Fox: ‘I don’t want anyone thinking I’m leaving, because this is where I’m going to coach’

ATHENS — Although the rumor mill has linked his name to various coaching openings in the past month, most recently UNLV’s, Georgia men’s basketball coach Mark Fox insisted again Tuesday that he has no interest in any other job.

“I don’t want anyone thinking I’m leaving, because this is where I’m going to coach,” he said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week that Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity had opened discussions with Fox about a new or amended contract.

“Greg and I had an initial conversation, and I trust him,” Fox said Tuesday. “He knows this is where I want to coach. . . . Right now we’re spending our energy on getting information for Travis [Leslie regarding the NBA draft], coaching our team, recruiting. And when we have time, I guess we’ll finish that [contract] discussion.”

McGarity, seated nearby, nodded his head in agreement.

“I really feel like this is a place where we can win at a very high level,” Fox said. “But to do that, we have to take our time and do it the right way.”

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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Zoli

April 5th, 2011
5:58 pm

I like Fox as a coach and where the program is heading. Players like playing for him, fans like watching his teams, and Stegman is selling out.

makai

April 5th, 2011
5:59 pm

Thanks, Coach!

Joe B.

April 5th, 2011
6:05 pm

Coach, take if from a Dawg alum. You might as well go as soon as someone gives you an offer. You just saw what happened with a kid from Georgia, who has a BROTHER on the team. He picked the bottom of the ACC’s shoe over the Dawgs. You will simply never have a chance at sustained success in Athens. The kids just don’t have loyalty to their state school.

The Fixer

April 5th, 2011
6:06 pm

Coach Fox is a class act and we’re lucky to have him coach our beloved Dawgs!!

Barkin'Dog

April 5th, 2011
6:08 pm

Ante up, Greg… this guy’s a keeper! Can’t wait to see Leslie and the new recruits on a running team next season.

And, good luck, Trey… wherever you land in the NBA. By staying and playing, you made this season exciting and memorable. The HoopDawgs are building their program the right way… and Trey had a great hand in turning it around…woof-woof!

Crime Dog

April 5th, 2011
6:10 pm

Coach, take if from a Dawg alum. You might as well go as soon as someone gives you an offer. You just saw what happened with a kid from Georgia, who has a BROTHER on the team. He picked the bottom of the ACC’s shoe over the Dawgs. You will simply never have a chance at sustained success in Athens. The kids just don’t have loyalty to their state school.

What absolute crap. A flagship school with a bottomless athletic budget and a fertile recruiting base will never support sustained success? Garbage.

Dawgs1

April 5th, 2011
6:17 pm

Thank you Coach Fox and Greg. They will get it done the right way.

Appreciate the effort of the team thios year and the future is bright. For those recruits not interested, it will be their loss.

Go Dawgs!

tony

April 5th, 2011
6:30 pm

Since Leslie decided to leave, we have a chance to sign Kelvin Ware. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kelvin Ware will give the dawgs the toughest backcourt in the sec.

Dawg4ever

April 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

The reason the Nolte kid picked Virginia was because he along with everyother top recruit in state aren’t sold on Fox or his program. Kids want to play for a team that has the potential to win consistently, and UGA and Fox don’t impress these kids. When you only sign one of the top ten players in state, and eight of those are in top 150, you are not a good recruiter. For fans to say this guy is building the program the right way, what way is that. To sit there and watch the top talent leave the state every year, and to sign one every couple of years. There is no way this coach will build a consistent program like that, and people forget, his top 3 players were all signed by Felton. Fox has signed one player that will hopefully be an SEC player, and that is Pope. Other than Pope, there is no one from last year’s class that has contributed, and there is probably no one other than Pope that will contribute next year. Basketball is alot easier to build a program in a short period of time, but to only recruit one good player in two years will not get the job done. We will see what this coach is all about next year. If he gets UGA back in the big dance next year, then we have a coach, if he has another losing season, UGA is once again the 5th best team in the SEC east.

Sonny Clusters

April 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

We was thinking this is not such a big deal because, according to the front page of this site, Delta has banned Bulldogs from flying. He couldn’t leave if he wanted to.

