Why Greg McGarity should be Georgia’s next AD

First of all, it’s good to be back. So did I miss anything?

Quite a bit, as it turns out.

SEC Media Days are just nine days away and by my count it will take us at least that long to catch up on everything that happened while I was away.  So I’ve decided to start with the very hottest topic and then we’ll work through the rest as the week goes on.

After coming back from vacation to cover conference expansion, it was tempting to come back again when the Damon Evans incident happened. But I had promised Mrs. College Football I would get away from the craziness for a little while before jumping back into the fray. And a promise is a promise.

So now vacation is over. It’s time to jump back into the pool and there is no better place to start than with the Damon Evans story.  This is strictly one man’s opinion. Feel free to agree or disagree.

1. Damon Evans was a rising star: The personal tragedy of  Damon Evans’ demise as Georgia’s athletics director–how this impacts his family–is none of our business. We can only wish him the best in that regard.

But the public and professional tragedy of this whole episode is to see such talent and potential go to waste. Everybody in our business knew that Evans was a rising star. I saw him as the commissioner of a BCS conference some day–perhaps even the SEC. He was an outstanding athletics director for Georgia. I hope the people quoted in Tim Tucker’s Sunday story are right and that Damon will get a chance to rebuild his career.

2. Michael Adams showed extraordinary leadership: I have certainly had my differences with Dr. Michael Adams, the President of the University of Georgia.  But in this case Dr. Adams took exactly the right tone–compassionate but stern–in obtaining the resignation of Damon Evans. Evans was Adams’ hand-picked successor to replace Vince Dooley in 2004. That was certainly a controversial move and Evans knew he owed his career to the Georgia president. The action by Evans had to make Adams feel angry and betrayed.

But give credit where credit is due. Adams understood the gravity of the situation and acted swiftly. It had to be done and Adams answered the bell to protect the best interests of the University–which is his No. 1 job.

3. Had the incident been limited to the DUI, it would have been possible to salvage Evans’ job. Friends disagree with me on this but if the charges had not gone beyond the DUI, as bad as that is, I believe Evans could have gone through alcohol counseling, community service and found a way to rehabilitate his image. Yes, there would have been a lot of critics, given Evans’ video presentation against drinking and driving that appeared before home games in Athens. It would have been very difficult, but it could have been done.

But once the police report was made public, the damning details struck at the heart of Evans’ judgement and made it impossible for him to survive professionally. The details about the woman in the car and her clothing were certaintly titillating to the public. But I believe Evans sealed his fate when he began a sentence to a Georgia State Trooper with: “I’m not trying to bribe you but…..”

You just can’t do that.

 

4. This will not impact Mark Richt. Nor should it: Unless Georgia hires Darth Vader as its new athletics director, this episode does not affect the head football coach at the University of Georgia.

First of all, and I guess we’ll have to say this once a week until certain people get it, Richt is not on any kind of hot seat and will not be on any kind of hot seat (we’ll talk about alcohol-related arrests and suspension of the two Georgia players on Tuesday). The man has won 90 games and two SEC championships in nine seasons. And none of that changes because somebody new is going to occupy the corner office on the fourth floor of the Butts-Mehre building.

In fact, the new athletic director at Georgia is going to thank his lucky stars that he inherits a football coach like Mark Richt. He wins 10 games a year. He keeps you competitive in the toughest conference in America. He doesn’t bring the NCAA watchdogs sniffing around. And he will never, EVER, embarrass you.

Now, was Georgia a good football team last season? Nope.

Does Mark Richt’s team need to show some improvement this season so that the next offseason is more fun and less stressful? Yep.

But there are quality of life seasons and career survival seasons. The 2010 is a quality of life season for Richt at Georgia regardless of who sits in the athletics directors’ chair.

 5. I have two words about the new Georgia athletics director: Greg McGarity. When Dr. Adams was describing the kind of person he wanted as the new athletics director at Georgia, he might as well have been reading off McGarity’s resume.

