Fox leaves Nevada for Georgia

Updated: April 3, 2009, 12:29 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Nevada's Mark Fox confirmed to ESPN.com he will be Georgia's next basketball coach.

"Yes, it's done." Fox said in a text message to ESPN.com's Andy Katz when asked about being hired by the Bulldogs.

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Elsa/Getty ImagesMark Fox is 123-43 in five years at Nevada.

It will be announced at a news conference on Friday morning. Fox replaces Dennis Felton, who was fired Jan. 29 after going 84-91 in six seasons at Georgia.

Georgia athletic director Damon Evans was expected to interview candidates at the Final Four in Detroit.

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton announced Thursday night Evans will "discuss the men's basketball head coaching position" at Friday's news conference.

Evans chose Fox two days after Georgia was unable to hire Missouri's Mike Anderson, who instead agreed to a new deal with the Tigers on Tuesday.

Fox led the Wolf Pack to a 21-13 record this past season, including a 72-62 loss to Utah State in the championship game of the WAC tournament in Reno, Nev. Nevada lost to UTEP 79-77 in the College Basketball Invitational.

Fox had a 123-43 record in five seasons at Nevada. He was associate head coach under former Nevada coach Trent Johnson, and was elevated to head coach when Johnson left for Stanford. Fox led Nevada to four WAC regular-season championships and five postseason appearances, including three trips to the NCAA tournament. He was named WAC coach of the year three times.

The 40-year-old Fox was an assistant coach at Washington (1991-93) and Kansas State (1994-2000).

Evans fired Felton on Jan. 29, leaving assistant coach Pete Herrmann to serve as interim coach for the remainder of the 12-20 season.

Felton was making $760,000 per year.

A native of Garden City, Kan., Fox played at Eastern New Mexico, where he graduated in 1991.

Officials of the Nevada athletic department did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Georgia officials originally targeted Missouri coach Mike Anderson, but he signed a contract extension to stay with the Tigers on Monday.

ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach, Andy Katz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.