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Blog: Fox would `love to play Kansas,’ but timing would have to be right

Kansas is looking for a home-and-home basketball series.

Mark Fox is from Kansas and spent a year observing the Jayhawks program during the 1993-94 season while completing coursework for his master’s degree when Roy Williams was the coach.

“I’d love to play Kansas,” the Georgia coach said. “I’m not sure we can add another road game.”

ESPN’s Andy Katz reported last week that Kansas coach Bill Self was “desperate for a quality home-and-home series, starting in Lawrence next season.”

Fox has played demanding nonconference games to help Georgia’s strength of schedule come tournament time. The problem is Georgia is playing on the road already in the SEC/Big East challenge against a yet to be announced opponent. It will play in the championships rounds in Brooklyn in the Legends Classic in a field that includes Georgetown, Indiana and UCLA and will be at Georgia Tech on Dec. 4.  Southern California will play in Athens, but Fox said Georgia needs another home game.

Fox is also waiting on the Southeastern Conference schedule for this coming season.

“Do we need another high-level game?” Fox said. “Are we going to get Kentucky twice? Are we going to get Florida twice? It hasn’t been decided. I’m a little frustrated we haven’t decided that. I guess maybe they’re waiting for us to get together at the league meeting (in Destin, Fla., late this month) to get our two cents.”

Fox is expecting an expanded 18-game conference schedule.

“We’re going to have to go to some rotation,” he said. “Is it a rotation that cycles through in three years or four years? The Pac-10, I think it takes 10 years for theirs to cycle.”

Fox wants to play rival Florida twice a year. “Will my voice be heard on that? I don’t know.”

One matchup Fox isn’t planning on adding to the schedule in future seasons is against his good friend Trent Johnson, who left LSU for TCU.

“I don’t want to play Trent,” Fox said. “I don’t want to play my friends. He would never play us unless we were forced to (in a tournament). Those games are over.”

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