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

Hogwash

July 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

Sounds like UGA needs to get a better handle on the Police Dept. It seems as if they have it out for the football players. All the comments from the GT faithful should be more concerned with their recruiting and that mickey mouse offense. After the DC of the ACC opponents watch the game film from last year, I think Tech will have their own problems to be concerned about. Gators, please don’t act as if all of your players are without fault. UF has their own problems, but the police down their know not to mess with Meyers flunkies. So, if you are not for UGA and only have negative things to say, let the season determine our paths. in other word, shut the f**k up.

Ron Smith

July 7th, 2010
2:21 pm

Other than an occasional “blackout” the football program at UGA remains the usual 8-4 which is good, not great. Mark R is a very, very good coach, not great. It’s obvious they can’t compete against Tennessee, Alabama or Florida so they will remain middle of the pack in the SEC. BTW, GO GATORS

Huh?

July 7th, 2010
2:30 pm

Hogwash – Not sure Tech is afraid of other DC’s getting game film on the offense because, y’know, they’ve had for about 20 years. And keep on calling it a Micky Mouse offense. Last I checked it’s averaging 35 a game against your vaunted SEC defense.

And if the police have it out for your players (which makes no sense and you have no evidence to support), then perhaps your players shouldn’t give them any reason to arrest them.

Erik

July 7th, 2010
2:32 pm

Ron Smith,

Georgia has won less than 9 games twice during Mark Richt’s 9 years (2009 and 2001). Congratulations, you’re an idiot. But keep trying to skew the public perception anyway with your asinine comments!

Go Gatuh! Corch Urban Meyers really has done a great job keeping the AK-47 shootings out of the papers through his media intimidation tactics. You should be proud!

thUGA

July 7th, 2010
2:35 pm

Remarkable,

Richt is out recruiting Urban Meyer only in thugs, not anywhere else.

Coachdawg 2000

July 7th, 2010
2:35 pm

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THE INFERIORITY COMPLEX RIDDEN TECHIES! They just can’t stand that they are irrelevant just like their pathetic little conference(UGA 8-5 and South Carolina 7-6 spanked their two division champs!). They are probably still in mourning over Gary Coleman’s untimely death. Oh wait, Joe Hamilton only looks like Gary Coleman(except shorter and more likely to commit a hit and run crime).

Truth

July 7th, 2010
2:38 pm

Richt who? UGAwhat? Why is a major city newspaper reporting on some small town school 2 hours away that is totally irrelavent?

Maybe the football team should/could at least win their division? Forget about dreaming of winning the conference, just try for the division!

Maybe the basketball team should/could at least get invited to the NCAA? I mean good grief, there were 64 teams invited and ugag couldn’t make it?

Maybe the baseball team should/could at least play well enough to make SOME post season.

My question to the AJC is this: if ugag cannot do any of those things and yet get ALL of this space on the Atlanta newspaper, why doesn’t the AJC also give equal space to GA State and to Kennessaw State and to Morehouse and to …… Those teams have accomplished the same if not more than uga!

tbone

July 7th, 2010
2:39 pm

90 wins in 9 seasons does not equal a consistent 8 win season average where I studied math.
If the Dawgs go 9 & 4 (or better) this season, then they will have just completed the best 10 year run (won/lost record, percentage) in the history of UGA Football. All 10 years under the same Coach, CMR. That works for me.

Huh?

July 7th, 2010
2:39 pm

That pathetic conference swept your big bad conference in bowl games, Coachdawg.

thUGA

July 7th, 2010
2:40 pm

tbone works for me.

Stephon Marbury loves GTU's one semester program

July 7th, 2010
2:43 pm

Me Stephon and me like books. I drive lane and dish passes.

joe

July 7th, 2010
2:44 pm

I could care less about the heat on Richt…but I have to admit I am now obsessed with red panties…

Coachdawg 2000

July 7th, 2010
2:44 pm

The problem is that the players need to understand in place like Athens the ball player do stand out in crowd and everybody knows who they are so they need to remain as low profile as possible. It is a fact that the police do arrest/question other students however the media(bent on sensationalism) doesn’t cover when Bob ,the junior from Peachtree city, Risk Mgmt.major gets arrested downtown, but the AJC and others run with it as soon as they can weh a ball player steps in it. The media is more Jerry Springer than Walter Cronkite.

