McGarity is the right man at the right time for Georgia

 For a long, long time the athletics directors chair, particularly in the South, was kept warm for the successful head football coach who wanted to be his own boss and to eventually have a comfortable place to land after he hung up his whistle.

It really wasn’t that tough of a job. The budgets were small and the demands of the fan base outside of football weren’t that big. The head coach/athletics director would hire a strong No. 2 guy to run the department on a day-to-day basis while he made the big decisions. Those decisions consisted of hiring coaches and making sure the football program had all the resources it needed.

The job began to change in the 80s about the time that Vince Dooley took on both roles at Georgia. Now the budgets were bigger. Women’s sports were starting to explode. Television contracts started paying real money and the fan base wanted to win at EVERYTHING. Dooley is in the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. His peers will tell you that he was an even better athletics director.

Today, the big-time college athletics department has a budget of over $100 million and the theory goes that you just need a very sharp person to run it like any other business.

That’s not true. College athletics IS a business but it is unlike any other business. Today’s athletics director has to be comfortable at crunching numbers, but he also has to be in tune with his alumni base. They have to trust him with their money and with their loyalty. He has to reward them with success and the ability to make decisions that are in the best interests of the university and its reputation. He doesn’t have to be a graduate of the institution, but he does have to have a strong sense of the place and its value system. You can’t plug a Harvard MBA into one of these jobs and expect it to work.

Which is why, at this particular point in its history, Greg McGarity is the perfect athletics director for the University of Georgia.

McGarity knows the nuts and bolts of the job.  He worked for Dooley at Georgia and then spent 19 years as the right hand man for Florida’s Jeremy Foley. You know what Florida has done across the board in its athletics department in that time.  McGarity knows how to do this job. That was never an issue.

But McGarity is also an Athens boy. He went to Georgia and played tennis for Dan Magill, the greatest Bulldog of them all. The DNA of the place is running through his veins. He understands the Georgia people from Blairsville to Savannah and what their expectations are. It is a very delicate balance.

They want to win. They want to win very badly. But they don’t want to be embarrassed, either. They want to beat Florida in football and compete for the SEC championship on a regular basis.  But they don’t want to hire a Lane Kiffin to do it.

They were profoundly embarrassed by the Damon Evans episode, which was an unspeakable human tragedy.

Here is where we give credit to Dr. Michael Adams, the president at Georgia, for understanding that McGarity was the right man at the right time for this job. Yes, Adams had an ugly public clash with Dooley back in 2003-2004 and there was concern that McGarity might not be in this mix because of his ties to Dooley. Dr. Adams deserves praise for his swift handling of the Damon Evans episode and for hiring the best person to help the athletics department move forward.

At the end of the day, the Georgia people just need reassurance that things are moving forward and that the future is bright. And the future is very bright at Georgia. The athletics department is in great shape financially thanks to the foundation built by Dooley and six really good years of work by Evans and his staff. Does Georgia need to start beating Florida in football again? You bet. But that is another discussion for another day.

McGarity’s quiet competence, vision, and love of Georgia will give the Bulldog Nation that reassurance starting today.

Welcome home, Greg.

 

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283 comments Add your comment

Ralph

August 13th, 2010
9:07 am

If you can’t lick em, …. hire em!!

(Won’t matter – UF owns UGAy)

Cumming Dawg

August 13th, 2010
9:08 am

SOGADOG – Give Tony a break and get of your pedestal…this story was leaked last night from MULTIPLE news outlets. There is a press conference today at 4:00 p.m and it has been confirmed that McGarity is the choice. Tony didnt put anyone in a bad spot…the information is out there.

Dawgdom

August 13th, 2010
9:08 am

Gaytor Posters: It’s the inferiority complex – they still feel they have to boast. Not winning and SEC title until 1990 when the conference started in 1933 will do that. They are the one group of fans considered most obnoxious on every campus. You would have thought with the many successes they have had over the last 20 years it would have slowly subsided and they could let thier record speak for itself…

They kinda act like the dumbass NBA basketball player who just hit the lottery – show everyone the money….

Coach Cool

August 13th, 2010
9:09 am

### Guardian ANGLE (??) – WRONG! Homer the columnist would very much notice if people stopped reading his column. So would his bosses. ###

JasperJacket

August 13th, 2010
9:12 am

The state of Georgia now has 2 of the finest AD’s in the NCAA. This is very good for the state of Div1 sports programs in this state. Well done Dr. Adams.

McDonoughGator

August 13th, 2010
9:13 am

Greg is a good man. Congrats and good luck. It’s nice to see one of the “good” guys promoted.

G8R GRAD

August 13th, 2010
9:13 am

Congratulations to the Bulldog Nation on a great hire.
Greg’s a good man and has worked his fanny of at UF.
Case in point: UF has won 20 out of the last 23 SEC All-Sports trophies and Greg was there for 19 of those years.
We wish him well.

JB

August 13th, 2010
9:13 am

coach cool………….leave anytime you wish……you have no friends here……………This is a positive story about UGA….in a Georgia Newspaper………..that a lot of Georgia fans read……………
Go find a feel good Tech or gator story…I’m sure there are many to choose from…..

