Cal Basketball Video: What Can Mark Fox Do in His First Season at Cal?

The potential of next season's Cal squad might be determined by which players are still around

New Cal coach Mark Fox was reluctant during Monday’s introductory press conference to outline exactly what his plan will be regarding his first season with the current squad. He needs to get to know what each player can and cannot do before he makes those decisions.

He also must find out exactly which players will be available to him, since two Cal starters from last season, Justice Sueing and Darius McNair, have announced they have entered the transfer portal with the intention of playing elsewhere. His job at Cal is already more difficult that it was the day he agreed to take it.

Fox notes that Georgia finished last in four of the five seasons before he arrived. In fact, the Bulldogs finished last in its six-team division of the Southeastern Conference all five seasons immediately before his arrival.

Georgia finished 5-11 in the SEC in Fox’s first season (2009-10) and went 9-7 in the second, when Georgia landed an NCAA Tournament berth. The Bulldogs did not have another losing conference record until his final season, when Georgia went 7-11 and tied for 11th in the SEC in 2017-18 before he was dismissed.

“Obviously, we understand we have some work to do,” Fox said of his Cal situation. “We have some facility improvements we need to make.” That refers to the practice facility athletic director Jim Knowlton says is in the planning stage.

“I want the players to have expectations that they are going to be successful,” Fox said.