UGA basketball coach Mark Fox to receive contract extension, raise

Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox is expected to receive new contract on Thursday.

A special conference call of Georgia Athletic Association Executive Board has been convened for 11:30 a.m. tomorrow. At that time, UGA President Michael Adams and Athletic Director Greg McGarity are expected to recommend a contract extension and salary increase for the Bulldogs’ second-year basketball coach. The board is expected to approve that recommendation.

On Wednesday, McGarity would say only that the board was being convened to discuss “a personnel matter” but he declined to get into specifics.

As soon as Georgia’s season ended with a first-round loss in the NCAA tournament, McGarity said that he would seek to extend and enhance Fox’s employment agreement with the university. Asked Wednesday about the progress of those negotiations, McGarity said, “they’ve been very productive. We’re on the same page.”

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 hired new coaches last 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

Fox led Georgia to a 21-12 record this past season as the Bulldogs earned their first at-large NCAA tournament berth since 2002.

Fox’s name began to surface for other job openings soon after the season was over. But he quickly denied interest and said he intended to remain at Georgia for the long haul.

“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.”

45 comments Add your comment

gary

April 27th, 2011
5:56 pm

Keep Coach Fox the recruits are looking for a Coach who plan to be around and that is stable

Beast from the East

April 27th, 2011
6:02 pm

I think this is a good decision. It should help with recruiting if they know he’ll be there for their entire 4 years. Congrats, Coach Fox and we (Gators) look forwrd to competing with your squads for many years to come!

BornADawg

April 27th, 2011
6:53 pm

This a absolutely the right thing to get done! We know the man can coach and now recruits can see stability within the program. Now, I suspect we are going to start getting the recruits that can run up and down the floor with anyone. Build some depth and it’s going to get very exciting! This is the most I have been excited about UGA bb in many years! Go DAWGS!

Gordon

April 27th, 2011
6:56 pm

I recommend an automatic rollover deal. He will be there as long as you want him (and maybe a few years longer).

Coffee Bluff DAWG

April 27th, 2011
6:58 pm

It’s great to see UGA competitive in BB again. That program had fallen into mediocrity and worse over the last decade.

Goooo DAWGS, sic ‘em woof, woof.

Milledgeville Dawg

April 27th, 2011
7:28 pm

Great move!!

FalconUGAFan

April 27th, 2011
7:36 pm

Beast-just so you know I always enjoy your posts. Clearly you are a bigtime fan of your school, but your posts are always classy and you contribute to the discussion at hand.

LagDawg

April 27th, 2011
7:40 pm

Glad to see the program on the upswing. He’s a great coach and all the talent in the area should give him a chance and help to make the BB team a big success. Glad UGA is making the right move and properly compensating Coach Fox. Goooooo Dawgs!!!!!

TampaDAWG

April 27th, 2011
7:45 pm

FalconUGAFan I agree with your post Beast is always classy with his posts and its always good to read classy posts from any schools fans. As for Coach Fox, it is a great move and hopefully now that we know he will be at UGA for a while that some of these big time recruits will pull the trigger with UGA. Hopefully, we can compete with Kentucky, Florida, and Vanderbilt for a while. Go DAWGS!

VinceVanGo

April 27th, 2011
8:02 pm

A college coach should know that the university and the fans are behind him. I think this will show that the university is, I hope the fans will show their support too. Fox has done an outstanding job in his first couple of years both on the court and off. We haven’t had any discipline problems that I’ve heard of. Keep up the good work Coach Fox and good luck with recruiting. Keep going for the 3 star recruits, they’re more likely to stay for four years, get better year by year, lead their team in their junior and senior years, and end up with a degree, which should be their most important goal. The 1 or 2 and dones help themselves more than they help the team.

D A DoubleU G

April 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

Anybody know Fox’s record against Georgia Tech??

This hurts, but

April 27th, 2011
8:19 pm

Beast, you are a class act. It hurts to say that, as you’re also a Gator, but nice job. You guys have, presently, the best coach in the conference, I believe. Hopefully, Fox takes that mantle soon. A few more classes like this year and last year, who knows?
Nice job, Greg Mc. We’re glad you came home to run things!!

