Eddie Fogler won't be working any more games in the NCAA tournament this year, but that has nothing to do with the stir he caused while working the Georgia-Southern Illinois game on Sunday.
CBS vice-president of communications Leslie Ann Wade said Wednesday that Fogler was under contract only for the first- and second-round games of the tournament.
It was during Georgia's 77-75 loss to Southern Illinois in the second round at Chicago's United Center that Fogler — the former South Carolina and Vanderbilt coach — used his telestrator to write profanity on the screen over a picture of the parents of Georgia players Jarvis and Jonas Hayes. The parents, James and Yvonne Hayes, were in the stands.
Fogler's scribbling — the initials "mf'' and the word a--hole — appeared during a TV timeout and was not shown on the network broadcast. The image was seen on monitors on press row and in the press room of the United Center.Saying he didn't know that what he wrote on the telestrator during a commercial break could be seen anywhere, Fogler insisted that the insulting profanity was intended to describe only himself. Fogler apologized after the game and also said he wrote the word "me'' instead of "mf.''
"There's nothing else to look into,'' Wade said. "He has apologized for it.''
Fogler also called Georgia coach Jim Harrick with an apology.
"I talked to Eddie,'' Harrick said Wednesday. "I didn't say anything. Mainly, I just listened.''
Harrick said he did not have an opinion on the intent of what Fogler wrote.
Fogler ranks 17th on the list of winningest coaches in SEC history. He won a combined 204 games at Vanderbilt (1989-93) and South Carolina (1994-2001). He worked for CBS this season under a one-year contract.The SEC office is looking into the incident.
The Wizard is coming: Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden will make a rare appearance when he speaks at The Classic Center in Athens on March 29, the night before the Final Four begins in Atlanta.
Wooden, 91, won 10 NCAA titles at UCLA, including seven in a row, before retiring in 1975. He is visiting Athens at the request of Harrick, who won one national championship at UCLA and is a devoted follower of many of Wooden's principals and strategies.
Says Harrick: "I follow the John Wooden system. It's not the only way, just the best.''
For those attending a 6:30 p.m. reception with the opportunity to meet Wooden, tickets are $100. To hear Wooden's speech, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., tickets are $25.
To reserve tickets or for more information, call (706) 357-4444.
Turner update: Harrick has not given up on former signee Larry Turner of Milledgeville. Georgia continues to recruit the 6-foot-10 center, who did not qualify academically this year and now is attending Bridgton Academy, a prep school in Bridgton, Maine.
Should Turner meet his standardized test requirement, he could join Albany's Alexander Johnson to give Georgia two highly regarded post players in the 2002-03 freshman class.
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