"We got the top two guys we targeted all spring. We didn't lose them in the spring and we didn't lose some guys … if you believe what's on the Internet then shame on you, because we could not have taken a guard on scholarship in the fall. Don't act like we lost somebody because they're the wrong position. We missed on one kid we targeted early, which is part of it, but we feel good about what these guys can do it."-Coach Mark Fox in an interview with Anthony Dasher (I don't have the link, but it is on UGASports.com)Let's put aside the irony of Coach Fox giving the quote to an Internet outlet. He thinks all the recruiting services should be shamed.
POINT GUARD (3)
SHOOTING GUARD (4)
|Ahmed Hill||SG||25 schools||▼|
|Marial Shayok||SG||17 schools||▼|
COMBO GUARD (3)
So are we to believe that if Tadric Jackson or Devin Mitchell decided to come to Athens we'd have said no? Really? Are we to believe that if Ahmed Hill calls Coach Fox today he's going to tell him we're good at guard, no thanks?
That's crazy talk. I'm much less bothered about this year's recruiting than the no back up plan plan from years past. Frankly, that quote is insulting in both message and tone to the most ardent fans of the program. You can bet recruiting was one of those things McGarity talked to Coach Fox about. And if I'm the AD, I'm insulted by the message and tone, too.
The thing is this: Coach Fox is burning good will with those fans needlessly. He got the extension. He did a good job this season getting UGA to the postseason with a lineup that was exposed as suspect early. He signed one guy that looks to offer some immediate potential and another that is a project, but with a ton of upside, and those two look to be improvements over the one guy that just quit. And we didn't fight Lamar off for either of them.
Much like Fox yelling at the students chanting 'one more year' to KCP, when it was the first time in the game the student section had a pulse, this quote illustrates his disdain for dealing with those of us that support the program because we don't do it the way he wants us to. I'm no marketing expert, but I know enough to say that isn't the way to build excitement for your program.
But what do I know? I read the Internet.