Tom Crean: Georgia issues statement on status of coach after Friday reports
Georgia released a statement Saturday morning following reports that the school was considering firing men’s basketball coach Tom Crean for breach of contract after he allegedly failed to report a physical altercation between two staff members.
In the statement, Georgia denied that the incident was inappropriately reported and revealed that the situation is currently under review.
“There have been various media reports regarding UGA Athletics personnel, ranging from completely inaccurate to incomplete and premature,” the school said in a statement, by Athleticism Seth Emerson. “The incident in question has been properly reported, as required by university policies, and is under review. We will comment as appropriate.
Friday night, Graham Coffey from Dawg Sports reported that Georgia was conducting a breach of contract review after Crean failed to properly notify the university of a physical altercation between assistant coach Wade Mason and director of player personnel Brian Fish. The incident at the center of the supposed review allegedly took place at halftime of Wednesday’s game between Georgia and LSU.
According to the report, the incident was reported to human resources officials at the university by someone other than Crean, meaning he would be in breach of his contract.
Crean owes a $3.6 million buyout, but that amount drops to $3.2 million in three weeks. If terminated for cause, the school will not have to pay the buyout.
Georgia has struggled this season and is currently 6–20 overall and 1–12 in SEC play. Crean has an overall record of 47-69 since taking over the program ahead of the 2018 season.
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