Mark Fox spotted in Los Angeles on day after SEC tourney loss

Georgia coach Mark Fox apparently took the long way home from the SEC tournament -– by way of Los Angeles.

At 3:53 a.m. EDT Sunday, I received an e-mail from a Georgia fan reporting a Fox spotting at Los Angeles International Airport.

Wrote Matt Little, a UGA alumnus and senior vice president of an insurance brokerage firm in Birmingham:

. . . I’m in the Los Angeles airport right now. It is 11:45 PM Pacific Time and I saw Mark Fox at the Delta gate waiting in line on the red-eye to Atlanta. I introduced myself (I happen to have a UGA t-shirt on). He said he was on stand by trying to get on the flight. He was visibly tired. I asked if he was recruiting and he said he was.

I just thought it might make a good story. The guy just finished the season basically 24 hours ago in Nashville and already flew to California to recruit and is now flying back home. Pretty dedicated if you asked me. As I am typing, Mark just walked on the plane, so he made it . . . .

Aren’t modern communications great?

Fox didn’t say who he was recruiting; that would violate NCAA rules. But if you want to hazard a guess, the Los Angeles Times reported that 6-foot-7 forward Dwayne Polee Jr., who made an official visit to Georgia last month, scored 22 points Saturday night as his Westchester team beat Long Beach Poly 67-53 in a Southern California Division I regional semifinal game. An earlier story in the Times said Polee, a crowd favorite for his dunks since his freshman season, “has matured and blossomed into a bona fide major college prospect.”

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Georgia sophomore forward Trey Thompkins, named to the coaches’ All-SEC first team last week, received the same honor Monday from the Associated Press.

Joining Thompkins on the AP’s All-SEC first team, chosen by media members: Kentucky’s John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, South Carolina’s Devan Downey and Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado.

Wall, a freshman point guard, was voted the SEC player-of-the-year and John Calipari, in his first season at Kentucky, was voted coach-of-the-year by the AP panel.

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Also: A sixth UGA coach reached 500 career victories Sunday. Can you name them?

149 comments Add your comment

Matthews Dawg

March 15th, 2010
12:16 pm

Matthews Dawg

March 15th, 2010
12:17 pm

Sweet…. I really was first!! This must be my lucky day!! I hope he can get a good one from the left coast! We need ball players!! Go Dawgs

JimDog

March 15th, 2010
12:17 pm

First – Dawgs are everywhere!

JD

March 15th, 2010
12:19 pm

DAWGS are bad to the bone. Hewitt was seen buying a new suit.

JimDog

March 15th, 2010
12:20 pm

Oh well, third. Go Mark Fox! I agree with you though, time to end the season, the team has nothing else to prove. Now is the time to recruit us a couple of more good players including a point guard and a center.

Blind Dawg

March 15th, 2010
12:24 pm

Doesn’t ATL have plenty of players? Why go to the left coast? Seems like that never works out for us – at least for football. Oh – and – first??!!??

Stockdog

March 15th, 2010
12:26 pm

6th, Yeah! Mark Fox is a hard and tireless worker. I think that he has the program moving in the right direction.

Stockdog

March 15th, 2010
12:26 pm

bruce mac

March 15th, 2010
12:35 pm

Yeah Blind Dawg, I suspect CMF knows little about the type players he wants in his program. Why don’t you call him and ask him why he is wasting his time in LA? Good grief man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB

March 15th, 2010
12:35 pm

I blogged on here a couple of weeks ago that you would see a West Coast guy or two in Athens based on his recruiting in California and contacts he made while recruiting for Nevada those few years. He will sell the SEC to them and we will get a stud or two from there.

DirtyDawg

March 15th, 2010
12:43 pm

Thought for a minute there our B’ham alum was going to tell us he had given his seat to Coach Fox…then it occurred to me that the guy probably wasn’t on that flight at all. Either way, Fox needs to recruit whoever he thinks can help us. He’ll get the Georgia players – the current team is full of ‘em – including the better ones, soon enough, meanwhile I think I’ll trust him to know what he’s doing.

Bryan G.

March 15th, 2010
12:44 pm

Good for Fox. I hope he can get us some more horses so that we can get above .500 next year and maybe even compete for an NCAA bid

Mike Bobo 17 INT

March 15th, 2010
12:46 pm

UGAY could recruit Bill Walton, Grant Hill, and Michael Jordan and nothing would change with this tanked program. All UGAY can think about is Buck Belue and Lindsay Scott in that other failure program.

