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.

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126 comments Add your comment

UGADawg83

July 12th, 2010
3:33 pm

The problem Tony is the Dr. Adams is a small thinker.

Brad in Jasper

July 12th, 2010
3:41 pm

Agree with Bo and King Gator. Working for Adams may be too much for certain candidates. Past allegiances/jobs/locations SHOULD have nothing to do with it. If he can get past himself – Adams would serve UGA well by leaving no stone unturned. Yeah, McGarity sounds nice on paper – he may indeed be the best man for the job, but who else is lurking out there? We need best man/woman for the job. Period.

Bobby's Cox

July 12th, 2010
3:48 pm

Tony B.-GameDay on ESPN is now going to the crapper. Erin “Peek-A-Boo” Andrews is getting an expanded role at the World Wide Leader and will anchor the 9AM-10Am portion on ESPNU and do special reports and crap during the regular ESPN time slot. I am getting tired of the networks rolling out eye candy disguised as reporters..Heck even my daughters think it is a joke..

How2fish

July 12th, 2010
4:08 pm

Bobby’s Cox dumbest comment of the day Erin “peek-aboo” Andrews you bloody fool she was the victim in that deal and you want to make jokes..fool.

Otto

July 12th, 2010
4:15 pm

Anonymous no Nebraska under Callahan

Car was not fired.

DDPO

July 12th, 2010
6:20 pm

Philly @8:46

Where’s Standford?

Is it similar to Stanford?

Qunitella

July 12th, 2010
6:41 pm

If McGarity was so good why hasn’t anyone hired him to be a AD? Leave that trash in Florida.

Bobby's Cox

July 12th, 2010
6:46 pm

How2Fish-Hooked Ya..By the way yes, I did intend to make a light of this. Yes-She was a victim. Has she benefited from the uhhhh Exposure-Yes, Did it help her career..Yes

Bobby's Cox

July 12th, 2010
7:03 pm

TB-Georgia’s AD search-Could they snag Mark Womack from the SEC offices or what about either Joe Dean, Jr. At Birmingham Southern or another outstanding A.D. from the Football Championship Subdivision-Bob Roller at Samford University. Here are a few highlights of Rollers career:

Roller, who has been Samford’s AD since May 1999, came to Samford in 1997 to direct the Samford Athletic Foundation. During his first two years, the foundation saw record growth in individual and corporate donations to the university’s athletics programs. Roller held that position until being named to his current position.

In the summer of 2003, Roller was ¬elected to the prestigious executive committee of NACDA to serve a four-year term. He joined ¬athletics directors from Kansas State, Stanford, Army and Clemson on the governing committee that oversees the activities of the 6,000-plus member organization.

In 2006, Roller was named national chairman of the United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Committee for NACDA. The Directors’ Cup is awarded to the top uni¬versities in NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA for overall athletics success throughout the inter¬collegiate season.

Bob Roller’s Accomplishments While At Samford
• Major facilities upgrades (Pete Hanna Center, Cooney Family Field House, Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion)
• Won the SoCon’s Germann Cup (Women’s All-Sports) in 2009-10.
• Placed seventh in the NCAA’s inaugural APR report, released in 2005.
• Teams scored consistently high in the NCAA’s APR reports, posting five teams with perfect scores of 1,000 in each of the last two years (single-year scores).
• In five years in the Ohio Valley Conference won 13 team championships.
• Won the OVC’s Women’s All-Sports Trophy in 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2007-08.
• Elected to NACDA’s executive committee in 2003.
• Named national chairman of the United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup Committee for NACDA.

TB, who do you see as other viable options if Adams decides to go another direction. and not hire McGarity who is viewed as a Dooley guy.

rizing star

July 12th, 2010
8:08 pm

If you can’t be with the one you love………………

ps…stars do come out at night.

jumbeauxtiger

July 12th, 2010
8:15 pm

It’s good to have you back Tony.

Nice article.

buckeye tony

July 12th, 2010
8:37 pm

glad to have you back tony,you are the only voice of reason in the south

LSU Fan

July 12th, 2010
10:14 pm

Any chance of Derek Dooley leaving Tennessee for the AD job? Probably not and the folks in Knoxville don’t deserve a Kiffin2. Could make an interesting storyline, given the recent player problem (barroom brawl) at UT

Damon Evans

July 12th, 2010
11:07 pm

McGarity, lose the red panties. Quick!!!

Mr. Georgia Football Returns

July 12th, 2010
11:28 pm

Problem……McGarity does not fit into the “mutual admiration society” that President Adams had with Richt and Evans! Adams doesn’t want anyone who may speak to independently and certainly not a “loose cannon”.

Henry

July 13th, 2010
12:06 am

If this guy was Jeremy Foley’s 2nd in command, hire him at once. It is Foley who has made Florida so much better than UGA in almost every sport, not Meyer or Spurrier but the man that brought them there. UGA has always suffered under the old boy network of “they all have to be one of us” and not until Florida started hiring the best coaches and admin, not just old Florida grads, did they really distance themselves from UGA.

Jack ('66)

July 13th, 2010
9:06 am

I seldom agree with a columnist 100% but I couldn’t agree with you more. Well done!

Jack ('66)

July 13th, 2010
9:07 am

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QuasiDawg

July 13th, 2010
10:28 am

Who is Matt Stinchcomb? I’ve been hearing a lot about him lately as a possible candidate. My friend just sent me this link http://www.StinchForAD.com …anybody?

CrowLeppinz

July 13th, 2010
1:42 pm

LOL! The Dawgies want a Gator in the house. May as well–they’re pretty much jealous of everything UF does. I for one will love it after hearing ‘Gators suck etc etc’ — now they’re begging for one as they’re AD..and don’t hand me that ‘he’s really a Dawg’ junk–the guys been in Gainesville for EIGHTEEN YEARS–he’s got Gator all over him! The truth is ya’ll can’t make it without a Gator–you need them–they validate your existence in the SEC (and in the world, apparently). Good luck w/ your Gator scraps, Dawgs!

Spence

July 13th, 2010
10:40 pm

Tony, here’s a questoin: Was Georgia Tech a good team last season? Pause for a second. Look away from the monitor. Now answer it. I bet you everything I own you’ll say yes.

But you just bought into the hype and typed something stupid: “Now, was Georgia a good football team last season? Nope.” Well go ahead and go on record and say Tech wasn’t either, because UGA runs this State, and UGA won that game.

Half assed logic and extreme statements may make your columns more flashy, but they illustrate that depsite your extensive football knowledge, you still are capable of throwing rational thought and big-picture ideas out the window to make a small point. Frankly, I expect more out of someone who coins themsleves, “Mr. Football.”

lbvba

July 14th, 2010
9:56 am

Greg is an excellent choice for UGA and will do the University proud.

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Hairy Dawg

July 17th, 2010
10:02 pm

McGarity is Da Man! Get him now!!!!!!! We also got to get rids of Adams now with Evans gone to. Adams don’t supporting Coach Mark Richt by helping recruits against teams like Bammers. Adams creating to many restrictoins on recruiting the SEC talents to win. We need to get the problems fixed to recruiting SEC talent players that can play. Adams must go to help team with dominating SEC. Then Coach Richt is best Christain coach to help recruit and win football but we got to rid Adams.

Hairy Dawg

July 17th, 2010
10:37 pm

Richt is Christians and not hot seating cuase he winning SEC if just gets recruiting support to get SEC talent players that can play and going to NFL. Evans was hot seated and Adams needs to be hot seated to.

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