Dawg4ever

April 27th, 2011
8:50 pm

No wonder beast wants UGA to keep Fox. He lost both games to Gators this year, and is 1 and 3 against them in two years. This is with 2 nba players on his roster. Wait and see what he does the next 2 or 3 years against the gators. The difference between Fox and the Gator’s coach, is that the Gator’s coach can actually recruit, and Donovan can actually coach his players when the game is on the line. Donovan knows when to call a timeout and when not to, something Fox has no clue about. Fox doesn’t call a timeout and instruct his team to foul Fl. and loses the game, then he calls a stupid timeout with 1 second to go and loses against Bama in SEC tournament. This guy is like a deer in the headlights when a game is on the line, and he hasn’t got a chance competing with donovan, whether in recruiting or during games. Sorry Beast, maybe one day UGA will have a coach in football or basketball that is better than your gator’s coach, but it want happen as long as UGA has the 2 Mark’s. As for McGarity, once again UGA rewards a mediocre coach that finishes in a tie for 4th place in the SEC east. That really makes a positive statement. UGA now rewards it’s coaches for finishing in 4th in the SEC east. Richt has done it 2 years in a row, and now Fox does it in basketball. Hell, even Perno is in 4th in the east in baseball. All of UGA men’s programs are mediocre, McGarity will reward all of the coaches, great job McGarity. Think McGarity=Mediocity at it’s finest. Don’t think McGarity’s old boss Foley would reward 4th place finishes for his men’s programs. That is the difference between UGA and Florida

DAWG ONE

April 27th, 2011
9:02 pm

Dawg4ever – Are you happy with anything in your life? Miserable, I reckon.

Reminder – Perno has the Dawgs in 4th in the East behind three top five programs in FL, Vandy and SC. Not too shabby considering the negative things like losing two starters to serious injuries. Not only is that terrible but also disheartening.

Go Dawgs, and Dawg4ever, you can go to. I don’t have to say where!

Coffee Bluff DAWG

April 27th, 2011
9:14 pm

Dawg4ever,

Give Fox a chance to recruit. Yes, Donovan can recruit but he’s been a UF for half a lifetime vs 2 years for Fox so you can’t compare the 2. Fox isn’t being rewarded for 4th, but given a raise for resurrecting a program that was at best uncompetitive vs everyone in the East and at worst just terrible losing by 25 and not caring.

All men’s programs mediocre? HA. Try men’s tennis, ‘07-’08 BTB NC. This year # 5 in nation (down yr for GA tennis) because usually in top 3.

Dawg4ever

April 27th, 2011
9:29 pm

Coffeedawg, you can’t be serious. It is sad when you have to brag about UGA’s men’s tennis. I said Men’s football, basketball, and baseball were all 4th place east champions. You are a typical uga fan, and that is exaclty why the UGA programs are in the shape they are in. The fans and alumni don’t demand excellence, and they continue to except mediocrity in every sport. Besides your argument for men’s tennis isn’t even a good argument, because the men’s program just lost the overall #1 seed to Tenn again for the second year in a row.. But if you want to brag about finishing second to Tenn for the second year in a row, when UGA was always SEC champs out right, then go ahead. I guess finishing second in Mens’s tennis is something all UGA fans can brag about. Hell what are you gonna brag about next, gymnastics, oops forgot didn’t win SEC in that sport either. UGA overall program is down, and it is a joke the past 2 years. Enough said.

Dawg4ever

April 27th, 2011
9:39 pm

Dawg One, are you sure you aren’t Richt, you seem to have his excuses down. Wonder why you think it is o.k. to be the 4th best baseball team in the east. I have a good idea for you, maybe you should think the way winner’s think, and that is if Vandy, Fl, and S.C. can have top 5 baseball teams, why shouldn’t UGA. I guess than kind of thought never entered your loser mentality. If you as a fan except being in 4th place as not too shabby, then you are part of the problem with UGA athletic programs. Go take your loser, mediocre, mentality and cheer for another program. UGA already has enough people that think like you.

Tuna

April 27th, 2011
10:06 pm

I love Fox but hope there is a clause in his contract that he develop some kind of “bench.” I can’t bare to watch this team only going six or sometimes seven deep in a brutal SEC schedule. Eight or nine deep is more ideal, especially in the months of February and March.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

April 27th, 2011
10:11 pm

Dawg4ever,

You got in wrong in tennis. UGA and UT shared the SEC championship this yr with identical 10-1 records. Lost to UT 4-3 in Athens on G-Day but still split the championship.

Down yr for men’s tennis is what I mentioned. Next yr they win outright.

Everyone knows the BB is on the upswing. Not sure fouling UF in the Athens game was the right call as you contend. Easy for you to make the call after the fact but most coaches play D just like Fox called it.

