The new hire

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WHO HE IS

Former Nevada coach Mark Fox takes over a Georgia men's basketball team that finished this season 12-20.  Associated Press
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Former Nevada coach Mark Fox takes over a Georgia men's basketball team that finished this season 12-20.

A surprise to those outside the interview process for a men's basketball coach at Georgia, Mark Fox had five consecutive 20-win seasons at Nevada. He was introduced as Dennis Felton's successor Friday in Athens, Ga.

HOW HE WAS CHOSEN

Athletic director Damon Evans picked the 40-year-old Fox after a whirlwind courtship. The two met in Atlanta on Thursday, and Evans offered him the job a few hours later. Fox agreed to a six-year deal paying $1.3 million annually.

"Mark Fox is one of the country's brightest up-and-coming coaches," Evans said Friday.

WHAT HE'S SAYING

"I'm certainly attracted to the potential for this program," said Fox, accompanied by his wife, Cindy, and their two young children. "There's a terrific recruiting base in the state. You can get an outstanding education. We're very excited to be here. We're ready to go to work."

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