The Boston Globe takes another swing at UGA’s Adams

I’m not sure what, if anything, Michael Adams ever did to the Boston Globe, but the flagship paper of New England has hammered Georgia’s president again. First it was a scathing Sunday column from the famous Bob Ryan. Now comes an actual editorial regarding the NCAA’s search for a new president — Adams says he’s not interested in the job, although almost nobody believes him — and the importance of graduation rates.

From the Globe:

Under the late Myles Brand, the NCAA nudged upwards the overall graduation rates of athletes in big-time men’s football and basketball to 67 percent and 64 percent, respectively. But the rates at many top powers remain appallingly low, and black athletes are graduating at far lower rates than whites. In seeking a new chief, the NCAA should be looking at campus leaders like Penn State President Graham Spanier, whose football team has an 85 percent graduation rate. Conversely, a name that should be crossed out is University of Georgia President Michael Adams, whose basketball team graduates a paltry 18 percent.

Far be it from me to rally to Dr. Adams’ defense, but I might point out that Georgia’s lousy hoops graduation rate might have more to do with inability of Dennis Felton, who was fired in January 2009, to keep players in his program — they’d either quit or get kicked off the squad — than any lack of presidential oversight. And if it’s an administrator who’s at fault, why Adams? Why not athletics director Damon Evans?

Speaking of defenders … some words on Adams’ behalf did appear in the Globe, in the form of a letter to the editor from Tom Jackson, Georgia’s vice president for public affairs. (Error on my part: Jackson was NOT a participant in our off-the-record luncheon at the Commerce Club in 2003. That was Tom Landrum, the vice president for external affairs. I always get the two Toms mixed up.)

Here’s Jackson’s letter:

What Bob Ryan did not tell you in last Sunday’s column about who could be the next NCAA president, is that University of Georgia president Michael F. Adams has stated for the record that he hopes to stay at the school as long as the state Board of Regents will have him. The years-old issues the column resurrected have long since been dissected and laid to rest by those to whom Adams reports and by the Georgia media.

Any institution on a rise to national prominence will have controversial issues and decisions with which some do not agree. However, this list of issues of alleged mismanagement by the president was brought forward by a group that disagreed with Adams’s 2002 decision not to extend the contract of the athletics director beyond the period already agreed upon. The book by Rich Whitt that Ryan referenced was promoted by members of that group whose agenda was removing Adams from office.

The university has moved on, as have most of those early critics. The University of Georgia has made outstanding gains in national prominence over the past 12 years, and Adams has stated for all who will hear that it is his plan to continue to focus on programs to further enhance its excellence for some years to come.

The Globe’s campaign has set off a round of giggles among Adams’ local detractors. (Believe it or not, I know one or two of them.) But even they can’t fathom why a Boston paper has taken such interest in the Georgia president. They’re not complaining, mind you.  Just surprised.

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South Georgia Nole

April 8th, 2010
9:29 am

Just more evidence that the saying “loud mouth Yankee” is based in fact. Things must be pretty slow in Boston for them to be taking shots at UGA’s president. Maybe they should turn the mirror on themselves and stop focusing on a program 1200 miles south. (Note I am not a UGA fan at all).

South Georgia Nole

April 8th, 2010
9:30 am

And I was first? Good start to the day.

Gomez Addams

April 8th, 2010
9:31 am

TuckDAWG

April 8th, 2010
9:31 am

this is awesome i hope he does get the job then he can leave UGA

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2010
9:31 am

You’re first, South Georgia Nole. Also second. Double kudos.

joe

April 8th, 2010
9:32 am

Last. Who cares?

Bryan G.

April 8th, 2010
9:35 am

I have really disliked Tom Jackson – Adams personal lap dog – for years.

NoGaGator

April 8th, 2010
9:35 am

I believe UGA will be a better institution once Adams has moved on. Having been a resident of both Georgia and Florida, Adams as President of UGA was certainly a factor in recommending to our children which school to attend. They were accepted at both schools and are now proud UF alums.

Both UGA and UF are great institutions with much to offer. However having as President a grandstander who tries to take all credit while deflecting any blame can’t speak well for how internal decisions are made at an institution.

