- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

Dennis Felton led Georgia on a surprising run through the SEC tournament last season, winning four games in four days to capture the title.

He won’t get that chance this year.

Felton was fired as coach of the Bulldogs on Thursday, one day after the team dropped to 9-11 and 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference with a 26-point loss to Florida.

“I thought we needed new leadership at this time, and that’s why I made the change in the middle of the season,” athletic director Damon Evans said.

Evans called Felton in Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday night after an embarrassing 83-57 loss to the Gators, and delivered the news during a meeting in his office Thursday morning.

“I wanted to be patient. I think I’ve shown patience in the past. It came to a culmination for me. I’m not going to say last night was the thing that triggered it. There were a lot of things,” Evans said. “I’ve been looking at this and evaluating this for quite some time.”

Assistant coach Pete Herrmann will be the interim coach the remainder of the season.

Georgia is the second SEC school to announce a coaching change this week, after Alabama’s Mark Gottfried resigned Monday. Each team will have interim coaches when Georgia plays at Alabama on Saturday.

Felton did not attend Thursday’s news conference in Athens, Ga., and was not available for comment.

“I think under the circumstances Dennis handled it quite well,” Evans said. “He made a decision not to be here for the press conference.”

GEORGETOWN: DaJuan Summers, the leading scorer for the 25th-ranked Hoyas, has a strained muscle in his left foot, making him unlikely to play in Saturday’s game at No. 8 Marquette.

Summers was hurt in the first half of Wednesday night’s 65-57 loss at Cincinnati, the Hoyas’ fourth straight defeat.

Georgetown is officially classifying Summers as day-to-day, but coach John Thompson III said Thursday — while Summers was being examined — that “it doesn’t look good for him being able to go on Saturday.”

WASHINGTON: The University of Washington is self-reporting to the Pac-10 Conference a second minor violation this month by new coach Steve Sarkisian.

Huskies athletic director Scott Woodward said a violation occurred when Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt met with two high school seniors and their coach last week in Los Angeles. A reporter from the Los Angeles Times and a junior teammate of the two players were also present.

The Times reported Wednesday the meeting with Jordan High School senior James Boyd, a quarterback and defensive end who has committed to Southern California, along with Jordan High coach Elijah Asante, senior Delvon Purvis and junior Deshawn Beck took place at a hair salon and then a coffee shop.

Washington acknowledged the NCAA does not permit coaches to have off-campus contact with recruits until July 1 before their senior year. It is also forbidden to have contact with recruits in the presence of media.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles promoted Bill McGovern to defensive coordinator after nine seasons as linebackers coach.

McGovern takes the job previously held by Frank Spaziani, who was promoted to coach Jan. 13 after Jeff Jagodzinski was fired.

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