Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox. (AJC file photo/Curtis Compton)

UGA’s Fox ‘not surprised’ at FBI arrests related to corruption in recruiting

The news that hit college basketball Tuesday was seismic: The FBI arrested 10 people, including assistant coaches at Auburn and Louisville, charging them with corruption related to allegedly paying players.

But Georgia coach Mark Fox, when asked about it a few hours later, may not have known about the specifics, clearly was not shocked that this could be happening.

“I’m not surprised,” Fox said. “It confirms what we probably already felt like was happening in our game.”

Fox is entering his ninth season as Georgia’s head coach. He has been criticized in the past for not recruiting well enough, and not “playing the game,” as the saying goes.

Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person was among four assistant coaches arrested by the FBI, which alleged bribery in connection with Adidas to exert influence on where recruits went to school.

Fox was asked, in the aftermath of this, how you compete when other programs are behaving like that, assuming that you’re not.

“We compete just like we always have. We’re going to do this job in an honorable way,” Fox said. “We’re not going to put the university at risk. We’re not going to put our kids at risk. And we’re going to work as hard as we can to do this job the right way. We’ve got to find kids that will buy into it doing that way. I think we have a team that has certainly bought in this year.”

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