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

Lane Kiffen

August 13th, 2010
10:18 am

McGarity cheated. He made a call on a cell phone. Cheater. I’m turning him in right now. When does my plane leave? What do you mean no bowls? Do they have plates? Plates, not Pilates.

Cheaters.

SCfalconfan

August 13th, 2010
10:20 am

Gatorman

“But at UF they teach us the difference between your and you’re…

I’m pretty sure Foley has been firmly praised as bringing the Gators to prominence. Glad we could keeping pups employed though.”

I’m not one to get all high and might on someone else’s spelling or grammar. Lord knows I’m not that good at it. I generally reserve my comments for the posts where some comes out all smug talking about someone elses faux pas and screws up themselves. I guess they don’t teach verb congugation at UF though? “Could Keeping”? WTF is that?

VolAlum

August 13th, 2010
10:21 am

“They don’t want to hire a Lane Kiffin to do it”, but they will send the entire football team on the field during the Florida game after a touchdown. Don’t act like UGA is some kind of blue blood school that somehow won’t do what it takes to win. That is truly laughable.

Gregory

August 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Great photo of Adams; hideous hairdoo & nice scotch flush. Great hire with McGarity though.

Blackberry Cobbler

August 13th, 2010
10:22 am

JB @ 9:16–

My life is not at issue here, moron.

The truth hurts doesn’t it? Damon Evans is just another example of overpaid power in the hands of folks that don’t know how to handle it. How else do you explain the obvious fact that Evans thought he was getting away with something?

A married man, bar hopping in his Mercedes with a young girl by his side and her panties in his lap. That’s not human tragedy, that money and power causing the man to do STUPID things.

So, go examine your own life as well.

Jim

August 13th, 2010
10:22 am

An unspeakable human tragedy? That’s embarrassing Tony. Sorry man, I’m one of your biggest fans but to call Damon Evans getting a DUI while getting some with that girl who’s allegedly looser than a wizards sleeve an “unspeakable human tragedy” is laughable. You’re better than that, Tony, your writing is better than that. And no, I don’t think it’s necessary to remind you of what “unspeakable human tragedy” is (but Sept 11 2001 would be on the list).

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:24 am

Producewiz, I know you’re light headed from picking lettuce all day, but McGarity is a UGA alum, worked in the Athletic office in Athens for years, Foley met him….and had the good sense to HIRE HIM FROM GEORGIA ! just so the record is straight……….

Evansdawg

August 13th, 2010
10:25 am

Great article! Go Dawgs!!!

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:26 am

Well Blackberry, we know you’re a democrat or a tech fan , coming out of the box with a personal attack…..

Ted Striker

August 13th, 2010
10:26 am

I think it’s a good article. No criticism, all praise. And Striker rules.

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:28 am

Go examine my own life………….I’m not the one “trying” the man in a public forum…….

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
10:31 am

Yeah, JB, we all know that republicans NEVER personally attack those whose opinions differ from theirs!

Were you ASLEEP during the Cheney Administration?

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:32 am

By the way Blackberry, what about all the men with money and power who DON’T do stupid things……………have you examined all men who do stupid things that have a lisp…or walk with a limp……………….Geez……

George Stein

August 13th, 2010
10:33 am

I wish I was asleep for the Obama Administration. At least then I’d know it was just a bad dream.

#2 BAMA FAN

August 13th, 2010
10:33 am

It looks like Georgia made a good hire for AD!! Just wonder if Adams really picked him or was ordered
to by the richer folks and higher office officals!! RTR

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:34 am

Anonymous, Your girl Cynthia Tucker’s blog is found on the front page……plenty of your friends there.

George Stein

August 13th, 2010
10:34 am

JB – I don’t typically agree with you, but the Evans thing wasn’t money or power related at all. It’s just easy for some simpletons to point to when they get busted doing something illegal or stupid.

It also doesn’t explain why poor people do stupid things or why many rich people don’t do stupid things.

