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

wesleywhatwhat

August 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

lol.

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

wtf is mr sec football talking about? what a clown.

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
3:23 pm

P.S. the contraction for “would have” is “would’ve.”
Just sayin’

AD formerly known as Daddy Damon

August 13th, 2010
3:26 pm

Has anybody seen my date’s panties?

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
3:27 pm

Florida won’t be playing anybody for any titles without Tebow.

IF they make it to Atlanta, Bama will beat them for the 2nd time during the 2010 season.

NO TEBOW=NO TITLES

Gators, Tebow was your Herschel. He is gone. Pro style QB Brantley is a good QB but will not thrive like Tebow did. Brantley has no Tebow to bail him out like Tebow did for Leak. There were at least 3 games during 2006 where Tebow saved the day.

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
3:28 pm

Hey, JB, did you miss that day in remedial senior english at UGA?

JB

August 13th, 2010
3:30 pm

Guess I did Anonymous…..we can’t all be rich, good looking and Tech grads……..

G8R GRAD

August 13th, 2010
3:31 pm

DawginLex:

May I direct you to an article about our latest 3rd & short/3rd and goal phenom?

see:

http://www.ajc.com/sports/sec-notes-masoli-part-590010.html

JB

August 13th, 2010
3:32 pm

You may not be a Tech grad………Don’t see many successful Tech grads trolling here all day…

G8R GRAD

August 13th, 2010
3:33 pm

Oh, never mind, here:

“The next Tebow?

The similarities are remarkable.

At 6 feet 3 and 225 pounds, Florida freshman quarterback Trey Burton is built like Tim Tebow.

Like Tebow, Burton went to a Florida high school. Burton graduated from Venice. Tebow went to Nease in Ponte Vedra.

Like Tebow, Burton entered Florida early, arriving on campus in January.

Like Tebow, his running skills are his strength. Burton rushed for 123 yards and two TDs on 10 carries in the Gators’ spring game.

Like Tebow, he’s spending his freshman year as a backup.

And like Tebow, Burton has a strong Christian faith.

“I just want to do whatever I possibly can to get this team to [the SEC Championship game],” Burton told the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune. “I don’t care if it is washing people’s shoes or carrying water bottles. I am not really trying to prove anything to anyone. I am just going to go out there and try to make plays.””

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

Doesn’t matter. He is not Tebow. Tebow was special. Tebow had “it”. He was blessed.

I’m standing by my prediction.

JB

August 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

G8R…………………..Lack of Talent is NOT a problem for the Gators……

Beast from the East

August 13th, 2010
3:37 pm

Gator Mike,
Great post. I think you speak for most of us Gators.

DawginLex,
We all aprreciate your passion for your team. It’s just that when it resorts to name-calling, it doesn’t help your case. Nor any of us that choose to go that route.

JB,
I’d take Hershel as the AD tomorrow if I thought he could do a decidely better job than Foley. But, alas, we all know that is not the case. My point is, who cares where someone went to college. It should have no bearing on their qualifications for a specific job. Did you forget that your beloved Dooley is really an Auburn man?

JB

August 13th, 2010
3:39 pm

And Auburn’s beloved Pat Dye a Georgia man.

G8R GRAD

August 13th, 2010
3:40 pm

JB:

Then, pray tell, . . . . .

Beast from the East

August 13th, 2010
3:40 pm

Anonymous

August 13th, 2010
3:44 pm

Beast,

Which personality would you recruit vs. which would you hire?

JB

August 13th, 2010
3:47 pm

Guys, you’ve ( anonymous will like that) been beating us pretty well for 20 years, so all things Florida are tougher to take, like our friends at Tech feel about us for 8 of 9. They feel good about having Paul Johnson and getting back to winning more against us, and we grab onto anything to even the score some on Florida……at the end of the day, most Dawg fans would tip their hat to what you guys have done lately, but please don’t act with hate ( like Tech) that the tide won’t turn again…. We know YOU don’t want it to, but it might

Beast from the East

August 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

Anonymous,
I’d recruit the one that ran all over us when he played at UGA…LOL!
I’d hire the one that made the decision to leave UGA early….LMOA!!!

