ATHENS — OK, yes, this is probably overkill at this moment. Georgia’s basketball team is involved in a very key part of its schedule, and we’re now about to dedicate a third story to this. So we promise this is the last one.
We speak of last Thursday’s game at Auburn, which Georgia won by 12 to reinvigorate its NCAA tournament hopes, and all anyone is still talking about is an Auburn player sneaking into the Georgia huddle.
The video of the moment went viral, and was on the Jimmy Kimmel show on Monday night. Thing is, Mark Fox insisted he and his players knew Auburn player T.J. Dunans was there, and in fact had invited him in because he was lurking.
Derek Ogbeide, who is Georgia’s sophomore center, was one of the players who actually put his arms around Dunans as Fox went over a play call.
“Everybody thinks that we didn’t know,” Ogbeide said, smiling. “We all looked him right in the eye. I touched him. We all knew he was right there.”
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The play occurred with Georgia leading by 11 with 1:30 left. On the video, you can see Fox drawing up a play with Dunans watching.
“Oh yeah I let him see it. All I do was draw a couple X’s on the board,” Fox said. “I mean we have no secrets. We have more fun than you people realize we do.”
Ogbeide on the play the opposing players saw: “It was somewhat of a play but it was significant enough for them to stop. So that’s why it didn’t really matter.”
(In defense of so many stories, the first post only had the video. The second post only had Fox’s comments. The third one is after the first time we get to talk to a player about it. Also in defense of so many stories: They’re getting great clicks.)
Anyway, Georgia has an important game Wednesday night against South Carolina, when it will probably not invite other players into the huddle. Maybe.