ATLANTA (AP) - In a surprise move, Georgia has hired Nevada's
Mark Fox to replace Dennis Felton.
Georgia will announce the hire at a news conference on Friday
morning, a person with knowledge of the hire confirmed on Thursday
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hire
has not been officially announced.
The announcement is a surprise because Georgia athletic director
Damon Evans was expected to interview candidates at the Final Four
Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton announced
Thursday night Evans will "discuss the men's basketball head
coaching position" at Friday's news conference.
Evans chose Fox two days after Georgia was unable to hire Mike
Anderson, who instead agreed to a new deal at Missouri on Tuesday.
Fox led Nevada to a 21-13 record this season, his fifth straight
20-win season as the school's head coach. Nevada lost to Texas-El
Paso in the first round of the postseason College Basketball
Fox was 123-43 in five seasons at Nevada.
The 40-year-old Fox was an assistant coach at Washington
(1991-93) and Kansas State (1994-2000) before moving to Nevada as
associate head coach under Trent Johnson in 2000. He was hired as
head coach in 2004 and led the Wolf Pack to NCAA tournament
appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Nevada advanced to the second
round of the NCAA tournament in 2005 and 2007.
Johnson, who left Nevada to become head coach at Stanford, just
completed his first season as Louisiana State's coach.
Evans fired Felton on Jan. 29, leaving assistant coach Pete
Herrmann to serve as interim coach for the remainder of the 12-20
Felton was making $760,000 per year.
A native of Garden City, Kan., Fox played at Eastern New Mexico,
where he graduated in 1991.
Officials of the Nevada athletic department did not immediately
return messages seeking comment.