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

DR

July 12th, 2010
8:05 am

Welcome back! Can’t wait till kickoff.

george

July 12th, 2010
8:11 am

welcome back and thanks for all you do! look forward to the next 6 months

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 12th, 2010
8:16 am

let’s make it happen. the new AD needs to be of quality- take the time and find the right person.

stephen

July 12th, 2010
8:18 am

bo

July 12th, 2010
8:22 am

somehow, I get a little skeptical when everyone (media and fans) seems to narrow down a search like this to one ‘must hire’, especially when the list of candidates we are fed extend no further than one state away. the approach that weighs regional and UGA ties heavily is probably more appropriate for a coaching hire than an admin hire. maybe there are reasons this guy has been a career assistant. I suspect there are others out there tht may be better candidates.

Vic Doley

July 12th, 2010
8:22 am

Tony –

The real question is would McGarity come? What say you?

TommyJack

July 12th, 2010
8:24 am

Glad you’re back TB. Would agree with you on McGarity, but I think I heard Schlabach say HE was for McGarity. Thus my vote would be no.

sogadog

July 12th, 2010
8:26 am

Evans should have been fired for the DUI regardless of what he said during the arrest and the girl in the car. There is an epidemic of alcohol abuse and alcohol related crimes going on in Athens and around the country among college athletes. Evans cannot and must not be a leader of these young athletes. Good leaders set good examples and Evans failed completely on this point. How can coaches discipline players for bad behavior when the Athletic Director is commiting the same crimes they are? How do you discipline Dontavious Jackson for a DUI and drinking when the AD gets caught doing the same thing?

TuckDAWG

July 12th, 2010
8:27 am

Great article! He should be the man he may work at Fla but he is a DAWG at heart!!

P-Man

July 12th, 2010
8:28 am

So nice to have you back, Tony! Hope your vacation was restful.

As bad as all this was, maybe it’s time to get some new blood in and some fresh ideas.

Dink

July 12th, 2010
8:28 am

Welcome back Tony!

(and go Dawgs!)

UGA Faithful

July 12th, 2010
8:30 am

Hey Darth Vader as the AD might not be so bad. He can forsee the future and see great football prospects and use the dark side to make meyer and saban to go insane.

The Riffleman

July 12th, 2010
8:30 am

Tony, you are wrong in one aspect about Richt. He HASN’T kept Georgia competitive in the toughest conference in America. Sure, he does OK but he hasn’t won the conference since Jim Donnan’s players graduated. In the past two years, they have been DESTROYED by the top teams in the SEC. Heck, Lane Kiffin outcoached Mark Richt last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe M

July 12th, 2010
8:31 am

No Gator should EVER be welcomed here. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER! If that makes me a small thinker then I wear that title proudly!

NO GATOR-EVER!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

July 12th, 2010
8:33 am

Where does he stand on a$$ painting a little dog?

rocksteadyfreddie

July 12th, 2010
8:35 am

As a Gator fan, I hope UGA keeps Richt as long as possible.

bill_in_atl

July 12th, 2010
8:35 am

Did I read that Adams has 2 serious candidates (Crumley and Williams) on the search committee to find the new AD? How stupid is that? Gee…I wonder which candidates they’ll focus on?

The BOR should put an end that this charade immediately if they have any power to do so.

UGA Faithful

July 12th, 2010
8:36 am

@ Joe M

It is a bit of a strecth to say he is a Gator. He worked at UGA first and is from the area. Can you blame a man for taking a prestigous job (prob with a good salary) when he and his AD were treated like crap by Adams? I don’t. Look at the situation as what is best for UGA.

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bill_in_atl

July 12th, 2010
8:43 am

Don’t forget, George Bush put Harriet Miers in charge of the search committee to find a replacement for Justice O’Conner. Guess who the committee selected? That’s right. Harriet Miers.

The uproar from the right sent her nomination packing, but that doesn’t change the point. The committee selected the person in charge of looking for the nominee. This committee will do exactly the same. The only question is whether it will be Williams or Crumley. My money would be on Williams in that case and the cries for the UGA faithful will not be SO loud and any complaints will fall on deaf ears.

