UGA, Fox discussing new contract; ‘not interested’ in any other job, he says

Georgia has opened discussions with men’s basketball coach Mark Fox about a new or amended contract that would increase his pay and demonstrate the school’s desire to keep him long-term.

Both athletic director Greg McGarity and Fox confirmed the contract talks in interviews Wednesday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Yes, I have had a preliminary discussion with Mark,” McGarity said. “Over the next week, two weeks, we’ll sit down and try to formalize some of the things we have discussed.”

Said Fox: “Greg and I had a great initial discussion. We’ll continue that later. But this is the job I wanted and where I want to be, and I’m excited Greg and I had such a great meeting.”

With several high-profile programs –- including N.C. State, Missouri and Oklahoma -– seeking coaches, there has been speculation that Fox might be pursued for another job.

Although Fox’s agent has fielded a couple of feelers from other schools, McGarity described the contract talks as a “proactive” move on Georgia’s part, and Fox insisted he will not consider another job.

“I won’t get a call, and [if I do] I’ll say, ‘Not interested. I’m the coach at Georgia,’” Fox said. “I don’t have time to deal with that, and I don’t want to. I went through that before [at Nevada], and I waited for a place I wanted to be at a long time. And that’s where I am.”

McGarity was asked if he is concerned about someone attempting to hire away Fox, who got the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament in his second season in Athens.

“That’s always a concern, but I’ve always felt you need to be proactive,” McGarity said. “I know we’re being proactive with Mark and his staff, and we’ve discussed some parameters. . . . I feel like we’re in a good place right now.”

Fox’s current contract runs through the 2014-15 season and pays him $1.3 million per year. That is $300,000 more than newly hired Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory will be paid, but it is $500,000 less than Alabama is paying Anthony Grant, who was hired at about the same time as Fox. Two SEC programs have hired new coaches this month: Tennessee is paying Cuonzo Martin $1.3 million per year, and Arkansas is paying Mike Anderson $2.2 million.

Fox’s contract contains an unusually large buyout clause that would require him to pay Georgia $2 million if he leaves before the end of the deal.

Neither McGarity nor Fox offered specifics about potential terms of a reworked contract.

“I just want for this program to reach the level I think it can,” Fox said. “We have to do it the right way, and that process certainly is one that takes some time. It takes the right people. There are a lot of things that are critical to the process, and I think [McGarity] and I agree on a lot of those things.”

Fox said he doesn’t believe the program needs any major upgrades in facilities after last year’s renovation of Stegeman Coliseum. Asked if budgets for assistant coaches and recruiting are issues, he said: “I think those are all things we will discuss when we sit down and dig into the teeth of things.”

Although hired by former athletic director Damon Evans, Fox said he enjoys working with McGarity. “I really appreciate the vision he has,” Fox said.

After going 14-17 (5-11 SEC) in Fox’s first season in 2009-10, the Bulldogs went 21-12 (9-7 SEC) this past season. They finished in a tie for third place in the SEC East, Georgia’s highest finish in the division in eight years. In the program’s first NCAA tournament game since 2008 and second since 2002, the Bulldogs lost 68-65 to Washington.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

115 comments Add your comment

Concrete Pete

March 30th, 2011
12:55 pm

now lets keep Thompkins and Leslie!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 30th, 2011
1:01 pm

sign him long term Yes !!
rollover contract NO !!!!!!!

BigDawg

March 30th, 2011
1:02 pm

He’s a winner, we don’t want to let him get away like we did Tubby!

UGA Alumnus

March 30th, 2011
1:06 pm

jp

March 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

We’ve got to get him locked up til like 2018. Is a buyout clause of 2 mil really that much for a UCLA or a UNC or a Oklahoma?

I hope he can recruit like he has been so far.

bruce mac

March 30th, 2011
1:08 pm

It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldawg. NCAA tourney in BBall and Dawgs/Boise State to kick off the 2011 Football season in the Dome. BOOO YAAAH!!!!

