‘Great day for the Dawgs!’ Fox says

Mark Fox put his Georgia basketball players on Twitter restriction last week and said he wouldn’t be sending out tweets to let the world know “whether I got up and shaved in the morning or what time I went to bed. It’s just too much information.”

Landing Mr. Basketball, well, that was worth a tweet from the coach.

“Great day for the Dawgs!” Fox posted on Twitter.  “We added a great young man in Georgia’s Mr. Basketball, Marcus Thornton.”

Fox’s tweet was his first public comment on Thornton’s announcement Wednesday that he will attend UGA.  Fox expanded in a prepared statement a bit later:

“We are delighted that Marcus has decided to join our program. He is a terrific basketball player, a great student and an outstanding young man. He’s a winner in every way. He has a great family who now will be able to watch him play. Marcus was well coached in high school and is ready for the next step in his basketball career. It means a great deal to have Mr. Basketball coming to the University of Georgia for that next step. It’s also very exciting to us that Marcus wants to be a part of what we’re building [at] Georgia.”

An encouraging 2009-10 season, the decisions by Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie to return for their junior seasons and now Thornton’s commitment have combined to create a serious buzz about Georgia basketball.

“We feel an energy behind our program,” Fox said last week, “and the interest is back from our fans.”


I spent all day Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex –- a beautiful day at a beautiful place, by the way.

The NCAA Tennis Championships’ big 12-day run starts there Thursday, with eight women’s matches. Friday brings eight men’s matches, including Georgia vs. Florida.

Here’s a story I wrote Wednesday about how this football town became the capital of college tennis.  And here’s a primer on the tournament.

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May 19th, 2010
10:52 pm

Georgia BB is looking good

Jim Harrick

May 19th, 2010
11:00 pm

UGA basketball hasn’t been the same since I left.


May 19th, 2010
11:16 pm

I am very excited about the prospects for recruiting. Having stability in coaching with Fox will pay huge dividends as UGA moves into next year. Also, having a good BBall team can only help CMR in his football recruiting efforts for 2011.

Joe's place Joe speaking

May 19th, 2010
11:32 pm

The only reason he’s going to your so called school ( it’s more like a halfway house for convicts ) is because if he went to TECH or any acc school he would have had to sit out a year!


May 19th, 2010
11:45 pm

Wow Joe sour grapes. Maybe right, maybe not. UGA basketball is definitely on an upswing. Let’s hope Fox can continue building a top tier program. He still has a lot of work to achieve, but at least there is optimism surrounding the program. GO DAWGS.

Go Dawgs

May 19th, 2010
11:51 pm

Sign Ricky Cochran from Madison!!! He still has 1 yr of eligibilty left!

Rodney Gardner

May 19th, 2010
11:53 pm

Ricky Cochran?? Ain’t he the one that got all his s*** stole in Shreveport??

just a fan

May 20th, 2010
1:06 am

great article on tennis at UGA


May 20th, 2010
3:26 am

I sat down in my seat at the Sugar Bowl, booed Michael F. Adam$ lustfully, and we were behind 28 to nothing.

Nice offensive plan.

Joe Tereshinski III started 2005 against Florida. We scored 10 points with one of our best defenses ever. We LOST. Do you remember we scored only 17 vs South Carolina 2005, and yet we won. It is our Offense. Poorly coached offense.

14 points 2005 vs Georgia tek. Miserable.

Our reward for South Carolina, Florida and Georgia tek for 2005 along with the losses to Florida, Auburn and West Virginia ? 10-win season. Excuse me, we lost 3 games and looked miserable offensively against South Carolina, Florida and Georgia tek. And, what the hell was that 28 to nothing before we could even get settled in our seats in the Sugar Bowl in Atlanta that year, 2005 ? What was that ? What was the Auburn loss too and what was the loss to Florida with 10 points we amassed when DJ Shockley was injured ?


We aren’t ready offensively.



May 20th, 2010
3:28 am

2006, oh we average 10 wins a season. Shut the f up. We LOST 4 games. 9-4. You want to run that by me again that we average 10 wins a year in 14-game seasons nowadays ?

4 Losses 2006. 9-4. A season like that does NOT have to be reviewed. It was miserable.

2007, oh we won 11 games. Excuse me we won 11 games in a 14-game season.

We were not even in the SEC Championship Game. Not there.

We started the 2007 with 12 points on offense by UGA against South Carolina. South Carolina, a 6-6 team in 2007 NOT EVEN IN A BOWL GAME. 14-35 to vols in an even more embarrassing loss. Give me a break we were great in 2007. Go ahead, who the hell did we beat ? I damn sure know who we lost to. 2 teams in The SEC East to COMPLETE THE SWEEP BY ALL 5 SEC EAST TEAMS IN A ROW BEATING US to begin 2007 just as we had finished 2006.