CATERDAWG

August 13th, 2010
10:36 am

RAMBLE ON , go suck eggs and comment on the second class program in Nerdville!!!

BG

August 13th, 2010
10:37 am

Great hire! Welcome home Greg.

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
10:39 am

Brilliant retort, JB.
You DO know it’s illegal to text while you’re delivering pizzas.

JB is an effin idiot

August 13th, 2010
10:40 am

JB said:

“82Dawg……Well said……interesting that Florida won NOTHING in football till 1991…… About the time Greg showed up………”

It was the arrival of Spurrier on December 31, 1989 that chnaged everything…and UF has been kicking ugay’s azz ever since.

How weak and desparate do you have to be as a ugay fan to try and attribute Florida’s success with the inconsequential arrival of McGarrity in 1991.

What an effin tool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:41 am

Thanks George…..Damon didn’t do that because he was black, or the AD at Georgia, or because he doesn’t live from paycheck to pay check…..He let is lack of personal morals and judgment get in the way……..if he was a route driver for Coca Cola, he probably would have strayed………I will forgive him if he’ll get his life in order. I believe in second chances. I’ve been given them.

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:44 am

Mr . Florida idiot……………………….woooooooooooooooooooooo…….Mr. Gator spokesman……………….I’m leaving after that……………effin tool ? Tell us what you know about them.

George Stein

August 13th, 2010
10:46 am

Absolutely, JB. I’m a Tech fan, but who among us hasn’t needed forgiveness in our lives. If his wife and kids can forgive him, who the hell are we not to.

The comments about how it’s a power thing are total nonsense. You’re right – he would have made the same mistakes irrespective of his position. They just would not have been front page news.

Yet one more reason to know ........

August 13th, 2010
10:47 am

Yet one more reason to know that UGA will continue its winning ways. UGA is one rich $$$ school and this AD acquisition will continue the success.

UGA wins at the stadium turnstile and wins at the bank ……………. our brand is second to none and our bowl tradition ( 3 Sugar Bowls in 9 years) is fabulous, along with UGA’s many, many NCs in MANY SPORTS. To win in MANY SPORTS proves that the overall athletic program is fabulous.

Our new AD will only complement the already ULTRA SUCCESSFUL UGA program.

Imagine having to come in as an AD and look at your employer’s bowl record and seeing only two
( 2 ) Urange Bowls over 43 years, as the only major bowl trips for that school, beyond the Citrus Bowl in 90. He would quietly send his resume back out to a head hunter.

No, the AD at UGA will look at all the MONEY in the cash drawer and know that his job is running one of the two RICHEST prgorams in America. He will know that the market LOVES UGA and the money prives it …………because Money Talks and Bull Sh–t walks.

UGA is flush with the $$$$.

UGA haters …………be jealous …….we alums love knowing that you are jealous. AAAHHAHAHA

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:47 am

Anonymous…… Well, we know you’re a Techie…………….Pizza delivery joke is right out of the nerd handbook……………………

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
10:53 am

JB, I learned a long time ago not to argue with an idiot.
It irritates the idiot and drags you down to his level.

:o )

JB

August 13th, 2010
10:55 am

Anonymous……..You don’t know me…..This blog is entertainment…………personal attacks make you feel better ? You are wrapped tight……………Take this blog for what is is.

DP

August 13th, 2010
10:55 am

JB…………., if you want to post your idiocy under multiple aliases……..you might want to do away with…………the………’s……………It sort of gives you away…………Is that other towering intellect……….Larry King, who used to write an inane column in USA Today with the …………………’s, apparently………..because he was too dumb to organize his thoughts into paragraphs?………………………………or maybe didn’t he thought it made him look like a deep thinker as in there’s so much going on in my mind beyond the point I’ve made that I can only express it as …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………whoops, sorry, I sort of put myself to sleep there for a minute like your posts do…………….

JB

August 13th, 2010
11:00 am

no aliases DP, but thanks for your input………………DP……..DP……………..go back to sleep.

robodawg

August 13th, 2010
11:02 am

Hey Gator-man, glad UF taught you the difference between “you’re” and “your.” But apparently they didn’t get to the difference between “affect” and “effect.”