Basketball is not a priority in Athens, and never will be. It is all about football and that is questionable, since the football team only has 1 national title in 117 years.

Dog fans are not everywhere, and matter of fact, most Dog fans are embarassed to wear their colors, because they are embarassed abour CMR and the failed program.

CW

March 15th, 2010
12:47 pm

12TH!
Go get em coach. Good first year. Keep it up

ASHVILLE DAWG

March 15th, 2010
12:47 pm

National recruiting for UGA basketball=cool.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

March 15th, 2010
12:48 pm

When you let Tubby Smith out the door, Athens proved there was not commitment to basketball. Build a new arena, go ahead, but no one will fill it.

Hewitt is buying a new suit, he needs one for the big dance.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

March 15th, 2010
12:52 pm

Yes, I am hopelessly a nerd.

Falcon66

March 15th, 2010
12:54 pm

I agree with JB. Most of Fox’s career has been out there. It only stands to reason that he has a lot of contacts there. Go after ‘em!

Mike Bobo 17 INT

March 15th, 2010
1:00 pm

I will get to wear my new suit one time in the tourney and then I can wear it to the bank where I can make another Multi Million Dollar deposit. These Jackets are so gullible, I love working here it is easy money?

ATL XMAN

March 15th, 2010
1:00 pm

bobo 17..your too funny..=) you watched your jackets get beat yet again by duke and are still pissed..uga basketball is going up while techs is going down the drain and your football program is following close behind now that pj players are going to have to play.

and tubby left..uga didnt get rid of him

Voice of Reason

March 15th, 2010
1:05 pm

Stop and consider the impact this visit had on Polee if he is a quality young man – “CMF leaves Nashville after playing until almost eleven Central, and flies here to see me! Impressive.”
As for Hewitt buying a new suit for the big dance – how about for job interviews since he has outlived his usefulness. However, as a DAWG, I hope Tech keeps him.

dawgdawgdawg

March 15th, 2010
1:06 pm

Mike Bobo 17 INT:

kinda funny…i recall our “tanked” program beating your nerds in Athens this year

BigDawg'09

March 15th, 2010
1:08 pm

I love Coach Fox!! We need to start finding more gems from other regions of the country!! Polee looks exciting!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9kmd3VinBE

baddog

March 15th, 2010
1:12 pm

Just hope he isn’t talking to the Clippers! ha ha

English

March 15th, 2010
1:12 pm

Coach Fox is the real deal. He knows his work isn’t done even if the season is. UGA will improve under Coach Fox so just sit back watch how good of a recruiter he is and he’ll change the image of your program.

Go Georgia State!

Dannyboy

March 15th, 2010
1:17 pm

Mark Fox will be an outstanding coach for UGA. This is coming from a GT guy.

mike on lake hartwell

March 15th, 2010
1:19 pm

tubby smith left uga for kentucky. he said that he was very
satisfied at uga and that uk was the only job for which he would even
consider leaving.

AltamahaDawg

March 15th, 2010
1:20 pm

blind, I don’t think it takes a lot of pondering to figure out that Fox was recruiting for a “west” team just a year ago. I’m sure this kid has been on his radar for a while.

Like ATL is some kind of purebreed. Wouldn’t there be about as good of a chance of recruiting somebody NOT from Georgia in either place?

if our programs are tanked what are yours?

March 15th, 2010
1:22 pm

wow mike bobo. if you think our programs are tanked, what about yours? 30-24 and 73-66 losses to two tanked programs. you should really check your record sheet before you start running your mouth on a page about a team that has dominated you for the last decade. seriously, do the math…i KNOW you’re good at math. and i suspect you are probably a virgin too…

AltamahaDawg

March 15th, 2010
1:25 pm

BTW, for our pals wearing jorts, glad to see the gators finally back in the tourney again. Those 3 hours of NBA coaching experience are really starting to pay off.

ugaaccountant

March 15th, 2010
1:25 pm

“Mike Bobo 17 INT
It is all about football and that is questionable, since the football team only has 1 national title in 117 years.”

It’s one thing to say we only have 1 title, if you’re referring to modern history. But you’re not, because you went out of your way to say 117 years. We have another consensus title and several split titles as well. If Ga Tech can claim 1990, we can claim 5 national titles.