First of all, let’s start with competence. McGarity has been at Florida since 1992 as the No. 2 guy behind Jeremy Foley, one of the very best in the business. Florida has been one of the top overall athletic departments in the country for a long time and McGarity has played a big part of that. For 17 consecutive years Florida has finished seventh or better in the Director’s Cup, which goes to the nation’s best athletic department. This season Florida finished No. 2 behind Stanford.

McGarity is an Athens native who played tennis for Coach Dan Magill at Georgia. He worked in the UGA athletic department in several capacities under Vince Dooley before leaving for Florida. He is as rock solid as they come.

Two things should not factor into the decision on whether or not McGarity is the right person to lead Georgia’s athletic department: The fact that he’s worked at Florida for 19 years and the fact that he once worked for Dooley at Georgia.

Some don’t want to hire Florida’s No. 2 guy under any circumstances.  Others believe that Adams will not hire someone with ties to Dooley given the past conflict between the two men.

Both points of view represent small thinking. This is about competence and finding somebody who will also unify the Georgia people after a difficult time in its history. Greg McGarity is ready. It’s time to bring him home.

Please follow me on Twitter at:

www.twitter.com/MrCFB

126 comments Add your comment

Buzzfan®

July 12th, 2010
10:37 am

Welcome back, Tony! ‘Toe Meets Leather’ is just around the corner!

KingGator

July 12th, 2010
10:43 am

UGA would benefit by having Mr. McGarity as the new AD. The question is, does Mr. McGarity benefit from this career move? If I’m in his shoes, I realize the FL AD job is his to lose, and he will succeed Foley in a few yrs. The other question I would have if I’m in his shoes, is, what kind od situation am I walking into at UGA? Will he have Adams’ full support? will he be looked upon with some degree of disloyalty for going to the hated rivals, UF?
so, my point is that your article only looks at it from UGA’s perspective. In all fairness to Mr. McGarity, look at it from his perspective too

Gregg-Dawg

July 12th, 2010
11:03 am

First Tony you give Evans WAY WAY to much credit as an AD- He could not compete with FL & AL. We have not swept the SEC East in Football with him there. Second-he had to go even with a DUI-If I am a parent with a kid being recruited- HE BETTER BE GONE! Third I think Mcgarity is the perfect man for the job- Hey-its best to learn from the best isnt it??

Bill King is a.............

July 12th, 2010
11:08 am

We need to make every attempt to hire Brett aka “Buddy” Martin now!!!!!! He’s a helluva guy and has been an AD for the last 11yrs. Hire him now!!

schmeckdawg

July 12th, 2010
11:10 am

To the Riffleman, who cares who’s players CMR used, he won the SEC Championship and that coach with those same players didn’t!

Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!

Boogers are Salty

July 12th, 2010
11:12 am

Hire Tony Barnfart as AD!

sherlock holmes

July 12th, 2010
11:19 am

wrong again Tony, hire the woman as the athletic director and this will affect Richt’s program..

Dawg Days

July 12th, 2010
11:28 am

Good article TB, but the 2 points that you mention as small thinking, (McGarity being a Gator and Dooley man) are not my concerns. Adams may shy away from McGarity because if he hires him now, he doesn’t want people to say he should have hired him originally to repalce Dooley. And sometimes when you have a big ego, it makes you think small…let’s hope that Adams doesn’t have a dose of small thinking, cause that’s the only person that matters with this AD hire, not all the bloggers!

Anonymous

July 12th, 2010
11:32 am

“Both points of view represent small thinking.”

Tony, Effective Writing 101:

Always write to your audience!

Joey

July 12th, 2010
11:33 am

Okay, Joe M, congrats! You are a small thinker! UGA should hire the best and brightest AD they can find, no matter what colors he wears now. McGarity has had some excellent training, by the best in business currently, and one of the best in the business in his early years.

