Mark Fox, you've won over a nation. College coaches have a tendency to take themselves too seriously in the public light, so when we see a grown man accepting of his image, comfortable enough in his own skin to smother it with body paint -- and toss on some spiked shoulder pads in the process -- it's impossible not to love the gesture.
Virtually no one knew what Fox was planning on doing prior to the huge LSU-Georgia football game Saturday, and when word/social media photos trickled out, everyone responded with applause and approval. Heck, Fox could've done this under the cover of that '80s rocker wig, because he's basically unidentifiable.
It's the first time we've seen a major college hoops coach get in the trenches with the fans, facepaint and all, since Bruce Pearl rooted on the Lady Vols at Tennessee a few years back. Fox hopped in with the UGA Spike Crew and didn't hold back, getting the attention of those in charge of the main video board at Sanford Stadium. Below, a few photos from his appearance, which can hopefully be duplicated before the seaosn is out.
And, of course, Dawgs football coach Mark Richt is now on the hook to return the favor at some point during the hoops season. Georgia hosts LSU in hoops on Feb. 6, Richt.
That would be uga basketball coach mark fox in the road warrior getup. pic.twitter.com/KYpJMoIR9G— David Ching (@ESPNChing) September 28, 2013