Will Adams go for best man or ‘yes’ man?

Greg McGarity (University of Florida)

Greg McGarity (University of Florida)

I’m enjoying the Independence Day holiday, as I hope you are, but I wanted to provide a fresh forum for looking ahead, now that it’s being reported UGA President Michael Adams has asked for and received Damon Evans’ resignation and an announcement will be made Monday.

That’s a good thing. Dragging this tawdry story out would only have further damaged UGA.

One of Evan’s staffers at the UGA Athletic Association apparently will be named the interim athletics director and then the search for a permanent replacement will commence.

As I wrote Saturday, I think the best move would be to hire Greg McGarity, an Athens native who grew up hanging out at the UGA tennis courts, graduated from UGA and spent quite a few years with the UGA Athletic Association. He has been with the University of Florida since 1992 and currently is the senior associate athletics director there.

Whether you think McGarity should have had the job in 2003 or agreed with hiring Evans at the time, UGA couldn’t do better than McGarity now. He has the experience. He knows how a very successful athletics program is run.

Other names of likely candidates are bound to surface. I’ve already seen mention of Dave Hart, the former FSU athletics director who’s now an assistant at Alabama.

But it’s hard to beat McGarity’s UGA bona fides. Whether that will help him or hurt him in the eyes of Adams is the big question.

This will probably be the most important hire Adams makes for some time. There’s been speculation that he’ll be tempted to go with someone he thinks he can control, someone who won’t buck him. Unfortunately, Adams’ past actions probably support that theory.

The spotlight is now on Adams, which apparently is where he likes it. I’m hoping this will be one instance in which he doesn’t disappoint us.

205 comments Add your comment

Louie, Jr.

July 5th, 2010
10:22 am

That’s right Saint Simons, and thUGA is beat that GT azz to a pulp in November, AGAIN! Go home sucker!

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
10:23 am

Sha’Londria Eaves?

xugafan

July 5th, 2010
10:27 am

Congratulations UGA AA you have finally achieved your goal of being #1. There is no way any AA in the SEC can equal or surpass the Damon Evans caper. May the Red Panties/Red Drawers fly for years to come at UGA sports activities.

Vince Dooley

July 5th, 2010
10:28 am

Mr. (Dr. ?) Adams may miss the opportunity of his professional life if he doesn’t do just this:

Name Coach Dooley Interim Athletic Director, starting Tuesday.
Create a contract for him that lasts one year.
Until such time as he hires a permanent AD, Coach Dooley is it, fully, as in “buck stops here”.
When he hires a permanent AD – next day, next week, next month, next year – Coach Dooley’s contract calls for him to stay on as a “consultant” to the Department.

This wins for e’body:

Adams
Dooley
UGA students and alums
Fans
Athletic Department employees

ugaclassof2004

July 5th, 2010
10:28 am

No to Vince Dooley. 1. Because Adams isn’t going to do it., and 2. Because he’s the worst.

To answer your question Bill, the answer is “yes” to it being a ” yes man”.

Dumbo

July 5th, 2010
10:31 am

Saint Simons……..go stand in the middle of the traffic circle on Demere and count cars or something…..as for who Adams will hire…I expect it’ll be someone who’ll make Adams look like a real progressive in the NCAA community, so you can be sure that it won’t be McGarity.

Snoop Dawg

July 5th, 2010
10:32 am

The best choice for next AD is no other than Herschel Walker. Herschel has a fine head for business whose loyalty to the Dawg Nation is unquestionable. He’s also a national household name. Just think about the strategic possiblities Herschel would bring with him to actually catapult our athletic program to top tier where most delusional fans think the program already is…

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
10:34 am

I would think that college boys consider red panties as a badge of honor.

Trust me, that gig is going to be played, dated, and lame about the first time anybody does it, met with the appropriate yawns.

NOTSO FAST

July 5th, 2010
10:36 am

I read that “A” type leaders hire “A” type employees, “B” type leaders hire “C” type employees. We can see what type leader Mr. Adams is.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
10:38 am

Dumbo, If he truly wanted to think outside of the box and be progressive, he would consider the radical move of hiring the hard working middle aged white guy.

Barbara Dooley

July 5th, 2010
10:41 am

I want to thank all my friends for nominating Vince to come back. He is absolutely driving me crazy and this would give me some daylight. This scheme will work since so many of you wrote comments so quickly after receiving my email. Your checks for $50 will be in the mail in the morning–please check your address at barbaradooley dot com to make sure it is current.
Thanks again, BD

SadDawg

July 5th, 2010
10:44 am

UGA should have hired McGarity the first time around… but because he’s the best man for the job means there’s probably not a chance in hell UGA will hire him…

Want the Best?