2008 was EVEN WORSE.

2008, 14 players go out and get arrested / suspended in barroom brawls the very night we are ranked # 1 in the nation in every single solitary poll, every one.

2008 another 14-game season, oh whoop-tee-do, we WON 10.

We were NOT in The SEC Championship Game and have NOT BEEN since DJ Shockley beat # 6 LSU in The SEC Championship Game in 2005.

2010, this is 2010.


May 20th, 2010
3:30 am

We have not been there since 2005.

And, you want to tell ME about 10-win seasons.

Like 2008.

10-3 in a 14-game season.

31 to nothing at half at Home on National TV as the # 1 team in the nation. The most demoralizing horrid loss ever in college football history for a # 1 team at home. Flat on our faces. 42 to nothing Florida. Yeah, we are the # 1 team in the nation in EVERY POLL # 1. Then for good measure to a team who clearly would not have been ranked were it not for their 29 unanswered points against us 2008, we LOST to Georgia tek. A lousy Georgia tek team. Tell me about 8-1 vs Georgia tek all you want. There is no way 2008 goes down as some damnable great year at 10-3 with that devastating loss to Georgia tek, and blow-outs to Alabama and Florida. You want to name me the team we beat in 2008 ? I’ll wait for that answer.


Don’t tell me we had 1 bad year.

Average 10 wins in 14-game seasons.


May 20th, 2010
6:13 am

buLLdawg, I hate to point out the obvious, but we only play 13 games a year with a bowl game. I believe it was 2006 when everyone went to the 12 game schedule across the board, meaning a championship game appearance would give you 14. Only once have we done that, in 2002, when we went 13-1 and just missed a shot at the NC. 2007 was 11-2, when the national champs also had two losses. Be negative if you want, but get your facts right. Otherwise, you look foolish.


May 20th, 2010
6:49 am

No georgi87, we play 4-game seasons.

Only UGA has NOT made it to the SEC Championship Game since 2005.

Therefore WE only play 13-game seasons.

Jeez. Why correct when you know nothing georgia87 ?

We were 8-5 last year. Add it up. Your FACTS are not facts. 13 games. No SEC Championship for US.

9-4 in 2006.

Got it yet ?

Let me know when you can correct my posts.

Please ?


May 20th, 2010
6:50 am

We will be 10-3 this year or 9-4.

Because we will not play in the SEC Championship with the big boys like Florida LSU Alabama

Hells bells South Carolina and Arkansas are more highly thought of than us this year too.

They will play 14 games, us 13.

Frank Lane

May 20th, 2010
7:07 am

This is sending an important signal to the rest of t he state and the South. UGA is a valid place for great players. Hopefully there will be a ripple effect.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 20th, 2010
7:12 am

UGA will have an incredible basketball year this coming Winter. They may be the ONLY team in the NCAA who brought back their potential early NBA players. They entire NCAA field will be one of the absolute weakest it has ever been. And UGA will have all of its talent that beat good teams, and barely lost to the better teams last season.

Dawgs will win SEC, make a sweet appearance in the Sweet 16. And then watch the recruits roll in.



Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 20th, 2010
7:19 am


Don’t ever use the word “we” when talking about MY Dawgs. You are not included in the Dawg-Nation. WE don’t have room for idiots like you who troll these blogs at 3:26am, shouting out your mindless banter in between bong hits and oxycontin snorts.

I think you have what it takes to join Gator Nation. Just bring your case of Natty-Light and they will provide you with the uppers you need to be such a f***** tool.


May 20th, 2010
7:37 am

32/24 – Amen! Sheeeesh!

Now on to some sanity. Great job by CMF!!!



May 20th, 2010
8:06 am

I keep seeing comments on here about Ricky Cochran. Who knows more about this recruit. Could we get more updates on his credentials?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

May 20th, 2010
8:06 am

BuLL(s$%t)dawg, and your insane ramblings are relevant to this topic how? You have to be broke, cause a fool and his money are soon parted. On topic, CMF is doing a good, nay great job at Ga. He will prove that UGa can and will be a consistent force in SEC basketball.

Joe B.

May 20th, 2010
8:14 am

@Tim Tucker….

Quick question…since Thornton did not actually sign a LOI with UGA, is it not a recruiting violation for Coach Fox to be mentioning Thornton by name? Is there some sort of limbo regarding this because the entire situation is such an anomaly?


