Fox trumps Richt, makes SportsCenter “Top 10″ with trick shot

(Updated 10 a.m. Monday)

You might recall the basketball trick shot that Mark Richt made last month, garnering more than 36,000 views on YouTube. It was a nifty enough shot: a one-handed, no-look, backward free throw.

Now, Mark Fox has topped that effort, making ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top 10″ plays-of-the-day Saturday with a trick shot of his own.

Here’s the back story. Connor Nolte, a Georgia basketball walk-on who is sitting out this season after transferring from Furman, has a blog called He records trick shots and posts one on his blog on the day of each game. Richt’s was featured last month.

Saturday’s featured shot was Fox making what Nolte called “quite possibly the hardest game day trick shot yet”: Shooting from the stands behind the basket at Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia’s basketball coach bounced the ball off the top of the shot clock and through the net.

He made the shot twice.  “Back-to-back jack,” he said.

The folks at ESPN got word of this, contacted Nolte on Saturday night and got his permission to air the video on the 1 a.m. SportsCenter. Fox’s shot led off ESPN’s countdown of the plays of the day at No. 10.

UPDATE: Upon further review, ESPN apparently decided Fox’s feat was even more impressive.  Monday morning’s edition of SportsCenter moved the trick shot up to No. 4 on the Top 10 plays of the weekend. The real significance here, of course, is more national exposure for the Georgia basketball program.


G-Day time, TV: UGA announced that the G-Day intra-squad football game on April 10 will start at 2 p.m. and be televised on CSS.  Georgia’s home baseball game vs. Ole Miss on that day will be moved to 4 p.m. to accommodate fans who want to attend both events.


Speaking of Mark Fox, here’s his latest Twitter post from this morning:

“My 9yr old was asked if he had 2 go 2 college @ Florida or GaTech where would he go. His answer:  ‘I’d become a fireman & not go to college’”


Home-court advantage, indeed: To revisit a theme I wrote about last week . . .  Georgia’s men’s basketball team has won its past five Saturday home games, beating Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Alabama and, yesterday, Florida.

The Bulldogs are 4-0 this season against SEC East opponents at home, compared with 0-5 against them on the road. The Dogs will go for a home sweep of the East on Wednesday when Kentucky comes to Athens.


Click here for many more UGA notes, including a chat with A.J. Green, a visit with a football player who’s student-teaching this semester and a roundup of an interesting weekend in a variety of UGA sports.

78 comments Add your comment

dawgs were lucky

February 28th, 2010
11:45 am

Señora Weeb

February 28th, 2010
12:00 pm

So??? How many of Richt and Fox’s players ever graduate AND stay out of jail?

Dawg Tired

February 28th, 2010
12:16 pm

Senora Webb – Actually a lot of ‘em, just in case you really care about such things, which I doubt.

Big time basketball? Definitely not!

February 28th, 2010
12:32 pm

UGA has a basketball team??


February 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

Gotta love a guy that practices what he preaches.

Justin Janssen

February 28th, 2010
12:38 pm


February 28th, 2010
12:55 pm

Get a life trolls, yes that means you @ 12:32 and high noon

The Guy nailing Randy Bettis' wife. Also, Avid Addiction is the worse band ever.

February 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

It is nice to see the Bulldogs basketball team playing so hard under Coach Fox. Maybe in a couple of years he will have this team back in the NCAA’S. Still, I bet no SEC team wants to play them in the conference tourney.


February 28th, 2010
1:26 pm

With almost everyone back, including two projected first round picks in 2011 in Leslie and Thompkins, and the addition of an explosive scoring guard in Gerald Robinson, UGA will easily make the NCAA tourney next year and could challenge for the conference title. Laugh now haters….we’ll see who is laughing at this time next year.


February 28th, 2010
1:35 pm

Thompkins is GONE.


February 28th, 2010
1:39 pm

Is that Mark “2-7″ Richt you are talking about?

bruce mac

February 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

No, it is 90-27, 4 time SEC East Champion, 2 time SEC Champion and 7 time bowl champion Richt.

war eagle

February 28th, 2010
2:06 pm

How is the 0 and 2 CUM enjoying his retirement?