Truth

July 7th, 2010
2:44 pm

OH! I figured out the answer to my own question: ” if ugag cannot do any of those things and yet get ALL of this space on the Atlanta newspaper, why doesn’t the AJC also give equal space to GA State and to Kennessaw State and to Morehouse and to …… Those teams have accomplished the same if not more than uga!”

The answer is that even though these other colleges are within reaches of Atlanta by far compared to Athens, the AJC is run by ugag communications and journalism majors.

So, there you go.

Inquiring Minds want to know

July 7th, 2010
2:46 pm

Bill, What do you know about the cheating scandel at Florida involving 10-12 football players? My sources in Florida tell me its being hushed up by Meyer and everyone else in the athletic department and is being handled internally….that will most likely mean nothing will happen.

Huh?

July 7th, 2010
2:47 pm

Does Bob, the junior Risk Mgmt major from Peachtree City, play in front of 90,000 on Saturdays?

4th Place SEC East Dawg

July 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

Coachdawg 2000

Yeah it’s just a big conspiracy against thUGA…waaa….waaaa

Pants on the ground

July 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

Bloomers in ya lap, bloomers in ya lap, acting like a fool with Courtney’s bloomers in ya lap…..

Dawgie Bowser

July 7th, 2010
2:52 pm

Will Trooper Cabe ever work a Georgia game with the huge entourage of his comrades in arms? I don’t think so.

Uga the Ocho

July 7th, 2010
2:53 pm

As someone on the ABH site stated, Damon Evans sure gave a whole new meaning to “GATA”

Coachdawg 2000

July 7th, 2010
2:54 pm

Anybody that puts Mark Richt on the hot seat is either a low brow shock jock from Bammer (Paul “lady gaga”Finebaum) or a delusional idiot. The guy has done an outstanding job and we should be thankful that he isn’t foul mouthed slob like PJ. He is an outstanding example of class and character. He has won 2 SEC Championships, 2 BCS Bowl games, 7 bowl games. Averaged 9 wins/year. Took the heat on himself and never sought to throw antone under the bus like other coaches.

BG

July 7th, 2010
2:59 pm

Dawgie Bowser

July 7th, 2010
3:02 pm

I was having a good day Billy til you brought up Ray Goff’s name. Suddenly I feel nausiated and need to go lay down before I start throwing up.

Ace

July 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

The tan man just don’t get the dogs ahead of the gators, bama, UT, LSU you know the real teams in the SEC

atlvol55

July 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Listen, Georgia has a fine athletics progam, but is not one of the top five or six jobs in the country….it is more in line with top 15-20ish.

Bill,

you remind me of Buck Belue. You seem like a nice guy, but you look at everything Georgia with rose-colored glasses. Fulmer also won a lot of games (pretty close in winning percentage), a couple of SEC championships, and A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, and was one half (2001 SEC championship game vs LSU) from playing in another and he got FIRED! Why, because Tennessee fans expect more.

Until Georiga fans realize that ALMOST ALL of Richt’s success came in TN and FL down years, they are going to keep accepting medicore to good football teams. However, Ricth will NEVER take them to championship level with Meyer and Saban in the SEC.

Logical Jawga Feller

July 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

There is a reasonable excuse for bloomers in the lap and lane weaving. He initially had the bloomers over his head. Now there. Next time look at both sides please!

Damn Good Dawg

July 7th, 2010
3:15 pm

atlvol55, since Fulmer got fired, what good has come to the UT football program?

Logical Jawga Feller

July 7th, 2010
3:16 pm

Tennessee fans did expect more from Fulmer and could not tolerate his singing Rocky Top out of key.

atlvol55

July 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

Damn Good Dawg:

Its called taking a risk. Tennessee was sliding under Fulmer and was time for a change. Has it been rocky, yes. But I would rather take a chance, then accept mediocrity.

