Dogs’ Fox tweets to top of the SEC

OK, this doesn’t quite rank up there with, say, the Naismith Coach of the Year Award.

But congratulations, anyway, to Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox, who has been named the SEC’s “Twitterer of the Year” by the website DigitalHoopsBlast.com, which analyzed how all of the league’s coaches use Twitter to communicate with fans and prospective recruits.

The Website praised the “authentic voice” of Fox’s tweets, which obviously are posted by the coach himself, not an aide.

Some recent Fox tweets:

Jan. 1: “Reminder to self . . . Turn the cellphone off on new year’s eve next yr”

Jan. 7: “Play @KY on Sat – former Cat Mark Pope on my staff. He left med school 2 join us & now I know why. I’ve been sick for a week and he can’t help me.”

Jan. 8: “It’s freezing and miserable outside, which reaffirms the 2nd reason I can’t stand hockey. Reason #1: no one scores in double figures.”

Yesterday: “Just saw a list of underclassman FBer’s going out early . . . I think I’ll save that list and read it again in 10 years.”

Fox  has told his Twitter followers that he dunks a basketball on his birthday each year. “So annual birthday dunk approaching,” he tweeted a couple of days ago. “Last year I said that was it so why keep putting my achilles in danger?????”

Today is Fox’s 40th birthday, but apparently the dunk will wait a bit. Late last night, he tweeted: “Just getting back from a HS game – birthday dunk to be postponed because nothing more important than game day.” The Dogs play Ole Miss in Stegeman Coliseum tonight.

To follow Fox on Twitter, go to twitter.com/coachmarkfox.

And please follow me on Twitter for the latest UGA news and notes.

51 comments Add your comment

JJ

January 13th, 2010
3:42 pm

JJ

January 13th, 2010
3:43 pm

I like Mark Fox. He has lots of upside for a program that has experienced very little

Chip Adams

January 13th, 2010
3:44 pm

Chip Adams

January 13th, 2010
3:45 pm

Oh well…2nd.

shannon1776

January 13th, 2010
3:46 pm

Seems to be a classy and professional version of Lane Kiffin (((young, “hip”, using modern tactics to build a team)))

Socal Dawg

January 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

Happy B-Day CMF. Whip Ole Miss!

Scott

January 13th, 2010
3:49 pm

Huge game at Stegeman tonight.

Sundiata Gaines

January 13th, 2010
3:53 pm

Mark Fox will bring my old school to new heights!! He is a great guy and a heck of a coach! Get some recruits to Athens and watchout!! Gooooo Dawgs

NewnanDawg

January 13th, 2010
3:53 pm

I hope with all of the crazy football coaching news and recruiting fallout people still remember that Coach Fox is doing a fantastic job so far and deserves support. I’m glad he got a little national attention with Calipari and Dicky V’s comments after the UK game at Rupp.

8 pm at the steg for the first home SEC game. Looking forward to this game and the rest of the season.

Go Dawgs!

I'm a douche

January 13th, 2010
3:55 pm

bart

January 13th, 2010
3:57 pm

Mark Fox has brought class, stability, and credibility to the UGA hoops program. Give him time and the basketball program will be at or near the top every year. In addition, he’s just a great guy.

Cuz

January 13th, 2010
3:57 pm

Not sure how long we can keep Coach Fox. He has proven IMHO to be a great hire. Happy Birthday young man and thanks for the hire Damon.

DawgEDawg

January 13th, 2010
4:05 pm

Does he know anything about football???

RxDawg

January 13th, 2010
4:06 pm

I agree JJ. He has charisma.

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Normal Dawg

January 13th, 2010
4:20 pm

Mark Fox is a nice diversion from all the college football mess happening both within UGA and outside. Hopefully the Dawgs can get on a little SEC role and make a run at the tourney. Probably a tall order to ask, but I think becoming a “bubble team” is possible. Keep up the good work Mark. We understand you weren’t given much to work with.

I Suck

January 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

Sam Twain

January 13th, 2010
4:25 pm

Sure is nice to have success AND some class. Fox=anti-Kiffin.

KIRBY SMART

January 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

I wish i could have joined you coach Fox but i got scared of my daddy and backed out

Dawg Man

January 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Glad to have coach Fox. Good luck hoop dawgs!!

coachx

January 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

I wonder who he was recruiting at the HS game.

Russ4Heisman.net

January 13th, 2010
4:39 pm

Great stuff. And if Fox is successful, we can keep him. We have the money, facilities and recruiting for this to be a consistent top program. Plus, his wife is from Augusta. I’m sure she likes being close to home.

I Run This State

January 13th, 2010
4:51 pm

Great blog dedicated solely to UGA basketball – http://hoopdawg.wordpress.com

Ron Recruitment

January 13th, 2010
4:56 pm

The ESPN150 has been updated for the last time.

ESPN150 Gator Commits : #1, #3, #9, #10, #12, #25, #28, #34, #35, #37, #50, #79, #81, #106……..more to come.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/columns/story?columnist=shurburtt_jc&id=4822232

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/espnu150

BigDawg

January 13th, 2010
5:02 pm

Go basketball dawgs! Thanks Tim, now get back to the more exciting football blogs! Anything on the DC search today? Anyone else turn down the job? Any decent leftovers from the Vols staff we could interview? So long Kiffin – short timer!! SEC will always be better than the PAC-10. I guess sunny CA would be better than Knoxville though.

