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

Judge Judy

July 8th, 2010
11:44 am

Shut up ignorant dawg fans ! Jordan Love was uncooperative ! Not only did he not give his full name he also didnt give his date of birth. CMR has done a poor job in getting his players to respect a police officer. I dont care if Jordan Love playing tiddlywinks he still must cooperate with authorities. Take of those rose colored glasses !

Judge Judy

July 8th, 2010
11:55 am

Diggitydawg…. you must be one lousy police officer ! Please let the Judge decide.

Rampdawg

July 8th, 2010
12:11 pm

Judge Judy, you need to pull your robe up, knock the dust off the old nest, and slide a gavel in there. Just to see if it still works. Watch out though, probably has old jacket or two in there.

dawgs01

July 8th, 2010
1:43 pm

judge judy i will you back to my mobile home trailer and let you run you hands through my mullet too you uptight sniatch

dawgs01

July 8th, 2010
1:46 pm

i really f’d that up oh well

GT BABY

July 8th, 2010
4:27 pm

Have you kicked me off yet, Bill?

GT BABY

July 8th, 2010
4:32 pm

UGA is the Brittney Spears of college football; an absolute train wreck!
1980
Kentucky
Zack Mettenberger
Tenn.
Black out against Ala.
7 offseason arrests
Christian Lemay’s 30 day suspension
Damon Evans
Hahahahahaha. THWG!

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NCBulldawg86

July 9th, 2010
9:41 am

Sooooo…. UGA gets all this press over a kid who did not give a middle name, yet Tennessee and its team get into a major bar fight put two people in the hospital, one of them a cop, and Georgia Tech fans and others rag on Georgia for a middle name fiasco. Nice. What a bunch of morons.

2_dawgs

July 9th, 2010
11:52 am

maybe Damon Evans could give this player some tips on police-citizen encounters.

roughrider

July 9th, 2010
12:30 pm

It’s funny to watch the techsters ridicule UGA. If UGA sucks so much, what does that make Tech since UGA beat them last year?

Monroe's first Redcoat

July 10th, 2010
4:30 am

Bill, I have to agree that the comparison of UGA cops to Barney Fife was way out of bounds. That’s a horrible thing to say about barney Fife.

Monroe's first Redcoat

July 10th, 2010
4:31 am

The Techmites are still riding the feeble wave of enthusiasm over their championship in the Always Crappy Conference. 30-24, Bumbles!

So true

July 10th, 2010
1:00 pm

Mayberry’s Deputy Barney Fife as a role model

LOL that is so damn true…I remember my orientation at UGA and the Police “Detective” was so proud of how his little force was about to become “like” a regular police force. I couldnt stop laughing my ass off!!!

Bulldog59

July 12th, 2010
8:20 am

Grindl,

Just a QUICK scan of the http://www…... (literally found in about 30 seconds)

Jan. 18, 2002
Cavalier Daily) (U-WIRE) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — In an event reminiscent of University of Virginia’s honor cases brought forth by physics professor Louis Bloomfield last spring, 187 Georgia Tech students are facing accusations of cheating by collaborating on a computer science class project.

Nov. 17, 2005 (who orchestrated this? GT coaches and administration maybe?)
ATLANTA — The NCAA placed Georgia Tech on two years of probation Thursday for using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football.

June 11, 2010
Georgia Tech defensive end Robert Hall was suspended indefinitely from the football team by coach Paul Johnson after being charged with battery last Sunday.

Don’t bother quoting stats of UGA players arrested for underage consumption of alcohol. You are comparing apples and oranges…..UGA police take any student charged with MIP to Clarke County jail for processing. GT does not prosecute for underage drinking. Their policy is like all the other schools throwing stones at UGA.

GT handles it “internally” so there is no record of it outside the school… see the dean, alcohol awareness class, probation, and go back to class…… (talk about a cesspool of cover-ups)