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

rupaul

July 7th, 2010
4:37 pm

any techie,s going to the next nambla meeting

Damn Good Dawg

July 7th, 2010
4:40 pm

Over the last 4 years, Georgia has had 4 felonies, while Florida has had 9 and Tennessee 7.

rupaul

July 7th, 2010
4:45 pm

yummy every tech boy should commit a felony you get all the lovin you want

Damn Good Dawg

July 7th, 2010
4:53 pm

Dan

July 7th, 2010
4:57 pm

You understand the difference between being arrested and being convicted don’t you, Damn Good Dawg? I’m certain you know that those charges were dropped.

rupaul

July 7th, 2010
5:11 pm

spooning with paul johnson my favorite way to pass time

dawg daze

July 7th, 2010
5:12 pm

dogs surely can dish it out but evidently cannot take it.

rupaul

July 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

nothing says lovin like a tech boys oven

dawg daze

July 7th, 2010
5:19 pm

Dogs in trouble is sad. Watching Dawg fans grieving about the temp negative pub is too funny.
Some of you guys are way too thin skinned.

1eyedJack

July 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

“spooning with paul johnson my favorite way to pass time”

rupaul, you are truuuuly sick! ;)

Georgia State Patrol

July 7th, 2010
5:30 pm

WE RUN THIS STATE!

Reality

July 7th, 2010
5:31 pm

Hey! It’s almost a week later, about time for another arrest, huh? LOL!!

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

July 7th, 2010
5:33 pm

By the way,

((((((((((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))))

GPBurdell

July 7th, 2010
5:33 pm

Hey GT is color blind, so your mascot is red and black?!?! Geez, once again another THuga fan showing just how smart they are…at least we got one color right.

S Spurrier

July 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

Same ol’ GA….all those recruits……jus’ don’t know what happens to ‘em. Hey–remember when my Gator team laid a 50 on ya in your cowtown!

Montez Robinson

July 7th, 2010
5:42 pm

I think I would make a great AD.

shane#1

July 7th, 2010
5:42 pm

LawDawg, you are correct Sir! It’s past time for CMR to put his foot down with the rent-a-cops. How many millions of dollars has football contributed to the general fund during CMR’s tenure? I would meet head to head and off the record with the top cop there and demand an apology and that the officer in question be fired. I would also inform the Chief that if another one of my players is arrested it had better be for more than “exiting an alley” or not giving his middle name. If the guy doesn’t get with the program I go over Adams’ head and talk to the money boys myself and watch the Chief’s head role. You have power coach, now learn how to use it!

collegeballfan

July 7th, 2010
7:00 pm

I thought there was a rule that you had to be an adult to comment on this blog. Obviously I was wrong.

john

July 7th, 2010
7:10 pm

Lol why are there always so many tech fans on a UGA blog? You guys really are sad you know…

Reality

July 7th, 2010
7:18 pm

John

What is sad? UGA Sports program.

turkeycaller

July 7th, 2010
7:19 pm

Crumley is an Adams puppet folks. Since you can’t comment on the blog concerning LeMay, I will attempt to do it here. Leave this kid alone UGA. There is too much involvement from his father. There are plenty of other kids to look at.

how-stupid-can-you-be

July 7th, 2010
7:20 pm

Enter your comments here

how-stupid-can-you-be

July 7th, 2010
7:33 pm

for the fools blaming the cops because a punk does not want to do what he is told by the police!!!!!! That proves that the head coach (cmr) has NO CONTROL over his players. If the cops are the problems like so many retards on here say, I have an answer to correct the problem. Hi my name is cmr I am the head coach of the football team if you want to play at uga you will follow my rules if not you will be off this team. Rule #1 do as the cops say. Rule #2 if you are under age don’t drink. See cmr its not that hard , grow a set (LIKE NICK) and man up and quit letting the BOYS as everyone says they are run the program.

Ed

July 7th, 2010
7:47 pm

SSIgator, did you say arrests? I assume the “gator” in your moniker means UF, the alma mater of such fine citizens as Tony Joiner (robbery), Riley Cooper (resisting arrest), Carl Johnson (some kind of sexual harassment or stalking), Cam Newton (burglary, larceny, obstruction), Brandon James (drugs – cost him one whole game), and about 20 others in recent years.

I’ll give you guys credit – despite having more thugs on the roster than The U in its heyday, you somehow managed to make wholesome Tim Tebow the face of your football program. Good luck maintaining that.

