Dean On Sports: UGA Basketball Back On The Map!
April 2nd, 2009 is a date that might slip past most of the Bulldog Nation. That was the day the University of Georgia hired head coach, Mike Fox, and made basketball relevant again in Athens. Fox came relatively unknown to UGA from Nevada, where he posted 123 wins and 43 losses overall, and won or tied for first in his conference four out of his five years there. Fox inherited a Georgia basketball team that could not be saved by Dennis Felton after Coach, Jim Harrick, and his son’s illegal actions put the program in shambles.
While Fox’s first year at the helm wasn’t the greatest. It at least looked like the attitude to compete night in, night out was established. And this year Mike Fox have the Bulldog fans believing in a team that has balanced scoring from Juniors, Trey Tompkins, Gerald Robinson, and Travis Leslie, all averaging double digits, and a quality win against, Kentucky.
Tonight, Georgia (9-1 at home, 14-4 overall, 3-2 in the SEC) plays on ESPN for a share of first place in the SEC East against the rival Gators. And on Saturday, the Bulldogs travel to Lexington to play Kentucky. Head Coach Mike Fox has Stegeman coliseum sold out again, and the hype back on the hardcourt as well, and is setting up the chance to put “them Dawgs” back in the NCAA tourney.