Frank Lane

March 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

Maybe he was interviewing, not recruiting.

Reality Check

March 15th, 2010
1:27 pm

Blind dog – If you followed basketball recruiting, and it appears you are just a football hoomer, then you would know that the early signing period has already happened and there arent many uncommitted prospects left. Polee is one of the few guys we are still after and he has already visted UGA. Its down to us and 2 other schools.

The Sham

March 15th, 2010
1:29 pm

I don’t care where you get the ponies from, just so long as they can run! Go get’em Fox!

To the nerds… it says something that on the day after you get a ticket to the dance, all you can do is bash teh DAWGS. Inferiority complex perhaps??? I guess I would if I got housed by both “lesser” teams this year in my state… Now go clean your room before you mommy gets home from work!

fan

March 15th, 2010
1:30 pm

to the moron tech fan, mike bobo went 4-0 against tech. god your an idiot

The Sham

March 15th, 2010
1:30 pm

errr.. the Dawgs… your mommy…

59bulldawg

March 15th, 2010
1:35 pm

Yeah Hewitt was also planning on buying that suit before his team’s run in the ACC Tourney . . . only then he planned to wear it to his next job interview after Tech fired him. That little run saved his butt this year but it’s only a matter of time before he’s gone. If Georgia had Tech’s talent, Fox would have probably won the SEC. Dawgs may not be able to match Tech in it’s storied basketball history but mark my word . . . if Fox stays in Athens . . . that worm will turn.

gern

March 15th, 2010
1:36 pm

Are we sure he was recruiting? I mean it is possible that he could have been meeting with representatives from Oregon about their Head coaching vacancy, right?

bozydeco

March 15th, 2010
1:48 pm

As a former Coach at Nevada, I’m sure he still has plenty of contacts for recuits from Cali. Just makes sense to still use them.

south

March 15th, 2010
1:49 pm

you’re right gern….or he could be making a guest appearance on “The Hills”….you idiot

IhateTechmorethantheTaliban

March 15th, 2010
1:50 pm

Hey Tech geek: We own you in everything including football, basketball, better looking women etc.Why don’t you go build another bridge and jump off of it? You wouldn’t be missed…..Trust me. Get ready for T.G’s 3-4 to dominate your joke of a football team for another 7 years and maybe you will get lucky and find a gross oriental co-ed on your warzone campus if you don’t get mugged first. To hell with Tech always and forever!

south

March 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

I also here on the way back from Los Angeles, his plane will travel over Alabama….so does this mean he has interest in the Auburn job…good grief.

athenian

March 15th, 2010
1:52 pm

If Fox is smart he is out there interviewing for a better job. I don’t know why uga fans are so impressed with a bad record in a bad conference. You should wait until Fox wins something before proclaiming him a “great coach”.

bruce mac

March 15th, 2010
1:56 pm

Anything is possible germ, we can only hope not. If that was true we would probably be hearing about it by now. Nothing is kept quiet very long where the Dawgs are concerned. Also, why would he be in such a hurry to go there, normally the AD travels to the prospect on the first official contact.

bruce mac

March 15th, 2010
2:00 pm

Althenian, he already has Dawgs in Top 100 with two players. Thanks for the advise, but we will keep him and pay him and give him a raise if he wants it. Dawgs in NCAA next year, want to bet?

Monticello Dawg

March 15th, 2010
2:07 pm

Some of you rival fans hope Fox is interviewing for another job. I think he is settling in for a long stay in the Classic City. If Thompkins and Leslie stay put, next year the Dogs will be dancing, first of many trips under the sly Fox.

Richard Simmons

March 15th, 2010
2:08 pm

Athenian has to be a nerd. Any true Dawg that witnessed the Felton era knows that Fox will do great things here.

Dawghater

March 15th, 2010
2:12 pm

We know. UGA sets the B’ball bar pretty low! So we all know you had a great year.

AltamahaDawg

March 15th, 2010
2:13 pm

SEC is a bad conference?

south

March 15th, 2010
2:14 pm

athenian- nobody has proclaimed Fox a great coach yet, but he has had some great moments- Illinois, GT, TN,Vandy,FLA – I think all anyone has ever claimed is he has things going in the right direction- not an easy task in 1 year considering what he walked into.