Go get him, Adams!

Go Dawgs!

17 of 20

July 12th, 2010
11:36 am

Coach Zook was 2 of 3 against the dogs.

WonderDawg

July 12th, 2010
11:40 am

Um, sogadog, I think the AD got some discipline, right? I mean, he didn’t get a spanking (as far as we know), but he got his butt fired! So, that’s how Jackson gets diciplined. Jeez…

Oh, and is it just me, but has “Russ the temp………..” not passed saint simons as the most annoying poster …….ever?

WonderDawg

July 12th, 2010
11:43 am

Standford? Where the hell is Standford, Philly?

longtimesecfan

July 12th, 2010
11:47 am

Philly (8:46 a.m.):
You mmade some valid points about looking outside your inner
circle for AD. But as to Stanford susccess which has been great I would point out that Stan. engages in 35 sports including lacrosse,
misc. ladies sports, minor mens sports etc. and the selecting board
counts the highest ranking 20. Most SEC teams including UGA and second ranked UF engage in only 21 so Stanford has a big advantage. I don’t remember them ever being ranked highly in any majors (but they are usually no. 1 under the existing format and certainly deserve kudos for that). (just for information no intent to minimize their achievements)

longtimesecfan

July 12th, 2010
11:47 am

Enter your comments here

WonderDawg

July 12th, 2010
11:47 am

KingGator, Foley is pretty young too, probably no older than McGarity, right? You are right about Adams, though. How could anyone feel good about coming to work for him? He is UGA’s albatross for sure…

Beast from the East

July 12th, 2010
11:49 am

WonderDawg,
I think it is just you. I think “Russ” is a riot! He’s not even in the same ballpark as Saint Simons.

schmeckdawg

July 12th, 2010
11:49 am

GREAT CALL Dawg Days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Adams Ego=Harrick & Evans!

GATORZONE

July 12th, 2010
11:58 am

Standford….

Get Your Waders Out for Tony's Deep BS

July 12th, 2010
12:02 pm

Well, Barnhart’s back…and his BS is as “deep” as ever.

First: Tony said: “Damon Evans was a rising star.”

Evans was nothing but a “Compliance Clerk.”
Evans resume BEFORE becoming AD was a JOKE.
Evans had woefully indequate experience to be a D-1 AD…at ANY school. Evans was nothing but a rumber-stamp for the Top Boosters who REALLY make ALL of the decisions. But, thats the way the Boosters prefer it.
Afterall, its THEIR money. UGA can pull in big money REGARDLESS of who the AD is. And THAT has had NOTHING to do with Evans.

Second: (Again) Tony said: “Damon Evans was a rising star.”

Tony said: “…the damning details struck at the heart of Evans’ judgement…”

Evans cant possibly be a “Rising Star” if his
PERSONAL (AND PROFESSIONAL) judgement is so decidely impaired.
Was the the FIRST & ONLY extracurricular activity for Evans?
People whose PERSONAL CHARACTER are EQUAL to their JOB TITLE,
dont need to “bribe” others with their Job Title.
A “Rising Star?” Not even close.

Tony also said: “I saw him as the commissioner of a BCS conference
some day–perhaps even the SEC.”

Now THIS is serious BS!! Evans was OBVIOUSLY not up to the task as an AD. Most successful conference comissioners have EXTENSIVE NCAA or conference epxerience, or have Law Degrees, or both.
No way in Hell Evans could have EVER been a BCS Commissioner.

Third: This is a really FIRST CLASS indictment of Michael Adams’ arrogance and stupidity. Adams’ ONLY 2 hires (Jim Herrick & Damon Evans) have proven to be DISASTROUS and EMBARASSING.
Prepare to see Adams with tail between his legs, soon.

Fourth: Tony said, “…this episode does not affect the head football coach at the University of Georgia.” I have never seen a situation in
D-1 where a new AD DIDNT affect the HC. The AD is the HC’s boss. Good or bad, a new AD does have an impact on the HC. To suggest otherwise is kind of stupid.