July 5th, 2010
10:45 am

Boys, I am disgusted by your shallow minds. Why does the next AD have to have lived in Athens, or gone to UGA, or played on some team back in the seventies? This inbreeding mentality is what keeps us mediocre. The powers need to do a nationwide search for the best AD in the country and offer the guy twice as much as any other AD in the country. That, my friends, will bring us national championships and Heisman trophy winners on a regular basis. Put on your thinking hats, dawggonnit!

Mike Adams

July 5th, 2010
10:56 am

Dirty Dawg

July 5th, 2010
11:09 am

If we ask Vince to come back as an ‘interim’ AD, my bet is that Barbara would insist that a permanent AD be named before football season, otherwise, we’ll be faced with the embarrassing image of the AD’s wife wearing Orange at the Georgia/UT game, and our AD sitting next to her.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
11:30 am

I agree with looking for the best fit from a national search. But I don’t think that anybody needs to be excluded just because they did have some previous association with Georgia.

McGarity seems like a good man, but I am also interested to see who else is out there that already runs a Department. Maybe at a smaller school that over achieves without the resources of a UF.

It’s also odd to me that a guy who was in the running for the UGA job (or is it just assumed that he was) has passed on what was surely multiple offers in the past 6 yrs to run his own show. Might be a very good answer to that. I’m just saying.

Not sure the AD has the ability to ensure recruiting of future Heisman winner though, or even winning a NC. At best they can make sure the programs have the tools to compete.

Personally I don’t have an issue with somebody who is going to do what the administration wants him to do. The administration has the same goals, money, building, winning teams as the rest of us. I don’t see the conflict. And I have asked several times to get an actual explaination why he would NOT want the ADept to prosper. Lots of platitudes, very little substance. Adam’s ego when it comes to the AD doesnt affect me in the least. I would think if anything he would crave being better than the rest. When he makes decisions that hurt the success of the place, then I judge those on merits. I don’t plan of going camping with the guy.

Dumbo

July 5th, 2010
11:32 am

AltamahaDawg……Adams is still smarting that he wasn’t elected as President of NCAA….he’ll go with Williams to look elistist and proressive to the liberal 2/3’s of NCAA , with expectations that in 4 or 5 yrs he’ll get presidency of NCAA. I agree McGarity is the best choice, but Adams proved with Evans that he’ll play politics over common sense…and don’t forget Leebern is still Adams’s moneybag and I don’t think Leebern & son like McGarity.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 5th, 2010
12:26 pm

Your choice between a clown and a felon? You are so embarrasing

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 5th, 2010
12:27 pm

Jim Harrick III might be available, atleast Adams is a family friend.

Techtards ruin this state

July 5th, 2010
12:28 pm

a clown and felon such as Dodd? look in the mirror for embarassing or just ask your mom.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
12:38 pm

I didnt say McGarity was the best choice. Maybe he is, maybe he isnt. But a career #2 guy or actually the assistant to the #2 guy if you consider that #2 Foley hasnt kept his job by disagreing with his prez to prove some point very much I bet, and why would he, they want the same thing, is exactly what some folk call a puppet in here.

Dumbo

July 5th, 2010
12:52 pm

Dawgtards ruin this state….Hey Techie, you better run outside, they’re fixin to tow your moped again from in front of that famous Techie watering hole…Swinging Richards.

layinlow

July 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

2000: UGA President Michael Adams overrules Dooley and fires Donnan. UGA hires Mark Richt to take over as football coach. -This is a timeline of Dooley’s tenure as AD taken from UGA sports.com

To all of my fellow revisionist history UGA fans face the truth. Dooley sucked as AD and he wanted to keep Donnan. This is after hiring Ray Goff and sticking with him 3 or 4 years to long. IT WAS MICHAEL ADAMS WHO WENT AFTER MARK RICHT!!!! Adams flew to Tallahassee with Dooley to interview Richt. Adams was instrumental in bringing coach Richt to UGA. Mark Fox who is looking like he might be the best BB coach ever at UGA was hired under Adams tenure. Adams may very well be an absolute a$$hole but our major sports teams are better since he arrived. And for the life of me I can’t understand why people are in denial about this fact. A lot of UGA fans and money backers wanted Dooley out as AD and I was one of them. Why are so many UGA fans in denial about how mediocre Dooley was as AD?

Bremen Dawg

July 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

Yep, Adams loves yes men.

Dumbo

July 5th, 2010
1:47 pm

layinlow….are you just stupid or what…..Dooley didn’t go behind the AD & AD board and give a raise and extension to Donnan’s contract Adams did….as for Dooley being mediocre on his hires….lets take a look stupid…who hired Haack, Yoculan, Bauerle, Perno, Landers, Diaz, Wallace and a few others (of these I named are 4 NC coaches) it sure wasn’t Adams & Evans!!!!

