RENO, Nev. -- Mark Fox was hired as Nevada's basketball
coach after working four years as an assistant under Trent Johnson.
Johnson, who led Nevada to a 25-9 season and its first
appearance in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, resigned a week
ago to coach Stanford.
Fox, who was Johnson's choice to succeed him, met with athletic
director Cary Groth on Sunday after returning from a vacation.
"The program has been a great source of pride for our community
and it's my privilege to take the reins," Fox said at a campus
news conference Tuesday. "All I ever wanted to do was to coach
Fox has been a Division I assistant for 11 years at Nevada,
Kansas State and Washington. He also was endorsed by former Wolf
Pack coaches Sonny Allen, Len Stevens and Pat Foster.
"I feel like the entire town was rooting for me to get this
job," Fox said.
He added that there would be no changes in the coaches who
worked with him under Johnson.
"If it's not broken, we're not going to fix it," he said.
"Trent and I are best friends for a reason. We're a lot alike.
It's my honor to have learned from him and to follow in his
Fox said that, like Johnson, he wanted to recruit players who
were planning to complete their education.
"We want players who are going to represent this university
well, who are going to earn a degree," he said.
Fox added that Johnson had been grooming him from the start for
the head coaching job.
"He said, 'I want you to help me develop this program and one
day I'm going to hand it to you,"' Fox said.