ATHENS — The construction around Georgia’s football facility has created headaches for a lot of people, especially NFL scouts and others who were trying to attend UGA’s pro day on Wednesday. Entrance doors have been moved or junked, forcing many to take long routes into the facility.
Mark Fox decided to avoid all that.
Georgia’s men’s basketball head coach jumped the fence that separates the street from the football practice field where pro day was being held. He explained why after his team’s NIT first-round win over Belmont on Wednesday night.
“Every year I go over and watch those kids run. I wanted to see Jay Rome run because he played for us,” Fox said. “And they were getting ready to start, and the entrance is a half-mile away. So I said hey, I can get over the fence. So I hopped over the fence.”
So yes, the second-highest paid employee at the University of Georgia could literally be seen ambling his 6-foot-5 frame over the fence and landing on the other side, inside the football facility.
“Greg’s probably not pleased that I did it,” Fox added, smiling and look at athletics director Greg McGarity in the back of the room.
McGarity laughed and shook his head, indicating all was forgiven.
“If I tore it up I’ll fix it,” Fox said. “But I think I was athletic enough to jump over it.”