Report: Georgia meeting with Purnell, Haith

Staff WriterApril 2, 2009 

Georgia's trying to liberate the ACC from one of its mediocre basketball coaches. The Dawgs will meet with Clemson's Oliver Purnell and Miami's Frank Haith today to discuss their coaching vacancy, according to the AJC.

Georgia struck out with Mizzou's Mike Anderson and Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and is moving on to Plans C and D, although it's unclear in what order Purnell and Haith are in.

Purnell has led Clemson to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, without a win, and is 13 years older than Haith, who guided the Canes to the tourney in '08 but underachieved this season.

Georgia fired coach Dennis Felton on Jan. 29 in the middle of his sixth season in Athens. Felton led UGa to a surprise SEC title in '08 but stumbled to a 9-11 start in '08-'09 and was generally out-recruited in the greater Atlanta area, especially by Georgia Tech who beat the Dawgs on super recruit Derrick Favors.

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