Can Mark Fox Lead Georgia to Compete in SEC Baskteball?

Robert HollandCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 16:  Head coach Mark Fox of the Nevada Wolf Pack directs the team from the sidelines during second half against the Creighton Bluejays in round one of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 16, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Georgia's new basketball coach is hired. Damon Evans' search is over.

But can Mark Fox lead Georgia's basketball team to compete in the SEC?

We'll just have to wait and see about that one!


So the UGA AD has finally settled on the head coach from Nevada as the Dawgs' next head basketball coach. From what I've read, Fox isn't that much different than coach Dennis Felton when he took over the Georgia program.

Is this a hire that is going to rebuild the fan base and pack out the stands in Stegeman? And more importantly, is Fox going to be able to lead the Georgia basketball team to compete in the all-powerful SEC?

I will be most interested to hear the scheduled news conference for tomorrow morning at 11a.m., in which Evans will officially announce Fox's hiring to the position. I'm anxious to hear what Fox is going to bring to the table that is going to turn our program around.


Is Fox Capable of a Turnaround? 

I'm not sure. Apparently, he has strong recruiting capabilities, so that will certainly help this program's rebuilding process.

I've always felt, though, that the best hire for the turnaround would be someone who has charisma, a lot of popularity, and a name that will spark the fan base and pack Stegeman Coliseum.


What Can We Expect from Fox? 

Are we to expect that he is going to come to Georgia and give us the shock treatment we need?

I do know that one of the best and most effective ways to build a strong fan base is to start winning games. But coming from Nevada, is Fox going to perform on the tough SEC stage? 

Think of the coaches that are now in place—Florida’s Billy Donovan, Tennessee’s Bruce Pearl, and Kentucky’s John Calipari are in a separate class.

It's going to be brutal in '09-'10. Considering the changes made and money spent in Lexington, UK will be expecting nothing less than a Final Four appearance from the team.


As a Georgia basketball fan, I'm going to support Mark Fox and give him the chance he deserves to lead to the team.  After all, he has at least acknowledged the school as worthy of his presence.

But I feel my expectations for this hire were just so much higher for some reason.


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