The Georgia Bulldogs saw it coming for a couple of weeks, but that does not make the loss any easier to swallow. Georgia head coach Mark Fox announced that the program has an official assistant coaching vacancy now that assistant Kwanza Johnson took a job with the TCU Horned Frogs.
Some of the writing was on the wall for a little bit over three weeks. It is not as if Fox has been caught off-guard by Johnson’s decision, although he will certainly miss having him on his staff. People in the know (who actually cover the program) have pointed out that the two have been very close friends since they started coaching together.
More importantly, Fox was quoted during his presser as saying “Kwanza is like family.” He also wished him well on his future endeavors — meaning, there seems to be no ill-will hurled towards his direction.
The details coming out states that Johnson is taking a very similar job with TCU. While the move may feel lateral in a professional sense, Johnson will have a better opportunity to move up the food chain in a program that has a way to go before they are even competent in the Big 12.
For Fox, however, he now has a coaching vacancy that needs to be filled. He certainly has had time to think over who he would like to replace Johnson. Still, as Fox himself has noted, May is likely the slowest month for college basketball coaches and the urgency needed to fill the position is not immediate.
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