Clean House

July 7th, 2010
8:05 pm

For all you blind homers coming to the the defense of Jordan Love the judge has upheld the charge . Looks like this thug was being uncooperative after all in not providing his DOB to the arresting officer. CMR has done a lousy in communication with his players in trying to cooperate with authority.

Clean House

July 7th, 2010
8:08 pm

DIGGITYDAWG

July 7th, 2010
8:27 pm

As a current police officer, I can say that arresting someone for being uncooperative in giving their middle name on a fireworks call on the July 4th weekend is ludicrous. There are a lot of laws on the books that aren’t meant to be enforced all of the time. That is why police officers have discretion.

PDawg

July 7th, 2010
9:01 pm

Richt may not be “on” the “hot seat” but there is a hot seat, it’s being kept warm, and he will be put on it if we lose a couple in September which I fear we will.

UGAKev

July 7th, 2010
9:24 pm

Hey Gators, How come your team just won a national title two years ago and only lost one game last year and UGA is still number two only behind the huge university of TEXAS in football sales. The fact you have beat us 17 out of 20 past seasons and I still feel like we somehow get under your skin… ;-) . The fact that the greatest college football player to ever step on the field played for the university of Georgia, the fact that UGA has the greatest mascot in the rich tradition of college football and Sanford stadiums beauty can never be matched. I really do understand why even after your recent dominance over us the past two decades how we still bother you so much and the rest of the haters from other teams. Whats going to happen once the wind changes back in our direction Gator fans? What will you possibly be able to say to us?? Atleast even when Georgia is not on top, when we put on that red and black on a saturday whether we are 0-12 or 12-0 we know what it is all about. There is nothing like it and that is why The university of georgia will NEVER be irrelevent to college football as much as all you haters would love. The hatred towards the university of Georgia is simply an envy for the passion Georgia fans have for their team win or lose….. Go DAWGS!!!

TX DAWG

July 7th, 2010
10:20 pm

Too many GT’sters out of work. Otherwise, they would be reading all the ‘good’ news on their site,and wouldn’t have time to crash this one. :)

The Truth

July 7th, 2010
11:01 pm

GA Tech Lies & Cheats & Everyone knows it. Everyone! Tech fans are the biggest joke on this planet. LOL!

SickandTired

July 8th, 2010
12:29 am

Bill you are the typical Georgia fan. So happy that Mark Richt isn’t Ray Goff that you’ll accept mediocrity for the last 5 years. Don’t give me the 2007 crap when Georgia “finished” #2 in the land and they couldn’t even win the SEC East. Mark Richt winning 9 or 10 games is not a badge of honor as they regularly play 13 games a year now. Also taking the side of the kid who can’t remember his middle name and refuses to give a police officer is the same attitude that Mark Richt has taken on discipline on the football field on game day. Personal foul penalties and players continually do it over and over again and are allowed to stay in the game. Championship coaches like Saban don’t allow it because it hurts the team. Mark Richt allows it because thats the kind of athlete he started recruiting in 2003. I use that year because a player that was there that was recruited by Donnan told me that was when he started recruiting a different kind of player. One that knows no discipline, one that cares about himself and his NFL future. Now the Dawgs have this son of a preacher man Lemay coming with his own set of problems. Ask Michael Grant how it worked out for him at UGA. And don’t give me the crap about him lying on the form. Good Lord if you believe that one you’re just looking for an excuse to allow him in. I hope he does get in, the circus with his Preacher daddy going at it with Mark Richt when he doesn’t get playing time should be a thing to behold, especially if he promised him playing time like he did DJ. All that did was cost the Dawgs a National Championship but hey, you wouldn’t hold that against Saint Mark would ya Bill? After all, he’s not Ray Goff.
Georgia: The Wisconsin of the SEC
Georgia deserves better.

RED DOG 77

July 8th, 2010
1:21 am

I am “SickandTired’ of blo-hards like you, Mr. Go soak your head in some ice water, wake-up, and grow-up. As far as Jordan Love, a teenager, I mean the idea, poping off firecrackers on the 4th of July? what was he thinking ? and to not be a perfect gentleman to a bully, racist cop ? really Mr. Love………indeed !!!………….I’m one who’s pullin for ya Jordan…….GATA……..GO DOGS !!! SIC’ ‘EM…………WOOF……..WOOF………WOOF !!!!!!!!!!!………….P.S. mabe Jordan Love………Loves America !!!

[...] Good advice from Bill King but The Stuff of Legend fills in some blanks: 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. [...]

BuLLdawg

July 8th, 2010
5:47 am

Get real.

