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After firing Fox, Georgia won’t accept NIT bid if offered

March 11, 2018

Former Georgia head basketball coach Mark Fox speaks with the media one day after parting ways with the university's NCAA college basketball program in Athens, Ga., Sunday, March 11, 2018. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia will not accept a bid, if offered, to play in the NIT after firing coach Mark Fox.

Fox said Sunday at a news conference that “players have elected that they will not participate in that.” Georgia spokesman Mike Mobley confirmed the school would honor the players’ vote.

Fox was fired Saturday , ending the coach’s nine-year stay.

Georgia (18-15) lost to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, ending the Bulldogs’ hopes of landing a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Georgia earned only two NCAA Tournament bids in Fox’s tenure, losing in the first round in 2011 and 2015. Fox was 163-133 at Georgia.

Possible candidates to replace him include former Ohio State coach Thad Motta and former Indiana and Marquette coach Tom Crean.

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