UGA Alumnus

April 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

poopdawg

April 5th, 2011
6:54 pm

Anybody thinking Coach Fox is Crazy for not leaving UGA ASAP is silly. Coach Fox can have sustained success at UGA if given the opportunity. Basketball recruits need to see the light in Athens ,GA. A GREAT place for an incredible education an a wonderful place to live. Thanks Coach Fox , your only beginning the ride.

sandyspringsjacket

April 5th, 2011
6:54 pm

Anything Foxy has done was with Felton’s players. Check back in 2 more years. Not sure THUGA danced, they were knocked out before the music started! Bye the way, hope McGarity has a copy of PUhewitt’s contract. Just line out PU and pencil FOX.

mark

April 5th, 2011
6:55 pm

He’s in his second year, he won twenty games and idiots say he will never build a program. I guess he should have gone undefeated and won the tournament.

Worm

April 5th, 2011
6:56 pm

With that underwhelming hire at Tech, the state just became more fertile for the Dawgs.

sandyspringsjacket

April 5th, 2011
7:00 pm

If Shump comes back, CBG will have almost the identical team that PU had and almost the same schedule. All the games will “away”. So we will see and learn alot about him next year. THen we will know who rules the state in BB.
Worm, With all the bull sh-t in Athens, i do agree its fertile up there!

PTC DAWG

April 5th, 2011
7:10 pm

I’ll go one further, anyone on these blogs saying Fox should leave UGA is not a UGA fan. They are fans of a rival.

GTBob

April 5th, 2011
7:16 pm

Fox is a great coach, but we have all heard coaches say this before. Ill be more impressed when he says it after turning down huge money from a top program who cares about basketball.

college is forever

April 5th, 2011
7:30 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com It’s easy to sit back complain and criticize about what all
“what ifs and should ofs”. Time will tell that Fox has what it takes to make UGA a consistent force in the SEC.

tony

April 5th, 2011
7:34 pm

Dawg4ever, you are wrong sir. I’ve seen a vast improvement since Fox took over that program. Winning consistently? When did this team ever win consistently before Fox became the hc? You talk about Fox being a bad recruiter……heck, give the man time to establish himself in the SE. He took Dennis Felton’s(84-91) recuits and made them winners(35-28) in just 2 seasons. There is one area where he needs to improve at and that’s closing out games after building big leads. I think he will do that next season because Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a scoring machine and he doesn’t shy away when the game is on the line. Just give the man time.

Upstate Dawg

April 5th, 2011
7:34 pm

Thanks for the reassurance, coach. Mr. McGarity, get it in gear, please.

Kenny G

April 5th, 2011
7:39 pm

Joe B I would be willing to bet my life’s savings (which isn’t much) that you are NOT a Dawg fan!

Blowin up balloons all day

April 5th, 2011
7:40 pm

You people need to get a clue. Fox aint gonna leave UGA as long he knows he can milk the school millions like the choke artist football coach. UGA’s athletic dept has been duped again.

DuMb dAWg

April 5th, 2011
7:43 pm

Wht is Connnor Nolte choosing Virginia?

GT65

April 5th, 2011
7:46 pm

Coach Fox has put excitement back in UGA BB program..He’s done a great job and 1st class gentleman. I have become a Fox fan after watching his team all year. UGA will only get better. Go dawgs except when you play GT. I hope Coach Gregory does as well….God bless both schools.

LakeDawg

April 5th, 2011
7:50 pm

I love a coach with the integrity to not playword games. Right to the point. Fox knows it will take time, but UGA has limitless resources and an AD who wants to win in all sports. Fox knows this and also knows he can become a legend if he stays and turns UGA into a basketball power for the first time. Go Dawgs!

Good news for you, Dawg4ever, and other Dog fans

April 5th, 2011
7:54 pm

Have you seen the 2012 kids UGA is in on? Its a bumper crop in-state and Fox is posiitioned to load up.

About Nolte- he is signing with a school whose program is not at UGA’s level as we speak. They do seem to have a good coach and may be successful, but right now most neutral observers have your and my favorite school rated above them. Can’t buy your reasons for him rejecting us.

As you know, UGA is highly rated as a public university, but Virginia is very good academically, and Nolte is someone who values an education, as he alluded to in his committment announcement.

While waiting on football season, as a Dog fan, enjoy the usual spring sports success UGA is experiencing. The baseball team just swept a ranked team, the Lady Dogs softball team has a nation leading 37 game home winning streak, the nation’s top college tennis program over the last 25 years is leading the SEC, and the Lady Dogs tennis team is likewise unbeaten.

So, Dawg4ever, revel in your beloved school’s athletic excellence, and don’t fret over the one that got away.