All we get is negative press.

drummerman11

July 8th, 2010
6:06 am

no no Dawgs, you folks don’t own the Bronze D—head award, that goes to my Vols in Knoxville, we’ve been spanked for doing so mighty ignorant things lately! The on;y, and I mean only thing we’ve done right is hiring Derek Dooley! PERIOD! I’m a Vol, but 1st a southern boy who says the Vols better not “screw” around and not support D. Dooley with EVERYTHING he wants and needs to get us back to competitive status or their goin to have 1 less booster!…ME! Go Dawgs, Go Vols!..we both can survive on this planet together, I know I married a die-hard Dawg over 30 years ago!….

Huh??

July 8th, 2010
7:54 am

Huh?- 35 what? Rushing yds? Because if I remember correctly, that was about how many yards Dwyer had against UGA last year.

PS- Its not hard to put up 35 pts against vandy and miss st. Keep polishing that turd son… Go mix some aluminum and copper powder…

Hmmmm

July 8th, 2010
8:35 am

Bill,

I have noticed that you have been more and more defensive lately. But, to take a shot at the Athens/UGA PD by comparing them to Barney Fife??? That is low. I have all the respect in the world for these folks. They do a job that nobody wants in a city that nobody wants to be in. They try to clean up the trash that is Athens, GA (Both literally and figuratively). This kid was stupid, that is why he was arrested. It wasn’t because of an issue with his middle name. It was because he put himself in a situation that ended in him having to deal with the cops. Why don’t you analyze that situation?? The football program (and most of the Athletic Department for that matter) is out of control. Simple as that. And as long as Mark Richt is there, using his Namby Pamby tactics to deal with his players, you will see this trend continue. I like Richt as a coach and admire his football mind. But, part of the job at a major D-1A school is to babysit the egos and keep them out of trouble. Richt is not very good at that. So, how about you quit criticizing the people who try to keep the community safe.

Grindl

July 8th, 2010
9:40 am

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! And that’s not even including the infamous red panties.

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

Monticello Dawg

July 8th, 2010
9:41 am

atlvol55 states most of Richt’s success has come in Florida and Tennessee down years. Using that logic you could also say:

Tennessee’s success in the 90s came when Georgia and Bama were having down years
Florida’s success in the 90s came when Georgia, Bama, LSU, and Auburn were having down years
Florida’s success under Meyer came when Georgia and Tennessee were having down years.

I would say this- anytime you win an SEC championship, or play for one, you have accomplished something significant, cause it ain’t easy in this league to even get to Atlanta.

Ellen in Swainsboro

July 8th, 2010
9:43 am

@RED DOG 77: Go suck an egg, you loudmouthed moron.

Monticello Dawg

July 8th, 2010
9:56 am

sickandtired: Georgia: the Wisconsin of the SEC

I admit to not following the Big Ten closely, but don’t see how I totally missed the great decade the Badgers had.

You mean Wisconsin won 2 Big Ten titles, had 6 Top Ten national finishes, averaged 10 wins a season, and finished #2 and #3 in the nation during that time span?

Congratulations to Wisconsin- you became a national powerhouse without this fan realizing it.

dawgs01

July 8th, 2010
10:30 am

cops in athens are a joke

cindy

July 8th, 2010
10:32 am

CMR for AD, Smart for Head Coach=NC!!!

dawgs01

July 8th, 2010
10:33 am

Grindl-I am going to take your wife back to my mobile home trailer park and let her run her hands through my mullet you idiot.

dawgs01

July 8th, 2010
10:37 am

I dont understand how Love’s bond was $5000 for not giving his middle name bc he was shooting off fireworks along with millions of others. Jamarcus Russel who was under investigation and was arrested for liquid codeine had his bond at $2500. It sucks to get arrested in a college town thats all i got to say.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 8th, 2010
11:34 am

Does this Crumey guy atleast know his middle name? It will help him with the Athens cops WHEN he is arrested.

Lindsey Lohan

July 8th, 2010
11:34 am

UGA needs to get its act straight. UGA nation needs rehab.

AltamahaDawg

July 8th, 2010
11:37 am

grindle, I hope for your sake you are just the same person who cuts and past that, changin a few words to be clever, every few days under various names. I would hate to believe that you would actually try to pass off that banality just to impress yourself, or more laughable, fool anyone into thinking you could express some original thoughts.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 8th, 2010
11:42 am

You fools don’t get negative press. You create so many negative stories with your hick town stupidity that all newspapers have to do is report the facts. Everybody is laughing at your sorry school now and for the near future. (A)lcoholic (D)awgtard makes 1/2 million dollars a year. Only at thUGA!