Bummer, sort of. It became obvious that it is time for his era to end, but I wanted Coach Felton to have the opportunity to finish out the season. I had high hopes, with the talent of Leslie, Ware, and Thompkins, and some energy in the program after last year's miracle SEC Tourney. It's tough to replace a guy like Yata or to replace the fire of a Dave Bliss, but I thought this would really be a building year to spark a multi-year run. It just didn't work out that way.
But, Georgia basketball fans owe Felton a big thank-you. He took over a program that nobody would touch with a ten foot pole. Nobody can doubt that he ran a tight ship. He took a few chances on guys with talent but without discipline, caught a few bad breaks, but still managed to give the fans one of the best moments in 20 years. If I could condense that first Tubby season into one weekend, it would trump last year's tourney run, but otherwise?
He had his ups and downs with the fans. Early on, I think he expected a little too much of them and they expected a little too much of him. But, he's a guy that certainly worked hard enough to deserve this moment:
So, here's to you, Coach Felton. Wherever you go, may your ship be tight, your suit be pressed, and your emotions be animated.