Cal made what many assumed was coming official on Thursday, firing Mark Fox as their head men’s basketball coach.

Fox was let go after the Bears went 3-29 this year, his fourth in charge of the program. Overall, Fox’s record in Berkeley was 38-87.

“I want to thank Mark for his unwavering commitment to our men’s basketball program,” Cal athletic director Jim Knowlton said in a statement. “He led the team through some challenging times, and always did so with the class and professionalism we have come to expect from him. Mark understood and embraced our University’s mission and ideals, and was always an exemplary representative of our department. I wish him the best of luck in the future.

“This was a difficult decision and one that I do not take lightly. After deliberately and holistically evaluating all aspects of our program, I felt a change was needed at this time. We will always be guided by the best interests of our student-athletes, as well as the values of our University.”

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Cal’s best year under Fox was his first, with the Golden Bears going from back-to-back eight-win seasons under former head coach Wyking Jones to finish with 14 wins in 2019-20.

But the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly stunted any growth, with Cal’s press release announcing Fox’s removal saying the coach had to navigate “ some of the most disruptive restrictions in the country.”

Fox’s Bears went 9-20 in 2020-21 and 12-20 in 2021-22, putting him firmly on the hot seat entering this season. Fox’s fate may have been sealed by Cal’s nonconference performance, with the …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Cal fires Mark Fox after four years as men’s hoops head coach

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