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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boots

August 14th, 2010
1:03 am

I hate Adams, but he did the right thing here, and I have to give him credit. I’m glad to see Greg back in a red tie instead of a blue or (worse yet) orange one. By the way, Tony, I have to agree with everyone about Evans’ story NOT being a human tragedy. No big deal, but the dude was just a selfish fool, that’s all. Can’t wait for kickoff in 21 days!

Gator Mike

August 14th, 2010
8:38 am

JB, I understand and appreciate your near sighted view on a GATOR never being the AD at UGA. I respect your opinion although I do not support it. Most GATORS would take a UGA Grad as the AD if he was of Jeremy Foley’s caliber and he could deliver annual winning programs.
As a side note, look at UT during the years that Doug Dickey was the AD before they hired the moron they have in Knoxville today. Dickey did a superb job for UT which made the vols proud. Dickey is a GATOR grad and former GATOR football player and GATOR coach. The Gator nation is also proud to call Doug Dickey one of ours.
Look in your own backyard. Vince Dooley was a superb coach and AD at UGA for many years. Everyone in the SEC respects Vince Dooley. One of your oldest and fiercest rivals is the AUBURN Tigers. Where did Vince Dooley come from???

Let the games begin and good luck to all SEC schools.
GoGators!!!

LHardingDawg

August 14th, 2010
9:27 am

Tickets for the Colorado game can be purchased from the ticket office at the University of Colorado. You have to purchase a 3 game set that include Kansas State and Hawaii, but you can turn around and donate those tickets back to the school. Tax deduction!

We all need to get out there and support the Dawgs. Remember it’s better than playing East Tenn State or Georgia State.

FRED

August 14th, 2010
9:55 am

I HOPE AND PRAY HE IS THE RIGHT MAN AND NOT A YES MAN. UGA NEED A MAN TO TURN OUR SPORTS PROGRAM AROUND. WHAT WE NEED MOST IS A YOUNG DYNAMIC FOOTBALL COACH .

J Morris

August 14th, 2010
10:06 am

He’s a good man. We’re sorry to see him leave but, very happy for him and his family.

Jerry

August 14th, 2010
11:17 am

Gator Nation is happy to help the Dawgs. It’s a team issue. Foley has people around him that are quality imdividuals. The individuals form a team that are all on the same page. Meyer and Billy D are pure examples of this. Family is what it is all about. Our Coaches and AD Foley hire based on how the person will fit in with their current staff family, team family and Gator Nation… ( we coined that first by the way )…. and the results speek for themselves. UF is the only university to appear in the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) National All-Sports top-10 ranking for each of the past 26 years and has captured the SEC All-Sports Trophy 17 of the last 18 years

Riva in Conyers

August 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

Dooley is in the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach.

Dooley is a fraud who should be in the Hall of Shame. Dooley was the planner and overseer of the absurb remedial education scheme at UGA that allowed dummies to play ball for four years without even coming close to earning a degree. Thank goodness that Jan Kemp had the integrity and courage to stand up to Dooley and expose him.

If you’re under the illusion that Vince Dooley is a nice guy, you’re very wrong. He should be run out of town on a rail.

Yelojakt1

August 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

As a Tech man, I would like to congratulate UGA on bringing this fine administrator back home to Athens. I’m sure you’ll see the results in more places than just the football field. Good Luck!

Elrod

August 14th, 2010
1:07 pm

Unspeakable tragedy? The only tragedy is that poor girls parents realizing she was out drunk with that stupid spade. Got what he deserved. Really, what a stupid, stupid commentation of what that clown did to hisself and his school.

Tide Rising

August 14th, 2010
1:37 pm

Post at 5;02 is not my post. I guess my handle got hijacked.

Tide Rising

August 14th, 2010
1:44 pm

Beast of the East,

I saw your comment about Mississippi being spelled wrong on our ticket. I was hoping most people wouldn’t notice it. You better believe that I caught hell last night when I went to my favorite sports bar to watch the Falcons game. I had to hear that crap from UT fans, dawg fans, LSU and FSU fans, even a S. Carolina fan was giving me hell about it. So I will break with the newfound civility of our little blogging community and go ahead and call someone an idiot. That idiot would be the person who didn’t notice the mistake and let it go through. That idiot ought to be fired and cane whipped with 30 lashes.

Still@theBAR

August 14th, 2010
3:00 pm

Why spell Mississipi? Ain’t it just easier to say Ole Miss? Better yet on the ticket it should have had a Burning Cross for one team and a White Hood for the other.

Still@theBAR

August 14th, 2010
3:03 pm

damn I left out one hump back letter. M I crooked letter croocked letter I crooked letter crooked letter I hump back hump back I. That is the old elementary school song we learned to spell Miss I Sip Pee.

G-Dawg

August 14th, 2010
5:02 pm

Who cares about that … you guys see John Brantley’s mustache??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7OvHqDv43M

LHardingDawg

August 14th, 2010
6:21 pm

It’s funny, but not as funny as Florida putting a crocodile on their media guide instead of an alligator a couple of years ago.

Still@theBAR

August 14th, 2010
6:42 pm

LHarding that croc instead of a Gator is almost as funny and the Mutts painting RUSS’ butt white just to be a stand-in for the dead UGA VII.

SuperB

August 14th, 2010
7:54 pm

Hey Gator-man (which in itself is an oxymoron) (look it up Gator.) You came to Athens to get a dyed-in-the-wool Dawg to be your no. 2 man. I’ve known Greg since we both worked for Coach Magill and he will be a great AD. He is a smart but nice man, which is a heckuva lot more than I can say for the lies of Urban and Steve!