Vulture

April 28th, 2011
7:37 am

We’re left to assume Dawg4ever doesn’t drink the Kool Aid.

Greg Willig

April 28th, 2011
9:28 am

Solid info! I wonder if this’ll show up on CoachWatcher. CW is the place to go for all the coaching rumors and news. http://www.CoachWatcher.com

GT BBall Fan

April 28th, 2011
9:30 am

I like Coach Fox, what is UGA going to do to ruin his image? I hope he doesn’t turn into the next Damon Evans.

Good luck coach Fox, except against the ACC.

Dawg4ever needs MIADOL.

April 28th, 2011
10:06 am

Dawg4ever,

Are you ever positive or do you just live in negativity. Please take your miserable self and find another team to pout over you wussy. You call yourself a fan? how all you do is focus on the negative, you fair weather fan. Fans like you are the ones that ruin it for everyone. YOUR A LOSER!!!

Gordon

April 28th, 2011
10:53 am

The last 2 years both Fox and Hewitt had 1 NCAA team and one losing season. Hewitt won a game in the NCAA and Fox didn’t. Hewitt was fired and Fox is given a raise and extension. This shows the difference in expectations of the two programs. The reverse is true in football.

Dawgsin11

April 28th, 2011
11:21 am

I have to agree with Dawg4ever concerning the mediocrity issue. Obviously, UGA football has fallen way behind the past few years. That’s impossible to argue. Richt needs a very good season in ‘11. How many wins? Well, I’d think 9-10, but ultimately McGarity will decide that and make put his stamp on the expectations he has for the program. Men’s basketball? Well, Donovan has shown that a good coach with incredible recruiting skills can deliver a “football school” a wildly successful basketball program. I like the contract extension for Fox because of the stability it shows, but let’s face it, he has GOT TO RECRUIT WELL. I know he got a 5-star player in this year’s class, and that’s certainly wonderful. But, the exodus of top tier talent continued this year, other than Caldwell-Pope. So, it’s obvious that he hasn’t charmed the state’s blue-chippers just yet, and there’s still very much a wait-and-see attitude with these guys. The ‘12 class is vital for him, in my opinion. We simply can’t watch the best players go to Ohio State, Florida, UNC, or other surrounding schools like Bama, Clemson, Auburn, and FSU. If he and his staff continue to lose recruiting battles to our peers, he will fail, period. I mean, that’s kinda stating the obvious. Baseball? Well, this is another sport that UGA shouldn’t drop to the pathetic depths like last season, but that’s sorta been the Perno pattern. I always hear that he’s an incredible recruiter, yet we won 5 SEC games last year and sit 2 games over .500 this year overall. We went 2-6 against the ACC, but we have been stronger in SEC play this season. Perno needs to watch how consistent winners like Danny Hall and Leggett at Tech and Clemson recruit. “Signing” a kid that is a shoe-in to get drafted high and never make it to campus….well, you get burned and have a historically bad season like last year and lose 9 of 10 to Clemson and Tech that past 2 seasons. That’s what it gets you.

I think UGA is an underachieving athletic program in the Big 3 sports, and I sincerely hope McGarity puts an end to it. Dawg4ever might sound negative as hell, but it’s not like he’s spouting things that aren’t true. We need to quit bragging so much about how freakin’ profitable our athletic program is and step up with the big boys that have big budgets (ie., Texas, Florida, Ohio State). I’m proud of our tennis program and some of the other spring sports, but geez, we need to fix those revenue sports.

ATL Sports Fan

April 28th, 2011
11:38 am

Dawgsin11, basbeall is not a revenue sport by the way. There are only two revenue sports and it is football and baketball. Baseball is tough to recruit because you have limited scholarships (11.7). It’s easier to miss out on a kid in baseball. You can’t teach a kid how to hit a 90 mph baseball or a decent curveball. You either have it or you don’t.

AthensDawg

April 28th, 2011
12:16 pm

This is very good news for the dawgs because if we wouldn’t of locked Fox up he would have been gone.

Finley Dawg

April 28th, 2011
12:18 pm

Great news for Coach Fox!! With his assistants, are they entitled to raises or is that uncommon?

Blackberry Cobbler

April 28th, 2011
12:31 pm

ATL Sports Fan

April 28th, 2011
11:38 am
Dawgsin11, basbeall is not a revenue sport by the way. There are only two revenue sports and it is football and baketball. Baseball is tough to recruit because you have limited scholarships (11.7). It’s easier to miss out on a kid in baseball. You can’t teach a kid how to hit a 90 mph baseball or a decent curveball. You either have it or you don’t.

