Quick hits: Adams, AD search, Richt and UGA cops

Michael Adams and interim AD Frank Crumley (Phil Skinner / AJC)

Michael Adams and interim AD Frank Crumley (Phil Skinner / AJC)

UGA President Michael Adams raised a few eyebrows Tuesday when he said that while he thinks there are three or four people currently on the athletic association’s staff who would make “very strong” candidates to replace Damon Evans, “my first look in this case is going to be outside.”

I’m not a big fan of Adams generally, but I liked his reasoning here. (And not just because Greg McGarity, my favorite candidate for the athletics director’s job, currently works at the University of Florida, though he has strong ties to UGA.)

Said Adams: “I want an outside opinion to take a hard look at what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. As well as we’re doing it, can we do it better?”

Of course, it’s entirely possible that in the end the very capable search committee appointed by Adams might decide to recommend interim AD Frank Crumley or some other in-house candidate. But I wouldn’t bet on it. This is certainly no knock on Crumley or anyone else currently on the athletic association staff, but fresh blood is generally a good idea. While promoting from within can at times be a sound philosophy, it also can lead to the Ray Goffs and Ron Jirsas of the athletic world.

As Adams said, Georgia’s athletics director is “one of the five or six best” such jobs in the country and “there’s no shortage of interest.” UGA would be foolish not to survey the national landscape.

NUMBERS CRUNCHER?

Speaking of the next AD, David Ching of The Athens Banner-Herald predicts Evans’ successor will have a background from the financial side of athletics administration. I’m not so sure that’s necessary, though.

Yes, the financial bottom line drives college athletics in the ESPN era, but that doesn’t mean your AD has to be a numbers cruncher or contract negotiator. That’s what you have guys like Crumley on staff for. And the athletics director also is the face and voice of your program, so a familiarity with the intricacies of public relations is a must.

I do agree with Ching that the days of putting old coaches into the AD’s spot are mostly past (at least, at forward-thinking schools), and it is a certainty that UGA’s next athletics director will come from the ranks of college sports administrators — likely one with experience at a school with a big athletics budget like Georgia’s.

OBSESSION WITH RICHT

It’s not been particularly surprising that the same folks who keep trying to put Mark Richt on a “hot seat” in terms of job security have been advancing the idea that a change of athletics director at UGA will be bad for Richt or put more pressure on him to succeed.

Hogwash.

Sure, new administrators like to bring in their own hires, but where you’ll mostly see that is in the staff. No new athletics director is going to come into Athens and mess with a guy who’s won 90 games in nine seasons.

In the wake of the Evans debacle, the wholesome image and consistency that Richt represents is extremely important for UGA. And a slightly subpar season — or even two — isn’t going to change that.

As Barrett Sallee of CollegeFootballNews.com put it: “Georgia needs stability, and Mark Richt — a man that is the epitome of stability — is the perfect man to provide it. Now, if the football programs continues to deteriorate for the next couple of years, then yes, maybe it will be time for him to go. But that will have nothing to do with the athletic director and everything to do with the direction of the program.”

Richt is a competitor and he wasn’t happy with an eight-win season. He doesn’t need anyone, including a new boss, to tell him that UGA needs to be regularly in the running for the SEC championship game.

I think Chris Low of ESPN.com was on the mark with this prediction: “Ultimately, I still say there’s a better chance Richt wins an SEC championship in the next two or three years than there is that he loses his job.”

JORDAN LOVE

What to make of the “breakdown of communications,” as the UGA police chief called it, that resulted in football player Jordan Love being arrested for not giving an officer his middle name?

Simple. When a cop asks you for information, give it to him, no matter how silly it might seem. You don’t use your middle name, you’re not sure how to spell it, and you don’t understand why he needs it? Never mind. Just give him a polite answer. Because too many police officers, particularly on the campus force in Athens, seem to have Mayberry’s Deputy Barney Fife as a role model.

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165 comments Add your comment

southsiderob

July 7th, 2010
11:38 am

First, go dawgs

nickz

July 7th, 2010
11:40 am

Yea

July 7th, 2010
11:40 am

Regarding Jordan Love, it’s actually not that simple, Bob. The cop was out of line and ignorant. He should have treated Jordan with more respect.

nickz

July 7th, 2010
11:42 am

oh! not quite…

Mr. Evans, next time try hiding the lingerie in the glove box, rather than between you legs…

GT BABY

July 7th, 2010
11:43 am

shut up bill king

Uga the Ocho

July 7th, 2010
11:49 am

LOL…when are Nerd fans going to finally ealize that Tech is the Little Brother in this state? It’s a scientific fact…

thUGA

July 7th, 2010
11:50 am

Bill,

What’s the over/under on the number of hours until the next arrest within the UGA athletic dept?

Go THUGA!

