McGarity learned ‘art of scheduling’ well at Florida

Some thoughts coming out of the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors spring meeting at SSI …

You want early evidence that Georgia made a wise choice in calling Athens native Greg McGarity home from Florida as athletic director? Just look at the fact that following a losing 6-7 season and an absolutely dismal and dispiriting bowl showing by Mark Richt’s football team, Bulldog Club/Hartman Fund contributions actually increased $300,000 to $23 million this year.

A major factor in that apparently was McGarity’s decision to schedule the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game opener with Boise State. Anyone contributing at least $100 to the Hartman Fund was eligible to buy tickets to the Georgia Dome game and UGA fans snapped up all 53,000 that were available.

McGarity is a smart man.

DOING IT THE ‘FLORIDA WAY’

Speaking of which, McGarity announced that David Perno will be returning as UGA’s baseball coach, which is as it should be. Despite the tragic injury to Johnathan Taylor, the Diamond Dogs improved their SEC record to 16-14 this season. If it hadn’t been for losing too many of those midweek nonconference games, they’d be a lock for an NCAA tourney spot.

And that’s where McGarity will make a difference again. He rightly diagnosed Perno’s problem this season as over-scheduling, noting that SEC teams on average played three to five nonconference games against teams with a Top 25 RPI while Georgia played 17 such games this year. As he told our Chip Towers, “I hate to deal with could-haves and would-haves, but it speaks to what I call ‘the art of scheduling,’”

McGarity said “next year we need to have a schedule that is totally different,” with 37 or 38 home games instead of 28 like this year. As for those tough nonconference opponents, “We’ve got Tech; we’ve got Clemson; we’ve got UCLA. That’s enough.”

McGarity knows what he’s talking about. The University of Florida has perfected the art of devising a national championship schedule.

SAY WHAT?

Among the expenditures approved by the athletic board was $675,000 for a new sound system at Stegeman Coliseum. Talk about money well spent! The echo in the Steg is awful, especially at lesser-attended basketball games and graduation ceremonies. It’s long past time that problem was corrected.

WOOF!

Sonny Seiler was on hand for the St. Simons gathering and provided an update on the search for a new Uga mascot, saying he hasn’t yet found a pup who will “fit the bill” and anticipates stand-in Russ continuing to wear the red sweater for as much as two-thirds of the coming season before a new dog is introduced. Russ, as Seiler noted, is very popular with fans (despite the team’s less than stellar won-loss record during his tenure). Actually, I don’t see why Seiler doesn’t just let Russ serve the whole year and then unveil a new Uga at the beginning of the 2012 season.

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156 comments Add your comment

Fisher

May 27th, 2011
10:27 am

Western Carolina 99, TECH 6 (missed the extra point kick)

DawginLex

May 27th, 2011
10:29 am

Looks to me like he is setting Richt up to succeed or fail on a national stage.

Jeremiah Masoli

May 27th, 2011
10:31 am

Ole Miss — 31
National Champions — 30

Dawg stuck in Bham

May 27th, 2011
10:36 am

RabidDawgFan

May 27th, 2011
10:39 am

I can definately tell the tell the difference in our scheduling this season with McGarity taking over. 8 of the 12 games that we play are in our own state. The farthest away game is at Ole Miss. We basically have only 3 away games where we have to travel. We play Tennessee and Vanderbilt away but both schools are in the same state so it’s not bad. Florida and Ole Miss are the only teams we have to play where we have to travel to another state. He definately has made it better for us.

Dawg stuck in Bham

May 27th, 2011
10:40 am

Perno=middle of the road coach

PTC DAWG

May 27th, 2011
10:45 am

McGarity has ZERO to do with the SEC rotation….

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
10:47 am

McGarity isn’t applying what he elarned at Florida.

Urban Meyer would have never opened against a top 5 ranked team.

McGarity dropped a sure confidence building win, Louisville, and replaced it with a sure confidence sapping loss, Boise St.

TROJAN

May 27th, 2011
10:50 am

What’s up with the mascot confusion? Perhaps UGA needs to get more suppliers.

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
10:51 am

Mark Richt’s record at home is worse than his record out of state.

In this case, McGarity’s scheduling more in state games will hurt.

Richt has his coaches out recruiting during in state games, and the coaching and gameplans suffer.

