This week’s Playpen topic is another email request, this one from miltondawg.
While you don’t often discuss basketball on GTP, how about a play pen question about whether or not it is time for Georgia to drop the futile men’s basketball program once and for all.
While that’s a little over the top — UGA isn’t going to disband a program that makes money, silly — I have to respect the level of despair.
Along those lines, check out these endorsements of Tom Crean.
When you’ve got Mark Fox’ former players dissing Crean, you know the program isn’t headed in the right direction.
Here’s the thing, though: nobody really cares. The program’s been on automatic pilot for decades. Apathy is its defining characteristic. Combine that with an incredibly lazy run of coach hirings (a McGarity specialty) and what you’ve got is Crean making nearly twice as much as Fox did to deliver arguably weaker results.
Crean, of course, does what any well paid coach in his situation does. Deflect.
Can’t say I found that persuasive.
That being said, why should we expect the next guy to be any better? As long as the program isn’t losing money, the incentives won’t change. Hell, the smartest thing Brooks could do is wait a year for Crean’s buyout to drop and then find another mediocrity to take the job at half the cost. Believe me, in certain quarters, that will come off as a win.
And some of you wonder why I only post about Georgia football.
With that, the floor is yours.