Hairy Dawg

August 14th, 2010
10:52 pm

McGs is right man for Dawgs and we start pounding Gaytors now that we stole there magic. Dang right about Oscar Myers and Visor Boy being lyers and trying to gets away with it. Its is time to give Adams some credits for getting McGs and hurting Gaytors. But I still not respecting Adams till he let us recruiting like Bammers with no restrictoins. We got best talented state in GA and no competing for it with good teams. We just need to be goning to sign it to Dawgs to dominates SEC and national.

Dawg Run

August 14th, 2010
10:55 pm

The florida run is over without tebow! Mark it down–the Dawgs will take over the SEC east in 2010 with a big win in Jacksonville. grantham’s 3-4 D is the real deal. Brantley will be miserable the whole game.

Go2Gator

August 15th, 2010
6:20 am

@ Dawg Run, If Brantley is not doing well,Trey Burton will come in and run over your pups! But first,We will see if you can stop our speed… Your boys on D will be on their heels all day!!!

Football Guy

August 15th, 2010
6:35 am

McGarity :

From? The University of Florida!

So dumb dogs

August 15th, 2010
8:07 am

You idiots saying UF wont win anything without Tebow are the biggest morons on the planet and the same people who said UF wouldn’t win without Spurrier, wouldn’t win without Chris Leak, Wouldn’t win without Harvin…You’ll never learn will ya. Get a clue people.

Panty Raid

August 15th, 2010
8:10 am

I heard McGarity’s going to have to get his women to switch from orange and blue panties to red and black! He’s calling Damon for advice on the front seat maneuvers.

Real Story

August 15th, 2010
8:27 am

“Mark it down–the Dawgs will take over the SEC east in 2010 with a big win in Jacksonville”

Funny stuff. You can write this down, type it, mark it, say it, whatever: Florida’s going to blow out Ga again in Jacksonville, for win #18 out of 21! Take it to the bank, book it, bet the house! The run continues in 2010. This florida machine will be better than ever!

WSD

August 15th, 2010
8:56 am

It is truly an “unspeakable human tradgedy>” Damon Evans went from the pinnacle of his career to losing it all in just a few short hours because he thought he was ten feet tall and bullitproof. His pregame public service announcement could never ring more true…”You Drink, You Drive, You Lose!” He has a long road ahead of him in rebuilding his life and I wish him all the best success in doing so! As for the McGarity hire, I am ecstatic! You bring in the number 2 man from what is arguably the best athletic department in the country, who also is a graduate of UGA and former assistant to the legendary and beloved Vince Dooley? UGA will not skip a beat!

Wreckmaniac

August 15th, 2010
11:33 am

How can anyone leave FL for Athens. Its just an outpost. He must be trying to gain some experience so
he can later qualify for a destination school such as Ohio State.

Megan

August 15th, 2010
2:24 pm

McGarity has his work cut out for him. It will be a huge job cleaning up the open sewer that UGA athletics have become.

His immediate goals should be to dismiss Mark Richt and all the players who have been arrested.

That, plus hiring a real football head coach, should bring some quick results.

Call IT

August 15th, 2010
3:14 pm

Great hire,

Even though a Gator fan the guy = CLASS!

Best of luck!

Red Panties brigade

August 15th, 2010
3:21 pm

Megan,

If he dismissed the 42 dawg players who have been arrested since 2007 he wouldn’t be able to field a team. Thuggery will continue to run unabated at UGA.

UGA Leghumpers pass over Magarity for Evans

August 15th, 2010
8:09 pm

the first time, McGarity should had told Adams to suck it the second time around.

I am a dumb georgia fan

August 15th, 2010
8:13 pm

now that we have new ad from fla, will my dawgs beat those powerful fast gators?

Palladin

August 15th, 2010
9:34 pm

This is a critical year for University of Georgia football. It’s sort of like a Groundhog Day (not the movie – the holiday) season. The final result will determine whether a major upheaval occurs with the coaching staff. Florida opens the season as a bigger unknown than they have been since Coach Meyer arrived. Tennessee is at an all-time low, leaving Georgia and South Carolina both a unique opportunity to capture the Eastern Division Title. That doesn’t mean that either of them will, as an unknown Florida team might be just as good as was last year’s team. Still, this season opens with more questions than usual for the SEC East.

The SEC West offers little more clarity. With Alabama retiring 9 defensive starters, they will need to rely on their offense to carry much of the weight — especially early in the season. The loss of the Punter, PK, Holder and Return Specialist leaves a gaping hole of experienced players on the Special Teams squad. LSU has been threatening, but unpredictable lately. Still, I’d give them the edge as the “second seed” in the West, just based on recent history. Arkansas and Auburn should both show improvement on Defense and contend with one another for a very tight “third most likely contender” for the West Crown.

It will be an interesting season in the SEC. There should be opportunities for “dark horses” to arise.

Hairy Dawg

August 16th, 2010
7:42 am

With McGarty we got the money, we got the talents, and we got the Christain coaching. That why Dawgs is ready to dominates SEC for years now that Teablows left the Gaytors. Myers is nervous like losing and now Dawgs beating them like Orange and Blue head stepchilds. Dawgs is class of leagues with talent to winning that why we goning to run as champs for years. No body else can run with Big Dawgs.