Georgia lures Mark Fox away from Wolf Pack, says AP source |

Georgia lures Mark Fox away from Wolf Pack, says AP source

Charles Odum
Associated Press

ATLANTA ” In a surprise move, Georgia has hired Nevada’s Mark Fox to replace Dennis Felton.

Georgia will announce the hire at a news conference on Friday morning, a person with knowledge of the hire confirmed on Thursday night.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hire has not been officially announced.

The announcement is a surprise because Georgia athletic director Damon Evans was expected to interview candidates at the Final Four in Detroit.

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton announced Thursday night Evans will “discuss the men’s basketball head coaching position” at Friday’s news conference.

Evans chose Fox two days after Georgia was unable to hire Mike Anderson, who instead agreed to a new deal at Missouri on Tuesday.

Fox led Nevada to a 21-13 record this season, his fifth straight 20-win season as the school’s head coach. Nevada lost to Texas-El Paso in the first round of the postseason College Basketball Invitational.

Fox was 123-43 in five seasons at Nevada.

The 40-year-old Fox was an assistant coach at Washington (1991-93) and Kansas State (1994-2000) before moving to Nevada as associate head coach under Trent Johnson in 2000. He was hired as head coach in 2004 and led the Wolf Pack to NCAA tournament appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2007.