OK, where were we before the long weekend?
Oh yes, Mark Fox was speaking to the UGA Athletic Association board of directors, and there were a few things other than what was in Saturday’s story that I wanted to pass along:
– Georgia’s new basketball coach sounded a lot like another Mark — Richt — when talking about his desire to find The Right Job, settle in for the long term and not hop from school to school as so many coaches do.
“My wife and I knew that we would ultimately probably leave Nevada, even though it was very good to us and a place we’d been for nine years,” he said. ”And we had . . . decided that when we moved, we were going to move one time. We have two young children, a son who’s 8 and a daughter who’s 6, and we thought we’re going to move one time so our kids have a place that ultimately they can call home.
“There are a lot of coaches in my sport who, if you ask their children where they grew up, they really couldn’t tell you because they spent three years here and four years there and three years here. Cindy and I did not want our children to be that way. So we’re very excited to be here.”
(And according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, the Foxes found a good place to call home.)
— Having signed two players since taking the job — high school guard Vincent Williams from Homestead, Fla., and transfer guard Gerald Robinson Jr. from Tennessee State — Fox said he’ll continue to look this summer for players to enroll in the fall. No promises, though.
He noted there will be only one senior on the 2009-10 team, meaning any scholarships unused in this recruiting class will come in handy next year.
”We are still actively recruiting. Right now, a lot of that is international,” Fox said. ”We are going to continue to recruit throughout the off-season. Will we add another one in the off-season? I’m not sure.”
Another avenue he’s keeping an eye on: high school players who qualify academically late in the process this summer.
(Robinson, of course, must sit out the 2009-10 season under NCAA transfer rules. Then he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.)
– Fox, as Saturday’s story noted, had unrestrained praise for Stegeman Coliseum, which, as you know, has its critics.
The issue, Fox said, “is not the building. It’s the energy we put in it. If we can get the students back and get the fans back and improve our team, then Stegeman is going to be a wonderful place to play college basketball.”
Your thoughts on that?