Quite the parting shot from Mark Fox:
He says that when J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity informed him of his firing the he asked Fox for any comments or suggestions that might help the program going forward. His answer was for McGarity to begin a partnership with the next coach — for those two to work arm-in-arm to help enhance the basketball tradition of a school traditionally seen as a football school.
A reporter pressed Fox on that answer, asking if he was suggesting that wasn’t the case with he and McGarity. Fox sidestepped the question about, saying that he and McGarity would probably “agree to disagree” when it come to whether or not they had worked cohesively in that way.
Benign neglect, for the win. At least McGarity runs the program cheaply enough to turn a profit. That should be reassuring for coaches interviewing for the open position, don’t you think?
The only reasons football is clicking now are that the boosters pushed Smart on McGarity and Smart doesn’t need anything more from his athletic director than a hand to sign contracts and checks.