Georgia to Give Head Basketball Coach Mark Fox Extension, Raise


Mark Fox has been building a new winning tradition in the Georgia basketball program, and his hard work is to be rewarded with a contract extension and raise. Good for Mark Fox, we say.

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When head coach Mark Fox came to the Georgia basketball program in 2009, things were a mess…a shambles…just short of the famed dumpster fire cliche. Fox gathered his players, started installing his brand of grinding, gritty basketball and went on the recruiting trail.

Seven years later, the Dawgs have been to two NCAA tournaments, an NIT, and have been serious contenders in the SEC every season. Things are on the upswing and the basketball program hasn’t been in better hands since the days of Hugh Durham.

All those results have paid off for Fox in the form of a contract extension and salary increase, as reported by the Athens Banner-Herald. Fox had already been extended this year (a deal that went unsigned), but this new deal will include a reportedly bigger pay raise. Details of the extension have not been released by either side.

“I feel like Georgia, it’s a destination,” Fox told the ABH. “Georgia is a place that has a football and athletic tradition as great as anybody. There’s no reason we can’t ultimately have that in basketball. It just takes time to do that year after year after year. I never want to leave.”

The deal should be approved by Georgia’s athletic board of directors on Thursday when they hold their end of school year meeting in St. Simons.

This will be Fox’s first pay raise since 2011, and should return him to the upper echelon of the league’s coaches after falling to 11th in the conference in terms of compensation. A guy coming off two consecutive 20-win seasons and with a 106-89 overall record with the school is deserving of being paid like one of the best coaches in the league.

Check for updates as the details of Fox’s new deal are revealed.

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