ATHENS - The exit door at the Georgia men's basketball program got some more work this week, this time with an assistant coach leaving.
Stacey Palmore, who has been with the program since Mark Fox's hiring in 2009, will not return next season, the school announced on Thursday. Palmore did not have his contract renewed, a source said.
"We appreciate Stacey's contributions to our program over the last five years and I have great respect for him as a coach and as a person," Fox said in a statement. "He has represented Georgia in a first-class manner. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
Palmore, 45, came to Georgia after five years at Virginia Tech.
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"I'd like to thank coach Fox for giving me the opportunity to represent Georgia for the past five years," Palmore said in a statement. "I believe that we accomplished a lot of great things in those five seasons. However, I felt that now was the right time to pursue other opportunities in my career and to be able to spend more time with my young son."
Georgia, coming off a 20-14 season, lost just one senior, starting forward Donte' Williams. But it has now seen two players tranfer in junior post players John Cannon and Tim Dixon, as well as Palmore.
Philip Pearson is now the only assistant coach that remains from Fox's first season, though Kent Davison, the director of basketball operations, remains on staff. Last year assistant coach Kwanzaa Johnson left for a similar job at TCU, and former Georgia player Jonas Hayes was promoted to assistant coach.