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2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« on: February 11, 2018, 10:18:34 am »

With arguably the strongest top-to-bottom SEC in league history, it is possible that head coaches of all SEC schools return for '18-19 for the first time in awhile. 

Vandy's Bryce Drew whose team is last in the SEC has one of Vandy's best recruiting classes ever lined up.

Calipari may be tired of underachieving with the one-and-done experiement for the third consecutive season, strand his son, and finally be less choosy about an NBA opening.

The current dean of SEC coaches may be the one along with UG's Mark Fox:


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Antonio Morales Retweeted Ole Miss Basketball

Seven losses in the past eight games for Ole Miss now.

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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 12:20:08 pm »

Jason Butt‏Verified account @JasonHButt

Mark Fox takes '100 percent' responsibility for losing stretch and Yante Maten refuses to quit. Five observations, with quotes, from Georgia's loss to Auburn:


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Athens

Georgia continued its mid-to-late season slide with its sixth loss in seven games.

This time, it was a 78-61 defeat to No. 8 Auburn. Unlike the first meeting on Jan. 20, which saw Georgia lead by as many as 16 before losing by 14, the Tigers were able to build an early lead and do plenty to keep enough distance from the Bulldogs.

Bulldogs struggled defensively, allowing Auburn to shoot 50.9 percent from the field. For the second consecutive game, the Bulldogs allowed the opposing team to sink 11 3-pointers. Georgia head coach Mark Fox opened his post-game news conference by saying his team's ability to defend and rebound have not been up to his standard over the past three games.

He was then asked how much of that falls on the coaching staff. Seemingly annoyed with the question, Fox did state that the responsibility lies with him.

“It all falls on the coaching staff, you know. It all falls on me,” Fox said. “I’ll take 100 percent of the responsibility—100, OK? That’s an accurate statement. That’s on me, OK? That’s totally on the coach to make sure we have the scheme and are ready to go. Now the individual has to emotionally and mentally get themselves ready to play. We’ve got to find the way to push those buttons. The responsibility totally falls on me.”
Fox's future

Back in August, athletics director Greg McGarity sat down with The Telegraph for a wide-ranging interview, with part of it including why he decided to bring head coach Mark Fox back for a ninth season. At the time, McGarity expressed confidence that Fox would move the Bulldogs over the hump and into the NCAA Tournament.

In fact, McGarity was asked, point-blank, if Fox needed to make the NCAA Tournament in order to retain his job in 2018-19. McGarity wouldn't state a specific requirement, but did offer some insight into his thinking.

“We know what’s expected at the University of Georgia,” McGarity said. “You don’t have to go out there and define that. That would be an insult to our coaches. They know what they need to do. And I just want to see a program that’s moving forward in the right direction.”

Twenty-four games into the 2017-18 season, it is evident this team is not moving in the right direction. In nine seasons, this is easily Fox's most talented roster. Yet the Bulldogs are once again in the same position below the bubble line for the NCAA Tournament.

Enough just might be enough.

Now, as crazy as it sounds, there is a path for Georgia (13-11, 4-8 SEC) to still somehow wind up in the NCAA Tournament. But that involves an improbable run with wins over Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M. The confidence level of that happening is slim to none. But crazier things have happened in this sport.

As for any potential decision on Fox's future, that's for McGarity, and the powers that be, to decide.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2018, 01:49:47 pm »

State of Georgia basketball program and future of Mark Fox

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ATHENS — Both of these statements are true: 1) Mark Fox is a good coach whose tenure at Georgia ultimately will be thought of as a net positive. 2) Unless something drastically changes for the better during the next few weeks, Georgia will be under immense pressure to move on.

This is not an endorsement of that. It’s merely an acknowledgment of what seems, as this slide continues, painfully obvious and perhaps inevitable.

It’s just not working right now for Georgia’s basketball team, which shows no signs of being able to fix things in the final few weeks. Things have unraveled, despite having one of the top players in the SEC. One certainly can argue that it’s simply time for a new voice for the program.