White guy named Akeem

March 30th, 2011
1:10 pm

Coach Fox is the man! Now that Shrek is gone in Knoxville, all has opened up in the East!

UGA Dawgs

March 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

UGA Dawgs

March 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

well not really

Finley Dawg

March 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

Fox is a true class-act. He will continue to improve the essentials of this basketball program!

UGA Dawgs

March 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

hunker down…..

Felix Millan

March 30th, 2011
1:17 pm

Can we find a new job for Andy?

BYRDDAWG

March 30th, 2011
1:20 pm

GIT R DONE!!!!! GO DAWGS

Tech Fan

March 30th, 2011
1:23 pm

Lock him down UGA!!

NCDawg

March 30th, 2011
1:26 pm

Now if Mike Hamilton would kindly give Kevin Ware his release, all will be good.

boots

March 30th, 2011
1:29 pm

Here is where the AD makes the difference. We will have a great national program with stability and great recruits. Go Dawgs!

gdawginkalamazoo

March 30th, 2011
1:32 pm

Sounds great. Keep up the good work Coach Fox. Now if we can renegotiate our contracts with Thompkins and Leslie we are set to go.

BUZZ

March 30th, 2011
1:34 pm

Give him a GOLDEN ROLLOVER Contract!!!!

ACESw/Crazy8's

March 30th, 2011
1:40 pm

did JP really say UNC in the same sentence with FOX’s $2 mil buyout?

mrb

March 30th, 2011
1:41 pm

Mr. McGarity-

I have Dave Braine’s contact info if you’d like it. Just let me know.

Goober McGarity

March 30th, 2011
1:45 pm

Greg,

This is your cousin Goober. Can you give him a new contract to hair he gets no time outs?

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BornADawg

March 30th, 2011
1:54 pm

White Guy, last I saw Kentucky and Florida are still in the east and we lost 3 of 4 to them. However, this is great news that ADM is sitting down with this coach and being proactive. I think we will start to see even more athletic run down the court type action when he gets all the pieces in place. Should be exciting…Go DAWGS!

headley lamar

March 30th, 2011
2:10 pm

List of top Colleges in America.

1 Harvard
2 Princeton
3 Yale
4 Columbia
5 Stanford
6 Penn
7 Cal Tech
8 MIT
9 Dartmouth
10 Duke
11 Chicago

20 Emory

35 Georgia Tech ( you arent even the top school in Atlanta )

56 University of Georgia ( Not that far behind really )

So spare me the Academics crap. Because that is what it is …. crap.

Its also a crutch when you guys lose. You can always just say, well if not for the Academics, and make yourself feel better after losing again.

D A DoubleU G

March 30th, 2011
2:21 pm

Great news!

Go Dawgs!

Atlanta Dawg

March 30th, 2011
2:25 pm

Lost in all the focus on Richt and the football and Fox and basketball is that McGarity is proving to be an excellent leader at the helm of the athletic department. He is even keeled, strategic, proactive and builds strong relationships. I think the biggest improvement at Georgia’s athletics in the past three years is the hiring of McGarity.

ATLANTA CITY

March 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

Congrats coach, you are doing the right thing here in UGA, God bless you as you take this team to a higher note.

Fox is a Con Man

March 30th, 2011
2:33 pm

Nobody else is interested in Fox so he won’t have to say no to any non-suitors! What a con-man.

dogforlife

March 30th, 2011
2:33 pm

Excellent news, and a great job not only by our coach, but by our non panty toting AD. They are both credits to the U of G. Every year Fox the Dawg adds more of his recruits, the better we’ll be.

gdawginkalamazoo

March 30th, 2011
2:38 pm

Atlanta Dawg, agreed. Since we now know that Evans lacked discipline and character. Not good traits for a leadership role.

