McGarity: It’s ‘unfair’ to give coach specific win mandate

New Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he won't tell Mark Richt he has to win "10 or 11" games.

New Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he won't tell Mark Richt he has to win "10 or 11" games.

New Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity is coming from a school (Florida) that won two BCS titles (2006, 2008) and two Final Fours (2006, 2007) in a span of three years. So the man is accustomed to success.

Amid media speculation that Mark Richt is feeling some heat for the Bulldogs’ disappointments of the last two seasons in the SEC, it seemed logical to ask him what his own expectations were of Georgia’s season. Without putting a number on it, McGarity said more than I expected. His expectations are high.

“We want to compete for championships,” he said. “There could be circumstances that lead you to not be in the hunt a certain year. But you want every sport at the university if Georgia to be in the conversation. In swimming, I think it’s safe to say Georgia’s in the hunt. You talk about tennis, softball, Georgia’s in the hunt. Football, I think Geogia’s in the hunt,. Some sports, Georgia’s on the way up.”

McGarity wasn’t asked directly about Richt, but he clearly then veered in that direction with this comment: “I think it would be unfair to coaches to tell them, ‘You’ve got to win 10 games, 11 games,’ or whatever that number is. It’s how people go about their work. Do you see improvements made? Do you see people giving 100 percent effort every day?  Those are things I would look at more than number of wins. This conference is a meat grinder. There are so many great teams. I don’t know how many teams went to Birmingham [for SEC media days] feeling they can win the SEC championship. Nine schools, maybe? It’ll be interesting to watch.”

McGarity also had an interesting answer when asked about how, as the new athletic director, he feels the impact of the DUI arrest by former AD Damon Evans.

“It’s a huge responsibility — probably a life changing responsibility,” he said. “Regardless of what happened in the past, now with the advent of cellphone cameras and things of that nature, your life totally changes. I’ve been in sort of the shadows for 18 years. I could go into restaurants and nobody would know me. You didn’t know about some of the public things. Things have gotten out of hand.  It’s a different set of eyes, and I knew that coming in.  There’s no surprises there. You have to deal with it the best you can. We’re not all perfect. In the situation we’re in, you just have to do the best you can do in the way you conduct yourself.”

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Matthews Dawg

August 31st, 2010
1:37 pm

Matthews Dawg

August 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

How sweet it is to be 1st!! Just like the Dawgs in the SEC!

Matthews Dawg

August 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

I believe we picked a winner in McGarity!! He is someone Dawg Nation can be proud to have as a leader. Go Dawgs!!

Joey

August 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

First things first. Make Richt dimote Bobo back to QB coach and go to the NFL for a new OC!! UF will have competition then!

Some Sense

August 31st, 2010
1:46 pm

Some people should just learn to stay home.

“dimote”…Wow.

Paul H

August 31st, 2010
1:48 pm

Go Dawgs! 4 more days

A-She-She Blogger

August 31st, 2010
1:49 pm

Do you think Tech will sell out a game this year?

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

St. Richt should win more football games than players arrested. So i guess he needs 9 wins and counting.

Matthews Dawg

August 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

Where’s Russ the Temporary Mascot blogger? Those are some of the best blogs online! I laugh at them out loud every time!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
1:56 pm

Great choice for AD! Now if he can devise a program to dock the coaches pay for each arrest, say $10,000 each, then that might cut down on the embarrassment we face almost everyday. Coaches CAN eliminate the arrest within their programs.

harold

August 31st, 2010
1:58 pm

WEAK——-UNLIKE FOLEY AND MAL MOORE!

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gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
2:05 pm

That would be $10,000 per arrest. I can bet that if the coaches don’t straighten the kids out the coaches wives will.

Bob Didier Caught Here

August 31st, 2010
2:05 pm

I mentioned on a previous post that AD McGarity should HAVE B E E N the original choice over Damon Evans. One can only wonder what kind of shape our program and football team would be in HAD AD McGarity been the original and prudent choice.

One last thing…….while I do believe that CMR is NOT on the hot seat I cannot say the same for our OC!

JB

August 31st, 2010
2:13 pm

We lose to Florida the next two years, but go say 10-2 and a pretty good bowl ,Mark’s fine. Lose to Florida the next two years and go say 8-4 those years, we’ll have a new coach. I want Mark to succeed more than anyone, but that would be 4 years of mediocrity and something i just don’t think he could survive………….But, GATA and win 10 games….or 12 this year and make all that go away.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

Agree JB, 10, 10-2 or if a bad year 9-3 sounds about right – as long as one of those losses is not to tech, which won’t happen given CMR has a 8-1 record against the wreck.

