Georgia head coach Mark Fox yells from the sidelines during the first half in an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt at the Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Georgia fires Mark Fox after disappointing 9th season

March 10, 2018 - 6:48 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia coach Mark Fox has been fired following a disappointing regular season and a loss to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

Athletic director Greg McGarity announced the decision in a statement released by the school on Saturday. McGarity moved quickly on Fox, the ninth-year coach, only one day after the Bulldogs' exit from the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Bulldogs (18-15) likely needed to win the SEC Tournament to land an invitation to the NCAA Tournament and possibly save Fox's job. Georgia could still land a spot in the NIT.

Georgia has received two NCAA bids in Fox's nine seasons, losing in the first round in 2011 and 2015. Georgia finished 7-11 in SEC regular-season games, tied for 11th in the 14-team league.

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