McGarity should have checked Richt’s win/loss record in state/out of state, before coming up with the scheduling strategy.

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
10:59 am

Increase of $300,000 in Hartman Fund due to better economy, not scheduling.

PlanoDawg

May 27th, 2011
10:59 am

Agree with you on Russ, Bill. Let him serve the full season. He is beloved. That way, when we christen the new Uga, it’ll be a more ceremonious way to start the season.

JaxDawg05

May 27th, 2011
11:00 am

I sure hope McGarity brings the bye week before GA/FL week every year with him too.

PlanoDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:01 am

Meant to say, “…more ceremoniously way to start the season AFTER THIS.”

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 27th, 2011
11:01 am

Let Russ be the next UGA! He is obviously a true DGD as he is ready to step up to the plate when called upon. Russ is UGA!

sminingsgator

May 27th, 2011
11:05 am

Of course there are no facts to support anything written.

One of my favorite pieces to counter this silly argument. The Gators have faced more than twice the amount of top 15 teams as the next highest ranked team.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/338161/the_florida_gators_dont_need_to_schedule.html?cat=9

reality

May 27th, 2011
11:05 am

I see the dawgs missed being preseason national champs this year….oh well, there’s always next year.

da'boomer

May 27th, 2011
11:05 am

PlanoDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:06 am

…”ceremoniously(?)” Dang. Even screwed up my correction. Go Dawgs!

Athens= God's Country

May 27th, 2011
11:07 am

Russ has earned the right to be tabbed “Uga IX.”

Destin Dawg

May 27th, 2011
11:08 am

favorable schedule this year… Boise State will be a motivator… for the kids, fans, and our coaches … S.C. as always a chance to win a big S.E.C. game early !!! great new incoming class… Improved S & C… Granthams” Defense… kicking game will win field position !! Go Dawgs !!!!

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:12 am

McGarity has Richt playing 2 top 10 ranked teams at the start of the season.

Coming off a period where richt’s gone 2-9 against ranked teams??? Following 6-7 season?

Worst college football scheduling of any AD in the SEC.

Should Richt start out 0-2, no one will care much about the extra $300,000.

Fingers will be pointing to the AD’s scheduling.

Athens= God's Country

May 27th, 2011
11:12 am

redneckDawg

The economy is better? Where do you live and where can I buy the sticky-icky that you’re smoking?

The only reason funds increased $300,000.00 is because people want to go to the game in Atlanta vs. BSU.

Do some math, it’s only a 2% increase.

Reginald

May 27th, 2011
11:12 am

redneckDawg: What’s your IQ, 80? It is amazing to me that you would think anyone would care what someone as stupid as you has to say. Everything you posted is either absolutely wrong or stupid.

Just thought I’d let you know.

ozzfest

May 27th, 2011
11:13 am

Well, good for Greg…and people who buy tickets on Ebay, because I sell my “garbage” game tickets every year. I was in Tempe, Stillwater, and Boulder…and from now on I will skip UGA home games to go to Lincoln, South Bend, and College Station since the Dogs are run by a bunch of “cronies” who think the 2nd most profitable Athletic Department in the country needs “a 7th home game”.

I asked McGarrity directly and he told me this weak scheduling would help us get “to Atlanta”. I asked him why Georgia’s notoriously weak, regional schedule (as mention by Musburger on air during the ASU game in Tempe) failed to get UGA “to Atlanta” from 1992-2001, 2004, and 2006-2010. The dude was at a loss to respond.

BTW…I also made the trip to Los Angeles for the baseball games in March. Greg would be well suited to meet me for a beer.

DIT

May 27th, 2011
11:13 am

It was an awesome decision to schedule Boise St.! He recognizes that a win there could start to erase last years dreadful season IF they can keep the momentum going. Yes, It is a risk that can back fire. Still, great move.

I also agree with letting Russ be “The Dawg” for all of this coming season. He’s earned it!

Interesting about Perno. I did not realize that they played that tough of a schedule. See what happens next year.

And as always, thanks to our tech friends for the laughs.

DRT

May 27th, 2011
11:14 am

The woman, who is captured on surveillance video wearing a black University of Georgia ball cap, is suspected of robbing four pharmacies in two weeks.

They finally got the “Grandma Bandit” today. She’s taking the long dirt nap now.