Blackberry Cobbler

August 13th, 2010
9:14 am

MCF– The Damon Evans story is NOT a “human tragedy”. What it is, is another example of money and power in the hands of immature adults who should know better but they think they are above everyone else– i.e. Tiger Woods, Ben Rothlesberger, Michael Vick, etc. etc.

JB

August 13th, 2010
9:14 am

Thanks G8R GRAD

UGA thuglover

August 13th, 2010
9:15 am

UGA can now get back to what that do best, Dream of being like Alabama and Florida win CHAMPIONSHIPS.

JB

August 13th, 2010
9:16 am

Shall we examine your perfect life Blackberry ?

Freehawk

August 13th, 2010
9:20 am

UGAs first game on national TV, memory of the unspeakable human tragedy will be the red panties waving in the stands. Sort of a memorial. UGA fans can have a moment of silence after the game, when Rennie Curran doesn’t rescue them at the end as they have become accustomed to. You’re welcome.

Douglas

August 13th, 2010
9:23 am

Gator-man: one thing I think some folks don’t value enough on a football team are great defenses. Saban knows how to stop UF on offense. If our new DC is as good as him, once he gets his players ready, we will beat you. A great defense always beats a great offense.

Paddy

August 13th, 2010
9:24 am

Don ….Damon Evans did not make a mistake!!!!!! A mistake is turning right at the light when you should have turned left. Evans made a decision!! He would not have been fired for making a mistake. And Dr Adams has now made 2 decisions in a row that all of the Dawg Nation agrees with and supports.

Paddy

August 13th, 2010
9:28 am

Douglas, I must disagree. Great defense does not win championships!!!. Great defense gets you to the “Big Game” but great offense wins the rings 7 out of 10 times. Just because people have said it over and over again for years does not make it true!

Hankie Aron

August 13th, 2010
9:30 am

Guys, there is this thing called integrity. Get some why don’t you. So many people just rant and rave in these blogs. And they aren’t even fans of UGA. GROW UP! Find something to make you happy instead of ragging on UGA and it’s fans. You don’t have anything else better to do in your life? Anything?

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Hankie Aron

August 13th, 2010
9:31 am

Take up knitting or something

JB

August 13th, 2010
9:32 am

Old Gators on this blog remember being owned….By UGA……. as we are owned by the Gators now. They did not like then……And surely won’t like it again…….They are hoping Grantham fails, because they know the outcome if he succeeds……McGarity hire will make them sit up and take notice……He’s learned from one of the best, Foley….McGarity is not the coach, nor will suit up…..But like Foley, He saw and heard that Zook was not the man to lead the Gators, in steps Meyer…Good move for Gators………………..McGarity has learned, and that is not good news for Gator fans.

brokebackvol

August 13th, 2010
9:33 am

You Spewed this racist BS: Just like in January of 2013, this is another example of how a “respectable US citizen” will have to step in to clean up the inordinate mess left by an unqualified, unscrupulous, dishonest, immoral, jive-talking, Affirmative Action-like placement.

Go, Dawgs!”

Your family should be ashamed of rearing such a racist bigot. Shame on you!

Good luck McGarity – sadly this bigot is part of the “Georgia family” you will have to endure with a big fake smile.

PS Thanks for the cheap shot on Kiffin, Tony. There is scarely a VOLS fan out there that doesn’t wince at that name alone. Amazing that Hamilton isn’t out there looking for a new job himself!

Chris

August 13th, 2010
9:35 am

Damon Evans would be a great hire for Victoria Secret. Instead of drunk driving public service announcements, he could do panty ads on the Jumbo Tron at Sanford and Son stadium. We could turn this “Unspeakable Human Tragedy” into a success story.

Otto

August 13th, 2010
9:41 am

Had to go to Gainesville to get an AD?

Gainesville had to go to Athens to get someone that could run everything day to day.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2010
9:45 am

brokebackvol

I’d leave out the last part but unqualified, unscrupulous, dishonest, sounds about right.

Alphare

August 13th, 2010
9:47 am

“Dooley is in the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. His peers will tell you that he was an even better athletics director.”

Yea, right, Dooley was a better AD. As an AD for 20 years with so much talent, he helped win exactly zero SEC title. That alone should make him a better AD.

You UGA homers are unbelievable. You don’t know squash when it comes to management. It’s UGA, what can you say?

schmeckdawg

August 13th, 2010
9:50 am

DS @ 8:23 a.m. Do your initals stand for DUMB S@#$T!!!! Go crawl back into your hohle you worthless inverterbrate!

Go2Gator

August 13th, 2010
9:51 am

Douglas, Saban stopped UF last year! Don’t look for it to happen again.There were things going on with the team you will NEVER see printed in the paper,During that SEC Championship game.Those players are gone now.If you stop players # 2,3 & 4, We will throw it to #6.Too much speed for any other SEC team to catch!!