May 20th, 2010
8:41 am

This signing is good news for us this year, and could save us in 2011/12 as well. Can you imagine losing Thompkins, Leslie, Price, and Barnes up front with only Lalanne and Williams to replace them, and any incoming FR. – in the SEC East? We would be eaten alive. Now we’ll have 3 guys with a year under their belt, and I’m sure a solid recruiting class – much better!

Vandy Dawg

May 20th, 2010
8:48 am

Major kudos to Mark Fox and the rebuilding of Georgia basketball. Boo to mindless rants that have nothing to do with basketball that always seem to be copy-and-paste maneuvers from some predetermined script.


May 20th, 2010
8:57 am

Why is this guy “BuLLdawg ” such a whiny little baby? You’re post are nonsense that sound like a spoiled little 15 year old trying to convince someone they are an adult. Grow up…and stop embarrassing yourself like an some enfantile jerk. You can complain about playing 14 games per year diluting the record, but look at Richt’s record juxtaposed with the rest of the NCAA. Only a handful can be mentioned in the same breath.


May 20th, 2010
9:24 am

Great ones rise to the occaision.

When Heyward comes up late in the game with nobody on base, would it be against the rules to put cardboard cutouts on 2nd and 3rd?


May 20th, 2010
9:25 am

Sorry, wrong blog.


May 20th, 2010
9:38 am

bulldawg has already guaranteed a loss to UT this year because he wants Derek Dooley in Athens. That’s his REAL agenda. To get rid of Richt and bring in a coach with a losing record whose big accomplishments were at LA freaking Tech. all because he is Coach dooley’s son.

Richt ain’t going nowhere bulldawg and neither is Bobo.

2010 will be a year where our D returns to junkyard dawg style of defense with Grantham running the show. Sit back with your arms folded and get ready to complain and I’ll be excited while we win the East.


May 20th, 2010
9:54 am

Fire Paul Hewitt……………..

bruce mac

May 20th, 2010
10:10 am

BullDAWG actually makes some good points, it is that the points have been made and made and made. He actually loves the Dawgs (or wants to love them) but has it in for Mr. Bobo. I think Mr. Bobo has wronged him in the past. Anyway, I can only assume his posts will continue until we quit responding and yes I know I am guilty of doing it now. It goes without saying that the Dawgs need to improve on offense especially on turn overs and penalties but this is about BBall and it is a great day for UGA Bball, only some cannot enjoy it.


May 20th, 2010
10:20 am

It took three comments before douchebag Joe had to chime in. Techies know UGA has the better coach.


May 20th, 2010
10:25 am

Yeah, Joe, GT Basketball was SOOO great last year (and not at all a disappointment) that Mr. Basketball has no chance of playing as a freshman. Please.


May 20th, 2010
10:46 am

bulldawg…not trying to discredit you, but if we play 14 games in a season, we had to have played in the SEC championship game. Anytime you win the SEC east, you have had a pretty good season.


May 20th, 2010
11:35 am

What’s up with this COUP crap. We have a great place, a very good new Coach -why is it a coup?

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May 20th, 2010
12:41 pm

2009 8-5 = 13 games
2008 10-3 = 13 games
2007 11-2 = 13 games
2006 9-4 = 13 games
2005 10-3 = 13 games
Am I missing something here? Or is someone else missing something?


May 20th, 2010
12:43 pm

BTW, I stipulated the championship game issue that you seem to find fault with. Of course, you’ll have to look up stipulate.


May 21st, 2010
9:56 pm

and made and made and made and made and made….


May 22nd, 2010
9:47 am

We never play 14 games a$$hat, enjoy your Jackets. And enjoy losing to us again..again..and again. It never gets old beating GT in every sports. I can’t wait until Ga State starts beating GT in football, that will be funny.


May 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

The problem with our offense is the lack of running game. It always has been the problem. You can’t play action pass without a running game. Our conditioning program removes so much body fat that our guys look smaller, alot smaller than the guys across from them. This is UGA… we should be bigger or just as big as the guys across from us. Nebraska had great program of getting their guys bigger, why not us?


May 22nd, 2010
10:46 am

Another thing with an effective running game it removes time from the clock, rests your defense and reduces your chance for turnovers !!! A big recipe for winning. A great defense gives the ball back too!


May 22nd, 2010
12:17 pm

Coach Fox was a GREAT hire by Damon Evans & staff–only a foolish hater would say otherwise & we all know this website is FULL of those! I’m pumped about the UGA BBall heading into next season & I know Coach Fox & the players are equally excited. Fully expect to see Fox’s Dawgs dancing well into March next year & for many years to come!

Thank you Marcus Thronton for choosing to be a part of a great awakening in the Classic City!
GATA Coach Fox!