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January 8, 2009

Basketball Schedule Rumors for 2009-2010

Coach Felton apparently mentioned on his radio call-in show this week that UGA is working to get into the Inaugural Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22, 23 and 25 (2009) in Hawaii. Assuming we get in, this would be our second trip to Hawaii in three seasons. (HT - MemphisDog...the Walter Cronkite of hoops scheduling rumors.)

The Diamond Head Classic event is owned and operated by ESPN. The tournament will be an eight team and 12 game event with a "winner advances" bracket and consolation games that guarantee every team will play three games.

This will be the fifth early season basketball tournament that ESPN operates*. As you can see from the link above, ESPN does a solid job of filling these tournaments up with quality teams.

That means our 2009-2010 schedule (so far) could include:

-- Georgia Tech (confirmed)
-- Hawaii (confirmed)

-- Missouri (confirmed)
-- Virginia Tech (confirmed)

-- Illinois at the Gwinnett Arena (confirmed)
-- Big East Challenge: Site TBD (confirmed)
-- Diamond Head Classic Game 1
-- Diamond Head Classic Game 2
-- Diamond Head Classic Game 3

If we land that schedule, it sets the foundation for a solid to strong non-conference slate in the 2009-2010 season. I think we need one more solid home game, but it looks like a reasonable start otherwise....regardless of who the coach is.


*Not that you asked, but ESPN also owns and operates six bowl games.


Anonymous said...

If ESPN does such a good job of finding quality teams wonder why the heck they got us?

Anonymous said...

Now all we need to do is get the quality coaching and talent to actually compete in these games!

Anonymous said...

Why is Dennis Felton talking about next season. He has no future here!

Anonymous said...

Looks like Favors may be heading our way (hopefully regardless of Felton's future).

Anonymous said...

Until we get a quality coach in here and pay him, this program wont change.

Anonymous said...

Anybody think we go after Anthony Grant at VCU?

Anonymous said...

"If ESPN does such a good job of finding quality teams wonder why the heck they got us?"

They need some cheap bottom feeders too.

Are you trying to count the number of losses Westerdawg?

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 1:46, Grant needs to get back to the Tourney, and probably win a game or two. He's got a good resume right now, but it's not much different than the one our current coach had when he got here.

Anonymous said...

Does it really matter who we play?? With Felton we'll lose 60% of them

Unknown said...

Guys - It's a good schedule regardless of who the coach is.

Would you like the article better if I had said...."When Felton gets fired, the next coach gets a nice schedule."

I can go that route, but it exhausts me to be that negative. It's bad enough recapping these awful games. Throwing darts at him on days that they don't play just adds to my agony.

I REALLY enjoy hoops. It PAINS me to suck this bad.

Do you want to know that I've already started writing potential replacement coach resume articles? I have. Hell, I started that last year.

I'm just not going to call for him to be fired. The decision that will be made at the end of the season is likely going to be so outrageously obvious that no one needs to do something that brow beatingly negative.


Anonymous said...

I am just dumbfounded that my beloved UGA can't establish a competitive basketball program. When will the misery end?

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