ESPN.com is currently celebrating Coaches Week by going conference to conference, ranking the basketball coaching jobs in each of the major power conferences.
The ESPN panel tabbed UGA as the 7th best coaching job out of the newly expanded 14-team league, citing the following:
“The talent in the region has been there for years, but the competition for it has always been intense. Getting players to stay in Georgia is a tough sell with so many options. Basketball has had its moments in Athens, but it’s never going to be No. 1. The facilities aren’t top-notch in comparison to the rest of the league, either. Salaries are competitive, but never going to be in the upper echelon. UGA will have its moments of success, but expecting the Bulldogs to be an NCAA tournament team on a regular basis is unrealistic.”
Ouch – that last sentence can’t sit well with the expectations that Coach Mark Fox must have for his program.
Their point about the facilities – Stegeman – is pretty much spot-on. The facelift that the gym received a few years ago was a nice cosmetic improvement for the exterior, but the inside of the Coliseum still desperately needs to be upgraded. At the least, it should be altered so that Dominique Wilkins doesn’t find it just as he left it when he returns to Athens.
What does everyone else think? Do these rankings seem fair?