Mark Fox on Plane That Nearly Collided with Another Plane on Runway

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 27, 2016

Mar 10, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Fox during the first half of the fifth game of the SEC tournament against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bridgestone Arena. Alabama won 81-73. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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Georgia Bulldogs head men's basketball coach Mark Fox avoided a potential disaster on his flight from Atlanta to Miami on Wednesday morning. 

Per ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, Fox was among the passengers on a Delta flight that nearly collided with another plane on the runway.   

Fox told ESPN the plane was "running full throttle, getting ready to take off. And the pilot slammed on the brakes." The Bulldogs coach said he was "fine" and "it wasn't that big of a deal," though he did credit the pilot for a "great job."

Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer was also on the flight, heading to Miami for Game 5 of the NBA playoff series between the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. He said over 100 passengers were "jolted forward—shaken and surprised, but with no immediate apparent injuries."

Because of the how suddenly the plane had to brake, Goodman noted the flight took off nearly two hours late to get the brakes inspected. The report added that Fox was on his way to Miami to visit Heat assistant coach Keith Smart. 

The 51-year-old Smart took a leave of absence from the Heat earlier this season when he was diagnosed with skin cancer, but he returned to the team prior to the start of its playoff series against the Hornets. 

Per Goodman, Fox said he's known Smart for over 30 years—during the 1980s, when Smart was playing at Garden City Community College before he transferred to Indiana prior to the 1986 season. 

Starting at the University of Nevada in 2004, Fox has spent the last 12 years as a college basketball head coach. He took over the Bulldogs in 2009 and has led the program to two NCAA tournament appearances in seven years. The 47-year-old has a 249-146 career record and has posted three straight 20-win seasons.


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