Calhoundawg

April 5th, 2011
8:19 pm

Crime Dog, Dawg4ever; Fox is the real deal, just like our beloved football coach. Georgia basketball is finally relevant after a number of years, and all y’all can come up with is stupid **** like that? How old are y’all, twelve or thirteen? Or, would you rather have a Bruce Pearl type in Athens. You all are pathetic.

VinceVanGo

April 5th, 2011
8:19 pm

Here’s my take on why Nolte is bolting to Virginia. By the time that he would hit the floor at Georgia as a freshman, Nemanja Djurisic who is a verbal commit to UGA and will sign in the late period will be starting as a sophomore and pulling in most of the minutes with Nolte mostly subbing behind him. Nolte probably wouldn’t start at Georgia until his senior year. He probably sees greener pastures in Virginia. Good luck to both. Go Dawgs and go Fox get K. Ware.

Calhoundawg

April 5th, 2011
8:21 pm

Sorry Crime Dog, I see now you were quoting Joe Blow. My bad.

Go Dawgs !!!

Andrew

April 5th, 2011
8:38 pm

Using Felton’s recruits to make it to the Big Dance,is something Felton wouldn’t and couldn’t do in two years,or nine! Give coach Fox credit. He just made UGA basketball relevent again. I don’t feel (like Dawg4ever},that we have to wait until next year making it to the Big Dance again,to say we have a coach . Lets hear it from others,I think we now have a coach! In a short time,the recruits will come to UGA.

cantondawg

April 5th, 2011
8:47 pm

Crimedog,

I absolutely agree with you on Joe B. comments. He’s a very sorry alum to make comments like that. UGA has the budget and recruiting grounds to win big time. To me, UGA is a better job than Butler and VCU and both their coaches turned down bigger schools to stay put.

Ron Roberts

April 5th, 2011
8:51 pm

Anybody speaking negatively of Mark Fox and his job thus far hasn’t been a fan of Georgia basketball for very long, that much I am CERTAIN of. If they’re fans at all, and not trolls…

…Tubby Smith wasn’t around long enough to recruit enough players of his own (I suppose his success was all off Hugh Durham’s work….) yet we knew his leaving was going be painful, and that guy managed to win a national championship, as memory serves.

I don’t care who was recruited by whom; the man can draw up a game plan and work with what he’s given; that’s a good COACH. His sticking around and PROVING to in-state recruits that he’s going nowhere will bring those blue-chippers in, soon enough.

And for those whining about late-game losses…. folks, it’s about depth. Our starting five was as good as anybody we faced. Our bench was our weakness. You DO know that, right?

Joe B.

April 5th, 2011
8:56 pm

You people are all just suckers. Come back here in 3 years after the Dawgs have floundered around about 16-15 for 3 straight years.

Fox just had the most talented team he is likely to ever have at UGA. How many times in history has UGA had 2 NBA players on the team simultaneously? The team was simply too weak mentally to play up to its talent. That’s coaching.

Connor Nolte was as close to a lead-pipe lock of a kid that UGA could ever hope for in hoops, and Fox still blew it, and it’s not like the kid went to UNC or Duke, he went to a pathetic, scrub program that is at or below UGA’s level.

Maybe Fox will salvage the class and pick up Parker, Reid and a dynamic point guard, but if he does not get at least Parker, the 2012 class will be like Mark Richt’s 2007 class, a total whiff on in-state kids that will lead the program to mediocrity.

Douglas

April 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

Some of you guys are idiots or obviously were not here when Hugh Durham coached. I was a UGA student when he came when hardly anyone went to the games — I know — I was at the games — they had bleachers on the floors where you could sit closer to the game. Once he recruited several good players including Dominique Wilkins, Vern Fleming, etc., and started winning games, the place started to sell out. Fans will come see the men’s bball team if he wins. I do agree I believe he needs a better recruiter who has connections particularly with some of these AAU coaches.

51WTGW50

April 5th, 2011
9:01 pm

Fox knows he doesn’t have to go any place. He can be middle of the pack in the SEC and still be loved like Richt. UGA fans only care about football and they still keep Richt around. Fox has it made while still loosing to the Gators, Kentucky, Vandy, and Bama. It is not like Fox is a football coach losing to those teams. I the football coach lost to those teams he would be fired. Wait RICHT and BOBO lost to the GATORS, KENTUCKY, BAMA, USC, and U Central Florida. AHHAHAH He still has a JOB at UGA? FOX is golden for sure then.

Basketball for Dummies

April 5th, 2011
9:10 pm

Fox just needs to hire the Harricks as academic advisors for his scholar-athletes.