VJacket

August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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Sanford Drive

August 31st, 2010
2:31 pm

McGarity is without a doubt the right guy.

So many Florida fans (while not chugging their Natty-Light), will tell us that we had to go “steal a Gator” in order to turn the Dawgs around. But in reality, back in 1992, Florida had to “borrow a Dawg” in order to turn thier program around.

Welcome home Greg. While all eyes are, and will be on you, i hope you feel nothing but support from Dawg Nation. You deserve it!

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Dawgpaw

August 31st, 2010
2:31 pm

Nesbitt won’t make through the early part of the season. Hate to say it but its going to be even tougher on the young man than last year. Sorry dude, but I think the Pitt running back will get it this year, with Florida St Qb a distant second.

"Da Real" Damon Evans

August 31st, 2010
2:34 pm

dis joker done lost his mind. :) He gonna get his arse runnout of athens before the year is over. I’ll be ready at that time after I finish my stint in rehab.

Damn those co-eds in red paties are irresistable.

He stole my gig schultz dat joker stole my gig. I wants my job back.

Paul in RDU

August 31st, 2010
2:44 pm

Looks like UGA made a good hire for AD

Scott W.

August 31st, 2010
2:45 pm

Until the fire CMR got picked up by the national media it was nothing more than a rumor. In a few short weeks some of you whom I see posting on UGA blogs daily have changed your own personal tunes. Perhaps you need to think for yourselves.

Dylan

August 31st, 2010
2:46 pm

I love having Coach Richt leading our football team. He’s a good guy and is a consistent winner, but with the talent that he is getting, there is NO reason why CMR shouldn’t have a National Championship ring. He’s been close, very close (2002 and 2007). Georgia hasn’t one the SEC since 2005. Florida’s not going to get weaker, they’re just going to keep reloading. CMR is nowhere near the hot seat, now. But if this season is like last, he’s going to be feeling the heat. I think UGA fans are becoming too content with being good. We should be striving for great.

Gah can’t wait for Saturday in Athens!!! I’ve missed it so much!! Good luck Dawgs, and GATA!!!!

bart

August 31st, 2010
2:47 pm

As much as I like and respect Richt, he has to deliver. That’s why he gets the big bucks. If he doesn’t deliver this season with a competitive year, he will definitely be on the hot seat. Then if he doesn’t deliver next season, then I would say his job is in real danger.

Dawgs97

August 31st, 2010
2:48 pm

Great hire. Really happy that Adams picked the actual logical and most accomplished choice. Well done.

Greg McGarity is in his first press conference and he’s a professional. He’s not going to start hemming and hawing about a particular # of wins. He’s going to say the right things, as he should. No problem with that.

But we hired McGarity because he became accustomed to winning big at Florida and the one time they experienced mediocrity with Zook, he was canned pretty quickly. Though McGarity is not going to say it, there’s almost certainly the expectation that Georgia must win 10-11 games this year for Richt to quiet the talk. If the Dawgs go 8-5 again (even if beating Florida is among those 8 wins), Richt will be gone. I would bet the house on it. Georgia has 2 instananeous credible head coaches in waiting with Kirby Smart & Will Muschamp. If Richt has another “down” year, he’s toast.

Especially considering that Georgia in fact has a more veteran roster, a more “ready to win” roster in 2010 than Florida, Tennessee or South Carolina. (Carolina had the most veteran team but has had several players now suspended). Georgia has every opportunity to win the SEC East. The analysts are way, way overrating the Gators this season. Florida will be good, but not great. Georgia needs to have a big year and absolutely should target making it to Atlanta as a reasonable goal.

Dylan

August 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

And before anyone corrects me, yes I know I put “one” instead of “won.” My bad.

Jamie

August 31st, 2010
2:50 pm

Is it just me or does Greg McGarity a dead ringer for Beetle Bailey!!!

ryan

August 31st, 2010
2:56 pm

Hey harold stop coming on UGA blogs you never like anything your just afraid that this is going motivate CMR to coach his A$$ off I believe it was smart move by McGarity it shows toughness not weakness .

jokurone

August 31st, 2010
2:56 pm

more like Howdy Doody. pickin and grinnin’

HugoStiglitz

August 31st, 2010
2:58 pm

Its not unfair. How long will UGA fans accept having top 5 recruiting classes and 2nd-3rd place finishes in the SEC east? Wont getting 9-10 wins and nothing else get old after a while?