Bryan G.

April 8th, 2010
9:40 am

Also funny is Jackson’s assertion that UGA has “moved on.” Anyone who goes to a UGA football game when MFA is announced knows from the crowd reaction that no one has moved on.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 8th, 2010
9:42 am

Jackson ordered lunch for Adams? That’s so bromantic.

Really Adams would be responsible for the basketball program since it was his Harrick appointment that put the skids on the program for the past ten years. Harrick so poisoned the program that Felton didn’t stand a chance of getting it totally turned around.

Worm

April 8th, 2010
9:42 am

I’ll be booing Tom Jackson from now on when he utters, “keep your seats everyone the redcoats are coming”..

F-105 Thunderchief

April 8th, 2010
9:55 am

Tom Jackson ordered Michael Adams’ lunch? That is so disturbing.

The Dawg from Michigan is right. Whoever came after Harrick, their poo must stick to Adams.

uga74grad

April 8th, 2010
9:55 am

will be glad when the self-serving Michael Adams has moved on and takes Tom Jackson with him. however, Adams is NOT THE REASON there is a low graduation rate among athletes. with all of the assistance and support available, it takes is an effort by the athletes themselves to progress towards and complete a degree.

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2010
10:01 am

Actually, it was Tom Landrum — the vice president for external affairs — who ordered for Dr. Adams. Tom Jackson was not present at our lunch in 2003. I’ve corrected myself above.

I always get the Toms mixed up. My apologies for being an idiot.

jasont13

April 8th, 2010
10:03 am

The NCAA graduation rate reports for athletes is kind of messed up. Say I start my academic/athletic career at UGA, and for whatever reason I decide to transfer after my freshman year, that counts negativly towards UGA. Also, if I leave after my junior year and drafted in either baseball or football. That once again counts negativly. One more crazy thing about it, is if I transfer to another school and I graduate neither school gets to add that to their graduation report.

gdawginkalamazoo

April 8th, 2010
10:03 am

Was that the VP for Extramarital Affairs?

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2010
10:05 am

Jasont13 makes a valid point: Graduation rates don’t always give the full picture.

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 8th, 2010
10:07 am

Ryan pointing to the Georgia Basketball graduation rate and blaming Adams is like pointing to the 1970 Marshall Football graduation rate and blaming the president. Sure, he ok’d the booking Southern Airways, but come on.

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 8th, 2010
10:11 am

Jasont, what if you transfer and don’t graduate, does that count negatively to the new school or not at all. If thats the case, sign 5 smart kids and get the rest from JC, your graduation rate will be 100%.

DaWg

April 8th, 2010
10:15 am

Mark, good article. Good job on approaching the issue from both sides.

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2010
10:16 am

Thanks, DaWg.

Andy

April 8th, 2010
10:19 am

Good point about the basketball graduation rate at UGA. The program was in disarray and that certainly is the coach’s fault and probably Evans fault. You could fault Adams for approving the hiring of Felton but that may have been totally Evans call, I don’t know. Adams is still a major tool but criticizing him for the graduation rate is not fair.

blazerdawg

April 8th, 2010
10:20 am

Part of the reason for the low graduation rate is the challenging curriculum at UGA.

UGA has made great improvements in reducing the number of unqualified student athletes, but I would prefer that they take a risk on admitting a borderline student from time-to-time, not for the sake of athletic success, but to give a young person that has obvioulsy worked hard in one area of interest the opportunity to have access to a great education.

If UGA denied admission to borderline/unqualified student athtletes in order to achieve a sky high graduation rate, then I am certain the Boston Globe would have other criticisms.

Dr. Adams has done a great job in providing a wonderful acadmic experience and education to thousands of student athletes.

Sweet Home Alabama

April 8th, 2010
10:22 am

If the shoe fits you got to ware it.Georgia does not take care of their student athletes.They slap there hand when the get out of line and they need to be kicked out of program.

EVERY week its a differnet problem at Georgia.They are a second rate program at this point,The Nerd are starting to take over the state.

I cant wait to put fifties on the nerds and Dawgs in the same year.I DONT think you will be getting much sleep in Georgia that year.

