Mason’s suspension was handed down by the university after the halftime incident was reported to the athletic association’s human resources department. A person with knowledge of the situation added that Mason grew tired of Fish’s conduct toward players during games and at practices. Mason, when hearing about his suspension last Thursday afternoon, was in the team’s offices and scouting for Tuesday’s game at Texas A&M.
“Obviously, it’s an unfortunate situation that we’re dealing with,” Bulldogs coach Tom Crean said after Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss in his lone public comments about the incident. “But it was all handled correctly, and we try to keep our focus on basketball.”
Mason was hired by Georgia on June 10 after multiple seasons as an assistant at Stephen F. Austin.