ATHENS - Is Mark Fox officially off the hot seat? Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity isn't saying yet, but not much should be read into that.
Prior to the season, McGarity's stated desire for the men's basketball program was for "improvement," and didn't place any win-loss record or postseason tournament as a barometer.
Fox has guided Georgia to records of 18-12 overall and 12-6 in the SEC. The Bulldogs have a good chance at the NIT, with an outside shot of the NCAA, and is only losing one senior, so next year sets up well.
But McGarity continues to resist efforts by media members such as myself to weigh in.
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"Let's wait until the season is over," McGarity said Monday. "I don't want to mess anything up."
My sense is that McGarity's reluctance to comment derived more from a desire to keep the good karma going. Clearly everyone around the program has to be pleased with the team right now.
McGarity also handled it this way with Mark Richt back in 2011, in what was the football head coach's infamous hot seat year. He did not officially reveal that Richt had "survived" (my words) the hot seat until after the regular season, and that was only when reports surfaced that Texas A&M was interested in Richt.
Fox is currently signed through the 2016 season. At this point it's unclear whether McGarity would pursue an extension, but the team's performance the past few months makes that a bit more likely as well.