Georgia hires Nevada's Mark Fox as new basketball coach

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Thursday April 2, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- In a surprise move, Georgia has hired Nevada's
Mark Fox to replace Dennis Felton.

Georgia will announce the hire at a news conference on Friday morning, a person with knowledge of the hire confirmed on Thursday night.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hire has not been officially announced.

The announcement is a surprise because Georgia athletic director Damon Evans left Athens on Thursday for the Final Four in Detroit, where he was expected to interview candidates.

Fox led Nevada to a 21-13 record this season. The hire comes after Georgia was unable to hire Mike Anderson, who instead agreed to a new deal at Missouri on Tuesday.

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