Sanks was quoted as saying, "Honesty and truth weren't really in this program the years I've experienced it." The remark is no doubt a direct shot at Donnan for the incident that occurred in the spring of 2000.
Other players and members of the Georgia family were not ashamed to share their feelings about Donnan's departure. Loran Smith, long time mover and shaker in the Georgia community, said that Donnan would avoid acknowledging fans and their stories about former games. Smith was informed Donnan's possible firing a week before it happened, and this reporter can tell you that it was probably all that he could handle not jumping through the roof of his office at the Bulldog Club when he learned of the soon to be dismissal of Donnan.
It is typical for schools and players to point out the negatives involved with a former coach. But in this case it is critical for the truth, as the players see it, be heard in regards to Donnan. He was not a player's coach, and if he was, it was to only the few players that he chose to be good to.
I realize that other former players might have opposing opinions of Donnan, thinking that, in their judgment, he was outstanding. But, the feelings of all of the players are not always known. This is because the media does not always have access to the "disgruntled" athletes, only to the ones that will tow the company line. And even if a "disgruntled" athlete steps before a mic, he might not be free to speak his mind.