And look what she was wearing!

savannadawg

May 27th, 2011
11:14 am

The University needs to search for a new mascot. Not one person or family. There needs to be a panel of students, faculty, alum and a good vetenarian. I prefer mutts because they seem to me genetically stronger. breed an English bulldog with an American bulldog or a Pit bull. Go with personality more than color.

JLo

May 27th, 2011
11:16 am

Better economy? Redneck, you don’t have a clue. Democrat.

Stillinthebar

May 27th, 2011
11:17 am

Agree with you there – keep Russ for the entire season – gives the ‘pup’ selection more time.

JLo

May 27th, 2011
11:19 am

savanna. You don’t have a clue. Democrat.

GT Fan

May 27th, 2011
11:20 am

Can’t wait to see the Dawgs lose to Boise State. Should set the stage for a great season. NOT!…

Go Jackets!

what of it?

May 27th, 2011
11:20 am

you know, the whole mascot thing kind of parallels the entire program. It’s become so inbred and convoluted that it has trouble lasting an entire season

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:21 am

Urban Meyer’s Opening games:
2006 Southern Miss
2007 West Kent
2008 Haw
2009 Chas South
2010 Miami of Ohio

Richt’s opening game 2011:
#5 ranked Boise State

D Bag Trolls!

May 27th, 2011
11:23 am

Ozzy go back to bed! The DAWGS will be 2-0 at the start of this season. No one has a clue, but the JunkYard is back!!!!!!!!!

D Bag Trolls!

May 27th, 2011
11:24 am

GT people smell weird.

P-The-Ricker

May 27th, 2011
11:24 am

All of the money that this family makes from breeding and requirements stipulated in contracts for puppies…..and there’s not 1 pup ready to go? Can Seiler be fired? On another note, it’s embarrassing that a dog breeder speaks at bulldawg gatherings and functions. This guy has way more power than he deserves.

Reginald

May 27th, 2011
11:25 am

C’mon savannadawg, personality more than color? Thats like making the interview portion the only criteria for the Ms. America contest…

DIT

May 27th, 2011
11:26 am

GT Fan – I find it so comical that some of you tech people always have to lower yourself, if that’s even possible, to root for other teams because y’all certaintly can’t beat UGA! Do you realize what that makes you look like? Well, that was a dumb question on my part because obviously you have no clue! We may not be the best team in the SEC, but it’s a given 9 out of 10 years that we will win our last regular season game. Thanks for playing!

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:27 am

Contributions increased more than $300,000 at SC, Bama, Florida, MSU, Auburn, Ark, and LSU.

I guess the conomy is on the rise after all.

You can't hold me back

May 27th, 2011
11:27 am

jLo you don’t have a clue. TeaBagger

ClassicDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:28 am

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:29 am

McGarity pulled a fast one to get Richt to agree to replacing Lousiville with Boise St.

McGarity told Richt Kellen Moore graduated.

Richt forgot to check out McGarity’s claim.

Oops.

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:31 am

Richt’s away record is 33-6.

DawginLex

May 27th, 2011
11:31 am

redneck dawg,

I totally disagree with your statement about the schedule. Home games, especially with a young team, are always better.

The GA dome is gonna be rocking the first week of the season. Boise is good but they make their living playing 1 or 2 good teams a year. It is crap to compare them or TCU to an SEC team. The schedule difference is staggering.

UGA will win that game.

The SC game will be a defensive war. Home field could be the difference.

Destin Dawg

May 27th, 2011
11:31 am

GT has a very easy schedule.. Western Carolina and Middle Tenn.. to start.. then the tougher conference games are at home…. So if they can’t do t this year ??????

CB

May 27th, 2011
11:33 am

We I don’t know about the “conomy” being on the rise, but I sure know that the “economy” sure is not on the rise. One does not have to do much research to see that.

BG

May 27th, 2011
11:34 am

UF has always had a easy ooc schedule.

D Bag Trolls!

May 27th, 2011
11:37 am

Just checked the Boise depth chart. They only have 1 o-line man just over 300lbs. Center is 5′11 283. Moore is in trouble.

redneckDawg

May 27th, 2011
11:38 am

Richt has a 33-6 away record.

And McGarity had a chance to change the venue of the Georgia-Florida game to the Georgia Dome, and Florida talked him in to keeping the game in the state of Florida, given Richt’s 2-8 record there, this was a huge mistake.