Urban's Doing Great!

February 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

He’s 4-1 and loving it, except having to move from hotel room in Hawaii to avoid any large waves. He’ll be back for 5-1 this season, but with a REAL tan…


February 28th, 2010
2:27 pm

Coach Fox and Richt are AWESOME! Well-rounded leaders of young men. GOD BLESS!

Another perspective

February 28th, 2010
2:32 pm

That poster @12:32 who wandered if UGA has a basketball team must have just been uninformed dude and not a usual sarcastic critic since we have beaten Tech, Fla , Tenn and Ala in BB this year. Read the papers man or watch ESPN. Coach Fox has produced a pretty good team, way above expectations and his 9 year old is smarter than most of the gators and techies on these blogs.

Hawaii Dawg

February 28th, 2010
2:33 pm

Mark Fox is a winner.

Voice of Reason

February 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

No two ways about it, Mark Fox is the real deal. A record of success, and to have these guys playing the way they are, what an improvement over (no slight intended) Dennis Felton. Fox has all the makings of an NCAA champion coach. The next two years should bring UGA to the point of being a real contender, because Coach Fox loves to recruit.
Yep, the future looks bright! Congratulations to all the DAWGS and to the coaching staff.

UGA Grad

February 28th, 2010
3:18 pm

Senora [D]weeb, how many of GT’s graduate students own Samurai Swords, or how many Undergrads are exchange students from the middle east? Big time basketball, we were big enough to lay the smack down on GT!


February 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

I’m not surprised that Fox is better than his players. After all, UGa is the worst team in the SEC, which is the worst BB league in the NCAA.

Decory Bryant

February 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

Gotta like anyone who practices what they preach,,, I just wish CMR could say the same. He told me and my parents that he would look after me, like a son.

He looked out for himself first… I’m a great reference for all future recruits.

Actions speak louder than words.

Slick Willard

February 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Coach Richt is only 3 time SEC East Champion. One year he had to share the championship with uF and UT, I believe. Of course, UGA lost to UF that year.

grandpa peckinpah

February 28th, 2010
3:51 pm

I wonder if Mark Fox would suit up for the Dawgs? Also if the bball team keeps improving at this rate there may be another raise for AD Damon Evans in the future.

Diggity Dawg

February 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

“UGa is the worst team in the SEC”

Hmmmm… I guess ‘Bama and LSU dropped out of the league?

Diggity Dawg

February 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

And Auburn AND S. Carolina, who have the same conference records.


February 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

Does Tech still have a football team?

BCS Title Club

February 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

War Eagle – How is that 0 BCS Titles to our 2 BCS Titles working out for you? Good luck joining our club with Bama and LSU in your division.

“Coach Richt is only 3 time SEC East Champion.”

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha


February 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

Coach Fox, you’ve taught your son well & politically correct.


February 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

Well, where do I start.

jackhammer, patience running low. Get your arse in here TODAY.

The mutt basketball team is something else!!

How many games have they WON on the road??

Yes they beat GT, I know that. May have a chance to play us again.
Won’t be a trap game this time, you can bet on that.

NOBODY AND I MEAN NOBODY cares about mutt bb.
The novelty wore off YEARS AGO.

Tubby Smith totally took your money and RAN.

Herrick TOTALLY made you a national joke. Kinda like the Kemp saga.

So when you can make national headlines (on a positive note) instead of a FREAK shot, I’ll listen.

STILL… jackhammer, what gives,son?


February 28th, 2010
5:02 pm

As I understand it, we need these remaining games to, at least be eligible for the NIT…then win, at least one in the SEC tourney. Of course if we ‘run the table’ in Nashville….

