Mark Fox Takes Over the Reins of Georgia Basketball

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY - MARCH 16:  Head coach Mark Fox of the Nevada Wolf Pack looks on as he coaches against the Montana Grizzlies during the First Round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament March 16, 2006 at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake CIty, Utah.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Fox to Georgia

Fox to Georgia

Georgia has officially hired the University of Nevada’s Mark Fox—a surprising move, considering his name hadn’t even been mentioned in the rumor mill.

Fox had been a solid coach at Nevada, with a 123-43 record, and reached the NCAA Tournament each of his first three years as a head coach.

But on the flip side, he never got past the second round and has not even made the NIT the past two years.

Fox is known for his ability to recruit, though he has absolutely no ties to the South. This is a questionable hire by Georgia, but the barrel was running dry.

 

In other Georgia news, Bulldog guards Zac Swansey and Troy Brewer are both transferring out of the program.

Swansey started 17 games and averaged 4.3 PPG and 1.9 RPG. Brewer played in 21 contests and averaged 2.1 PPG.

This leaves Georgia with seven playable squad members after graduation. One might say Fox has an uphill battle in turning the program around.