More BS from UGA-homer Barnhart.

Joe M

July 12th, 2010
12:34 pm

UGA Faithful- Bo got it right when he said, “ummm, UGA Faithful, McGarity left UGA in 1992. had nothing to do with Adams, I’m afraid.”

Beast from the East- They always say to “keep it simple STUPID.” And, for the record, it is pretty simple, NO GATOR in Athens-at UGA EVER! Just my opinion. Don’t care how good he is. When he went to work for the Gators he left behind the DAWGS, end of story.

Steve Spurrier

July 12th, 2010
12:45 pm

Welcome back, Tony.

Beast from the East

July 12th, 2010
12:52 pm

Joe M,
You are entitled to your opinion. If McGarity is considered the best man for the job and you would veto his hiring based on where he has spent the past 19 years then you should get what you deserve…….a second rate hire. That is exactly the mindest that causes programs to just “tread water” in mediocrity. I’m sure most UGA fans are glad you’re not the one making these kinds of decisions. By the way, when he went to work for ANY university, he left UGA behind. I guess wanting to further your career is punishable by a lifetime ban in your opinion. Just plain silly and petty if you ask me.

Best of Atlanta

July 12th, 2010
12:55 pm

.
Nesbitt for Heisman
.

Rick S

July 12th, 2010
1:08 pm

Totally agree with Mr. College Football and thank goodness an article that is right on the money regarding UGA hiring Greg McGarity as the new AD. I don’t understand why there needs to be a long drawn out search- Go hire McGarity now!

[...] Tony Barnhart at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a suggested candidate to become Georgia’s athletic director. [...]

wiley

July 12th, 2010
1:17 pm

“You drink, You drive, You lose.” As a Tech fan I feel sorry for the man…but I hope his story keeps others from making the same stupid mistake. Too many lives are lost to DUI drivers….a completely preventable thing.

Gregg-Dawg

July 12th, 2010
1:19 pm

So true from Get your waders BS Tony- Again Tony gives WAY WAY too much credit to Evans- The guy was a joke when it comes to BCS championships!

npgator

July 12th, 2010
1:20 pm

I was first the whole time you were gone and now I am 78th!

Tide Rising

July 12th, 2010
1:21 pm

“Some don’t want to hire Florida’s No. 2 guy under any circumstances. Others believe that Adams will not hire someone with ties to Dooley given the past conflict between the two men.”

It never ceases to amaze me that sometimes you have people in positions of power such as Adams that can be so petty and small minded. Sounds like McGarity would be an excellent hire. I don’t see why him being at UF should matter.

Alabama and AU have traded off very good assistant coaches such as Bill Oliver, James Willis, etc. Vince Dooley was an AU grad and Pat Dye was a UGA grad who made his mark as a head coach at AU. His competence should be the only thing that matters.

Gen Neyland

July 12th, 2010
1:28 pm

” What have you done for me lately..?” This question is raised when certain times and situations arise. McGarity may turn out to be be a perfect fit for UGA and for all UGA’ers, my best wishes. Foley has had his share of trouble with student-athletes (Who doesn’t..?) so no matter who comes in we gotta remember, the more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s college football…

POAD

July 12th, 2010
1:34 pm

Tony B: I think CMR is on the HOT SEAT with a new AD that cares about Public Opinion and CLASS. If nothing happened after Damon’s DUI and Red Panty crap I would say OK, but less than 10 days later CMR’s players did a Hit-n-Run and DUI. The new AD has to have a SACK-FULL-O-NUTS and Spank dat butt. Tony 90 wins and 40 arrests I think the change in the CORNER OFFICE will cause some changes to be made.

[...] Tony Barnhart at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a suggested candidate to become Georgia’s athletic director. [...]