GT BABY

July 7th, 2010
11:51 am

Congrats to the dawgs for being the laughing stock of college football! How many more embarrassing things can possibly happen in one offseason? Hey Bill, why don’t you write more about Zack Mettenberger’s case or Christian Lemay’s case? I love how you (Bill) are so delusional and in complete denial about your sorry arse dawgs. You always down play the bad things that happen to Georgia and try to defend them the best you can. Bill King is the leader for all delusional dawg fans!

snotbubble

July 7th, 2010
11:51 am

If you drink, don’t drive, do the watermelon crawl……………….Go Dogs !!!!!!!!!

George Stein

July 7th, 2010
11:54 am

Call me, Damon!

President Adams

July 7th, 2010
11:57 am

Bill. I would kindly appreciate it if you would just simply refer to me as Mr. President of UGA in future blogs. I am the alpha and the omega of college executives. I giveth and I taketh away. Seek ye first the Kingdom of Adams……………..you know the rest. Respect me or else.

Paddy

July 7th, 2010
11:59 am

Your” hot seat” evaluation is right on the money! Good call.

4th Place SEC East Dawg

July 7th, 2010
12:01 pm

The only “must have” for the next UGA athletic director is a comprehensive background in criminal law. The number of criminal arrests within UGA’s athletic dept is more than twice that of any other school in the country. thUGA is right, UGA should be renamed to THUGA.

Greensboro, GA

July 7th, 2010
12:08 pm

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Nesbitt for Heisman
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RxDawg

July 7th, 2010
12:13 pm

Great comments on this blog =/

RunningDog

July 7th, 2010
12:14 pm

Goff and Jirsa can happen anywhere. UF, which has an outstanding AD, picked Ron Zook to follow Spurrier. Bama’s a well run program and they bounced coaches around for years.

JB

July 7th, 2010
12:16 pm

GT Baby………. Laughing stock…..???? Have you ever been to a Thursday night game at Grant Field…LOL……….Take a gander at scene………

Jordan ? Love

July 7th, 2010
12:18 pm

What is this kid’s middle name?

kb

July 7th, 2010
12:19 pm

thuga, about the same amount of time for another tech player to get arrested for assaulting his girlfriend

Dawgdad (The Original)

July 7th, 2010
12:19 pm

Bill, McGarity has no chance, get over it. He is a tradional Dawg too tied to Dooley, McGill, and Eaves. King Mike will never admit that he picked the wrong guy before. I expect him to pick another questionable carpet bagger in, one he can shape in his own image.

You Bug fans need to get a life and start worrying about the Alexander renovation and the shaky future of Paul Hewitt and what to do about a baseball team that is all world every year until playoff time, when they morph into the Bad News Bugs.

GT is Color Blind

July 7th, 2010
12:20 pm

GTBABY, you say that UGA has embarrassed themselves off the field. Its much worse to talk about how great you football team is, then get embarrassed week after week in the ACC and in in-state games (rivalry has to be competitive). Also, speaking of embarrassing, why does GT boast colors of gold and navy blue and have a mascot that is yellow and black. are you color blind? Maybe that is just something us “Redneck farmers” (aka your boss) from UGA notice. Speaking of redneck, we don’t drive an old POS onto the field and park it in the grass at our home games. Sound familiar? In short, you are an embarrassment to the state, go back to your nerdery and compute things with your fellow nerds. Maybe you can compute the overall score to the football games over the last decade or two.

1eyedJack

July 7th, 2010
12:22 pm

GT “CRY” BABY

They’ll be laughing out the other side of their mouths come December…as will you guys.

Sam

July 7th, 2010
12:23 pm

Dear 4th place: please substantiate your claim with a reference to a source.

Dumbo

July 7th, 2010
12:23 pm

thUGA & GT BABY you’re double parked in front of Swinging Richards again…only a tech would hang out there!

VA DAWG

July 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

It’s easy to say that UGA is “thuga” from an outside prospective, you really don’t understand the dynamics of Athens. As a former student at UGA, you see how Athens-Clarke County handles student athletes…specifically football players. At a University thats student body consists primarily of caucasians, a 6′4″ 250 lb african-american stands out not only to fellow students but also to the ACC police force. Now I’m not saying all officers are guilty of this, but a number of them feel the need to park themselves outside bars or follow these specific individuals around waiting for them to slip up. So call UGA whatever you want, but you need to immerse yourself in the environment before you cast a stone.

bo

July 7th, 2010
12:28 pm

if McGarity is so great and everyone’s favorite candidate, why has he been a life long assistant?

