GA basketball assistant coach Mason suspended after physical incident

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Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean said on Saturday that assistant coach Wade Mason’s suspension was “handled properly,” but the fourth-year head coach declined to say much about the situation after the Bulldogs’ 85-68 home loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. .

“Obviously this is an unfortunate situation that we’re facing,” Crean said. “We tried to stay focused on basketball, but today we just didn’t play very well. We had our moments, but not enough. Especially defensively.”

Mason and director of player development Brian Fish were involved in a physical incident at halftime of the Bulldogs’ 85-64 loss Wednesday night at LSU, sour source claims

Mason, in his first year with the program after being hired after five seasons with Stephen F. Austin, is suspended with pay.

Fish, a former Montana State head coach, is in his third season with the Bulldogs.

Crean dodged the subject when asked if it was his decision to suspend Wade.

“I’m going to refer everything back to the first comment statement,” Crean said. “I hope you understand and we’ll leave it at that.”

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A scheduled Zoom press conference with Crean on Friday afternoon was canceled with 20 minutes notice.

The UGA sports association responded on Saturday morning.

“There have been various media reports regarding UGA Athletics personnel, ranging from completely inaccurate to incomplete and premature,” he said in a statement. “The incident in question has been properly reported, as required by university policies, and is under review. We will comment as appropriate.”

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Wade Mason, center, during a game at Stephen F. Austin where he served as an assistant coach for the past five seasons.  Mason is Georgia's new assistant basketball coach.

The Bulldogs have lost seven straight games and travel to Texas A&M on Tuesday for a game at 7 p.m. Georgia wraps up its regular season with home games against Florida and Tennessee before heading to Missouri.

Georgia is 6-21 overall and 1-13 in the SEC.

The Bulldogs are in line to play in the opening night of the SEC tournament.

Ryne Dennis contributed to this report.

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