Wednesday, February 22
LSU's Trent Johnson is so close to Mark Fox that UGA's coach refers to him as "family." (Photo courtesy of LSU)
And now brings a game that holds special significance for UGA coach Mark Fox.
Tonight's contest in Baton Rouge marks the third meeting between Fox and LSU coach Trent Johnson, who coached together at Washington and Nevada and have been very close friends for a long time.
Fox said that relationship has "always taken a backseat to the goal of winning the game," but that "It's hard to play people that are family."
"It's tough," LSU's Johnson said. "Make no mistake about it, just because I know how important it is to him, and I'm pretty sure he knows how important it is to me in terms of competing. We've spent a lot of time together."
Johnson was the head coach at Nevada before leaving for Stanford in 2004, allowing Fox to succeed him as head coach there before later following Johnson to the SEC.
This is now Johnson's fourth season at LSU and Fox's third at UGA.
The Tigers are currently 16-10 and 6-6 in the SEC after struggling the past two years.
"Before he coached his first game, he told me, 'I'm going to be good this first year. We're going to be terrible for two years, and then we'll start getting better,'" Fox said of Johnson. "So exactly what he predicted has held true."
What did Johnson have to tell Fox about UGA?
"He said, 'You've got your hands full for a while,' which I knew that," Fox said.
"I think he's done an exceptional job when you start looking at how young they are and what they lost, in terms of probably 75 percent of their scoring if not more," Johnson said of Fox this week. "And who'd they play? They beat Notre Dame, playing Cal, playing Cincinnati and Kentucky twice and Vanderbilt twice and Florida twice. ... Anybody who knows basketball, they look at that team and they know those kids are playing their tail off, and I know my guys understand that we've got to play extremely well."
ON THE AGENDA
-- Tonight's basketball game is set to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern and be televised by the SEC Network.
-- The first players start reporting today for the NFL Scouting Combine (as Ben Jones tweets below), though no workouts just yet.
-- And Mark Richt is (tentatively) set to hold a teleconference this afternoon with local media, so keep an eye out for a live thread from that. -- UPDATE: This has now been moved to Thursday afternoon, per the "tentatively" listed above.
TWEET(S) OF THE DAY
Indy in the am. First time crossing the mason Dixon line
Former UGA OL Ben Jones
Im leaving school early to enroll into college. Ion dont need to stay around newnan. I need to surround myself with positive people
DB commit Tray Matthews
So I'm ordering a sandwich a subway and my Head coach walks in. #weird
DB Damian Swann
Through my study of history I've come to realize we live in a country in which many people hate change... Can someone explain why?
WR Tavarres King
Nebraska , Wisconsin , Michigan State , Connecticut , & Cal sure does send a lot of mail #ThanksGuyslol
RB commit Derrick Henry
Being hurt is inevitable, being miserable is a choice.
QB Christian LeMay
Wish I could press skip and go all the way to Friday #easylife
LB Sterling Bailey
Just found out that I'm on track to graduate
DL Abry Jones
Threw away the rear view gotta move forward.
Former UGA DB Chris Sanders
Nothin better than being the first one to break in a freshly cleaned toilet
WR Michael Bennett