Got say it was nice hearing whichever of the talking – ex-coaches – heads on ESPN yesterday, saying Georgia may, indeed, deserve to be in the NCAA field…that they had more ‘quality wins’ than most of the bubble teams. Regardless, this has been a way-positive season and if Thompkins decides to return for one more, next year shapes up to something truly special. Thank you Mark Fox for making Georgia basketball relevant and something to truly be proud of.


February 28th, 2010
5:20 pm

Hey Louie–Nobody cares about UGA basketball? 4 sellouts this year. We’re a game under .500. Let that sink in for a minute.

Oh, and how is that 27 year contract for Hewitt working out? Ga Tech is one of the most irrelevant basketball programs in the ACC.

How exactly was the UGA/Ga Tech game a trap?

We beat you. Enjoy the NIT, as you will lose your last two of the year. We may even see you there.


February 28th, 2010
5:33 pm

Georgia basketball! Whats not to like? Continuious improvement, hardnosed play and a coach who knows how to coach. A couple of good recruits and these guys are going to be a force.

bruce mac

February 28th, 2010
5:38 pm

Slick, a tie for Championship is a tie, duh. UGA beat Florida that year but tied with TN. Still SEC East Champion. Sorry, you don’t understand how it works but you facts are fact.

Big Bad BEE-lieve

February 28th, 2010
5:52 pm


Danny Ford

February 28th, 2010
5:57 pm

Is that the same bru-mac I think he is? That youngster needs to chill.


February 28th, 2010
6:00 pm

I am extremely excited about the future of the hoop Dawgs under Mark Fox. I wish I could feel the same about the Football program under that Jackass Richt but his time head will roll sooner or later. Fox really has the team playing far above expectation and is only a few missing pieces from blowing the lid off the program. UGA will soon be more highly regarded for its Bball program then Football..


February 28th, 2010
6:05 pm


I’m in; where are you? I been kinda reflective today; dad’s 3rd aniversary. I know he’s at peace and so am I.

Danny Ford

February 28th, 2010
6:05 pm

I think they otta bring old Vince back and let that youngster coach again. He would be proud if Derick beat him. I used to beat him you know. Hershel never ventured in our end zone and that’s a fact. Ask bru-mac.


February 28th, 2010
6:09 pm

Weeb, jail? every single post? really? Folk might start getting the idea that you arent a very bright person, if you can’t start bringing a tad more than that to the table?

and Louie, didnt they just beat a highly ranked Florida tem?


February 28th, 2010
6:10 pm

You need to take that s— out in the woods and smoke it !!!


February 28th, 2010
6:13 pm

Well I’m Back.

jackhammer, glad you found the RIGHT PAGE tonight. Good job ,son.



February 28th, 2010
6:15 pm

theres the squeeeeze!


February 28th, 2010
6:51 pm

jackhammer, you still there?


February 28th, 2010
7:10 pm

Catch you tomorrow night around 7-7:30 jackhammer.



February 28th, 2010
7:25 pm

Each new week makes me thank Damon Evans more for the hire of Mark Fox. It was a great game to be at yesterday and I look forward to every new step this team takes. I am confidant that Trey and Travis will be back next year to enjoy what they are working so hard for now.

Go Dawgs!

laughin larry

February 28th, 2010
7:59 pm

I like Coach Richt’s trick shot better.

Here’s Coach Richt’s basketball trick shot if you missed it.

Urban loves his paycheck, um, I mean players

February 28th, 2010
8:06 pm

Anybody know how many traffic citations the Florida football players got this past week. I was just wondering if they added to their record 251 traffic citations. If any happened, the Florida DA probably threw them out since he is a Gator booster.

BO BO Da' BABY MAKER 8=====> ~~~~~~(I)

February 28th, 2010
9:27 pm

Since Vince

February 28th, 2010
9:41 pm

Dang …..Looks like G. I. BoBo may develope a horshoe head or a Chrome Dome this year if he doesnt get it going. Getting a little thin on top shall I say. BOBO looks like a person on the Athens jail blotter with that beard he’s sporting too.

Since Vince

February 28th, 2010
9:43 pm

oops ….”horseshoe” head