The Jonas Hayes tracker came to an end on Monday afternoon when Xavier announced that the former Georgia basketball assistant coach had been added to its staff.
Given that Hayes was a valuable member of the coaching staff in terms of recruiting and developing players, it’s a tough loss for new Bulldogs coach Tom Crean.
Georgia basketball fans had some mixed reactions online about the news, ranging from disappointment at losing Hayes to feeling happy he landed at another good job, especially one that isn’t in Gainesville.
Here’s a sampling of the reaction on Twitter:
How big of a loss is Jonas Hayes leaving UGA for Xavier?
— DawgNation (@DawgNation) April 9, 2018
Damn we lost Jonas Hayes… it was always likely but still
— Mitchell Turner (@mitchellbturner) April 9, 2018
— Joe O'Malley (@jomalley1964) April 9, 2018
Since it's not Florida, it's acceptable
— Jake Utley (@Utley92) April 9, 2018
Jonas Hayes turned Yante Maten into a monster. Can’t wait to see how he does with Xavier’s bigs #LetsGoX
— Connor Killian (@connor_killian) April 9, 2018
Saw his Twitter was Xavier MBB asst earlier today.
Good luck and best wishes!!
— Jim Cooney (@Coondawg069) April 9, 2018
I don't like this AT ALL…Big loss in my opinion. I wish the best for him. I sure hate to lose bulldog alumni…
— Ryan Green (@StickMagik) April 9, 2018
Hayes had been in Athens for a long time. He played for Georgia and spent five seasons on former coach Mark Fox’s staff.