Both parties have handled this situation very poorly.
On the one hand, Tara Davis could be seen as a bit of a diva here, and part of that is because of the reputation she had coming out of high school. She obviously achieved some great things, and her parents have always seemed extremely supportive to me. But because of her dominance she never really got an ego check. Now across the country at a P5 school in the South, where she wasn't automatically the best member of her jumps team last year, she seems to have finally found that challenge. Maybe this challenge is something real, in which case the smartest play would be to put athletics on the backburner. But to many of us this "outcry" elicits the same reaction as a Claudia Lane piece about how a knee injury made her feel like a caged bird: "You, an attractive, successful and wildly talented individual from a stable home, have never really struggled and thus your story causes little inspiration and merits little sympathy".
But alas, Tara Davis is very young. Much younger, in fact, than UGA's coach Petros. When he chose to be as petty as many suspect Tara is being, he automatically brought the heat on himself, and placed his staff in an unfavorable position. Is it "right" that Tara be able to use the fitness UGA gave her this fall to compete for a rival school this winter/spring? Maybe not, but now it's what Petros will have to do to save face.
Also, let's stop the bullsh!t about not being fairly compensated. She is on a full ride to UGA, along with 29 other women's team members (thanks, 9). There is no "one and done" rule in track. If anyone believes they are worth more than the value of their scholarship as a pro, they are welcome to leave the NCAA at any time.