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

Read these blogs. Name calling is the norm not the exception.

I will try to refrain from responding in kind.

Beast from the East

August 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

JB,
I’m sure UGA will get the upper hand again sooner or later. As a Gator, I obviosuly hope it is much later. I can’t see UF falling back into the days of old. Too much going for them to take a step back that big. So, if UGA ever hopes to dominate the series like they did pre-Spurrier then they’d better bring their “A-game” year-in and year-out. I really don’t think it will ever be that easy to dominate UF again….at least not anytime soon. But, you never know. Look at Notre Dame and Michigan. Who’da thunk it?

Beast from the East

August 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

Tide Rising,
How can I get me one of ‘dem “Mississipi” tickets? I’d love to have it as a keepsake!

JB

August 13th, 2010
4:05 pm

Dawginlex……………wouldn’t it be nice just to discuss Georgia football……I’m as guilty as any because I get caught up attacking the people who attack our school and team…… I’m going to refrain also, and maybe they will go away…..

Beast from the East

August 13th, 2010
4:08 pm

JB and DaginLex,
I agree that it is VERY hard sometimes. Almost impossible. I’ve been guilty of calling someone a loser or an idiot from time to time. But, I’ve tried hard to refrain. I think if we all did, it would be a lot more enjoyable on here. If I could only get everyone to share my opinions then everything would be just rosy……NOT!

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
4:10 pm

Beast,

I’m still sticking with my prediction……………….

:) :) :)

Gotta go back to work, the fries are burning!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB

August 13th, 2010
4:10 pm

Beast, you are correct….I study recruiting, and you guys are loaded with players who were rated 1,2 or 3 at their position Nationally. Not a few, but like 20 or so……Our problem in Athens lately has been coaching, no doubt about it. Most Georgia people are crazy about Mark, But he has some ’soft’ points. Firing Willie and crew was a year late, but it’s a start. Our talent level is not up with yours, but in the SEC, it’s in the top 3 or 4… Good luck to ya this year….

SEC FAN

August 13th, 2010
4:13 pm

The number one priority for McGarity should be to let Richt know that the status quo for the past several years is unacceptable, especially as it relates to his nine year record against FL and his recent televised failures against Alabama and UT. If he succeeds in doing that he will be off to a good start. One other thing—-no more ten year contracts.

NoGaGator

August 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

JB – There may be some sites that discuss just UGA football but this paper encourages discussion of more than just UGA. I sure wouldn’t learn much about other teams and college football in general if I just discussed only one team.

Maybe you and DawginLex can find such a site.

In the meantime we appreciate the attempt at avoiding future personal attacks by both of you.

Can’t wait for the season to start.

GO GATORS!!!

JB

August 13th, 2010
4:23 pm

NoGa Gator……yes, you are right……..I don’t think being civil will work on this blog…..there are some people who live for it ( Yes, I’m guilty) but I’m done…

DawginLex

August 13th, 2010
4:27 pm

When has any gator other than tampagator tried to discuss anything in a civil manner on these blogs?

All we get is 17 out of 20, red panties, arrests blah blah blah.

Pot meet kettle nogagator.

I’ll be glad to discuss football in a civil manner anytime

Still@theBAR

August 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

Old Dawg in a New house.

Cooper Taylor

August 13th, 2010
4:32 pm

AHHAHAHAHA PLAY BALL

Beast from the East

August 13th, 2010
4:36 pm

DawginLex,
There’s only about 4-5 Gator “fans” that flame the fires. The rest (about 20 of us) are pretty civil for the most part. The vocal minority is always what we remember from our rival fan bases. You wouldn’t want us to lump all of you in with the likes of “Patrick Sulley” would ya? I’m sure most Tech fans cringed about all of those posts from Saint Simons last year, too. Look, we’ve all got our share of smarta$$es, but you just have to at least TRY and get past ‘em. There’s a lot of good ole’ Gators out there!