Scholar-athletes at UGAy? Who are we kidding!

Pulpwud Smiff

April 5th, 2011
9:14 pm

“… and still be loved like Richt.”

What a joke that is! Dawg fans need to start organizing and demanding that Richt be fired. Otherwise, sports writers will be asking the same questions this time a year from now.

Richt represents mediocrity. Saban and Meyer represent excellence and championships. Richt simply isn’t in their class, nor will he ever be. Richt would have to be incredibly lucky to win the division, and the odds against him winning the SEC championship would be at least 50:1.

Those are the simple facts, and there’s no amount of enthusiasm or cheerleading or Top 5 recruiting classes that can get around it.

BiggdawgK

April 5th, 2011
9:29 pm

Joe B is too stupid to get into UGA much less graduate. He is the prototypical pathetic loser that is not really a fan of any program but because he is such a sad lonely little nothing he can only gain joy by trying to bring his betters down to his level.

Ignore him and he will scuttle back to hide under his bridge.

51WTGW50

April 5th, 2011
9:33 pm

A few years ago many Fools voted for Hope and Change. Now the man that said that is saying vote for him again and Hope He will Change. That sounds like Obama, but in TRUTH it is Richt and Bobo too.

CatsFly

April 5th, 2011
9:36 pm

UGa has the same prospects for having a v. good BB team as Kentucky has for having a v. good FB team. Do you agree?

CatsFly

April 5th, 2011
9:39 pm

Douglas, from what I hear you saying, UGa fans are fair weather fans. They only come out if they win. Now maybe maybe if they came out despite their record, recruits might just decide that UGa deserves a good basketball team and that maybe they can help. Fair weather fans “suck”.

AfghanHound

April 5th, 2011
9:44 pm

UGa is lucky they only have one “blueblood” to deal with in BB. The ACC has two. Heck, the state of North Carolina alone has 3 teams that have won multiple NC’s in roundball.

51WTGW50

April 5th, 2011
9:50 pm

UConn 53 v Butler 41
Nuns 35 v Texas A&M 33 at the half.
Can you guess witch games in the MEN’s Basketball National Championship Game?

51WTGW50

April 5th, 2011
9:59 pm

The Notre Dame Nuns have a girl on the team named MUFFIN. Does she eat fish on Fridays? Does she take classes in using a Ruler as a weapon on the unruly? Shouldn’t they be playing in their Habits?

51WTGW50

April 5th, 2011
10:00 pm

Notre Dame has 44 with 12:02 left in the game and Texas A&M has 41.

51WTGW50

April 5th, 2011
10:08 pm

With 15:35 left. The Women’s game is about to have more points than the Men’s Championship game.
At 14.28 left in the 2nd half it is ND 48 v Tx A&M 46 have Tied the Men’s score HAHAHHA. The MEN’s GAME SUCKED.

Future Alumnus of UGA

April 5th, 2011
10:17 pm

How can anyone not be high on a basketball coach who has already put UGA basketball on the radar again in such short time. Some of you posters are acting like idiots claiming “we can never be a top basketball program”….BS! Fox is a class act who truely cares about making UGA into a top program and has the facilities and resources to do it.

Get behind UGA basketball and believe (as you have reason to) or keep your negative thoughts to your pathetic selfs.

Also our baseball team is turning the corner, where are all the “FIRE PERNO” fans at now??? HAHA
GO DAWGS!

BornADawg

April 5th, 2011
10:17 pm

JoeB…Why do you say you are an alum when it is so obvious you aren’t? No alum would trash his schools athletics the way you are. The vast mahority of you don’t on here don’t know a basketball from a pumpkin and I’ve said that before. Anyone who can’t see that this guy coaches these guys up either isn’t watching or doesn’t know what they are seeing. We couldn’t run as much as CMF would have liked because we simply didn’t have the personnel to do that. Next year will be fun but year after is what I am really looking forward to. Some of you really need to get a clue…Go DAWGS!!

renegade#1

April 5th, 2011
10:36 pm

You people calling yourselves Ga fans and supporters please don’t ever root for me I wouldn’t wan’t your so called support or your negative enthusiasm. If I was dying of cancer. I wouldn’t even wan’t yall cheering for the cancer, you people SUCK and I mean a really BIG ONE. If this is what yall call supporting your team go home and cheer for your family they need your support more than the teams at UGA. At least UGA is on the rebound your family not so much yall need to go somewhere else and suck. If yall are fans then go somewhere else and blow.