Georgia-Tennessee: News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's game against Tennessee.

HALL OF FAME DOG: Former Georgia basketball player Dominique Wilkins was honored between the first and second quarters of the game. Wilkins, who spent most of his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame last month.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," he said. "I'm still kind of floating right now. It's kind of hard to put in words what it means because you're among the elite of the elite. It's just a surreal feeling. When you're there and you see all that history and you're part of that history, it's mind-blowing."

Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton escorted Wilkins around Sanford Stadium before the game and is eager to take advantage of Wilkins' fame to help build his program.

Wilkins' election to the Hall of Fame "elevates the profile of the program tremendously," Felton said.

"I consider him to be a Georgia treasure," Felton said. "He's one of the greatest ball players ever, and he's just been so supportive of me and of us. It's just nice to have him around, and that connection is only strengthening."

Felton hosted more than 30 recruits on Saturday, but NCAA regulations forbid Wilson from having any contact with the recruits.

"That's a shame because he only serves as an inspiration for kids that age, and he has plenty to share," Felton said. "Everybody knows the Human Highlight Film."

Although he can't recruit for the team, Wilkins will help in any legal way he can, he said. He is now a vice president for the Hawks.

"I'm just 35 minutes up the road. I have no excuses now," he said. "Any time I can come down and give any encouragement to this university, I will. It's fun for me."

THIS AND THAT: Third-string tight end Coleman Watson was suspended for Saturday's game. …Former Bulldogs D.J. Shockley, Gerald Anderson and David Jacobs were on the sideline for Saturday's game. … Senior Ray Gant started at defensive tackle for the first time since the Sugar Bowl loss to West Virginia.

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