ROLL TIDE ROLL………..Can you say another national championship 2011.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

April 8th, 2010
10:22 am

You can tell a lot about a university president by how the university treats its mascot. I got my a$$ painted when I worked as the UGA mascot. What kind of people paint a little dog’s a$$?

gdawginkalamazoo

April 8th, 2010
10:27 am

Walker, if you are talking about UGA basketball this decade then you are talking about Adams being responsible. What his boy Harrick and Harrick Jr did to the program crippled it. Felton gave his best to turn it around but the stigma associated with the program due to Harrick’s mess was too much. I think we will all see a big difference with Coach Fox. He still has a lot of work to do and time will tell but I think the graduation rate will go up. Hell, it can’t go down.

59bulldawg

April 8th, 2010
10:30 am

Yeah the Boston Globe doesn’t know what it’s talking about in this example. But don’t feel too sorry for Adams. His management style is better suited to to a Fortune 500 company than to an institution of higher learning. He’s a little dictator who simply can’t abide disagreement with his policies. And as far as I’m concerned, both Toms . . . Landrum and Jackson . . . are lap dogs of the little fuhrer in Athens.

Tech Rules

April 8th, 2010
10:31 am

“Part of the reason for the low graduation rate is the challenging curriculum at UGA.”

ROFLOL

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

April 8th, 2010
10:33 am

an alabama fan on a blog about graduation rates come on now !!!!!!

Dr. Phil

April 8th, 2010
10:42 am

Adams is clearly pushing for the job when he has his PR man write a response to the Boston paper. Adams keeps using the Vince Dooley smoke screen when the Dooley issue had little to do with Michael’s major transgressions with the UGA foundation, the research foundation, contracting, misrepresenting a job offer from Ohio State to manipulate a pay raise, and self-serving property deals. Early in his tenure, the College of Arts and Science gave Adams a no-confidence vote of 74%. This vote had nothing to do with Vince Dooley but related to Adams’ job performance as University President. The NCAA should consider the fact that, in addition to poor graduation rates, Georgia football players have led the country in player arrests during the Richt/Adams era. Adams is a self-serving politician and has never been an educator. He obviously has his eye on the huge revenues of the NCAA. If you like the NCAA now, you will love it under Adams.

Bow Wow

April 8th, 2010
10:49 am

Get over it, Russ. A butt painting from Adams is a small price for temporary fame. Only a real dog lover could give a eulogy like Michael did at UGA’s closed funeral. Even that great bulldog lover, Sonny Perdue, had tears in his eyes.

mike adams sucks

April 8th, 2010
11:02 am

when i was at georgia just before the economy hit the fan, every semester like clock work, adams would raise the tuition, fees, and dues. yet, my class sizes continued to get larger. anytime the alumni association wants money from me, i tell them to fire that jack@$$ mike adams and then i will contribute. as long as he is there, the students will be shat on whilst the rich get richer. fire mike adams!!

JacksonDawg

April 8th, 2010
11:02 am

Hey, Sweet Home Alabama, you are hilarious! Talking about “differnet” problems at UGA. You can’t even spell wear, or should I say “ware.” Typical, Alabama ignorance! Guess who has maintained a consistent & growing record of grievances over the last 20 years, when will we find out about the next rule broken @ Alabama? Interesting how a program can overnight obtain 30+ recruits in one year, when they weren’t even on the map previous to that year. Never will believe all those guys were on the up & up. UGA’s only problem is they haven’t learned how to “buy” a championship, like Alabama. Yeah right, Saban has so much integrity, just ask the Miami Dolphins.

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IlliniBrave

April 8th, 2010
11:05 am

Mark, now why did you have to go and produce such an unbiased take on Adams? Trying to be a good journalist I suppose. But damn, we all hate the guy and know you don’t exactly rate him that high either. Let’s take the Globe’s article as an opportunity for more dog-piling on that arrogant a**-hole. The sooner he’s gone the better UGA will be.

