Before the ejection, Fox appeared to make many comments to the referees about the calls. However, the calls still didn’t go Georgia’s way. The build up of bad calls and missed calls seemed to weigh heavy on Fox early on. And when the ref called “palming” on Jordan Harris, Fox lost it. Derek Ogbeide and Jordan Harris held Fox back to prevent further problems.
The reaction to the call shocked everyone in attendance. Fox usually keeps his cool, but for some reason lost it on a simple call. Fans watched as he quickly received the two technicals and soon after, the ejection. However, the fans jumped to Fox’s aid and the noise became a piercing ovation of claps and cheers as he left the court.
Here is the video of Fox being escorted off the court after the incident:
Coach Fox being escorted off of the court after getting a technical foul and being thrown out of the game.. pic.twitter.com/eu79B675kn
— Savannah Leigh (@gaprincess07) January 26, 2017
After the game, Coach Fox did his general press conference, but you could slice the tension in the air with a knife. Many of the writers asked him about it. Some were curious about whether or not this was a build up from previous games. Fox let many know that he was a “fighter” for Georgia and his team.
“Here’s why I was upset, is that I fully understand that at Georgia, we have to earn our keep,” Coach Fox said. “We’re not asking to be given anything. I think every team, every school should be treated fairly, and we’re not asking any favors. We demand that these kids on our team perform a certain way in the classroom. We demand that they are a certain kind of citizen. And we demand a certain kind of effort for our team. And these kids work their tails off.”
Fox also went on to say this about the expectations he has.
“And in exchange for that, those expectations, they know that we’re going to fight for them,” Fox said. “We’re going to fight for Georgia. And I’ll fight for Georgia and these kids every night. So that’s what I decide to do. If I had to do it again, we’re going to fight for our team and our school every night.”
The media also wanted to know if Fox regretted the situation.
“I have no regrets for what happened,” Fox said. “We were not playing nearly in a way that we were going to have success. Did I think it was going to ignite our team? No.”
Yante Maten and J.J Frazier had something to say about the situation, and both backed their coach up about the whole ordeal.
“Coach Fox is a fighter for sure, and that’s something we as a team need to embrace with regards to how we’re playing,” Maten said. “We need to make sure that were determined from the jump.”
“We have capable coaches, and Coach was frustrated by the bad call,” Frazier said. “That’s all I’ve got for that.”
Coach Fox also took full responsibility and didn’t comment much more on it. The team faces a tough Texas squad on Saturday, and it’ll be interesting to see the team’s demeanor and how they’ll play.