Georgia Announces Extension, Raise For Felton

Dennis Felton gets two-years and $50,000 raise

March 28, 2007

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -Georgia gave coach Dennis Felton a two-year contract extension and a small raise Wednesday.

The extension gives Felton a four-year contract worth $760,000 annually, a raise of $50,000.

The new deal was recommended by Georgia athletic director Damon Evans and approved by the athletic association's executive committee, which includes university President Michael Adams. The committee discussed Felton's contract by teleconference.

"The basketball program has made progress and we look forward to continued improvement," Adams said.

Felton, 58-62 through four years at Georgia, had two years remaining on his contract. The new deal extends his contract through the 2010-11 season.

"I'm appreciative of the confidence shown by the athletic administration and athletic board in the progress we have made and the progress we'll continue to make," Felton said. "I'm excited about the future and continuing to build the program into what we all want it to be."

Georgia finished 19-14 overall and 8-8 in the Southeastern Conference this season. The Bulldogs played in the NIT, winning one game.

It was Georgia's best season since 2003, when the Bulldogs went 19-8, but pulled out of the postseason after the disclosure of academic fraud and improper benefits to student-athletes.

The NCAA violations cost coach Jim Harrick his job and have forced Felton to rebuild the program under scholarship sanctions. Georgia finished 8-20 two seasons ago and improved to 15-15 last year.

"Our program has shown steady improvement over the last three years under Dennis and I'm pleased that we have extended his contract," Evans said. "We look forward to continuing the rebuilding process of our program under his leadership."

Felton returns a strong base for 2007-08. Georgia loses only two seniors - Steve Newman and Levi Stukes, a four-year starter and the team's top 3-point shooter.

Next season's senior class is expected to include three returning starters: center Dave Bliss, forward Takais Brown and point guard Sundiata Gaines. Other top returning players include wing players Billy Humphrey and Terrance Woodbury, and Rashaad Singleton, a top frontcourt backup.



Felton's 2007 signees includes point guard Zac Swansey and forwards Jeremy Price, Chris Barnes and Jeremy Jacob.