BTW…Tennessee has been good enough to smoke Georgia 3 out of the last 4 years

gernblanski

July 7th, 2010
3:17 pm

I disagree. By law, you are only required to give the name as it appears on your valid idenification. In this case, Jordan was doing as his Mom (an FBI agent) instructed. He provided the officer his name as it appears on the identification. He was under no further obligation to provide him additional information and he has a right to remain silent. The officer overstepped his bounds here.

I go to Tech

July 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

I wish my school had a real football team that played in the best conference in the country… and it would be cool to have pretty girls.

I go to UGA

July 7th, 2010
3:24 pm

I wish my school had a real football team so I didn’t have to live vicariously through other schools in my conference… and it would be cool to be able to score some of those girls but they seem to all be dating dudes at Tech.

Lane Kiffin

July 7th, 2010
3:24 pm

atlvol-UT is really not all that great. I got the hell out of there..

UGA’s football program is every bit as strong as UT. Their overall athletics are better. Academically, there is absolutely no contest. I wouldn’t tell people in ATL that I graduated from UT if I were you.

Logical Jawga Feller

July 7th, 2010
3:26 pm

Crumley won Adams over when he commented his hair reminded him of Glenn Campbell.

rupaul's clone

July 7th, 2010
3:28 pm

i go to uga we don’t know how use periods in our sentences we just keep on writing and hope that anyone reading it can understand it know what i mean

Damn Good Dawg

July 7th, 2010
3:32 pm

I acknowledge that and I’m not trying to see who’s won more with who. Its obvious UT has had Georgia’s number the last 4 years. But where does that number come from? What about the last 10 years? UGA is 6-4 against the vols… Whats up with the instant gratification these days? I can see if a coach goes 7-5, 6-6, or even 8-4 consistently then they should be on their way out the door. But if a coach consistantly has 10 win seasons with a down year here and there, what is the logic in him being on the hot seat. The MNC will come, sooner than people think.

I really go to UGA

July 7th, 2010
3:34 pm

I don’t know any Georgia fan that lives vicariously through other teams. We are all really proud and excited about the Dawgs. Please come to Athens for a game, I can get you a ticket in the student section and you can try to pick up some of our good looking girls-but good luck with that.

Tech fans waste all of their time hating/envying UGA, and it’s sad (for you) that it just doesn’t go both ways. Too bad we play with the big boys and have bigger fish to fry.

I really go to UGA too

July 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

It’s funny you say that you don’t spend your time hating Tech. Except that you do. And you know it. And we know it because you just took time to post about it.

And to the extent do you play with the big boys, you take it up the a$$ from them. Good luck with those other fish.

Can you dig it?

July 7th, 2010
3:42 pm

Hey Truth….you have a very short and feeble memory…that little school two hours away from Atlanta has kicked Techs ass seven of the past eight years in football. Even when Tech’s baseball,(I guess you decided to forget about Georgia playing in the final game of the College World Series last year,when was the last time Tech got there?), and basketball teams are ranked Georgia continually kicks Tech’s ass. What does that say about the level of competition in the ACC. Tech is, and has always been seen in Georgia and outside the state as a second tier school. Your entire student body and alumni have an incredible inferiority complex towards Georgia and always will because deep down you know that your athletic department and teams will NEVER be looked upon as anything more than average.Tech’s pompous attitude prompted them to leave the SEC years ago and look where it got them,playing in a second tier league against inferior competition. Well have fun cause the majority of UGA’s supporters could give a crap about Tech or any of your sports teams…..Georgia’s not perfect but we sure are a hellava lot better than that trade school you support….Can You Dig It!

AltamahaDawg

July 7th, 2010
3:43 pm

Which of those teams do you support Ace?

Huh?

July 7th, 2010
3:46 pm

Then why are you posting about it, Can you dig it? You moron.

kerryb

July 7th, 2010
3:49 pm

I think GT Baby meant to say earlier that GT is the laughing stock of Georgia and College Football.

kerryb

July 7th, 2010
3:51 pm

altvol55, get ready cause TN’s smokin is coming for the next 5 years. Next year will be a total smoke. Tn will be lucky to score more than one TD a game next year.

thUGA

July 7th, 2010
3:58 pm

thUGA can dig it!!