VA DAWG

March 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

I say give him a bump with an additional year or two, but don’t hamstring the program the way tech did. I would like to see success the next two years on the floor and in recruiting before we give a long-term contract extension. I’m anxious to see what the Fox can do without JP, TL and TT. The 2011 class is solid, but I personally believe that the 2012 recruiting class will be the tipping point of this program and his future success in Athens. Good luck CMF and GO DAWGS!

gdawginkalamazoo

March 30th, 2011
2:41 pm

Not good to lack those traits is what I should of said.

we finally have a great AD

March 30th, 2011
2:42 pm

McGarity is the man.

makes sense

March 30th, 2011
2:44 pm

VA DAWG,

I agree completely. And I’d be willing to bet that GM agrees as well. I guess we’ll see.

Gordon

March 30th, 2011
2:46 pm

@headley,

Please list public schools only. We are in the top 10 there, and you are just as far behind.

Still@theBar

March 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

We will see if NCSU was really asking to talk to Fox, but I really don’t think that is true.

Fox is a Con Man

March 30th, 2011
2:56 pm

It is not true about NC State. His agent was leaking that to get Fox a raise. McGarity fell for it. If NC State wanted Fox it would be done. If any school was calling Fox, McGarity would be moving much faster than a “couple of weeks” as he is quoted. Get it?

vahidawg92

March 30th, 2011
3:00 pm

If McGarity is as tough as everyone thinks, he will re-assign Landers to another position in the Athletic Department. He is completely out of touch as a coach and has soured his relationships with high school and AAU coaches in the state. I do like the fact that McGarity is trying to keep Fox. The fact that the top recruits in the state are even considering UGA is a major step forward.

gte268p

March 30th, 2011
3:03 pm

haha, now let’s watch uga pull a Dave Braine/Paul Hewitt! Beware! Beware!

BigTimeTECHFan

March 30th, 2011
3:08 pm

Somebody was after him, called McGarity for permission to talk, McGarity goes to Fox and say lets talk contract. that how these things work.

Bulldawg Richie

March 30th, 2011
3:10 pm

Damn Good coach! He’s got the program heading in the right direction and wants to remain a Bulldog.

Taylor

March 30th, 2011
3:11 pm

Don’t bring logic intro the argument BigTimeTECHFan, trolls don’t like that

el

March 30th, 2011
3:11 pm

Are you guys sure this guy is a great coach? I watched his team play – thought thet had a lot fo talent – particularly his big man) and they lost fairly easily.

Taylor

March 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

lost fairly easily? huh?

Still@theBar

March 30th, 2011
3:19 pm

BigTimeTECH
Not always does an AD or coach get a call that allows him to get a New Deal. Many times it is just people saying/seeing the coaches name out there for jobs make that happen.
UNC didn’t call Kansas to ask about ROY, but Kansas sweetened the deal none the less a few years back. UNC called a few years later and ROY came HOME. UNC paid the buyout and didn’t flinch.

59bulldawg

March 30th, 2011
3:23 pm

God bless you Coach Fox! Finally a talented roundball coach who loves the Dawgs as much as the Dawgs and the Dawg nation love him! Coach I hope you retire one day after a long and successful career HC in Athens.

Me

March 30th, 2011
3:23 pm

Let Thompkins go. His teammates hate him.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

March 30th, 2011
3:24 pm

What???? A new contract for doing a one and done in the tournament and blowing double digit leads throughtout the year? SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!! Dawgs should have been in the NIT. Oh well this guy might as well be paid to be in the Choke Artist club along with Richt, Landers and Perno.

Taylor

March 30th, 2011
3:27 pm

Fox Hounds has no credibility. This has been has act since day 1

DollarDawg43

March 30th, 2011
3:29 pm

el that is actually a fair question but also consider this: We were playing six or seven guys primarily because CMF had to do some major roster rebuilding early on and has not had time to recruit the true depth that we need.

We did lose some games late because, in the SEC and/or ACC, the pace of the game wears down even the best conditioned players. Our six or seven were competing against other squads that consisted of eight or nine quality players.

That we managed to stay in a lot of those games as long as we did speaks volumes about his coaching ability.