With those two heading up the search I can’t imagine a guy like McGarity will get an honest shot at the job, which is sad.

bo

July 12th, 2010
8:44 am

ummm, UGA Faithful,

McGarity left UGA in 1992. had nothing to do with Adams, I’m afraid

Philly

July 12th, 2010
8:46 am

I think the new hire needs to be from OUTSIDE of the Georgia staff, we need a new perspective. I’d look to Standford first, they’re just simly the golden standard. Second, I’d look to whoever was responsible for hiring Meyer & Donovan or some of the Championship winnign coaches at Standford, from an HR standpoint. It’s really all about picking the right talent, that’s a skill that few people have. Not about a numbers cruncher or a visionary like Evans, who has demonstrated they can hire multiple coaches who win National Championships, strong academicially, and run an ethical program. That’s a small list.

leland

July 12th, 2010
8:49 am

Another thing you missed was Mark Bradley’s advice to gloaters viz., play like somebody falls down-down, and you laugh at him. Then if you fall down-down, he laugh at you. Not nice.

See what he mean? He mess up, you laugh at him, you mess up, he laugh at you. Everybody get laugh at, nobody don’t get laugh at.

Remember, now. Don’t forget.

Lou

July 12th, 2010
8:49 am

To the Riffleman who wrote Richt “does OK but he hasn’t won the conference since Jim Donnan’s players graduated.” The 2005 SEC Championship Dawgs were all Richt’s players…Donnan’s last season was 2000..so even including red-shirts, the 2005 champs had no tie to Donnan at all. They were all Richt’s players. The last four years (2006-09)have been disappointing because we haven’t even won the East, but some of that was due to coaching on the defensive side of the ball. That has now been corrected. You may think Richt is “ok”, but dont give Donnan credit for 2005. It is also possible to look at it in reverse. Donnan never won the conference with Ray Goff’s players, or his own players (even when he said he had “waited 55 years to coach a team this talented”. He may have been a great recruiter, but you still have to “coach them up” on Saturdays.

Mike

July 12th, 2010
8:50 am

Tony-

Thanks for your “tone” around discussing the Evans situations. Easy to throw stones, or over-react, you’re right though, he was close to being given another shot if he wouldn’t have compounded it. He’ll get another shot. I figure if some of the greatest leaders in the Bible like David blew up, and recovered, there’s hope for anyone else. What’s important, is that he learns from it, and reforms. Everybody should be pulling for Evans.

#2 BAMA FAN

July 12th, 2010
8:50 am

So what if the dawgs hire a Florida guy for AD!! Alabama has hired Auburn people for coaches in football and track and field. Just because someone worked for or went to your rival school does
not make sense in trying to hire the best person for the AD job!! RTR

Alphare

July 12th, 2010
8:51 am

Connection to Dooley is a plus in hiring McGarity? First of all, Dooley is not a good AD. UGA football didn’t even win an SEC during his 20 year reign, so UGA is mediocre at best when he was the AD. He would be long gone if he was AD of other flagship schools.

The reason he was the AD is because he won one NC for UGA. Wait, winning a NC and then you are the AD? that sounds like status-quo to me. I am not sure a good coach can be an automatic AD, but obviously whoever hired Dooley thought so back then. But it turns out he was wrong, because Dooley was proven he is a mediocre AD.

If you have so much talent in your state and you cannot even win a conference champ for 20 years? your leadership must be questionable, the AD cannot be outstanding.

JB

July 12th, 2010
8:57 am

I couldn’t agree more on every point made. Well done, per usual.

HBTD!!!

Bulldog59

July 12th, 2010
9:00 am

These 2 situations require opposites in timing. Evans needed to go quickly. The new AD search needs to take time. Adams will take heat if he names someone (McGarity) too quickly.

ga gator

July 12th, 2010
9:02 am

Joe M; if the rest of UGA thinks like you then it’s no wonder that you are 3-17 against UF. If my memory serves me correctly, Dooley was an Auburn man. You sir are a ignorant jealous fool. I don’t care for Foley personally but he is consistently one of the best. His only bad hire was Ron Zook and even the Zooker was 2-1 against UGA, so if Garrity is the man, it appears that he learned from 2 of the best; Dooley and Foley.

Mikey in SAV

July 12th, 2010
9:05 am

Welcome back T !
Just another fun filled summer with UGA and UT players drinking, fighting, etc…
I do have to pose the question: why do we not hear anything like this out of Tuscaloosa, Columbia or God forbid…Gainesville?

Gator Mike

July 12th, 2010
9:07 am

As a Gator, I have the utmost respect for Mr. McGarity, and it makes no difference to me that he is and UGA grad. He is a quality guy with immense talent. If he goes back to UGA I thank him and wish him well. However, for a selfish point of view, I hope he is designated to relieve Jeremy Foley in a couple of years to be the Gator AD.
Regardless of what happens, the very unfortunate aand sad case concerning Damon Evans has put the spotlight on Mr. McGarity and universities other that UF and UGA will now be looking at his superb resume.
Go Gators and good luck Mr. McGarity.

