Whether Damon Evans has labored mightily and brought forth a mouse in the hiring of Georgia’s new basketball coach remains to be seen. Sure, Mark Fox, announced today as the choice, has a winning record and has taken teams to the NCAA tournament, but he wasn’t even a tiny blip on the up-and-coming coaches radar. Still, he might prove to be a winner here and a great recruiter, despite apparently having no connections in the South. Time will tell. But it is safe to say that, in terms of generating excitement and galvanizing the fan base, Evans’ first big hire as UGA’s athletics director is a resounding flop. After making noises about paying whatever it took to lure a big name to Athens, he’s fallen well short of that. “Mark who?” isn’t the kind of reaction that will sell many tickets at Stegeman Coliseum.
One thing the Bulldog Nation has gotten excited about is the performance so far this season of the Diamond Dogs, with an example being the advance sellout of all three games in this weekend’s homestand between No. 1 Georgia and No. 5 LSU. It looks like the days of just walking up to Foley Field and buying a ticket are over, at least for major weekend series. The Dogs are playing exciting ball (including a come-from-behind last-minute win over Clemson the other night that gave Georgia another series sweep) and deserve to have a packed house of barking fans on hand for all of their remaining games in Athens.
Meanwhile, the most encouraging news out of Mark Richt’s spring practices so far is that Joe Cox apparently has taken firm hold on the No. 1 QB position, so we won’t have any debate or indecision about who our signal caller should be. Elsewhere, injuries and folks still out rehabbing injuires have limited competition and progress at key spots like tailback and defensive end. Hopefully by August, with everyone healthy and all the freshmen in camp, we’ll have a clearer picture of the Dawgs. One question I have heard several fans raise though is whether we need to be concerned about the continuing injury problems plaguing Georgia football. Is it just hard luck, or does Richt maybe need to take a hard look at the Dawgs’ conditioning program?