More from Mark Fox . . .

  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?

43 comments Add your comment

Fox is a winner

May 26th, 2009
9:33 pm

It looks like Coach Fox is saying all the right things. I like this guy a lot already.


May 26th, 2009
9:59 pm

I love Stegeman; its seats are comfortable and you are close to the action. I have been there for some wild games and like Coach Fox said, its not the building. It’s the energy we put in it.

Fools Gold

May 26th, 2009
10:08 pm

Wishful thinking as always. Ron Jirsa II………….

Rabun Dawg

May 26th, 2009
10:21 pm

Fools Gold, you must be a Techie? Why else would you be on a UGA blog?


May 26th, 2009
10:39 pm

I am not worried about the lack of recruiting in his first year. The talent is already there. He just needs an offensive scheme and some inbound pass plays and it will be an improvement from last year.

Marcel Ledbetter

May 26th, 2009
10:46 pm

When me ‘n ol Jerry were at East Fork Consolidated, we played in an honest to goodness barn. We really were surrounded by jackasses for most of our home games. Stegeman ain’t a problem.


May 27th, 2009
6:00 am

I hope Coach Fox turns the basketball program around and with Phillip Pearson on the coaching staff,
recruiting will pickup and the dawgs will win a lot more games in the future. GO DAWGS!!


May 27th, 2009
6:05 am

i believe fox could be the real season is a wash,but the future appears to be very bright.

Pete Ibbotson

May 27th, 2009
7:11 am

Hey DAWG fans, after sitting in Stegemen with 3500 of my best friends these past five winters I am excited. CMF is for real and after meeting him, I have all the confidence in his ability. UGA basketball best years are soon!!!!!

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May 27th, 2009
8:58 am

I like what I hear from Fox so far..I just hope he can recruit.


May 27th, 2009
9:08 am

first two years will be tough… By the 3rd , we should be able to match up….. The Secret will be assit. from Bama….. a recruiting machine…..

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May 27th, 2009
10:07 am

I don’t think this guy is a Jirsa, but dang, it’s got to be frustrating for all concerned that he really can’t make any roster upgrades for the upcoming season. Unlike Lame Kitten in football, Fox has to wait 12 months and play a season with the empty cupboard Dennis Felton left. Granted, Felton arrived to an empty cupboard, but he never could fill it up. Longterm, I think Fox might be good, but it’s going to be 2010-11 until anybody can tell. Frustrating.


May 27th, 2009
10:19 am

Having been to several other schools arenas, I can testify that Stegeman and Alexander Memorial are two of the biggest dumps in major college basketball. (Though I am not suprised since UGA has left the stairwells leading to the 3rd deck at Sanford as unpainted concrete blocks since the 2003 installation…put some red or grey paint on those things so that MATCH the rest of the stadium, Damon!)

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May 27th, 2009
10:58 am

Don’ t be surprised if a good coach can do a little more with this year’s team than expected. I’m not saying the NCAA tourny or anything, but .500 in the SEC is possible. They get Ebuka Anyorah back from his injury, Dustin Ware has already shown a ton of potential,and I think Coach Fox knows how to get the most out of Thompkins. Also, they keep saying we have only one senior (Albert Jackson) because Ricky McPhee is a walk on, but when he is on, Ricky gives the threat we need to make consistent 3s. With the addition of the new guys and some non stars, but solid players like Price, Barnes, and Leslie (athletic freak similar to Mike Mercer), there may not be a lot of depth, but barring injuries or midseason departures, the team might just surprise a few folks. I sure hope so. Last season was painful to watch, and I went to all but 1 home game (I was considering therapy).

Go Dawgs!


May 27th, 2009
11:20 am

Well what about Noel Johnson? He could step in day one and lead the team in many catagories. Is Fox gonna make a push for him?


May 27th, 2009
11:25 am

Not sure if Johson is even remotely considering UGA Joshua. And if he is, Fox is a lot smarter than the Vol football coach, so you won’t hear about it…..


May 27th, 2009
11:43 am

Fox is first class!!


May 27th, 2009
1:23 pm

blah blah blah….where will we be in April of 2010?
That’s the true judgement of mark fox.


May 27th, 2009
2:00 pm

I think Coach Mark Fox is going to be a great coach for Georgia basketball. He’s hired a very good staff, he has said all the right things and he’s being very systematic in building the team. He knows it won’t happen overnight. He’s laid off the rows, now planting the seeds, and the fruit of his labors will come with proper watering, fertilizing and weeding. And I think that he will learn from his assistants as well as teach them. He’s well into the process of bringing back respectability to the program and that will bring in good recruits. I look forward to seeing what kind of floor(game) coach he is. You can coach all you want in the practice gym but how you coach and change during the swings and momentum of the game is what takes you from a good coach to a great coach. I wish Coach Mark Fox, staff and the team all the best. They certainly deserve it. Let’s give them the time they need to do it. I believe that we will find out that we have two very good coaches named Mark on the UGA campus.


