Writer: Oregon should hire Mark Fox (PLUS: Time again for Dogs-Jackets)
1:00 amApril 14, 2010, by Tim Tucker
You knew it was just a matter of time before someone would suggest that someone should hire Mark Fox away from Georgia. FoxSports.com senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman does so, opining in a column that Oregon should hire Fox for its vacant coaching job. Important distinction: Goodman does not list Fox as a “candidate” for the Oregon job -– he lists four others in that category -– but as his “pick” for the job. Goodman on Fox: “He went to a trio of NCAA tournaments in five years at the helm at Nevada and has West Coast ties. The guy can coach, as further proven by taking a pitiful Georgia team to a 14-17 record this past season, and can also evaluate. . . . “
It’ll be Georgia vs. Georgia Tech on Wednesday night at Foley Field. It’s a baseball game both sides of the rivalry would love to win, of course, but it’s still secondary to conference games. So, mindful of the upcoming weekend series at Arkansas, Georgia will start a pitcher, Eric Swegman, who has worked only 5 1/3 innings in four appearances this season and didn’t retire a batter in his last start. The top three starters, of course, are being saved for conference games, as always. Beyond that, Georgia coach David Perno’s hope is to minimize the use of left-handed relievers Justin Earls and Alex McRee vs. Tech. “We know we’re going to need Earls and McRee this weekend because the two biggest boppers in Arkansas’ lineup are left-handed,” Perno said at Tuesday’s practice. “We’re just trying not to have to overuse either one of those guys tomorrow so we can keep their pitch counts down. And so we’re trying to pitch as many guys before we get to Earls and McRee on the back end.” Perno said he’ll have nine pitchers ready to work against the Jackets. “I hope we don’t use nine.”
For many fans, of course, a game against Tech is bigger than a series against Arkansas. “Oh yeah, some people only come to those three games every year,” said Georgia right fielder Peter Verdin, referring to the annual games against the Yellow Jackets at Tech, at UGA and at Turner Field.
For more on Georgia baseball, click here for my story in Wednesday’s paper.