The Georgia basketball program is in search of its next head coach. After Mark Fox was relieved of his duties a few days ago, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity has wasted little time in his pursuit of Fox’s replacement.
Georgia has offered former Ohio State coach Thad Matta to become the program’s next head coach. Matta apparently met with UGA representatives in Athens yesterday to tour the facilities and discuss the parameters of a potential deal between the two sides.
McGarity apparently offered the job to Matta but the two sides have not yet reached an agreement. A decision from Matta is expected within the next 24 hours.
Matta, 50, spent 13 years at Ohio State before stepping down in 2017 because of some health issues. By all accounts, his health has improved enough to a point where he feels comfortable getting back to coaching. He left Ohio State as the winningest coach in program history and led the Buckeyes to appearances in the Final Four in 2007 and 2012.
While there appears to be a divide among the Georgia fan base about the decision to offer Matta the job, one thing is clear: Matta is an upgrade over Mark Fox. He sustained continued success at Ohio State for over a decade and has proven he can take teams deep into the NCAA tournament.
Part of the reason Mark Fox was let go was not being able to consistently get to the NCAA tournament. Another was a lackluster track record on the recruiting trail. If Matta accepts the job, those will be two things he will certainly be focusing on to change the culture of Georgia basketball. And as we’ve seen with Georgia’s football program, success can be just over the horizon if you get the right guy for the job.