It’s a blog, don’t expect perfect grammar.

npgator

August 13th, 2010
11:09 am

Nice hire and congrats to the Bull Dog Nation.

JB

August 13th, 2010
11:11 am

DP………………………………………………..Just got back from bathroom……tears gone…………….
……………………..’s…………….’s……………….’s

zeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

August 13th, 2010
11:12 am

Hopefully that guy doesn’t have a thing for skanky white girls and red panties.

7-5: the year of the dawg! woof woof

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2010
11:13 am

I don’t give a damn for a man who can only spell a word one way.

Anonymous, go watch MSNBC or something. I think Olberman is on.

JB

August 13th, 2010
11:18 am

He’d be one of the few watching MSNBC, I know they would like to have him.

Scott W.

August 13th, 2010
11:23 am

These blog comments are unspeakable human tragedies.

long time sec fan

August 13th, 2010
11:25 am

douglas(9:23 a.m.)-
You made some valid points but you overlooked a big one when it comes to future defenses & your (UGA) chances of beating UF. You should check out UF signing classes as well as UGA classes.Case in point:09 class: UF signed #1 in nation esp. defense #1 rated signee (Powell)
#1 New Jersey player #1 N.Y. player all defense people- Urban recruits nationally as UF has
national rep —but thats why they play the game and I do wish good luck to UGA except in JAX.

zeeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

August 13th, 2010
11:29 am

All that matter is NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS losers! Everything else is just chicken feed.

Tony is a UGA homer

August 13th, 2010
11:29 am

Snooze.

Wake me up when you talk about something that somebody cares about.

Bob LaBlah

August 13th, 2010
11:31 am

Maybe he can show this school how real winners run their athletic dept. He just learned from the best. But it won’t help in the annual JAX beatdown. Some things will never change.

Personal Responsibility

August 13th, 2010
11:39 am

JB – you should be kicked completely off of this bulletin board for calling someone a democrat. That is low.

GatorBrad

August 13th, 2010
11:43 am

No, George Stein… YOU’RE not the only one who enjoys such irony.

south eastern chumps

August 13th, 2010
11:45 am

hahahahaha, you mean He won’t be drinking, driving and weaving all over the roads with panties between his legs, well I doubt if the women up for the job would be acting that way either but God forbid you would think they are the right “man” for the job

Tony's Guardian Angle

August 13th, 2010
11:45 am

Coach cool, some people read his columns because they like what he has to say. Some read his column to disagree. which are you?

the market, NOT obama

August 13th, 2010
11:45 am

The sports market has responded to UGA’s products, its teams and generally, UGA’s brand. UGA is TOPS in revenue. Folks ……….. the market has spoken. Apparently consumers love the UGA brand with or without a NC. NCs as the sole determinant of a school’s successes are for non college educated fans ……. the same ones who love the NBA and the NFL and such as that. No, ONLY money is THE determinate of a schools’ viability in the sports world.

Obama does not determine that. Consumers do and they have spoken. THEIR Money talks and UGA detractors wallk.

Stay jealous of UGA, my friends.

Go Dogs.

King Bebop

August 13th, 2010
11:46 am

George Stein, I have grown so accustomed to seeing that here I guess I’m used to it now.

But I still chuckle at “your a moran”.

Bob Lablah

August 13th, 2010
11:48 am

Yet one more reason to know….gets invited to parties only because they feel sorry for his wife. You know the kind – everybody scatters when they see him coming. Not because he’s a mutt fan, but because he’s irritating in every way.

Tony's Guardian Angle

August 13th, 2010
11:52 am

JB you are clearly a racist….poorly raised and under-educated. Sports blogs are the only place anyone responds to you that’s why you hang out on them. You need some professional help and some sympathy.

Baron von Richt Offal

August 13th, 2010
11:53 am

Cruising SI.com and didn’t see the dogs in the Top 25. What’s up?