ATHENS — A day later, and perhaps a day late, emotions were more subdued.
The SEC says there will be no further action after Georgia head coach Mark Fox was ejected in Wednesday night’s loss to Alabama. Fox received two quick technicals, and automatic dismissal, after coming on to the court after his freshman Jordan Harris was called for carrying the ball.
“Everything was handled during the game last night by the officiating crew,” SEC spokesman Craig Pinkerton said.
Fox said after the game that he had “no regrets about what happened,” and that he was standing up for his team. He didn’t back off that during the SEC coaches’ teleconference on Thursday, and declined comment when asked what precipitated his anger. (He appeared to be yelling “call it both ways” at the officials.)
But Fox also didn’t argue on Thursday that he deserved the technicals.
“I haven’t had that happen very often. And I haven’t had a technical foul all year until last year,” Fox said. “But obviously I earned those two last night, and they got those calls correct.”
Fox’s anger was a culmination of what he felt were bad calls near the end of losses at Florida and Texas A&M, both within the last 10 days. Kentucky coach John Calipari alluded to Georgia’s bitter loss at Texas A&M during Thursday’s teleconference. When talking about the depth of the SEC, Calipari said it was “unfortunate what happened with Georgia on that clock stuff.”
Fox was asked if he had any concern about the events in these games having a lingering effect or being a distraction for his team, which is 12-8 heading into Saturday’s home game against Texas. Then comes the toughest three-game stretch of the season, with visits to Kentucky and South Carolina and home against Florida.
“I don’t think what happened yesterday was a distraction, or will be one going forward with our team,” Fox said. “You’re going to have some tough things happen to you in life. And we have to learn how to deal with that adversity as a team, so we can have that skill going forward in life. You’re going to have some curveballs thrown at you, some things that don’t break your way. It’s how you respond after that that really determines your outcome.”