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“Hugh Durham is an amazing story in college basketball. He is a first-class coach-- a good tactician and recruiter as well as a super program builder. He coaches defense as it should be coached and is an excellent teacher of man-to-man principles. But he also is a good offensive coach who got tremendous effort from his players. Hugh is to be congratulated for the quality job he did in each of his coaching assignments.” -Bobby Knight, Former Head Basketball Coach, Texas Tech University, Indiana University and U.S. Military Academy-West Point (Army) and College Basketball Television Analyst-

Hugh even gave money out of his men’s basketball budget to Lady Bulldogs head basketball coach Andy Landers to use for general needs and to help him get his women’s program further established. And Hugh helped revolutionize SEC Basketball. When he became the Bulldogs head coach, scoring averages in

league games had been in the upper 80’s to low 90’s. But with Hugh and several of the other conference coaches strongly emphasizing defense—particularly manto-man—those scoring averages soon dropped to the upper 50’s to low 60’s. In 1982-83, Hugh led the Bulldogs to their greatest season ever. They fin-

ished 24-10 with five losses by a total of 16 points. They won the SEC Tournament championship and earned their first NCAA Tournament berth. UGA then stunned the college basketball world with an improbable and unforgettable run by winning the Eastern Regionals to reach the Final Four. Geor-

The University of Georgia Bulldogs played in the school’s first NCAA Final Four in 1983 in Albuquerque, NM after winning the Eastern Regionals. Pictured on the airport’s tarmac there are: (Left-to-Right) Sitting/Kneeling: Efron Jackson, Live Mascot UGA IV, Gerald Crosby and Monroe Jones (waving with left hand); First Row, Standing : Derrick Floyd, Head Coach Hugh Durham, Glenn Ross, Vern Fleming and Donald Hartry; Next Row, Standing: Horace McMillan, Richard Corhen, Terry Fair, Lamar Heard and James Banks; and Very Back: Troy Hitchcock. May 2012

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