Sven Ottke

April 8th, 2010
11:21 am

blazerdog, did you really say “challenging cirriculum” at Georgia? You have got to be kidding. Do you see the same majors that the athletes are taking at UGa that the rest of us do? Consumer Economics (how to balance a checkbook), Park & Recreation, Tourism Management. What a riot!

blazerdawg

April 8th, 2010
11:21 am

TR @ 10:31 – you are right, coursework at UGA is probably not as much of a challenge for students that do not take the time to socialize and date girls.

Frank Lane

April 8th, 2010
11:22 am

Compare the average first ten year income of a big time basketball player or football player to the average first ten-year income of a normal graduated student, and you will get your answer as to why graduations rates are low. And more black players make the pros in both sports than white players particularly compared to the percentage of the population.

I firmly believe that the pro rules should change and that once committed to college neither a basketball player or football played should be allowed to be signed for a full four years, but not that is not the case.

We also live in a society where Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, and other business tycoons of the present age did not finish college. No one is criticizing that.

Bo

April 8th, 2010
11:27 am

Sweet Home Alabama … your post is making every educated UA alumnus cringe about now. “ware it”? “there hand”? Be truthful, did you graduate? Degree?

keep on truckin' dog

April 8th, 2010
11:33 am

Wonder why so many want Adamas to be the new leader? He must have a FEW THINGS going for him?

Very flattering to the Georgia program for an organization to consider Adams for such a prestigious role of leadership.

confirms why so many of us feel the University of Georgia is the best program in the nation, if you look at the big picture, no one else is even close, certainly not Penn St.

ringthebell

April 8th, 2010
11:36 am

Another Bama nut talkin about education what a F$%#@in joke!By the way you idiot,CMR has kicked plenty of players off the team. So did B-Ball. Look in the mirror dumb a@#!!!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 8th, 2010
11:38 am

How can Adams be in charge of the NCAA when he runs a college with only 2679 Black students? I bet he will help African Americans get more Coaching jobs in the Football ranks of the SEC for sure. Does Adams walk funny because B Payne is Up his butt or is it just a Crutch that is a White A-Hole.

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 8th, 2010
11:41 am

Other little known facts about Michael Adams:

1) His idea to hire Ray Goff
2) His lead on recruiting Jasper Sanks instead of Jamal Lewis
3) Orignally hired Jan Kemp
4) Bought all football players alchol past 10 years
5) Has been in charge of drivers license renewals past 10 years
6) Hired Dennis Felton
7) Hired Jim Donnan
8) Tried to ban gymnastics at UGA “Georgia can never compete in this sport”
9) Black helments were his idea
10) Personally painted Russ’s @$$

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 8th, 2010
11:42 am

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 8th, 2010
11:42 am

Bow Wow Sonny was crying because he couldn’t figure to make money off the Event.

SPS

April 8th, 2010
11:46 am

I have a son at Tech and a daughter at UGA. Sweet Home Alabama just made me an even prouder Papa.

hey blazerdog come again?

April 8th, 2010
11:48 am

the challenging curriculum at ugay? hahahahahahahahahaha

Voice of Reason

April 8th, 2010
11:48 am

SWEET HOME ALABAMA – You sound like an idiot. You make the U. of AL. look pathetic with your obviously uneducated post. You are the kind of person that should keep your mouth shut in order for people to think that maybe you have sense or some education. Did you go to school at all? If so, why did you not learn something. Did you ever show up or stay awake in a Spelling class? Maybe you are one of these fair weather fans that used to be a Gator, but now a Tide fan. I am sure the Tide fans would prefer you stay off blogs if you can’t do any better, since they need to improve their reputation in academics as well.
As for Adams – well, don’t get me started! He is a continual embarrassment to UGA.

Jacket Backer

April 8th, 2010
12:01 pm

SPS…..i have a son at Tech and a daughter at Tech!!….as a parent, GT is the ONLY school in Georgia i wanted them to attend….

Go Jackets!!!

DawgByte

April 8th, 2010
12:02 pm

Say what you want about Adams, but there is absolutely no denying the progress he’s engineered to make UGA one of the finest public universities in America. I hate how he treated Dooley, but Adams has done great things for UGA… just look around campus and you can see that good things are happening.