This is Fox’s ninth year as Georgia’s coach, in which the team has made two NCAA Tournament appearances, going out in the first round each time. The Bulldogs have also yet to reach an SEC Championship Game. But there has been success. Georgia has four 20-win (or more) seasons under Fox, including three straight prior to last season, when the Bulldogs won 19 games. That’s a level of sustained success that UGA has rarely had in basketball. He graduates all his players. He recruits and develops good citizens. He’s a good ambassador for the school.

But the concern of many fans is the program has plateaued under Fox. This team may be the most talented one that Fox has had —
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2018, 02:07:37 pm »

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Bad to Worse as Ole Miss Basketball Loses Fifth in a Row https://247sports.com/college/ole-miss/Article/Ole-Miss-remains-winless-in-true-road-contests-this-season-its-latest-setback-an-82-66-defeat-at-LSU-114979730 … via @247Sports #OleMiss #HottyToddy


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For Ole Miss basketball, an impressive win against Alabama at home seems an eternity ago.

It’s gone from bad to worse for the Rebels, who, with their 82-66 loss at LSU on Saturday, have dropped five games in a row. They’ve lost seven of their last eight, and the season is officially on the brink of the disaster with six games remaining.

Rebels fell to 11-14 overall and 4-8 in the SEC. LSU had lost six of its past eight games coming in, but the Tigers, instead, improved to 14-10 and 5-7. Ole Miss is now 0-8 in true road games.

“We certainly shifted momentum (at halftime),” Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said. “I thought we had energy in the locker room at the half. This team is puzzling. It’s puzzling for me as the head coach. We come out in the second half, can’t get stops. We just refused to bend our knees and get stops. Schematically, you can only do so much, and we try to change our defenses when we can. But you’ve got to take it personal and you’ve got to sit down and suck it up and make a play. I thought even when we did we couldn’t come up with a loose ball. We get technical fouls, which kind of was a big momentum-shifter early in the (second) half.

“When you look at the numbers, you allow your opponent to shoot 52 percent in the second half and you shoot 27. You realize, in Baton Rouge, it isn’t going to go our way.”

The loss followed a much different script than the Rebels’ last trip to Baton Rouge. On Valentine’s Day in 2017, Davis scored a career-high 33 points, 22 of which came in the second half, as Ole Miss erased a double-digit second half deficit to storm past LSU 96-79. A year later, however, the Rebels are reeling, and LSU moved its all-time series advantage to 121-88. The Rebels have won eight of the last 13 meetings, but their last win at LSU came in 2013.

“Six left and we go back home on Tuesday,” Kennedy said. “As I told our guys, ‘Listen, you can continue to pout and feel sorry for yourself, and that’s an easy thing to do. Or you can find a way to grind your way out of this.’ We’ll see what they choose.”

Ole Miss returns to action Tuesday against Arkansas at 6 p.m. [CST] on the SEC Network.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2018, 02:20:16 pm »

Mark Bradley‏Verified account @MarkBradleyAJC

Georgia looks done, and so does Mark Fox


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ATHENS — On Jan. 6, Georgia beat Alabama by 19 points to move to 11-3. Maybe you missed that result, coming as it did two days before those schools met in a different sport with a trophy at stake, but back then it would have been impossible to imagine the basketball Bulldogs falling all but off the NCAA bubble by Valentine’s Day. But that’s where they were...

The Bulldogs returned home and wasted another double-figure lead, falling to Arkansas in overtime. If not for an upset of Florida last week in Stegeman Coliseum, Georgia would have entered Saturday’s Auburn rematch having lost six in a row. As it happened, the Bulldogs didn’t have to worry about holding a lead this time. They never had one. They lost 78-61.

If this wasn’t the worst home loss of Fox’s tenure – now at eight years and 24 games – it belongs on the podium. On Lettermen’s Day with former luminaries Willie Anderson and Jarvis Hayes in the Stegasaurus, the latest Bulldogs were clueless. They were outrebounded 31-27 by a smallish opponent. They allowed the Tigers to make 50.9 percent of their shots. They were outscored 30-26 in the lane, 25-9 off turnovers, 15-6 on second-chance points, 15-4 on the fast break and 17-10 off the bench.

