ATHENS - Two weeks ago Mark Fox quietly signed the contract extension he agreed to almost a year ago.
The contract extension, which basically keeps the same financial terms, goes through the 2017-08 season. Athletics director Greg McGarity confirmed Tuesday that Fox had signed the deal two weeks ago, but declined to elaborate.
"I"ll talk about it tomorrow. We've got a big game tonight," McGarity said of Georgia hosting No. 1 Kentucky.
The contract will be official once it has worked its way through the remaining official channels, including McGarity and president Jere Morehead.
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Fox's salary stays at $1.7 million per season, but lessons the buyout on both sides, according to the draft agreement. That's in keeping with the contract extension that football coach Mark Richt signed after the 2012 season.
The main hold-up in the extension being signed, according to McGarity, was the resignation last fall of Frank Crumley, who had been the athletics department's chief financial officer, and had handled contracts. Andy Platt was hired for that job and started last December.
Fox previously said, in January, that he wouldn't deal with the contract until after the season was over. It's unclear what changed his mind.
Fox, 46, is 104-86 in six seasons at Georgia, only the fourth coach in Georgia history to win at least 100 games. This season the Bulldogs (19-9 overall, 10-6 in the SEC) are on track for their second NCAA bid under Fox, the other coming in his second season.
“It’s not about me; it’s about Georgia," Fox said last month after getting the 100th win. "It’s about this school having a basketball program that everyone can be proud of."
Georgia has also hit double-digit SEC wins in consecutive seasons for only the second time in program history, the first coming in 2001-02 under Jim Harrick. While the SEC has expanded to an 18-game schedule since then, Georgia hit 10 wins at the 16-game mark each of the past two seasons.
Attendance at Stegeman Coliseum is also up more than 16 percent this season, and will finish at an 18 percent increase with Tuesday night's expected sellout.