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

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
11:58 am

Nice hire. Welcome home Greg.

Alphare

August 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

For those dawg fans making political attack, more than half of your players may be from the other side.

Politics is a belief thing. If it’s such a clear cut science, believe me, 80% will be on the scientific side. Attacking others with a belief is low class.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

JB, for what it’s worth, I think you are a patriot and a defender of the constitution. If that makes you a racist then so be it. Me too.

Urban Sabankiffen

August 13th, 2010
12:05 pm

You fleabgs talking about what a great hire McGarity is! You never heard of him until three weeks ago. You just know he came from the place that’s been stompin your guts out for almost a quarter of a century.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2010
12:06 pm

Great hire for the dawgs.

As for the “unspeakable tragedy’ of Damon Evans what on earth is Tony talking about? An unspeakable tragedy would be Rwanda, Darfur, the Holocaust, Pol Pot, and Mao’s cultural revolution just to name a few. All Damon did was use poor judgement and make a really dumb mistake that ended up costing him his job. Good Grief. Enough with the hyperbole.

Alphare

August 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

1eyedJack,

Can you elaborate what constitues a patriot and a defender of the constitution exactly?

Bob Barr has a column about the 14th amendment, which he said should be changed to favor his contemporary need. Well, when Mr. Barr needs a gun in his pants, he cited the 2nd amendment like some holy grail.

Is Mr Barr patriotic or not with your standard?

I wish you are not a jacket fan, otherwise a Tech education will be discounted from one of my eyes (I have 2 fortunately).

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
12:10 pm

Laughable comments about “hope he can make the Florida/UGA a rivalry again.”

If UGA wins this year, the last 4 games will be 2-2
The last 7 will be 3-4.
UGA will still own the overall series lead.
Florida fans will make up excuses like in 2004 and 2007.
U

JImmy

August 13th, 2010
12:11 pm

It is always a human tragedy when someone makes a mistake that hurts SO MANY people. What about Evans family? Should they not be considered as victims here?

Even if you have no sympathy for Evans, it is still a tragedy. It is tragic that he was so dumb.
For those who can’t see that…it is tragic.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

Absolutely NOT a jacket fan. Who want’s to cheer for losers who wear yellow uniforms.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

For every Bob Barr there’s a Charlie Rangel or Barney Frank or Tim Geitner or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid or that moron wishing Palin dead or that idiot down in Florida that’s from another planet.

HugoStiglitz

August 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

Seems like a good hire for UGA. He has the credentials, is an alumni, cares about the school, what more can you really ask for? He is definitely deserving of a shot at the position. Oh and for all you who cant help but argue politics on a college football blog, get a life. Go spew your ignorant hateful nonsense somewhere else to people who might care.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

and a Maxine Waters…and a….

Alphare

August 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

1eyedJack,

That’s more like it. You sure sound like some of the UGA fans lurking here.

1eyedJack

August 13th, 2010
12:25 pm

Thank you Alphare, I’ll take that as a complement.

NoGaGator

August 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

DawginLex -

Glad you enjoyed my comment.

17-3 the last 20 years is a .150 winning percentage. McClouth gets sent to the minors for that.

A real rivalry is when the teams are consistently competitive with each other which is not currently the case. Let’s hope it will be – it’s more exciting for the fans of both programs.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

1eyedjack,

You left out Sheila Jackson Lee from the congressional district that encompasses Houston.

She’s good for some doozies. My personal favorite of hers was when she was on the congressional committee that oversees NASA. They were talking about the Mars expedition and she asked the scientist “Can they go back there and plant a new flag to replace the old one”. Um, no. That would be the moon Miss Jackson-Lee.

But then she topped in a speech last month when she talked about reconciliation and the need for countries to get along. She spoke about how both Vietnams get along quite well today. They trade across the border, they’ve made peace, they have diplomatic missions to each other’s country. I for one feel much better today knowing that both North and South Vietnam are getting along swimmingly well today.

Thank you miss Jackson Lee (D) Texas. You have surpassed Corrine Brown (D)-Florida.

zeeee Nachos aka the "Living Legend"

August 13th, 2010
12:34 pm

Aubie – you got some nerve talking smack the way your team is performing. Go back to your hole and tell Eric and Roswell Ed we said hello.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

anonymous,

You’re close on my arguing with an idiot quote. The exact quote goes like this. “Never argue with an idiot. He’ll only drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience”

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2010
12:37 pm

The legend Nachos strikes again!

