Mark Fox at work.
Photo: Curtis Compton/AJC
Photo: Curtis Compton/AJC

Fox & friends: Here’s the company UGA’s coach is keeping

In yesterday’s post, we mentioned that the Georgia Bulldogs are the only program in one of the top seven conferences (going by RPI) to be coached by a man who has been in place since the start of the 2009-10 season without winning an NCAA tournament game. Here’s the complete list of the 21 coaches who have held a job in those leagues over that span or longer.

ACC: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Mike Krzyzewski, Duke; Mike Brey, Notre Dame; Leonard Hamilton, Florida State; Roy Williams, North Carolina; Tony Bennett, Virginia. 

American: Mick Cronin, Cincinnati; Fran Dunphy, Temple; Gregg Marshall, Wichita State. 

Big East: Jay Wright, Villanova; Chris Mack, Xavier. 

Big Ten: Tom Izzo; Michigan State; Matt Painter, Purdue; John Beilein, Michigan. 

Big 12: Bill Self, Kansas; Scott Drew, Baylor; Bob Huggins, West Virginia. 

Pac-12: Sean Miller, Arizona. 

SEC: Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss; John Calipari, Kentucky; Mark Fox, Georgia. 

The seven who’ve won national titles: Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Williams, Wright, Self, Izzo, Calipari. (All but Wright are in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.)

The 10 who’ve taken teams to the Final Four: Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Williams, Marshall, Wright, Self, Huggins, Izzo, Beilein, Calipari. 

The 15 who’ve reached the Elite Eight: Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Brey, Williams, Bennett, Marshall, Wright, Mack, Self, Drew, Huggins, Izzo, Beilein, Miller, Calipari. 

The 18 who’ve made the Sweet 16: Boeheim, Krzyzewski, Brey, Hamilton, Williams, Bennett, Cronin, Marshall, Wright, Mack, Self, Drew, Huggins, Izzo, Painter, Beilein, Miller, Calipari. 

The three who haven’t reached a Sweet 16: Dunphy, Kennedy, Fox. 

The only one not to win an NCAA tournament game for his present employer: Fox. 

(Note: Fox did win two NCAA games at Nevada-Reno. The first was over Texas in 2005. The second was over Creighton in 2007.) 

Oh, and of those 21 coaches who’ve been in one place in a major basketball conference for the past 8-plus seasons? Fourteen have teams ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25. 

Georgia has been ranked in the AP poll once under Fox – at No. 24 the week of Jan. 10, 2011. On Jan. 8, the Bulldogs had beaten Kentucky in Athens to climb to 12-3. They would go 9-10 thereafter. They have beaten Kentucky once since.

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Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley has worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1984. Prior to that, he worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader for six years. He has...