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Before everyone starts to panic, no, as far as I can tell there have been no conversations, approaches, requests to talk, negotiations, canoodling or other assorted human contact between the involved parties. But yes, Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman thinks that Oregon should really consider Mark Fox for their vacant basketball coaching job. He’s young, energetic, a noted talent developer, West Coast frequenter and snazzy dresser. What’s not to like?
Yes, he has a large buyout. No, none of that would make any difference to Phil Knight, who pays Tiger Woods more to stare and blink at you for 30 seconds than he does to the 13 year old kids who used to make Wisconsin’s hockey jerseys. And yes, it’s doubtful that Mark Fox would leave Georgia after one season, even to take over the job at Nike U. Because no, as Goodman notes Oregon is not the easiest place in PAC 10 country to recruit basketball players to, even as USC labors under the yoke of its Tim Floyd induced hangover. There but for the grace of God, by the way, go we.
It is worth noting that for literally the first time since Tubby Smith moved to Lexington a Georgia basketball coach is considered a reasonably viable option for another major college basketball program. Just think of this as one of several dozen ways to measure progress in the burgeoning Mark Fox era. Until later . . .