Chris Hill, the director of athletics at the University of Utah and a buddy of Layden's, says, "Enough is enough. Frank didn't want to go out with any negatives." Layden says he would have been a quitter only if the team were playing poorly and losing.
But Georgia basketball coach Hugh Durham views Layden's departure in a different way: "Layden is leaving just when the team chemistry got going. His players have been busting their asses since October. What if Malone came in and said he was under a lot of pressure and was taking a lot of abuse and was quitting?" Asked about that scenario, Layden says, "That would be fine."
Alas, at the end, even the winning was hollow for Layden. But true to his style, he left 'em laughing. "Basketball is not a complicated game," he says. "But I tell you, my 11 play is a stroke of genius on my part. Except when Malone's not in there, it doesn't work."