David Ching ESPN Staff Writer
At roughly the same time as news broke about Kirby Smart replacing Mark Richt as Georgia's coach, UGA hoops coach Mark Fox spoke passionately about his former colleague following Tuesday's win over Oakland. Fox and Richt developed a close friendship while traveling together in recent years to Georgia's summertime booster club tour dates. "College athletics, everybody around it, is littered with fraudulent and counterfeit people, and you guys know it, and Mark Richt was neither of those," Fox said. Smart will face a major challenge to win as frequently as Richt did, but it will be next to impossible to lead the Georgia program with the same level of integrity. Fox's heartfelt words on Tuesday made that perfectly clear.