Jimmy

January 13th, 2010
5:08 pm

Shoot, hire Fox as the next DC!

Happydawg

January 13th, 2010
5:29 pm

Mark great luck tonight against Ole Miss. Keep the dawgs fighting!

Tim Tucker

January 13th, 2010
5:30 pm

BigDawg:Haven’t heard anything new of substance on the DC search today. Still not clear how Cowboys being in playoffs would affect pursuit of Grantham.

Vince Dooley

January 13th, 2010
5:56 pm

Kirby “The Weasel” Smart has stabbed CMR in the back!
I think he will choke at UT.
Can someone come help with the construction tomorrow?

Ledhead

January 13th, 2010
6:00 pm

Very excited about the new brand of basketball being played in Athens. Looking much better coached in comparison to the Felton era. Good job Fox keep up the hard work . Beat Ole Miss tonight!

collegeballfan

January 13th, 2010
6:43 pm

Grantham can take the job and just not show up for work until Dallas is finished playing. It is always done that way. Unless Richt is insisting on him recruiting immediately.

But remember, it is not just a DC, there are two other defense slots to fill. Maybe the plan is to announce all three at one conference.

Bulldog38

January 13th, 2010
6:58 pm

To all of the Dawg Nation: Let’s get behind Coach Fox and this b-ball team. Damon Evans struck gold when he found our new coach. Coach Fox could teach our football coaches a thing or two about player development…

He is getting the most out of the talent on this year’s team. You can tell that the players are buying into the system. They are starting to figure out his version of the triangle offense and it is beginning to pay off.

This team is going to surprise some people this year with some of the upsets that will take place. Illinois and Tech are just the first two….and they gave Kentucky a tougher game in Lexington than the Gators did last night in Gainesville. Go hoop Dawgs! Beat Ole Miss!

David Pollack

January 13th, 2010
7:38 pm

Tweet! SEC hoops stink!

seahawk

January 13th, 2010
7:49 pm

mark fox deserves our support, go dawgs!

kauai dawg

January 13th, 2010
7:53 pm

“Foxes Hounds” are for real and on the rise! Total class act…. probably the opposite of Lame.

Sure is encouraging with Coach Richt and Coach Fox on board.

Happy Birthday Coach!

Go DAWGS …. sweep of Tech was nice!

mike on lake hartwell

January 13th, 2010
7:58 pm

if we can hang w/ illinois, kentucky, and tech,
just wait another year or two.

DYNASTY???

toofless in alabamer

January 13th, 2010
8:47 pm

All tied up with # 21 Ole Miss at the half! Go Fox and his Hounds!!

kydawg

January 13th, 2010
8:50 pm

CMF will do a great job…and yes…there is no reason to let him get away anywhere else. UGA has the $$$. Go Dawgs…40-37 UGA last I checked

kydawg

January 13th, 2010
8:53 pm

Rats!!! Tied…

Louie

January 13th, 2010
9:06 pm

Go mutt nation…. right in the toilet

boots

January 13th, 2010
9:43 pm

It is time for the Athletic Assn to step up and fund the basketball program. This has the potential to be a GREAT school for hoops, and it is past due. Great recruiting base, great fans, and a great coach. Blow up the Steg and build something new.

playmeortrademe

January 13th, 2010
10:21 pm

Great effort, but there is just no talent there. Thompkins and perhaps Leslie could start on an upper tier SEC team. I think we’ll see a lot of games like this where they play tough but just don’t have enough to get the win. How did Felton let it get this bad? It’s like scorched earth, he left nothing behind.

Steve

January 13th, 2010
10:38 pm

If we could have kept Swanzye and that other shooting guard, we wouldn’t be this bad – both those would have been serviceable Jrs. In the SEC, experience means so much…

Pugnacious Paul

January 13th, 2010
11:56 pm

Guess the floundering Fox will tweet back to realityi ts another SEC lossfot the hoopsters. Punch’em in the mouth I say !

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Matt the Brave

January 14th, 2010
2:35 am

dang, the Dawgs haven’t exactly had a kind schedule the last two weeks, have we? Three ranked opponents in a row. Got to be proud, though. 1 win, competitive until the last few seconds of the other two. I think that this program is on the up. If CMF can win with these guys, imagine what he can do with some one and done kids in the upcoming years. I don’t want a lot, but it’d be nice to UGA in the NCAA tournament more than just once in a while.

PHIL

January 14th, 2010
3:11 am

Say what you want to about our athletic program but from Football to Women’s softball, our coaches are class acts. And they perform pretty well, too. I am the most competitive person you know. But I’d rather be a standard 10-2 with coach Richt than 13-0 with Saban or some of these other bad apples any day!

Give Damon his due for hiring Coach Fox whom no one knew about or cared much for when hired. Here’s an “atta boy” for Damon.

BE#3

January 14th, 2010
12:51 pm

Give CMF a couple of years to build some depth and the Dawgs will be one of the top teams in the SEC. They are already competing with and beating top 25 teams with a thin roster. And give credit to the student athletes. Those kids believe in CMF and the new system and give 100% the entire game. A nice breath of fresh air for the mens’ BBall program!

And Leslie’s dunk on Cousins will have to go down as one of the best in UGA history!

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Glenn

January 14th, 2010
10:31 pm

If and when the old Fox gets a few more ball players, and he will have to recruit to be successful he will be TROUBLE in the SEC. Go Fox