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Report: UGA Looking at Fox's Potential Replacement

A late-night report from a national columnist suggests that UGA has already started looking at replacements for UGA coach Mark Fox.

The report, from Pat Forde, states that "Georgia is exploring its options to replace Mark Fox, according to sources."

The report further underscores the uncertainty of Fox's future heading into the SEC Tournament where the Bulldogs will have to win the event to qualify to play in the NCAA Tournament. Fox has only appeared in the NCAAs twice in seven full years of coaching in Athens. 

"Fox is trying to eke out a third NCAA tournament bid in eight seasons on the job. The Bulldogs are 18-13, 9-9 in the Southeastern Conference, and considered on the wrong side of the bubble heading into the SEC tournament," Forde writes. "Georgia has begun doing due diligence on potential replacements for Fox, with an emphasis on mid-major candidates. Among those considered likely to be on the school’s radar in event of an opening are North Carolina-Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts, East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes, Chattanooga’s Matt McCall and Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey."

Should UGA replace Fox after this season it would be contractually obligated to pay him $1.7 million, according to reporting from the Athens Banner-Herald.

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