GeoffDawg

August 13th, 2010
9:52 am

Alphare, under Dooley, UGA won national titles in golf, men’s and women’s tennis, diving, equestrian, baseball, gymnastics, etc. He was also responsible for hiring Coach Richt. You do realize that the AD oversees more than just the football program, don’t you?

Damon Evans

August 13th, 2010
9:52 am

I aint no afermativ acshon you honky cracka! I iz supr quaalifyed fo this here uga job! Looks at how stupid these here fans be! I knows that I iz mo smarta than those in bread honkies! Death to witey!

Dawg Fan

August 13th, 2010
9:52 am

Great hire for the Bulldawg Nation!

Ok UGA haters now its your turn be petty and hateful.

NoGaGator

August 13th, 2010
9:52 am

Congrats UGA, on getting a good AD. Here’s to hoping Adams lets him be his own man.

Here’s to UF-UGA becoming a rivalry again.

G'Vegas Dawg

August 13th, 2010
9:53 am

Go gata. Corrine Brown never gets old. Aca-demic. go gata.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N2uQ7Fg_Uk

GeoffDawg

August 13th, 2010
9:53 am

Oops, forgot swimming. Anything else?

Scott W.

August 13th, 2010
9:53 am

A little thick on the hyperbole with the unspeakable human tragedy.

T.O

August 13th, 2010
9:58 am

Love to see the UGA haters on here. Just goes to show how far we’re in thier heads. All they do is think about the Dawgs 24/7! They can’t get us out of their minds. Love it! Keep it coming ladies!

Aubie

August 13th, 2010
9:59 am

Hey Tide, there are two “P’s” in Mississippi.

At least you’re Nashional Champeons ON the field!

Classic!

Alphare

August 13th, 2010
10:00 am

GeoffDawg,

Dooley was not responsible for hiring CMR in the first place. Remember how much Dooley resented Adams firing Donnan? Adams basically had to overtook the AD duty from Dooley to right the ship.

It’s Adams that UGA is in today’s position. If it’s up to Dooley, no CMR, no 2 SEC titles.

But UGA fans (most) hate Adams. Go figure.

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:03 am

Let’s see, Tony makes his LIVING, and a good one, as a Journalist and TV commentator…. Most of you are unemployed or should be…………enough with the selection of words.

producewiz

August 13th, 2010
10:03 am

smart Dawgs for once. Hired a Gator

Bob

August 13th, 2010
10:03 am

There was a Bob McGarity who played football for UGA in the 70’s. I’m wondering if they are related. Bob McGarity was from Albany Ga. His sister who went to Southern Miss married a friend of mine.

G'Vegas Dawg

August 13th, 2010
10:04 am

Adams bassically had to overtook? I’m confused………

GatorBrad

August 13th, 2010
10:07 am

This is a great hire for UGA. McGarity will do a great job and put an end to the uncertainty surrounding this hiring process. It was obvious that the Dawgs didn’t want to deal with going through a prolonged transitional period for the top athletic official in the university, so they acted quickly. I think you Dawg fans have a lot to look forward to this season (even with a frosh at QB). I see 10 wins for you guys and I think that new defensive strategy brought on by Todd Grantham will shore up what has been a suspect defense the past 3 or 4 years. Still think that my Gators are the class of the east for this year at least. Can’t wait for the game this year… I love this rivalry!

juvenal

August 13th, 2010
10:08 am

seems 90% of blogs re-live the past, hope this works out, as UF is the #2 academic member of the sec….this is a very important job(past tragedy-job Dodd did as AD)…

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:08 am

McGarity will want to put his on mark on that Athletic dept., not be a caretaker, although Damon did a good job with Finances and secondary sports, Floundering around in the last 2-3 years in football has hopefully been addressed with Willie and co. fired and Mark appearing to have a sense of urgency……… We’ll see…..As that little nerd Tech blogger used to say, there is a new sheriff in town……

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:10 am

Great post Gator Brad……love football post…………..

GeoffDawg

August 13th, 2010
10:10 am

Alphare, Dooley was overruled by Adams regarding the decision to fire Donnan. Dooley favored giving him one more season. However, once that was finalized, it was Dooley who was responsible for the hiring of Coach Richt.

G8R GRAD

August 13th, 2010
10:12 am

JB:

Yes, regrettably I remember the annual A$$ whippin’ we would endure in Jacksonville at the hands of your Dawgs.
Especially painful was a game highlighted in TB’s column yesterday – 1980.
Happily, since SOS and CUM have seemingly turned things around, the shoe is on the other foot.

And while I appreciate your “concern” for the Gator athletic department’s well being, we’ll be just fine, thank you.

George Stein

August 13th, 2010
10:13 am

The athletics department at UGA is – or should be – on auto-pilot. I had not heard of this guy until recently, which is generally good news if you’re a UGA fan. If he is of even a modest level of competence, it’s a good hire.

But this doesn’t mean we can’t lob a few good natured red panties jokes your way.

George Stein

August 13th, 2010
10:15 am

Also, am I the only one who gets a chuckle when people say “your an idiot.”

LOL...

August 13th, 2010
10:17 am

Tony… if it had been Elmer Fudd your response would have been the same…. I bet your nostrils stay clogged up !!