A lawsuit that from the outset was viewed as the longest of longshots was abandoned Monday by Georgia players who now know they won't be given another shot this season.
A suit was filed on behalf of Georgia starters Ezra Williams and Steve Thomas in Clarke County Superior Court last Wednesday, asking for an injunction against the decision made by University of Georgia leaders pulling the team out of postseason consideration.
In effect, when Superior Court judge David Sweat ruled last Wednesday that the hearing could not be heard until Monday, the players' legal hopes ended.
In order to be considered by the NCAA tournament selection committee Sunday, the Georgia players needed legal action before Monday. The players' attorneys, Doug McKillip and William Claxton, realized there was no reason to follow through with Monday's hearing, because the NCAA tournament field already has been set.
University of Georgia president Michael Adams and athletics director Vince Dooley announced last week that the team would not participate in the Southeastern Conference or NCAA tournaments.
The attorneys hoped the NCAA tournament selection committee would consider Georgia on a conditional basis, contingent upon the outcome of Monday's hearing. The committee would not consider Georgia as a potential participant in the tournament following the announcement by Adams and Dooley.
The action by Adams and Dooley was the most dramatic of several measures of self-punishment - including the suspensions of Coach Jim Harrick and starters Chris Daniels and Rashad Wright - announced last week.
Investigations by Georgia and NCAA officials already has uncovered what Dooley and Adams say is evidence of academic fraud and unethical conduct.
No players were present in court Monday. Most players left town following classes Friday when spring break began.
The investigation of allegations of rules violations in the Georgia program threatens Harrick's future with the team, although Dooley said late last week that no direct evidence implicating the head coach has been found.
Harrick's son, assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., has been suspended and told he won't return next season.