HBTD1

July 5th, 2010
1:53 pm

layinlow:
I guess that is why our overal standings in the Director’s Cup has been going down hill since 1997. Form top 10 to 20 this year. Good logic there Mr. ‘money backer’. Ha ha ha. You fool!

Dr. Evil

July 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

Altamaha Dog-

“Trust me, that gig is going to be played, dated, and lame about the first time anybody does it, met with the appropriate yawns.”

You really think so?

That gig is going to have a long life, believe me. For sure it’ll surpass end zone celebrations, blackouts, one-finger salutes by Richt and those lovely black Grambling helmets.

I’ve heard the panty waiving will replace the wave at UGA road games.

“look at the panties falling from the sky. look at the panties falling!”

Loren, whatta ya got?

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
2:14 pm

I don’t know if its fair to say that nobody wants to remember how bad Dooley was. As an AD, particularly in his day, he was pretty damn good. Obviously he made some good hires and some not so good. Thats true of anybody. And will be in the future. I thought Robert Sapp was a great hire, and Felton, but just didn’t work out. But it is absolutely fair to say that the history has been re-written concerning his departure. That’s was well on the way with or without Adams. I will never understand why Adams turned an event that was already in place into a PR nightmare though. I also think that Dooley (armed with hindsight), would have played that whole thing out differently if he could go back.

It’s interesting that you bring up the the fans and money backer that wanted Dooley to retire years before he did. I always found it odd that the most vocal of those tended to be the older fellows, which is not what oyu would expect. I wasnt one of them, just for the record. I appreciated the first year extention past his retirement (HE had announced that date 2 years before) but I was thinking when he came back for that second one that it didnt feel right and frankly don’t think he should have asked for it so publically. How do you not know what the answer was going to be at that point?

It’s also very true that the state of Georgia Athletics have not suffered as some claimed it would because of Adams and very well might be in shape to be the best its ever been across the board very soon. It seems to me that an ego-maniac would want the sport program to be the best. Who cares who gets (takes) credit?

It woudl be nice to have a more likable guy running the University though. It seems like there is somebody that I would agree with his actions (and I have have many times) and who was also a proper statesman at such a high level position.

GODawgs

July 5th, 2010
2:19 pm

Best #2 in country…Rob Mullens, University of Kentucky.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
2:21 pm

Yes, first of all, by the first game, not to mention the “years to come” Damon Evans will be a distant former employee. Secondly, what the hell, that’s your dig at the football team? really? What’s the point? Because some former administrator is the big focus at a football game I suppose. Now had he need retained, or if it were the current , maybe even the past football coach, there ya go.

My point is that when you do something that just comes off lame and doesnt even hit a nerve anymore, you look pretty silly.

But you go right ahead.

layinlow

July 5th, 2010
2:26 pm

I’m in the fan category not a money backer. And if anyone on here wants to debate me on Dooley thats fine. But show some maturity and don’t stoop to name calling when someone opposes your viewpoint because that is juvenile. It shows a lack of intelligence and education.

I guess personally I put more emphasis on the football and basketball teams than others. Those team under Dooley have not fared well. Our football program was top notch after Dooley the coach, whom I have a great deal of repect for, stepped down. However, hring Goff, attempting to hire Glen Mason, and then donnan, our football team went into the abyss for nearl 15 years under Dooley the AD. That is simply undeniable. In those nearly 15 years we didn’t even come close to challenging for an SEC title.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
2:51 pm

I am also not too concerned about the actions at opposing stadium where they still do the wave. 1985 called, it wants it’s Culture Club cassette tape back.

Dr. Evil

July 5th, 2010
2:56 pm

AltamahaDawg -

Was the end zone celebration lame? Yes. Did it have an effect and hit a nerve? Yes – Georgia has been paying for it since.

Was the blackout lame? Yes. Did it have an effect and hit a nerve? Yes- Goergia had their arse handed to them by Bama.

Was Richt’s one- finger salute lame (still on Youtube)? Yes. Did it have an effect and hit a nerve? Only to the thumpers who thought Richt was morally infallible.

Was the Grambling uniform lame? Yes. Did it have an effect and hit a nerve? Not so much – by this time UF looks forward to the latest silly attempt by Richt.

Remember these were all precipitated by your head coach.

The panty throwing will be done by the fans.

G. Tampa Bedwetter

July 5th, 2010
2:58 pm

I am tired of hearing Vince Dooley. For those of you who don’t remember or can’t read, Dooley was no better than an average coach. Anyone sitting in Athens with the players available in this area, would have done a better job. I am still mad about the Erk Russell deal. When he took the job at Ga Southern, Dooley advised him not to win too often too soon or the fans would expect it every year!
Everyone is saying Hire McGarity. One small problem ………… McGarity is probably not stupid enough to accept the job since it means working for “little Mikey Adamns”

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
3:15 pm

Well that’s red apples and oranges my friend. I personally loved the Endzone dance. the look on the Florida bench (and the final score) was priceless. And I dont exactly see opposing fans doing the “endzone” dance in my face. So not sure what your point is. Nor is that point of shame or embarrassment, just irk gator fans.