NoGaGator

August 13th, 2010
4:49 pm

DawginLex -

Feel free to read any of my posts. You may have a difference of opinion – as we all do from time to time – but they’re all civil.

What, thankfully, some of us have been saying is that it’s OK to have a difference of opinion but let’s be civil about it.

Tide Rising

August 13th, 2010
5:02 pm

@bfte,Two week’s after we stomp YOU & THEM!! Is that soon enough for you??!!

World's Largest Outdoor Heisman Party

August 13th, 2010
5:20 pm

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how2fish

August 13th, 2010
5:29 pm

Wow..G8R GRAD, 51Mil, Beast from the East,gatorBrad and Gen Neyland…classy posts gentlemen well done..we will all trade barbs as the season progresses I’m sure but your best wishes for Greg are a great reminder that we can all give each other some grief as fans of opposing schools without always acting as 8th graders..

Gatorbait 17-3

August 13th, 2010
6:11 pm

Congratulations UGA, you have hired a fine man and Greg will be
just an outstanding AD. Please don’t think he will be able to
beat the Gators, only Richt can do that. One other thing, I’m sure he
never lost his Bulldog roots in Gainesville, and he like the rest of UGA
fans has watched in horror the past twenty years in Jacksonville. He has no loyalty to Mark
Richt, and if Richt doesn’t start beating the Gators at least half the time and return
this game to the rivalry of the past, you can wish Richt well in his future coaching
career at some other school. Look folks you got a good man back from the Gators,
and Greg is liable to go get Kirby Smart ASAP. GOOG LUCK GREG!

Sick of G8R GRAD

August 13th, 2010
6:20 pm

G8R GRAD

How many times are you going to post that? Give it a rest, Geeesh!

BILLY JACK

August 13th, 2010
6:50 pm

PERFECT HIRE-NEED TO START BUILDING ANOTHER WING ON THE BUTTS MEHRE FOR ALL THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HARDWARE-HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN.

JB at home

August 13th, 2010
6:51 pm

At home with some Ice Tea……..Good night my Gator, Tech friends……(It’s the new me.)
sleep tight….

jumbeauxtiger

August 13th, 2010
8:03 pm

Congrats to the Dawg nation on a solid hire. A respectable man who is definitely a step up from what you had.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Chuck Uga

August 13th, 2010
9:06 pm

Nice to have him back. I can recall his tennis days with David Dick. Now he gets to witness Georgia over Florida and an SEC East title his first few months on the job. Fun times ahead!

Dick Nixon

August 13th, 2010
9:20 pm

HOPE TO SEE A LOT OF EYE POKING CRYBABIES THIS YEAR

sugarpikegang

August 13th, 2010
10:44 pm

…so what’s in it for Mr. Adams? Stay tuned.

Sven Ottke

August 14th, 2010
12:04 am

An unspeakable human tragedy……….brought on by himself. The protege of Vince Dooley. Need I say more. One cheater begets another cheater. Tony, you are such a home it’s pathetic.

Still@theBAR

August 14th, 2010
12:30 am

Damon if you just waited you could have gone for a pair of Orange & Blue Panties. Leeburn would have paid for you to date a Gator Gymnasts. I am sure Leeburn and Yonclan could have made that happen on the cheap downlow.

James Brown

August 14th, 2010
12:33 am

LOL @ “unspeakable human tragedy”

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August 14th, 2010
12:35 am

How does Vanderbilt University highly educate their SEC students without an Athletic Director?

south eastern chumps

August 14th, 2010
12:52 am

YES he is the right man for the job alright, he is way too homely for any woman is her right mind to be seen riding around with at night, so that makes him qualified to be the new AD or a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution

south eastern chumps

August 14th, 2010
12:54 am

as for dog nation? what dog nation? hahahahahaha