more than our stadium, and we can’t sell it out unless the other team does it for us (think Tech football for a comparison there.) That just about summed it up: UGA basketball = Tech football. Oh my, even I didn’t realize the situation was that grave.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 2nd, 2009
1:51 pm

LOL, Looks like two ACC coaches will be getting a raise.

CalDogg

April 2nd, 2009
1:51 pm

Tim Floyd is gone. See what happens when you twiddle whatever Evans is twiddling?

And a side-effect of this top-secret (but obviously not, considering the public smack down out of Missouri and this new limp noodle announcement), super-search firm (definitely not), please-tell-me-what-to-do (baby A.D. Evans’ M.O.) approach to hiring a coach.

NOBODY is in place to recruit players.

As for coaches in the tournament(s), no you can’t hire them before they’re finished playing but you sure as hell can talk to them. It’s done every day.

This amateurish show is surely going to impress the sports world. In the wrong way.

If you’d at least TALKED with Bob Knight (you should have hired him in a heartbeat but I understand that you have to discuss things to death and committee the thing into sausage), if not hired the man (what are you thinking down there, really), you’d have been way ahead of the game and a focal point of the basketball world for the entire run of the NCAA tournament, well on to recharging the base (yes, there is one out there for basketball), revamping the program, and communicating with prospects.

As it is, you give the appearance of paddling in circles while the river flows on by.

With the rate of hiring going on, apparently somebody in college basketball world knows who the best and brightest coaches are. Maybe we could give some other AD’s a call and save some bucks we wouldn’t have to pay this magnificent search firm, the gang that can’t shoot straight.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 2nd, 2009
1:53 pm

If we choose either one of these guys I guess we save a lot of money? Now its rumored that Pearl may end up in Memphis. UT better job than UGA. This just keeps getting better and better. Bad year to fire Felton.

lawzoo

April 2nd, 2009
1:53 pm

I hate to say it but Homer and Marge Climpson are right, Purnell wouldn’t go to ga. So all of you worried about it can relax.How about Jeff Jones at American?

SoCal Dawg

April 2nd, 2009
1:53 pm

CJoe break out a calculator do the numbers look at stats you’re coach ain’t special.

oldgado

April 2nd, 2009
1:54 pm

Evans is dragging his feet and now there is nothing to get excited about We go from a bad coach to not having a coach. What does this say about the commitment to the basketball program. HEY EVANS GET OFF YOU BUTT AND SHOW US SOMETHING.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 2nd, 2009
1:55 pm

Guiding Light getting cancelled to be replaced by reality soap opera called “UGA Basketball”.

gbal

April 2nd, 2009
1:57 pm

Chip – I know you are just trying to report some news, but in the interest of UGA it would be best if these rumors of who we are/might be interested in are best kept out of the press until you here it directly from DE. If reported that we are “interested” in in so and so and it does not work out then it sheads a bad light on our school, even if there is a ligit reason for the prospect not wanting to move or take our job. There is no need for this bad light to shine on us just because you want a story. It makes other ligit prospects feel and know that they are the 3rd, 4th or even 5th choice.

Wait patiently for word from Evans… let him do his job, and report on something else UGA for a while until this gets ironed out. It the right thing and best for UGA>

SoCal Dawg

April 2nd, 2009
2:00 pm

By the way CJoe it’s been awhile for UGA but when was the last time you made it to the elite 8? Not since UGA.

Clemsonjoe

April 2nd, 2009
2:00 pm

SoCal, its not only what he’s done but also what he is doing. Just picked up a McDonald’s All-American and a super strong recruiting class. Don’t see you and your failed, cheating program moving anywhere near “up”

SoCal Dawg

April 2nd, 2009
2:03 pm

rphdawg

April 2nd, 2009
2:04 pm

no disrespect to those 2 guys, but even though the are FAR better than we had i would rather spend twice the bucks and get twice the coach. i mean really – they are both just barely above .500. Get a really good one now that we have the chance and go for the Oklahoma coach- spend the bucks – it’ll be worth it.

SoCal Dawg

April 2nd, 2009
2:05 pm

CHEATING? What are you talking about CJoe?

Clemsonjoe

April 2nd, 2009
2:06 pm

Harrick ring a bell? jebus!

59bulldawg

April 2nd, 2009
2:09 pm

You gotta be kidding me! Purnell or Haith? And as for “shooting high” I’d still rank Grant ahead of Anderson or Capel. The man can flat out coach and if Damon was worried that he’d one day leave for Gainesville, he could have crafted an expensive deterrent into the contract buy-out clause. We’ve already made one mistake by not taking Grant when we had the chance. Let’s not make a second one by overlooking another up and coming mid-major coach and there are still some good ones out there. I’d be in favor of that or a return to Tubby . . . if we could get him.

ldkei45

April 2nd, 2009
2:09 pm

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April 2nd, 2009
2:11 pm

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Chardog

April 2nd, 2009
2:11 pm

If we were gonna look at an Ast. Coach, I’d be looking at Mark Montgomrey at Michigan St. Coach Izzo has said he’s ready and Rivals has him as one of the Top 10 up and coming coaches for Head Coach material. He understands championship level quality BB as he’s been with Izzo for 8 yrs.