Athens – At each meeting of the UGA Athletic Association’s board of directors, Damon Evans briefs the board on recent developments in the department. Here’s what Evans, the athletics director, told the board about a range of topics at this week’s meeting:
– On Signing Day: “You never know how the kids will turn out. They could have all the stars in the world, but you never know until they get here. . . . At the end of the day, in my humble opinion, you can rate them, but it depends on what they do when they get here. So we’ll wait and see what happens.”
– On hiring a defensive coordinator: “Mark [Richt] went through a very extensive process of trying to find a defensive coordinator. Went a roundabout way but found a guy we feel very confident in from the Dallas Cowboys, Todd Grantham. . . . There seems to be a lot of excitement growing around Todd and his new defensive scheme.”
— On Grantham’s $750,000 salary: “I know you saw the reports of the salary we paid -– at the 750 mark with him. Times are a changing in the sport of football. I think at one point in time you saw the escalating salaries for head coaches. Now I see that starting to happen with the assistant coaches. We’ll still try to do what’s appropriate and be mindful of what’s going on. But that’s what at the time we felt we needed to do to get the person to come in and fill that position.”
– On the ripple effects of the defensive-coordinator search: “And yes, a lot of people did get raises around the country, I’m going to go ahead and say that.”
— On the remaining opening on the football coaching staff: “We still have one position to fill, which Frank [executive associate athletics director Frank Crumley] is working with Mark on right now. So hopefully that position will be filled here soon and we can move forward on into spring ball.”
— On the state of the men’s basketball program: “I’m excited about what’s going on with the basketball program. . . . By no means are we where we want to be, but the thing is, you see the student-athletes are having fun and they seem to be responding to Mark Fox and his staff. We’ve had some significant wins, mainly beating Georgia Tech here. For those of you who were able to attend that game, it’s always good to beat Tech. And we had a good top-10 win over Tennessee.”
— On what’s ahead: “I’m excited about the upcoming sports seasons because we continue to have an opportunity to win some national championships.”
Click here for a look at the debate over whether to expand the NCAA basketball tournament to 96 teams. Mark Fox has a pretty strong opinion on the topic, and it differs from Paul Hewitt’s.
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