How2fish

July 12th, 2010
1:48 pm

Joe M…McGarity has worked for the Gators, however he went to school and played tennis at UGA got his 1st big boy jobs at UGA. He has been a major part of a hugely successful program at UF..what is not to love? And Tony welcome back!

How2fish

July 12th, 2010
1:50 pm

POAD really how can you or anyone lay Damon’s trouble on CMR..really I have got to hear this?

Otto

July 12th, 2010
1:58 pm

POAD: A new AD may want to get CMR out if the losses to UF continue but the risk is having something like Nebraska the past few. A coach that has support from many fans with a mediocre to good record is fired for a coach that clashes with the fanbase and doesn’t win. A new AD will have to be very careful with any changes to football.

No Richt Hot Seat

July 12th, 2010
2:01 pm

I, for one, VOTE NO on a florida gator. Surely there is another good guy out there that hasnt been agator for 20 years

PAdawg

July 12th, 2010
2:04 pm

unrelated issue but could someone please tell me why D. Dooley has not announced any disciplinary measures for Da’rick Rogers after having dealt suspensions for most other players involved within 24 hrs.of the brawl

No Richt Hot Seat

July 12th, 2010
2:12 pm

I can – rogers is his recruit (prized recruit) and he is being slimy about that. Dooley gets credit from vols for being tough, but he has only been tough on kiffins/fulmers recruits. He is a fraud on this issue and its going to come out

jimmy mc

July 12th, 2010
2:16 pm

if dr.adams doesn’t hire mcgarity then he no longer has the best intrest of the bulldog nation at heart

[...] Tony Barnhart at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a suggested candidate to become Georgia’s athletic director. [...]

Anonymous

July 12th, 2010
2:27 pm

Er, Otto, I think you mean Michigan.

How2fish

July 12th, 2010
2:34 pm

No Richt Hot Seat OK pay attention we seem to have a disconnect here..McGarity has worked for the Gators, however he went to school and played tennis at UGA…its a interesting issue did he quit being a UGA grad when he went to work for UF..does working for a rival college mean you are no longer a member of the Bull Dog Nation? I think not , however I have ex-wives so I have made mistakes before.

gadawgs

July 12th, 2010
2:36 pm

Tony,
I agree, Adams should hire McGarity today!!! He is hands down the best and most logical choice bar none. If Adams allows the connection with Coach Dooley to influence his decision negatively then Adams needs to go. As far as McGarity being at Florida for 17 years and that being a reason not to hire him I say anyone who believes that is skewed in their desire for what’s best for the University. I want someone who has won, is winning and expects to win and knows how to go about the business of winning running our program.

[...] Tony Barnhart at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a suggested candidate to become Georgia’s athletic director. [...]

No Richt Hot Seat

July 12th, 2010
2:48 pm

I have never been divorced but I once made the mistake of going to a uga vs ut game in knoxvill.

I saw worse in the parking lot than at Bar Knoxville

Maybe Im wrong about the gator. Maybe he knows some things to help georgia stay within 10 of the gators.

[...] Tony Barnhart at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a suggested candidate to become Georgia’s athletic director. [...]

ray goof

July 12th, 2010
3:06 pm

How about me Ray Goff or Jim Donnan ? To really solidify the butt whippings that the Gators have put on us leghumper’s seemingly every year…let’s go for 37 of 40 losses….were half way there

How2fish

July 12th, 2010
3:10 pm

No Richt Hot Seat Ok you got me I’ve made two mistakes I’ve been to a UGA/UT game in Knoxville too..but then again I saw my 1st football game in Knoxville at 6-7 years of age UT vs Bama I think it was 1960…so I may have seen things I didn’t understand that time, but the UGA vs UT games in Knoxville tend to be well… they are memorable.

No Richt Hot Seat

July 12th, 2010
3:12 pm

Georgia will not beat FLORIDA until they can stop the bloodshed from tennessee beating them like a div II team every year.