Update: Georgia fires basketball coach Felton

ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia fired head basketball coach Dennis Felton on Thursday.

Athletic director Damon Evans announced the firing at a press conference.

“I’m disappointed that things have not worked out better,” Evans said in a press release. “I do think it is in the best interest of our men’s basketball program that we move in a new direction and while this may be unusual timing, I’m convinced it is the right time. I want to extend my best wishes to Dennis and his family and thank him for his service to the University over these five-plus years. “We have goals and expectations at Georgia for every sport and that includes competing for championships on a regular basis both on the conference and national levels. We have significant resources, a brand new $30 million basketball practice and office facility that is without equal, there is outstanding high school talent in our state, and the high school and AAU coaches in Georgia are the best in the country. “My number one priority is to do what is best for the University of Georgia and our basketball program and I’m committed to beginning the process that will identify the right person to lead our team. I want our students and fans to know that in difficult times, their support is critical for the young men on our team and I hope they will rally around them during this period of transition.”

Georgia fell to 0-5 in SEC play with an 83-57 loss to Florida Wednesday night in Gainesville, Fla., and is now just 9-11 overall – the worst mark in the SEC.

Felton was in his sixth season with the program after replacing Jim Harrick. He is 84-91 since taking over as head coach.

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