Don

July 12th, 2010
9:09 am

I agree this won’t effect Richt. Impeccable ethics. Wins. Richt’s finished in the top 10 something like 19 out of 24 years in coaching, Bowden never got top 5 finishes before or after Richt, but while Richt was there from 85-00, FSU finished in the top 5 13 out of 15 times, 12 in a row.

Richt Hotseat talk is from competitors who want Richt gone, or from writers of the “sensationalism/Howard Stern shock jock” bent.

The Real SugarHillDawg

July 12th, 2010
9:11 am

Hey rocksteadyfreddie, I hope you and your ilk stay the way you are so when the worm turns, you’ll be frustrated, crying, obnoxious, carpetbagging Gator fans. Florduh Sux! You have a coach that when he gets on the football field, he forgets how to speak without cussing.Classy dude!!

Atlanta Gator

July 12th, 2010
9:13 am

Tony, of course the fact that Greg McGarity has worked for Florida’s University Athletic Association for the last 18 years should figure into UGA’s hiring equation for the new UGAA athletic director. It should be an amazing net plus. Foley’s UAA has built the Gators into easily one of the five best Division I sports programs in the country in terms of its academic standards, quality coaches, on-the-field victories, and financial stability and success.

I’m sure that’s what you meant to say, right?

ga gator

July 12th, 2010
9:13 am

sugarhilldog you are an idiot just like Ron M. The worm isn’t turning because Spurrier changed the mindset. Foley doesn’t accept mediocrity that’s why they continue to be successful.

JB

July 12th, 2010
9:17 am

What if McGarity learned from Foley to Demand nothing but excellence from the Football team. Say what you will about Meyer, He’s gotten it done…….I’m Crazy about Mark, but there is work to be done in Athens. Firing Willie and Company was a great start, But for the last two years, Georgia had not shown up most up the time for war. I really think this defensive staff will change the tone on game days, but Having the correct players in place to make it all work, we’ll just have to see. I’m encouraged.

Miles

July 12th, 2010
9:17 am

Bring back Dooley…

Geez, Mikey in Sav...

July 12th, 2010
9:18 am

…surely you jest, or live under a rock! Let’s see, the whole AL program was on probation for what seemed like an eternity; the whole program had “textbook-gate” – At SC, the starting QB has been suspended, what, twice for alcohol and vandalism, but is still there. And at UF, you only have players getting suspended just hours BEFORE the SEC championship game, plus player stealing computers and beating up non-player students.

Yes, you never hear anything from those schools…

Mikey in SAV

July 12th, 2010
9:21 am

it was tongue in cheek…

Spike

July 12th, 2010
9:44 am

Tony, welcome back. It is indeed good to hear from you. Not to sound like I am kissing up to you, but I agree with what you said re: Evans personal life and McGarrity. First, it’s none of our business and Adams did handle it properly. Gag, I can’t believe I just said that. If McGarrity is the best person for the job, let’s get him even though he worked at UF. Small thinking indeed.

Otto

July 12th, 2010
9:46 am

It amazes me the compliment Adams is getting. Adams handled this well, like any experienced Politician would, it is no surprise that it was handled looking very well to the media. I’ll reserve compliments on how this is handled until a new hire is made.

im4bama

July 12th, 2010
9:48 am

yea, your back. Sup everyone. 52 more days till FOOTBALL

Worm

July 12th, 2010
9:48 am

Well, the season is officially HERE!

Beast from the East

July 12th, 2010
9:54 am

Being selfish, I hope UGA has the same simple-minded point of view that Joe M has displayed. We’d love to keep McGarity is Gainesville. That being said, if the man is given the opportunity, I’m sure he would excel as the AD at UGA. He’s learned under the best in the business…..not just one of the best!

Jim

July 12th, 2010
9:56 am

Mikey-
40 players arrested in last 3 years…you guys own this category but your players will be better people playing under coach richt…yeah right!

GTPHISH

July 12th, 2010
10:06 am

Tony: That Damon Evans sure can “win” those press conferences, right?

17 of 20

July 12th, 2010
10:06 am

I hope coach rich stays for at least 10 more years.

Pago Pago DAWG

July 12th, 2010
10:24 am

Word on the street, the ex-ad will end up at FL A&M as their new ad.

schmeckdawg

July 12th, 2010
10:34 am

TB, I do not know what Adams is waiting on. Go ahead and hire McGarity and be done with it.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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