Fox, Bulldogs to host Young Harris, former interim UGA coach

Mark Fox has followed in Pete Herrmann’s footsteps before. On Friday they will face each other on the basketball court.

Georgia will host Herrmann and Young Harris in an exhibition game tonight. Herrmann is a former Georgia assistant and the interim coach for the Bulldogs before Fox took over.

“When I went to Kansas State to be an assistant coach, I took over the office Pete had vacated on Dana Altman’s staff,” Fox said. “Then he was interim coach here and I stepped in and took over his desk a second time. I’ve known Pete a long time and his wife, Sharon. He’s a good man and this was a game he really felt could help his team. We’ve tried to play a lot of these state schools to help them and it’s good for our team. Pete and I have had a good friendship and tomorrow can only enrich that.”

Georgia will tip off against Young Harris at 7 p.m. at Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs should be healthy and ready to go, including forward Marcus Thornton, who was plagued by knee injuries the last two seasons. Georgia played several exhibitions during its 10-day trip to Italy in August.

“This is the first time for this group to play under the lights,” Fox said. “This is the first time for this group to play in front of their families and in front of their friends here at Georgia. Certainly we want to be able to just play in front of people and relax — learn how to play in front of a crowd. That’s not something we’ve done to this point yet. We had a great crowd at one of our games in Italy but none of them spoke English, so there was no pressure.”

Herrmann was Dennis Felton’s top assistant at Georgia for six season and took over as the interim head coach after Felton was dismissed. This will be his second season at Young Harris, which is in its second season of candidacy for NCAA Division II membership. The Mountain Lions went 22-4 last season.

Georgia returns five players who started at least 11 games last season, including Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Georgia finished 15-17 overall, including 5-11 in the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia begins its regular season on Nov. 9 against Jacksonville at Stegeman Coliseum.

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