Georgia basketball head coach Mark Fox took his team overseas to Italy not so much to win games, but more for the greater experience related to team-building, especially since they lost a game to a Luithianian squad the same day they took a tour of the Leaning Tower Of Pisa:
"We didn't play with a great deal of energy and looked like an exhausted group," Fox said.
The Bulldogs played a variety of foreign professional and national teams, but the point was simply to create more game time for a young Georgia roster entering the 2012-'13 campaign. Fox told the Macon Telegraph all four freshman on the squad saw starts, as well as every player on the entire roster, save for injured forward Marcus Thornton.
Unrelated to Italy, Fox is also now golfing buddies with actor (and noted Atlanta Falcons enthusiast) Samuel L. Jackson, who spoke to UGA's football and basketball teams last week:
"He talked about how stars deal with fame and how some people mismanage their money, and what pitfalls guys can fall into. He talked to our team about some of that, which I thought was terrific," Fox said. "I mean he was as down to earth as you can imagine. I really appreciated his approach to it. I don't know if he enjoyed it but we sure did."