A Facebook campaign is underway for Matt Stinchcomb as Georgia’s next athletics director.
A “Stinchcomb for AD” page went up in the past few days, and last time I looked, 360 people “liked” it.
Stinchcomb, of course, is one of the best and brightest of former Georgia football players: an All-American offensive tackle in the 1990s, a member of the athletics program’s Circle of Honor and a summa cum laude graduate (3.96 GPA) with a degree in finance. He currently works, along with former Georgia quarterback David Greene, as a client executive in Atlanta for Seacrest Partners, a Savannah-based insurance brokerage and consulting firm.
The “Stinchcomb for AD” page calls him “a perfect selection for Athletic Director. A model husband and father, humanitarian, and successful member of the business community.”
Stinchcomb’s reaction to the Web site pitching him for AD: “I like the pictures.”
“I heard about that the other day,” Stinchcomb told me this morning. “I was at J.T. Wall’s golf tournament down in Milledgeville, and someone called me and told me about it.”
He said he doesn’t know who created the site, which he finds “flattering.”
“It wasn’t something that I thought, ‘Man, that’s completely out of left field,’” he said. “At the same time, there is some exploration that I think needs to be done before you jump in to something like that for consideration or candidacy or what-have-you.”
So … would Stinchcomb, 33, be interested in the job?
“The best way to characterize me,” he said, “is as a very interested observer at this point of what’s going on and what steps will be taken to maintain the trajectory of that program.” He said the field of athletics administration interests him and that he has spoken with some people regarding the job, although “no one I think in a decision-making capacity.”
Asked if he plans to aggressively pursue the idea, Stinchcomb said: “I haven’t excluded that possibility. But to say, ‘Have I thrown my hat in the ring?’ No, not necessarily. I wouldn’t want to enter into something of that magnitude without doing a significant amount of due diligence.”
The problem, of course, is that Stinchcomb has no experience in athletics administration, and UGA President Michael Adams said last week that he will be seeking someone with a high level of experience.
But it’s a cool Facebook page, in any case. Check it out here.
Stinchcomb has something else on his mind this week: The annual “Countdown to Kickoff Fan Festival” charity event — organized by Stinchcomb, his brother Jon and Greene – is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the UGA Practice Fields. Former and current Georgia football players will run drills, play games, sign autographs and pose for photos. Go here for more info.
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