Finally official: Georgia loses men's basketball assistant coach

semerson@macon.comMay 10, 2013 

ATHENS - Kwanza Johnson, a longtime assistant coach for Mark Fox, is leaving Georgia for a similar job at TCU.

UGA spokesman Tim Hix confirmed on Friday morning that Johnson was leaving. The potential move was first reported several weeks ago, but took awhile to become official.

"Kwanza has been approached by another school, and has been very up-front with the other school and with myself, because the head (coach) is one of my best friends," Fox said on Thursday evening, before the move became official. "We didn't really want to do anything because we were getting to the end of the semester."

Fox said two weeks ago he was already preparing in case Johnson left, so a replacement likely won't take long to be revealed.

Johnson had worked under Fox for seven seasons, including the past four at Georgia and the previous three at Nevada. Now Johnson will work for TCU head coach Trent Johnson, who is close friends with Fox. Johnson preceded Fox as the coach at Nevada.

Fox said in a statement on Friday: "Kwanza is like family to me. He's one of my best friends, not only in the coaching business but in life. He's done a great job for us the past seven years, both at Nevada and here at Georgia, so his contributions to our staff will be missed. We certainly wish him and his family the very best."

Some other basketball team notes:

- Georgia's scheduling is taking awhile to come into shape. In SEC play, Fox expects the Bulldogs will play Missouri, Arkansas and LSU twice, in addition to two games against South Carolina, the Bulldogs' designated rival. Among the teams they only play once, the Bulldogs will play at Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to Fox.

"Those are our biggest draws, and we don't have that at home, so that's concerning," Fox said.

As for the non-conference schedule, Georgia is committed to playing in the eight-team Charleston Classic, which has Clemson, Temple and others. The Bulldogs will also host Georgia Tech. Fox said he is trying to bring one more high-major team to Athens for a game.

"Trying really hard to do that. It's been a bit of a challenge. So few teams are playing home-and-homes," Fox said.

- Vincent Williams and John Florveus are graduating from UGA on Friday. Williams, a guard, and Florveus, a center, were seniors on this year's team. Fox says no senior has left Georgia since his arrival without getting his degree.

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