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Georgia AD issues statement in support of coach Mark Fox

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia's athletic director has issued a statement in support of men's basketball coach Mark Fox.

Greg McGarity took the unusual step Tuesday of responding to a report by Yahoo Sports that Georgia was evaluating possible candidates to succeed Fox.

McGarity's statement said ''we are NOT in the process of exploring our options to replace Mark Fox. We look forward to Mark leading our program next year and all of our efforts are centered on postseason play.''

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Fox is in his eighth season as Georgia's coach. The Bulldogs head into the Southeastern Conference tournament with an 18-13 overall record and 9-9 mark in league play.

Georgia is still hopeful of landing an NCAA bid, but most projections have them missing out on the tournament for the sixth times in Fox's career. The Bulldogs likely would need an upset of Kentucky in the SEC tournament to have any shot.