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

nogagator,

Can you not read?

You blast us for claimning the overall series lead. Yet, you go back to 1990 and brag about 17 out of 20.

Read slowly or get someone to read it for you.

2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 is a four year period. If UGA wins in 2010, the last 4 years will be 2-2.

The last 7 years will be 3-4.

There will still be a gazillion people at the game, watching the game, listening to the game and keeping up with the score on-line.

If that ain’t a rivalry, I don’t know of one.

Bob LaBlah

August 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

Tide Rising – unfortunately, you may need to explain that Vietnam became one country in 1975.

Bob LaBlah

August 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

DawginLex – well from 1951 to 1958, Tech was 8-0 against the dogs.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2010
12:50 pm

Bob LaBlah,

I would hope and expect that most people on here get it that Vietnam has been one country since 1975. Then again I expected that our ticket printing office would spell Mississippi correctly also.

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
12:50 pm

A rivalry is a competitive game played annually or close to annually. Even though UGA has beaten GT 8 out of the last 9, to say it is not a rivalry is idiotic. Except for 2002, the games have been close.

Same with UGA/florida since Richt arrived except for 2008 and 2009. 2001-2007 were competitive games. Even 2008 turned on a penalty or one paly or two.

Only a florida obnoxious moron would say it is not a rivalry.

athensdawg

August 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

tony…..this is absolute silliness.

people are dying all over the world b/c of disease, famine, war, etc….and you choose to call the indescretion of a young, overpaid selfish brat a “tragedy?”

sometimes, you guys just take yourselves and the business you cover WAY too seriously.

folks, an AD cannot win championships…….he can only set in place the opportunity and environment to win championships….at the end of the day, its up to the coaches and players.
however, with that being said, if this guy is for real, and is willing to do what it takes to win, the UGA football country club and bible study class is gonna get a rude awakening……….

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

there once was an AD named Greg
who oversaw the mascot with four leg
he wants to beat the gators
to silence all the haters
and keep his wife’s panties off the news

dawgone

August 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

UGA wants to win and win badly. I’ll give you that! And when they do win, granted it will be very badly, like maybe not winning at all. And of course they’ll hire someone to embarass the revered instititution, they hired evans didn’t they? What y’all smokin’ over there?

NoGaGator

August 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

DawginLex -

Whatever…just start winning a few so you don’t have to resort to comments like “Even 2008 turned on a penalty or one paly or two.” (btw, it’s play). Come on guy, the score was 49-10. UGA’s fans had left the stadium by end of 3rd Q.

Also, try to keep it classy. Why resort to the juvenile name calling? It’s fine to debate but that isn’t needed.

schmeckdawg

August 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

Baron von Richt Offal @ 11:53

No Top 25 in SI, #3 in CFN…go figure!

Still@theBAR

August 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

Good hire for the dawgs.

Chantilly Lace (on red panties)

August 13th, 2010
1:17 pm

McGarity is going to have a tough – perhaps impossible – job of cleaning out the rat’s nest at UGA. Dawgtards don’t care whether their players are legitimate students, but years of recruiting players with lower and lower intelligence, morals, and self discipline have resulted in the highest arrest rate in the country, for both athletes and officials in the athletic office. And also the most penalties of any team.

Here’s a quote from the Jan Kemp trial that demonstrates clearly how entrenched Vince Dooley’s scheme was thirty years ago. Needless to say, after this revelation, the trial was over.

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Unfortunately nothing has changed in Athens. UGA continues to recruit illiterate bozos, use them for four years, then dump them. It does little more than prepare them for a job at the post office or as night fry cook at Waffle House.

Good luck to McGarity. The system will swallow him up, but hopely he won’t turn to booze and bimbos like his predecessor did.

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
1:24 pm

chantilly lace,

Mr cut and paste

You posted that same crap under 4 different blog handles yesterday.

nogagator, stop spouting 17 out of 20 and being obnoxious and I’ll stop calling you obnoxious. Call them like I see them.

JonnyGT

August 13th, 2010
1:29 pm

“Damon Evans episode, which was an unspeakable human tragedy.”

Hyperbole, much?