2Dawgs

August 31st, 2010
3:01 pm

“This conference is a meat grinder.” Hell, yeah. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

poopdawg

August 31st, 2010
3:05 pm

Harold , speaking about being weak. Here’s your sign.

Bail Bonds R Us

August 31st, 2010
3:09 pm

Supposedly McGarrity’s next meeting will be
with the Athens Police, with blunt “instructions”:

If you want to keep YOUR JOB, then no more player arests.

You dig?

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 31st, 2010
3:09 pm

This looks like a guy that wouldn’t think of even painting a pound hound’s a$$, much less THE mascot of UGA (Temporary, junior grade.) Matter of fact, he looks like somebody who’d offer a hard-working bulldog a permanent promotion to become UGA VIII. At least I—I mean, a hard-working bulldog—wouldn’t roll over and die on ‘em in the middle of a season.

But no, I see the paint can, and there’s the brush. They’ll wait till Friday night to slap about three coats on my butt. And then one of the handlers will prep to tell the sideline reporter how old and sick I am. It’s all so unfair.

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
3:11 pm

Hugo, I don’t know, I recall 6-7 win seasons, lousy bowls, about 19 year stretch where we didn’t even sniff a conference title. Recruiting classes that nobody even looked at twice. I will stick with Richt and his 10 year average win seasons (ho-hum), 2 titles, and top recruiting classes. There are a lot of coaches out there who had to wait on their titles. Richt is pretty damn good and I think a lot people are still reeling from the “best friend hire” as DC debacle.

Ball Boy.

August 31st, 2010
3:12 pm

McGarity seems nice but he’s not 100% Dawg. Yep, judging from those massive ears, I truly believe he’s got a good bit of elephant in him.

dawg fans=window licker's

August 31st, 2010
3:12 pm

Oh goodie! CMR will have his job a little while longer=2nd tier for a few more year’s!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Old Dawg

August 31st, 2010
3:13 pm

Joey, you just got demoted!

reservoirDAWG

August 31st, 2010
3:14 pm

You losers are going to talk about looks? Pathetic.

reservoirDAWG

August 31st, 2010
3:15 pm

Is dimote dimoan’s cousin?

GIVE ME A BREAK

August 31st, 2010
3:17 pm

Richt’s days are numbered. he can not deliver.

markie mark

August 31st, 2010
3:17 pm

Russ…try and bite a Lafayette player….it’ll show em you got the spirit….hang in there, puppy!

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
3:20 pm

And if there are play calling problems on the O side this year I would expect to see a change there after the season.

PTC DAWG

August 31st, 2010
3:20 pm

Nesbitt is a good, very good actually, QB for GT…not sure what Nesbitt for Heisman has to do with UGA’s new AD, but hey, maybe I can figure it out.

OMG

August 31st, 2010
3:26 pm

He is the AD which means little. If Richt fails to win 10 with this schedule and the inherent weakness that is the SEC East this year he should certainly be under some serious flaming heat. The AD usually backs the coach until the fan pressure gets to a certain boil. Look at Bowden and FSU…he was great friends with the AD and now Bowden hates him. Why? Because the AD was forced to fire the legend. McGarity is likewise a bobblehead that will do our bidding.

Dawgtards Ruin This State

August 31st, 2010
3:27 pm

I wonder if anyone on the team I cheer for will get a girlfriend by the end of this season. Probably not.

RxDawg

August 31st, 2010
3:33 pm

This title was misleading for me. I thought McGarity DID give Richt a total win mandate. That could of been….awkward.

private plane watching

August 31st, 2010
3:34 pm

Matthews Dawg — you are correct… GA is #1 in arrests this year in the SEC!

GADAWGGIRL

August 31st, 2010
3:35 pm

Hey Russ, we are rooting for you. I sure hope you are picked for the sidelines. We’ve grown to love you :0)

MitchFarted

August 31st, 2010
3:35 pm

The only people who think Richt is “on the hot seat” are the nerds over at GT and Paul Finebaum in Birmingham. Finebaum likes to stir up trouble for anyone that Alabama recruits against. He thinks he’s actually helping Alabama when he continually puts down Richt on his radio show. He’s a sad sad man.