Nimrod Dawg

July 7th, 2010
4:03 pm

S FL Chapter of the Bulldog Nation

July 7th, 2010
4:07 pm

I Run This State….I’m going with the under. I’d say that’s a gimmie!

There are so many topics to touch on from both the article and comments…I think a fresh perspective will be good for the program as a whole, but will put a little additional fire under the butts of the coaches as well. Every coach is a competitor and wants to win or they wouldn’t be where they are now. The key is how everyone interacts and communicates.

The Love incident…well I’d say that there more than likely was attitude on both sides. Cops abuse their power every day, and college athletes feel entitled. That’s just the way it is…

Tech fans…I don’t really know how to feel about you. My Grandfather, God rest his soul, was a great man, one of Atl’s most successful businessmen of his time, and a GT grad. He had so much more class than any one of you Tech fans on here, and I might add he was one hell of an athlete for GT. I have other relatives and some friends, who were only there for athletics, that graduated from Tech as well. My Grandmother, my Mom, several other relatives as well as many friends graduated from UGA… I got a better offer to play at another school or I would of played Baseball at UGA. I’m a Bulldog through and through…I’ll pull for Tech when they play other schools, because I feel it’s the right thing to do. But, I tell you what…some of you rejects that post on here make me want to take you behind the wood shed and beat the living crap out of you!! For fans/possible grads of supposedly a Institute of Higher Learning…you sure act like a bunch of kids who just haven’t got your way lately. And just plane act and sound like idiots on top of that!! I appreciate your support of your team, but get a little class and wake up! Tech just isn’t a better school than UGA. Not in one area…I know that there are certain areas that GT excels in but over all it’s just not a better school than UGA or for that matter some of the other schools in the state either. I’m sorry, and I know the truth hurts…but you must realize it in order to get better! GSU(State), KSU, GSU(Southern), Mercer….they all are good schools and have good athletics. And I have to say that they are all much classier than Tech fans. Because they respect the other schools and work hard to be as good as if not better…they don’t envy them and hate because their not as good as or because other schools are better.

I wish all respective team a successful season in all sports for 2010 and beyond…but, how about this as a goal for all bloggers on AJC for this year. Come, support YOUR team…come with intelligent input, maybe even some states to back up your statement. That would make this a much more enjoyable site and blog. If you can’t handle it…how about this…just stay off it! Personally I like to read what others have to say about certain issues that surround UGA, GT, and other schools that very well may effect play, recruiting, etc…but I just can’t handle some of the idiotic things that are posted on here. Please try….if not for me, then do it for yourselves!!!! Ignorance is the #1 issue with our country…right up there with greed. It’s hard to counter greed, but it’s a lot easier to take care of ignorance! Good Luck & God Bless!

GO DAWGS!!!!!!

I really go to UGA

July 7th, 2010
4:11 pm

YOU are the one trolling on the UGA fan blog, which only proves my point further that lame Tech fans have a disproportionate amount of hate toward the real team in GA. We’re just responding to your comments; we would not be so emphatic about how hard Tech sucks on your blog. It’s flattering, really. You wish you went to Georgia!!!

The police

July 7th, 2010
4:22 pm

This Christian Lemay kid who got suspended will fit in perfectly with Georgia. Too bad he and Damon “red panties” Evans can’t hang out together.

Jordan Love doesn’t know how to spell his middle name? That is nothing short of amazing.

So with several players already arrested so far this year how many arrests has UGA had over the last 3 years? Is it over 30?

I think we all agree dawgs are this year’s runaway Fulmer cup winner.

Does this program have an shame or any embarrassment for the conduct of its players and AD?

lawdawg

July 7th, 2010
4:31 pm

refusing to give your middle name to a police officer is not an obstruction. This is simply an officer who is impressed with his own power. It is also an officer that should not have a job. If an officer throws his weight around in a simple sitiuation like this their is no telling what he would say or do in a more serious situation.

I really go to UGA (in life, not just in my dreams)

July 7th, 2010
4:35 pm

nice comeback, tool.