And this opinion/column is about as predictable as it gets.

Red Panties brigade

August 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

Will the beatings at the hand of the gators never cease? Probably not.

DawgLLD

August 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

DawginLex -

Will you please stop with the namecalling and other accusations? You consistently resort to this in your threads. It makes the rest of us Dawg fans look bad. Try to be a little more mature.

McGarity is a good hire and will do us proud. Hopefully things will start to even out with the Gators across the sports program.

Like it or not, they own us right now, no excuses.

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

Humblest apologies, Tide Rising.

Oh, and 1eyedjack, Tim Geitner was an appointed undersecretary to the Secretary of the Treasury under Rubin and Summers.
Not exactly bleeding heart liberal company.
Idiot.

JB

August 13th, 2010
2:00 pm

The NCAA watch’s the SEC like a Hawk…..All this ” We know what goes on in Athens” is crap.
Every Football School ( defined as filling close to 100,000 fans every Sat.) has issues with policing major college football………..But anyone writing on here that know about this and that in Athens is just a hater…………………………I do Believe Tech was the last school on NCAA probation for Academic problems……Ask them, and they’ll tell you it was jay walking, not a major offense. They lost scholarships……..Tech Freshman from day one are told that UGA is a mental ward, and don’t pay any attention to all that fun and girls and beautiful campus and that great college life. We hate them. What a shame.

doug dawg

August 13th, 2010
2:01 pm

and just who would any of you negative types prefer as ad? this was the best hire in the entire nation. just start to name any eligible candidate you would have chosen. i am so sick of all of this; if jesus had been named ad, and came down from heaven to accept the position — not a lot easier than the one he accepted originally — there would have been catcalls and negative, hateful comments. it is ugly, and because of the morons who are closed-minded and don’t care to accept anything outside of their little worlds. shame. and welcome, greg, we need you; and we support you.

dap01

August 13th, 2010
2:09 pm

Gator man: You live a sad existance when you have to troll like a yellow jacket on a blog out the Unversity of Georgia.

What a sad, lonely existance you must have. Try dating, try getting a girlfriend.

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
2:28 pm

Yo, dap01, the blog’s entitled “Mr. COLLEGE Football,” not Mr. Georgia Football.
Get it?

Last Word

August 13th, 2010
2:30 pm

Does UGA stand for Under Garments Abound?

Gator Mike

August 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

J, I respect your opinion, and I am very happy for Mr. McGarrity finally getting the UGA AD job. He should have been chosen over Evans a few years ago.
Do not believe that this is the end of UF football. In fact that is a ludicrous assumption. Foley and Meyer are still in charge and the template for success is still in Gainesville. Yes, Mr. McGaritty learned how to win big, and he brings that to Athens which should make ramp up the competition should CMR falter.
All Gators wish Mr. McGaritty well, and we thank him for his devoted service to UF while he was in Gainesville. We welcomed him with opens arms, and we sincerely appreciate everything he has done. JB, would a die hard DAWG welcome a Gator into the UGA athletic administration if his sole intent was to do his best for UGA? Only the DAWG fans can answer that question.
However, us Gator Fans will always be indebted to Mr. Garrity for the loyalty and service he gave UF, and it does not matter that he is a DAWG.

GO GATORS!

Last Word

August 13th, 2010
2:47 pm

Come Nov. 28th:

UF 11-1

UA 11-1

Come Dec.4th:

UF 12-1

UA 11-2

Last Word

August 13th, 2010
2:49 pm

Sorry, Dec.5th

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

“Word,” er Word.

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
2:55 pm

But against whom for the BCSNCG?

JB

August 13th, 2010
3:11 pm

Great Question Gator Mike………As the Number 2 man, yes, as the head guy, no…..So, McGarity WAS the number 2 guy in Florida……..I doubt any Gator fan would of welcomed Vince Dooley as Florida AD when he left UGA…..

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
3:16 pm

I’ll never admit to being owned by a gator. Anyone foolish enough to believe that winning a few games makes an annual meeting “not a rivalry” is dead wrong.

john trent

August 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

Sorry, but this is not gonna be the answer to the problems, Dawg fans…the game is still played on the field and the new AD cannot change that, so line up and let’s see who wins this Halloween!

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
3:22 pm

JB, “would of?”
Really?