May 27th, 2009
3:39 pm

I sat in old Woodruff Hall and watch the UGA players and their opponents slip on the floor from leaks in the roof and timeouts were taken so the building personnel and team trainers could mop the water from the floor. Play good basketball and they will come and enjoy. I like this new coach, he is going to be a good one, Go Coach Fox and make your Mark on UGA basketball history.


May 27th, 2009
3:44 pm

I agree with “Ozzfest” … Paint a big, black “G” on the stairwell/ elevator housing in the stadium Mr. Evans. It’s an eyesore that’s easy to fix.


May 27th, 2009
6:34 pm

I’d be willing to bet there are plenty of banners hanging from the rafters around the country in arenas that are not any nicer than Stegeman.


May 27th, 2009
6:36 pm

And ENOUGH with the teeth whitening spot. Is anyone else grossed out by those soup coolers?

SoCal Dawg

May 27th, 2009
6:56 pm

I’m moving back to GA this fall and I can’t wait for bb tickets to go on sell. Go Dawgs! Go Fox!


May 27th, 2009
8:49 pm

No UGA(y) thugs arrested this week?! Not even for a misdemeanor?

Rabun Dawg

May 27th, 2009
11:08 pm

Thanks Jason, you are a class act! NOT!!


May 28th, 2009
6:00 am

He want stay they all say the samething until they get fired or a better comes along. I hope he does a good job, but 10 yrs. at a school is a lifetime now days.


May 28th, 2009
9:20 am

glad to hear that Coach Fox does not feel that Stegeman Coliseum is the problem. it is and always has been the players on the court and the energy of the fans in the seats during the game. wish him well……

for those that feel Stegeman is a dump, what it replaced (Woodruff Hall) was a dump. Stegeman is attractive if the right product is on the court.


May 28th, 2009
10:21 am

Mark Fox may not last 3 years at UGA. He’s recruiting “internationally”? LOL–I’m sure international superstars can’t wait to come to Athens and play for that mediocre program in a dumpy arena. UGA should give up basketball—it’s a big waste of money for the state taxpayers.

Voice of Reason

May 28th, 2009
10:57 am

taxpayers don’t pay for UGA basketball moron.


May 28th, 2009
11:21 am

Techbuzz, you numnut, UGA’s athletic department EARNS money. In fact, the UGA athletic department makes so much profit that they are currently contributing 2 million a year to the University. UGA athletics don’t cost taxpayers 1 thin dime. They actually alleviate the tax burden by helping support educational costs at the University.


May 28th, 2009
12:24 pm

Has anyone been to Cameron Indoor? Building is old and is nothing special, but it is what happens in the building that has made it hallowed ground. The same could be said for Fenway Park and Several others across the country


May 28th, 2009
12:37 pm

I think techbuzz got Timmy Geithner confused with UGA basketball.


May 28th, 2009
3:22 pm

You Techies make me sick. Get off our blog and I’ll stay off yours…

Mark My Words….Tech will be playing on the smurf turf bowl this year

And The Dawgs will be in the National Championship…

You can quote me on that NERDS!


May 28th, 2009
4:12 pm

Duh, I mean huh, you must still be seeking Cox.


May 28th, 2009
6:32 pm


I couldnt agree w/ you more, on the “teeth whitening” adds. I actually emailed the AJC about it. They said “thanks for your feedback, this request will go to the proper party.” Blah blah blah.

Talk about nasty, those lips look so chapped, it should be an add for chapstick! That dude looks like a crackhead!

dawggy style

May 28th, 2009
7:16 pm

CMF is saying the wrong things… we do need a new facility, desperately! I want a guy pushing UGA for more, more, more… not settling for status quo as we always do in basketball.


May 28th, 2009
9:05 pm

People here in Tennessee say that back in the day when Tubby was winning and filling it up,that Stegeman was one of the venues they enjoyed the most with the energy and intimacy.It’s too bad they have been enjoying it even more the last few games there.The fact that they have been busing in six or seven loads doesn’t help.Hope CMF gets the support and respect he deserves.


May 28th, 2009
10:07 pm

Jimmy, I am a bigger fan of the Russian Woman ad.

Mr. Sanchez

June 1st, 2009
6:52 pm

The comments about international recruiting costing taxpayer money shows how foolish the commenter is about the way things work and who pays for what in Georgia athletics.

He also has no idea about the full situation, which makes international recruiting pretty easy for this staff all things considered.