ATHENS — The frustration of the past few weeks apparently built up in Mark Fox, who didn’t make it to halftime of Georgia’s game against Alabama.
Fox was ejected with 1:59 left in the first half, getting two quick technicals for protesting a carrying call against Georgia’s Jordan Harris. Fox stormed on the court and pointed, and was immediately hit with a technical by official Jeffrey Anderson.
Seconds later, as Fox kept pointing and shouting, the official hit him with a second technical, and he was gone. He left the court to a standing ovation from the Georgia crowd.
This all occurred with SEC commissioner Greg Stankey in attendance, watching the game from press row.
Fox has not hidden his disgust for how the officiating has gone in Georgia’s past two losses. There was the clock fiasco at Texas A&M, and what he felt were suspect calls in the overtime loss at Florida.
“If you want to talk about the end of the Florida game or the end of the Texas A&M game, like I said last week, call the SEC office,” Fox said on Tuesday.
Former Alabama head coach Phillip Pearson, now Georgia’s associate head coach, took over as the coach for the rest of this game.
The game was not going well for Georgia. It trailed by eight when the call was made, along with the subsequent ejection. It resulted in four free throws for Alabama, which made three to extend it to an 11-point deficit.
And when Alabama’s Corban Collins hit a 3 to finish the half, it was 41-27.