Tha Black out was cool, I didn’t like the black helmets, but its not exactly like folks will be bringing Black georgia helmets to the game to taunt me with. How are either one of those insulting? 2-1 with the jerseys, helmet were ugly, we got our asses kicked independant of that. yea, so?

I didnt see the birdy, I don’t care. Are fans shooting birds at us in opposing stadiums that I am not aware of? wow, zinger!

Like I said bring the panties. You will be summarily dismissed. It’s a football game not administation carreer day.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
3:20 pm

My friend you are not even making your own point, and certainly nothing to do with the topic…………..none of those are fan taunts for insultive purposes? Do you even know remember the point you were trying to make? Or just reaching back in the ol’ grab bag.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
3:23 pm

G.,Why wouldn’t he work for Micheal Adams?

truth

July 5th, 2010
3:31 pm

Tampa, you are absolutely correct about Dooley the coach. If Walker doesn’t come to UGA then Dooley’s entire career would have been mediocre. I think if UGA fans would take the time to go back and review Dooley’s coaching record they would be shocked. Dooley had 4 seasons where he finished .500 or worse. Hell if Richt goes 8-4 this year most fans would want to run him out of town. Yet his winning percentage is much higher then Dooley’s. In Dooley’s first 16 years at UGA he won 7 games or less 10 times! If Richt were to have one season with 7 wins fans would want him out. Altamaha, maybe that is why some of the oldtimers were the ones who wanted Dooley out as AD.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
3:40 pm

Because of his record coaching the football team? Really. I didnt get that.
I always thought it was just that he was old school and some felt that the rest of the world was gravitating towards more pure business types.

Dr. Evil

July 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

AltamahaDawg -

To quote you “My point is that when you do something that just comes off lame and doesnt even hit a nerve anymore, you look pretty silly.”

Richt has continually come off lame and it doesn’t hit the nerve anymore. He has looked very silly. Loved reading the AJC about the Grambling helmets after the game last year. UGA fans and AJC sportswriters were really going off on him.

That’s my point.

We’ll see about the panties falling from the sky. You may be right but I very much doubt it. It’s going to happen and it’s going to be hilarious during a UGA loss. Little too early to try to sweep this under the rug and call it yesterday’s news. Fans won’t consider it as such this fall.

truth

July 5th, 2010
4:01 pm

No, just saying that they didn’t have fond memories of him as coach and this may have affected how they felt about him overall. Especially, since he wasn’t a top notch AD. And do you really think if the football program and BB program would have excelled under his leadership that they would have wanted him out because he wasn’t a business type? I certainly don’t.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
4:42 pm

So because Richt looked lame and his stunts don’t hit a nerve, opposing fans won’t care if that tired old joke does the same? I got it.

AltamahaDawg

July 5th, 2010
4:48 pm

No, obviously if they team were prospering the “business type” would not have mattered, I’m just saying that’s why I think some were calculating that they weren’t. He was from a coaching background and they wanted to department run like a business. ie. Business heads fire non-performing coaches quicker than old football coaches would fire thier peers.

Made Famous By Frankie, Charlie & Fran

July 5th, 2010
5:03 pm

Whether Best Man or Yes Man, Georgia needs the right man. McGarity is an alum and has worked for a nationally respected AD for some time now, he should get strong consideration.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

July 5th, 2010
5:05 pm

Adams should give up the presidency so he can focus solely on his new role as Senior Executive Athletics Czar.

WHAT about

July 5th, 2010
5:34 pm

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WHAT about

July 5th, 2010
5:34 pm

lou holtz is available

just saying

never forget

July 5th, 2010
5:40 pm

CNN was just laughing at the daugs about the red panties. CNN….not just sports talk, dogs.
When NASCAR throws a red flag, things stop. When your “friend” throws red panties, thing are starting to get hotter than a drunk dawg.

J

July 5th, 2010
5:40 pm

Jim Harrick and his son are available

Panties on the ground...

July 5th, 2010
5:41 pm

UGA folks can brag all you want to about beating Tech in football most years, and that’s perfectly fair. What’s also fair is to point out that with a history of Jan Kemp (Vince Dooley days), Jim Harrick, and now Damon Evans, the UGA Athletic Department is truly “The Cesspool of the South,” and is richly deserving of that title. No one outside of Georgia has any respect for your University or your Athletic Department, and that is a fact. It has been said many times: “Tech people are proud of their school, Georgia people are proud of their football team.” What a legacy to be proud of!

UGA fans can now return to your mobile home parks and resume waiting for your unemployment checks.  :-)