Thursday, April 28, 2011
Mark Fox gets salary bump, extension
By Eamonn Brennan
There's nothing life-altering in today's men's hoops news out of Athens, Ga., but there is some recognition of a job well done, and that's interesting in and of itself.
Per a release from the school, Georgia awarded coach Mark Fox a contract extension and salary adjustment -- i.e., a raise -- in appreciation of being "extraordinary and [bringing] a new level of excitement to our basketball fans," as Georgia president Michael F. Adams put it. As a result of all this excitement, Fox is getting a bump in salary from $1.3 million to $1.7 million per year. Georgia also added another year to his contract, which now runs through 2016.
It's a financial back-slap in appreciation of a job well done, and few would claim Fox doesn't deserve it. In 2009, Fox inherited a program that had gone 84-91 (including a 26-59 mark against SEC opponents) in six seasons under Dennis Felton, and one that had yet to truly recover from sanctions levied thanks to Jim Harrick's legendary academics nonsense. Few expected much from Fox in Year 1, but the Bulldogs were surprisingly competitive in a 14-17 season. Year 2 brought the program's first 20-win season and at-large NCAA tournament berth since 2004.
For the first time in a decade or so, Georgia basketball feels ascendant. At the very least, Fox has proved that Georgia can be competitive in the SEC on a yearly basis, something Felton was unable to accomplish in the post-Harrick era.
How much is that success worth? What about a $400,000 raise and a contract extension? Yep, that sounds about right.