SSIgator

July 7th, 2010
12:29 pm

Wow. If football players are being arrested it must be summer in Athens. Is there some kind of secret betting pool to see which class can beat the other in total number of arrests?

minnesota dawg

July 7th, 2010
12:30 pm

What has happen to colleges that they do not hiring their own graduates? There is no loyalty with the schools anymore. It’s what pays the most and who will win first and foremost!

thUGA

July 7th, 2010
12:33 pm

thUGA!! thUGA!! thUGA!! thUGA!! thUGA!! thUGA!! thUGA!! thUGA!!

thUGA!!

Only 2 months to Sept.

July 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

i like the thUGA comments about the arrest that the police are currently working to drop. keep it up idiots.

barney fife

July 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

RESPECT MY ATH-OR-I-TIE!

Odel Thurman

July 7th, 2010
12:36 pm

I got arrested. Got arrested many times. I knew UGA was for me.

Damon Evans

July 7th, 2010
12:39 pm

I hope to have input on the next AD myself.

Red panties for everyone!!

Dawgs2010

July 7th, 2010
12:41 pm

The rent-a cops at UGA always have it out for the players. They are insecure and were probably beatup by “jocks” when they were kids.

GT BABY

July 7th, 2010
12:45 pm

JB- HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO CLARKE-COUNTY JAIL LIKE HALF YOUR TEAM? TAKE A GANDER BUDDY….

Jackie Chiles

July 7th, 2010
12:45 pm

So we got an attractive woman, wearing red panties, driving’ around at night. She’s flouting society’s conventions!

That’s totally inappropriate. It’s lewd, vesivius, salacious, outrageous!

GT BABY

July 7th, 2010
12:51 pm

GT IS COLOR BLIND- YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT TEAM COLORS COMPARED TO CONVICTED FELLONS AND BEING THE BUTT OF JOKES ON ESPN.

1EYEDF@G- HAVE FUN IN SHEREVEPORT LOSER! PLEASE DO ANOTHER BLACKOUT AGAINST TECH THIS YEAR SO WE CAN BEAT YOUR A$$ AT SAMFORD JUST LIKE WE DID LAST TIME. 45-42.
HOW DO YOUR HEDGES LOOK?

Gators!

July 7th, 2010
12:52 pm

If a police officer asks your name, why not just give it to him. Sounds like the “attitude” here was not on the part of the officer. Many of these athletes think they are beyond the rules of mortal man. If you feel the officer is stepping beyond the bounderies of his duty, be cooperative and nice and then get your info and witnesses etc together and file a grievence or take him to court. Years ago I was wrongly affronted by a police officer who was “directing traffic” and clearly having a bad day. I called the police headquarters to state my case and explained the situation and named my witnesses. That evening, I got a call of apology from both the officer and his supervisor. Just handle it the right way……….

Bremen Dawg

July 7th, 2010
12:52 pm

The ignorant cop should be jailed for being an jerk. Our crazy laws give officers the right to do this which still is a violation of your civil rights. You can’t argue that one though because they have the rights. Its time to contact my senator again, this stinks.

thUGA

July 7th, 2010
12:53 pm

Dumbo

July 7th, 2010
1:02 pm

GT BABY….please put your mini slide rule away and go do whatever it is a techie does…oh yeah, you sit around pulling your little slide rule…because you are so envious lof us that have big rulers.

Remarkable

July 7th, 2010
1:03 pm

Now that Mark Richt is recruiting on the same level as Meyers he can stay for three or more years and not worry too much. If he is winning, he can stay forever and I hope he does. I like the direction he is taking the team and the program. He’s a good man doing a great job.
The AD job will take care of itself.

TallaDawg92

July 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

It is not just black athletes being harrassed at UGa. I graduated in 1992. The cops have always had it out for all of the “college boys,” especially athletes. I presume this is because they are jealous.

1eyedJack

July 7th, 2010
1:15 pm

GT “CRY” BABY

Since Shreveport now has an ACC tie-in it is you who is more likely to enjoy it this year.

Can any one

July 7th, 2010
1:21 pm

tell me if GT has a Bill King on their sports page? God Knows I would never take the time to look for my self!

I Run This State

July 7th, 2010
1:41 pm

What’s the over/under on the last time “GT Baby” got laid?

Dawgs2010

July 7th, 2010
1:47 pm

GT BABY = St Simons.

How2fish

July 7th, 2010
1:58 pm

GT BABY you lost a major bowl game to Iowa..your coach is a Wattle Neck Goon, your mascot is a BUG! Who has embarrassed themselves??

DawgDad

July 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

Far too much emphasis on football in the search for AD. UGA is a leader in collegiate athletics women’s programs, with championship level basketball and gymnastic programs. It’s about time the selection of an AD reflected the athletic program priorities and diversity; where are the female candidates?

Ok, so that does sound as absurd as it seemed. Go Dawgs!

Jimmy Williamson, UGA police chief

July 7th, 2010
2:08 pm

I’m not staffed to handle night games! I’m not staffed to handle night games! Wah! Wah!