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UGA made the right call with Felton

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Georgia made a great decision in hiring Dennis Felton as its new coach. The Bulldogs had a lot of solid candidates, but I believe Felton will do a super job taking over.

His resumé at Western Kentucky was amazing. How many teams could lose their top two players and still win at that level? The Hilltoppers were without Chris Marcus and Todor Pandov, yet still won the Sun Belt tournament to earn a berth in the Big Dance.

Dennis Felton
Coach Dennis Felton led Western Kentucky to unprecedented success.
Felton also did a terrific job while serving as an assistant coach at Clemson under Rick Barnes. He is well-prepared for life in the SEC, and he brings a lot of integrity and teaching ability to the Bulldog program.

I was in a hotel lobby with former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian at the Final Four when we saw Felton. Tark said he wanted to meet Dennis because he was so impressed with Felton's team and their defensive effort.

Tark told Felton that his kids played defense as well as any team he saw all season.

Dennis was on cloud nine to hear that a former coach, one who has a national championship ring, felt that way.

Believe me, Felton will bring that defensive philosophy of tough man-to-man pressure to Athens. He will create lots of excitement.

Felton became the first coach in Western Kentucky history to take three straight teams to the NCAA Tournament. In five seasons there he compiled an impressive record of 100-54 overall (.649), including a 76-20 mark since 2001. Felton's teams were super at home -- the Hilltoppers currently own the nation's longest home winning streak of 39 games.

Congratulations to school president Michael Adams and athletic director Vince Dooley for making a super choice. Felton will do a fantastic job bringing success to Georgia basketball.

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