ATLSF– What a dumb @$$ you are. The number of scholarships is set by the NCAA and for each sport (like 11.7 in baseball) at the D1 level is the same for every school. So, this has no impact on recruiting whatsoever. It’s the same playing field for every team. Second, you most certainly can teach the techniques and skills over time to improve a players ability to recognize and hit a fastball or curve. Make sure you know what the hell you’re talking about before you post.

BYRDDAWG

April 28th, 2011
12:47 pm

AWESOME!!!!!

BYRDDAWG

April 28th, 2011
12:55 pm

Doogfornever, you’re a joke ! A clown & you prob rode the SHORT bus to school!!!! Go back to your comic or coloring books & leave the blogging to people that actually have a CLUE…..

cdog

April 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

thanks uga for doing this.next to tubby smith, fox is a great coach.if those 2 greedy idiots (trey thompkins and travis leslie) would have used their heads instead of their eyes and hands, the basketball program would be looking at possible final four next season.it still may have a chance to do that. fox is a great coach.

59bulldawg

April 28th, 2011
1:17 pm

I’m the happiest I’ve been with Georgia basketball since the Tubby days. Coach Fox has us on the right track . . . plus he wants to be in Athens and has embraced the city and school as his own. I appreciate that because for the first time in a while we have a good coach who sees the Georgia job as a destination . . . a program with potential for a coach who wants to create his own legacy . . . instead of a stepping stone for a coach looking to go elswhere where legacy has already been established. Congratulations Coach Fox, I’m happy you’re our coach!

john

April 28th, 2011
2:08 pm

Dawg4.. ever and dawgs.. in 11,
both of you are off base, year after year the program and school are in top 10 for sears cup, now the capital one cup, or whatever they sold rights to.

simply saing the whole program is underachieving is dishonest. look at how other sports are ding before you make that claim. the BB team went to ncaa, the football team has had two bad years, the baseball team is only 3 yrs removed from almost winning it all in final game. get a life, you cant be first in everything, all the time. I reallydoubt you are , two big shot loudmouths sitting behind a computer, probably never played sports in your life!

peace!

cantondawg

April 28th, 2011
3:45 pm

Dawg4ever,

If you weren’t so stupid you would realize that Mcgarity is not rewarding CMF for finishing 4th in the conference. .He is rewarding him because, in just two years, he had made tremendous improvements in the basketball program. If you weren’t so dumb, you would remember just how bad shape the program was in two years ago.

cantondawg

April 28th, 2011
3:47 pm

Not only does Dawg4ever not drink the cool-aid, it sounds like he’s been drinking alot of Prune Juice lately. No wonder he so sour and bitter

cantondawg

April 28th, 2011
3:48 pm

Dawg4ever is disappointed that CMR and CMF can’t walk on water and turn grapes into wine like he can.

Ron Burgundy

April 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

It is amazing how mediocre coaches can get these outrageous contracts. Give 75% of NCAA coaches the players Fox had last year, but didn’t recruit, and they would make the NCAA toruney too. But they wouldn’t deserve a raise and neiterh does Fox. Oh well, more power to him.

William Satterwhite

April 28th, 2011
5:47 pm

Just wondering but what exactly is the purpose of comparing the salary of a coach getting a raise to that of a coach who just got hired?

tim

April 28th, 2011
6:39 pm

A whole lotta crap. UGA might be laying off teachers and some buildings need repair but the continue to throw money at marginal coaches.

And don’t reply it’s the alumni money or the athletic dept raises revenue. That’s BS. A college is a college collectively.

Hugh Durham

April 28th, 2011
8:55 pm

The headline says that he gets an $8.5 million dollar contract but the article mentions nothing. Typical AJC reporting. No wonder they’re going broke. Typos, misreporting, liberalism. The AJC sucks.

Ron Roberts

April 28th, 2011
9:30 pm

and Tim, when the alumni money goes to pay for scholarships for athletes, that money is basically moved to the “college” for academics. Next?

Big D Dawg

April 28th, 2011
10:47 pm

sorry tim, but a college and it’s athletic department are separate entities. Yes, I agree that a college is a college collectively except where the money comes from and where it goes.

G. Tampa Bedwetter

April 29th, 2011
1:56 am

Congrats Coach Fox ………………….now fire Richt to save the money.

Buzz Me

April 29th, 2011
4:51 am

This GT fan says great move. Great coach. Class Act