Eight years in, it's clear Mark Fox is not the answer and never will be. After losing to Marquette today, Georgia has played three teams with a pulse this year and lost to each of them by double digits. What was billed as Fox's best UGA team to date looks every bit as mediocre as the seven that preceded it.
We know what Fox's ceiling is: He'll have UGA as a fringy bubble team in his best years, win 18-20 games a season, and lose every meaningful game. That's not terrible for a historically middling program, but I know a UGA coach is capable of doing better because I've seen Tubby Smith and Jim Harrick do it in my lifetime.
Counterargument: Perhaps Fox is simply the unfortunate victim of an incompetent athletic department that since Vince Dooley's forced retirement has degenerated to the point that UGA is no longer relevant in any major sport. Even in its best days, UGA only gave token support to the basketball program. Fox has had to deal with disadvantages such as trying to get recruits to come play in an increasingly old and dumpy arena that should have been replaced a solid decade ago. Maybe Fox is actually really good but just not enough of a magician to escape from the swirling vortex of mediocrity that now defines UGA athletics.
What do you guys think?