Those numbers, manifold and meaningful though they were, only hinted at how outclassed Georgia was. The No. 8 Tigers entered without their leading scorer, Bryce Brown of Stone Mountain having dinged his shoulder in a loss to Texas A&M on Thursday. They’ve been without two key players and assistant coach Chuck Person all season, the wages of being enmeshed in the FBI’s case against Adidas. But say what you will about Bruce Pearl – and I’ll just say that I’d never hire him to shepherd my program – the man can coach.

I used to think Fox could, too. That opinion is undergoing major revision...


This seems a team that has lost hope. This seems a coach who, having been granted one of the longest leashes in recent collegiate annals, has at last run out of time.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2018, 06:31:43 pm »


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/ Takes the column I was writing about Andy Kennedy and Ole Miss needing to break up, sends to trash.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2018, 06:47:40 pm »

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Mark Fox at Georgia should be next...they have never made the NCAA tournament during his tenure!!


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Pat Forde Retweeted NazisGetLonelyToo

Except for the two years when they did make the NCAA tournament during his tenure.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2018, 06:54:33 pm »

 Kevin Brockway‏ @gatorhoops

Bruce Pearl doing his best work under cloud of uncertainty; can he survive at Auburn? https://sports.yahoo.com/bruce-pearl-best-work-cloud-uncertainty-can-survive-auburn-210348651.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw … via @YahooSports
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2018, 07:22:57 am »

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After losing eight of their previous 10 games, Mark Fox and Georgia with a huge two-win week: at Florida, vs. Tennessee.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2018, 06:26:30 am »

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7 college basketball coaches on the hot seat (and 4 others to watch) https://sports.yahoo.com/7-college-basketball-coaches-hot-seat-4-others-watch-005740204.html … via @YahooSports

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Georgia (5). Mark Fox has been under pressure for years, and the likelihood of missing the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in nine seasons should mean that time is up. In an SEC that has upgraded its coaching in recent seasons, Fox hasn’t been able to sustain success. The Bulldogs may be making a bid to salvage the season with consecutive upsets of Florida and Tennessee, but at 15-11 and 6-8, it could be too little and too late.

How good is the job: Very good, given the local talent and SEC money. If it comes open, athletic director Greg McGarity will have an attractive candidate pool of rising stars and others with established résumés.

SCANDAL WATCH

Four programs that could have openings, depending how much blowback results from the ongoing federal investigation of college basketball and potential attendant NCAA issues. As Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported last week, evidence accrued by the feds indicates that damage from this scandal could be profound.

Auburn (11). Bruce Pearl could well be national Coach of the Year if not for The Investigation Thing, which has resulted in the firing or suspension of five people associated with Auburn basketball — but not Pearl. He’s confident he will be OK when all is said and done. That could well be wishful thinking.

How good is the job: Never been a perennial winner, never been to a Final Four. The school did build a new arena a couple of years ago, but there isn’t much natural zeal for basketball at Auburn.
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Re: 2017-18 SEC Basketball Coaches Hot Seat
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2018, 05:51:37 am »

Georgia still seems to be trying to find itself as season nears end


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Head coach Mark Fox was asked after his team’s 66-57 loss at South Carolina when his team looked off balance, whether it was the matchup or his team was still trying to figure things out.

“No that’s a total credit to South Carolina. They disrupt everybody,” Fox said. “The way that they play, your hope is you get a game where you can win the foul line. But that’s a total credit to South Carolina and how they defend, and how disruptive they are.”

It may be true. South Carolina (15-13, 6-9 SEC), now having swept Georgia (15-12, 6-9), may just be a bad matchup for the Bulldogs. But the Bulldogs also committed 17 turnovers, including 5 travel violations in the first 9 minutes alone, and you can’t chalk all those up to just a bad matchup.

“At the end of the day turnovers are always on the offense,” Georgia senior Yante Maten said.

The problem remains an offense that just isn’t consistent, perhaps the result of a team that just hasn’t been able to establish its roles.

It’s getting too late to fix it.
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