Georgia Bulldogs head men’s basketball coach Mark Fox and the university have agreed to a contract extension that will keep the coach in Athens through 2020. Fletcher Page of the Athens Banner-Herald reported the agreement.
Fox led the Bulldogs to a record of 21-12 (11-7 SEC) in 2015 and a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where the team lost to Michigan State in the Round of 64 despite a second half surge. Just the same, AD Greg McGarity felt it necessary to reward his coach with a five year extension worth $2 million a year.
“This would basically place him in a group beneath John Calipari at Kentucky,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. “With Billy Donovan moving on to the NBA (from Florida) it brings Mark well in line with recent hires at other institutions, as well as coaches that are his peers in the Southeastern Conference.”
Georgia has done quite well under Fox, going 105-88 (51-51 SEC) in six seasons and taking two trips to the big dance. In a coaching career that also includes a stint at Nevada, Fox owns a career record of 228-131.
With his never-say-die attitude and refusal to crack under pressure in a tough SEC that includes John Calipari-led Kentucky and squads like Arkansas and Florida that always manage to put out solid teams, expect Fox to be the man who just might someday bring Georgia to its first Final Four since 1983.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports