2018, file photo, Georgia coach Mark Fox leaves the court after the team’s loss to Texas A&M in an NCAA college basketball game in Athens, Ga. Fox has been fired following a disappointing regular season and the team’s loss to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament. Athletic director Greg McGarity announced the decision in a statement released by the school on Saturday, March 10. (Joshua L Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity believed this could be the year the Bulldogs returned to the NCAA Tournament and made a move to join the SEC’s elite.

Instead, a disappointing season led McGarity to decide Mark Fox wasn’t the right coach to help Georgia contend for championships.

McGarity fired Fox on Saturday, ending the coach’s nine-year stay that included only two NCAA Tournament appearances.

The decision to fire Fox came one day after the Bulldogs’ loss to Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

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