December 7, 2002 |
It hasn't been a very pretty year for Jim Harrick and Georgia basketball, and that has nothing to do with the 2-3 record the Bulldogs bring to the Wooden Classic today at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. For a moment Friday, Harrick succumbed to his old penchant for hyperbole as his team prepared to play Cal today in the first game of a doubleheader with USC and Missouri. "Probably harder than any I've experienced," he said, before being reminded of the aftermath of his firing at UCLA in 1996.
September 30, 2003 |
Jim Harrick is back in basketball, hired Monday by the Denver Nuggets as a scout and coaching consultant. Harrick was forced to resign as Georgia's coach in March amid accusations of improper payments to players and academic fraud. That scandal, which led Georgia to pull out of postseason play, was the latest in a series that followed Harrick on nearly every step of his 23-year career as a college coach.
March 28, 2003 |
The scandal is far from over for Georgia, but Jim Harrick ended his part in it Thursday by resigning as coach, saying afterward he will not return to the bench either in college or the NBA. "I decided it's time that I retired, and that's what I did," Harrick said. "I had that right, after 43 years in coaching. "No one made me. It was my decision alone. They had no violations on me. Even [Georgia Athletic Director Vince Dooley] said that in the press conference. I felt good about that."
March 11, 2003 |
Was it worth it? That's the question that Jim Harrick, like so many other people around college basketball, must be wondering after another messy day for the sport. Does anyone still buy the notion that the difference between the NBA and the NCAA is that the college kids play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back? College athletes have less to do with the campus than the school's custodial staff. At least the janitors set foot in the classrooms.
September 19, 1992 |
An already difficult task for Cal State Fullerton--playing at 19th-ranked Georgia today--became even tougher when Tennessee managed a last-minute victory on the Bulldogs' home turf last week. The Volunteers scored a touchdown with 50 seconds remaining to take a 34-31 lead. Georgia's comeback bid failed when Andre Hastings, after a 38-yard reception, fumbled away the ball at the Tennessee 34-yard line with 14 seconds to play.
January 27, 1990
Rodney Hampton, Georgia's third-leading career rusher, said he will skip his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
December 30, 1991 |
Freshman quarterback Eric Zeier had a surprisingly easy time in guiding Georgia to early control of the 16th Independence Bowl. Zeier completed his first seven passes Sunday, including two for first-quarter touchdowns, as No. 25 Georgia defeated Arkansas, 24-15. "The receivers did a great job of catching the ball and the line gave a lot of protection," Zeier said. "All of that makes it real easy for an offense to run smoothly. And coming out quickly on all cylinders made it easy."
September 28, 1991 |
There are the obvious differences between Cal State Fullerton and Georgia. A capacity crowd in the Titans' new on-campus stadium wouldn't fill the end zone in Georgia's 85,434-seat Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs award 95 full scholarships a year; Fullerton allots the equivalent of 47. Georgia has appeared in 29 bowl games, most of them major; the Titans played in the California Bowl in 1983 and something called the Mercy Bowl in 1971. Then, there are the not-so-obvious differences.