July 31st, 2013 02:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Georgia
Tags: Georgia, Jim Calhoun, Mark Fox, Waffle House
Now this is one you won’t hear see very often — two multimillionaires playing with paper airplanes. In public.
Georgia football coach Mark Richt and Bulldog basketball coach Mark Fox have become pretty good friends it seems. Not only have the two — as The Athens Banner-Herald reports — “been known to hit the local Waffle House a time or two,” but they entered a Georgia booster event last night playing a game of paper airplane. The loser had to buy the next dinner.
“I lost,” Fox told the paper. “I told him he could not keep it in the air for seven seconds. He tried 10 times when we got out of the car. I think the fact he’s one for 20 gives him the win.”
Richt later said of Fox, “This guy is quality, believe me.”
There are plenty of successful coaches who work at the same university yet can’t stand one another. Geno Auriemma and Jim Calhoun famously feuded for years. (Calhoun once went so far as to say that UConn’s women’s fanbase was “the world’s largest nursing home.”) So interoffice relationships really aren’t a great indicator of success or failure.
Still, as the fan of a school, wouldn’t you prefer it if two of your most important coaches liked to pal around with one another? There’s something oddly “feel good” about Richt and Fox tossing paper airplanes and grabbing a bite at the Waffle House together.
But to bring things back to reality, if Fox doesn’t improve on back-to-back 15-17 hoops seasons this winter, his friendship with Richt might become a long-distance relationship.
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