His white shirt is hanging loosely over a pair of khakis. His jet black hair is slicked back. Georgia coach Andy Landers keeps flashing that disarming smile of his.
“Do I look frustrated?” Landers said, breaking into a hearty laugh.
No one would blame him if he was. No coach has won so many games – 773 at Georgia, 855 in all – without claiming at least one national championship.
Landers is back to try again, having guided the Lady Bulldogs into the round of 16 for the 19th time in the last three decades, just four wins away from finally hoisting the prize that’s eluded him. Georgia reached the title game twice, in 1985 and 1986, but lost both times.
Georgia will face Texas A&M in the semifinals of the Dallas Regional on Sunday.
“We would definitely like to be that team,” said Jasmine James. “ It’s definitely a goal to win a national championship for Coach because he’s never gotten one.”
No. 1-seeded Stanford returns to Spokane Arena to face No. 5 North Carolina Saturday, needing two more wins to reach its fourth straight Final Four. The Cardinal played in Spokane once this season, beating Gonzaga, 84-78, on Nov. 21. A Stanford-Gonzaga regional final on Monday would thrill the basketball-crazed Eastern Washington city. Utah removed the interim tag from women’s coach Anthony Levrets’ title, and athletic director Chris Hill said Levrets will officially replace Elaine Elliott, who has retired after taking a leave of absence.