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Georgia’s Richt And Fox Get Buddy-Buddy Playing Paper Airplane

Now this is one you won’t hear see very often — two multimillionaires playing with paper airplanes.  In public.

mark-richt-and-mark-foxGeorgia 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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SEC Headlines 6/14/2013

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1. Possible season-ending injury for Georgia freshman cornerback Reggie Wilkerson. Reportedly undergoing ACL surgery today.

2. Two Missouri freshman players treated and released with minor injuries following a car accident in which they were passengers. Tackle Chris Freeman has left the team for personal reasons.

3. Auburn assistant Scott Fountain on H-Back Jay Prosch: “Since I’ve been in coach Malzahn’s offense for four or five years, he’s the best I’ve seen in the system.”

4. Danny Sheridan has Alabama as his favorite to win another national title but he does have a question for Nick Saban:  ”Why don’t you ever play two quarterbacks?’

5. What about the Alabama schedule? The toughest part of the season comes in November.

6. One take on Tennessee’s prospects: “Back-to-back September visits to Oregon and Florida will be an early reminder how far the Vols have fallen since their last SEC East title in 2007.”

7. David Climer on Tennessee: “More and more, we are finding that Dooley fixated on the minutia of his job while failing to grasp the big picture.”

8. John Adams: What’s next? An advertising campaign promoting UT as “The Vanderbilt of East Tennessee”?

9. What impact will  freshman wide receiver Quincy Adeboyeje and sophomore wideout Cody Core have on Ole Miss this year?

10. Meet Les Miles and his family.  ”Father’s Day is a joy at our house.”

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11. First Toomer’s Oaks at Auburn and now Howard’s Rock at Clemson.  When will this college football crime spree end?

12. Alabama fraternity gave up property to the University.  Now the Alabama athletic department is helping to pay for a new fraternity house.

13. Ed O’Bannon lawsuit could be headed to a trial by next year at this time.

14. Lousville as a preseason No. 1?

15. Preseason basketball scrimmage costs an Old Dominion guard an entire season.

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16. Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings blocked Sheldon Jeter from transferring to just one school - Pitt. He can still attend Pitt – but would have to pay his own way for a year.

17. Missouri coach Frank Haith meets with the NCAA Committee on Infractions – timeframe on report release could be anywhere from six weeks to four months.

18. Tennessee’s Derek Reese will play on  Puerto Rico’s national team.

19. Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua will coach the Dominican Republic national team. John Calipari stepped down from the role last year.

20. Bring back the jump ball.  One man’s five-step plan to rescue college basketball includes eliminating the alternate possession rule.

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21. A parking spot a block from AT&T Park in San Francisco sells for $82,000.

22. ESPN’s Bill Simmons not happy with ESPN.

23. Bonnie and Clyde at 33,000 feet. “So, what do I wear to a hijacking?”

24. The rapper from Antioch, Tennessee who loved Waffle House too much.

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