Has he finally had it up to "here"?
At this point, there's an incredibly shrinking opportunity to debate Mark Fox's future. It appears that he hasn't signed his contract extension from last Spring. Now he likely won't sign it due to buyout implications which are rumored to impact him negatively in the new unsigned doc. His old contract ends after the 2016 tourney. Buying him out at
So...in my opinion and the opinion of others I talk to...he has to make the tourney or he's out. That means he likely needs to win 4 more games. There are 5 regular season games and at least 1 SECT game.
That includes 3 remaining road games and a home game against UK. Other than UK, the opponents are beatable, but so were Auburn (home) and South Carolina (home and road). Those are horrible basketball teams.
The only debate left is....what happens if he makes the tourney and loses first round? Is 6 years without a single NCAA tourney win worth rewarding? Can he find another job before before McGarity fires him after the NCAAs?
That's the question.
This is definitely coming to a head because he didn't sign that contract extension (which is a paper work maneuver between he and McGarity that makes sense for ALL parties by the way). He now has to get a net new contract extension after the season. Can that really happen if he makes the tourney and loses?
Given where we are with attendance and apathy, I can't see it. As for apathy, I haven't attended a home game in about two years despite being a season ticket holder*. Some of that is a work travel schedule which results in flying 60,000-130,000 miles a year. Some of that is due to having a new baby.
But I can't say that I've been missing it much. Before you call me a fair weather fan. I've been to 6 to 10 games for almost 25 years. But you can only hit yourself in the head with a hammer so many times before you say what am I doing watching a product that's so dysfunctional and bland that the recruits who sit near me look like they are about to start napping?
*Note: I do try and give away my home game tickets when I'm not there.