Facebook campaign likes Matt Stinchcomb for Georgia AD

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.

Other UGA news today:

Logan Gray: full-time wide receiver AND backup quarterback?

Dogs break football tradition, drop two-a-day practices

81 comments Add your comment

gadawg

July 14th, 2010
10:45 am

hagood

July 14th, 2010
10:48 am

The Bat Hunter for AD

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 14th, 2010
10:56 am

Interesting, I for one would not oppose Matt for AD. Apparently anyone would be an upgrade over the last one

collegeballfan

July 14th, 2010
11:01 am

This is a joke, right?

UGA Faithful

July 14th, 2010
11:03 am

If he got some experience under the new AD in some position, i could def. see him as a future AD

Glory Glory

July 14th, 2010
11:06 am

He is a great, very bright individual. And extremely young to boot. I could see him hired into the system as an assistant of some sort, and then have the opportunity to gain experience to eventually be an (the) AD.

Glory Glory

July 14th, 2010
11:08 am

Kam Fong,

Evans was a GREAT AD, just a little sketchy as an individual (which we had no clue until 2 weeks ago). That’s what makes it so bitter, losing him, bc he was doing a mighty fine job in his professional life.

kauai dawg

July 14th, 2010
11:10 am

I like the idea. He is solid and a sold out DAWG for sure.

He is a loyal DAWG and deserve consideration with his bright mind and passion for Georgia.

Go DAWGS…. 30-24

Donkey from Shrek

July 14th, 2010
11:11 am

PICK ME! PICK ME! PICK ME!

How2fish

July 14th, 2010
11:12 am

I like Matt a lot but experience is needed in our next AD.

Bulldog59

July 14th, 2010
11:13 am

This would be the equivalent of the UT faithful wanting Jeff Fisher, Butch Davis, or some other proven coach, and settling for Derek Dooley.

Huge fan of both the Stinchcomb boys, but hopefully we at UGA are done with OJT. We tried it with Goff, Jirsa, Felton, and at a slightly lower level, Bobo and Martinez. Our recent track record for hiring “first-timers” and relying on the job training in top positions is not good at all! Coach Richt is a rare exception.

Adams is on the right track. We have roughly an $85M annual budget in the Athletics Dept. Add in the upcoming expansion of Sanford, Stegeman upgrades, work for the indoor practice facility, etc. That is not something for a first-timer to cut his teeth on.

An interesting read, but this train will never leave the station.

Paddy

July 14th, 2010
11:23 am

A finance degree with honors. Is that not the type of person who should at least be given an interview. Dooley has no such distinction before becoming AD, he did alright. Player, All-American and Ring of Honor, whats not to like except his youth. But is he not about the same age as Evans when he got the job? Don’t out think the room Adams. This might be a great choice, who knows.

Carolina Gator Lover

July 14th, 2010
11:30 am

how is he at posting bond?

Bryan G.

July 14th, 2010
11:34 am

Touche, Carolina Gator Lover. Touche.

Herschel Talker

July 14th, 2010
11:44 am

This is reason number 3,425 why Facebook is pathetic.

Perry Mason

July 14th, 2010
11:44 am

I believe it would be great to get he and David Greene involved.

Paddy

July 14th, 2010
11:44 am

Glory Glory….doubt he would take an assit AD job at UGA with a hugh pay cut, then wait 20 yrs for the new AD to die on the job! Can’t see that as career enhancement.

Perry Mason

July 14th, 2010
11:45 am

How about him instead of he!!!

Delbert D.

July 14th, 2010
11:48 am

It would be a big mistake not to hire someone as a result of a national search. You gotta let go of those teddy bears you had as a kid and get the best candidate.

Taylor Hanson

July 14th, 2010
11:50 am

I think he’s a jerk. The way he’s always helping others for self-gratification. Sure others benefit, but it’s really all just to make him feel good about himself.

Alix

July 14th, 2010
11:56 am

Now that we’re in the off-season, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to take an in-depth look at UGA and have a serious discussion about the problems at UGA and why the arrest rate of players is the highest in the country? it’s common knowledge that UGA is a party school, but have any football players every actually graduated with a real degree? Jan Kemp exposed the school and the coaches almost three decades ago, but there is no sign that anything has improved; if anything, the arrest rate shows that things are getting more outrageous every year while the clueless Mark Richt has absolutely no control over his players. And then there is the infamous “red panties” incident.

UGA has a lot bigger problem than hiring a new AD.

UGA has become a major embarrassment to all Georgians, and we want some answers starting now.

ryan

July 14th, 2010
11:57 am

Its going to be Greg McGarity , Carla Williams, or Hart from FSU those top candidates .

Taylor Hanson

July 14th, 2010
11:58 am

Alix…I want to know why Tech continues to be the second best school in Atlanta.

Sam in Cochran

July 14th, 2010
11:59 am

UGA needs to advertise the job and solicit applications.

Of course, no one with a DUI or any red panties in their past need apply.

Unfortunately, that eliminates most UGA alumni. :-)

Taylor Hanson

July 14th, 2010
12:00 pm

I also want an explanation as to why Michigan has moved ahead of Tech in the national rankings of public engineering schools.

The academic embarrassment that keeps coming out of N. Avenue is palatable.

ugaclassof2004

July 14th, 2010
12:03 pm

Wow! What a retarded story! Is this what counts for journalism these days? I mean seriously Tim, I could come up with better stories than this.And mine would be better than this Realistic Fiction garbage you guys put out on a semi-regular basis. Jeez…

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

July 14th, 2010
12:12 pm

Alix — I would like to know no one seems to give me the proper credit that I deserve for the innovative 4th quarter play calling against the Mutts last November? The ‘perfect option’ is great, for sure, but what about that air attack that I unleashed on that last drive? Can we throw a brother some props?

old timer

July 14th, 2010
12:14 pm

UGA is not an embarrasment to me.You should say it’ an embarrasment to the kids parents .The ones that have not gotten any formal training at home.

Paul "ManBoobs" Johnson

July 14th, 2010
12:14 pm

Alix — I would also like to know what other Div-I football coach is able to rake the tips that I am able to get on any given Friday night? In all humility, I will stack my lap dancing capabilities up against any other football coach in the land. Not to mention, the prize money I have earned over the years at countless wet t-shirt competitions.

Thanks for caring Taylor,

July 14th, 2010
12:15 pm

you must have majored in Deontology.

Is Homer Simpson your friend?

RxDawg

July 14th, 2010
12:19 pm

Um…that’s cute and all, but it will not happen. Adams might as well pick one of us.

Outstanding and as usual, top 4

July 14th, 2010
12:20 pm

Stinch is one very outstanding choice. Let us all face it ………..a university AD job is an ambassorship position. Stinch is very well spoken, very, very intelligent and is loyal to UGA. Adams wants a man to reflect well on HIM and the U secondarily, however.

The second in command at Florida is great and is experienced and IS a UGA man but Adams by passed him two or so years back to get his yes man D Evans.

Frankly, this AD search could be conducted in one half a day IF the candidates are not on vacation and out of touch. Why? ESPN last week said that the “UGA job is in the league with only three or four other big boys …………Texas, Florida and Ohio State …………RICH $$$ PROGRAMS and top notch, as these are and that any qualified person would highly, highly covet”.

Go Dogs.

Picture this

July 14th, 2010
12:22 pm

Can you see CPJ in heavy red lip stick and in red panties with his man boobs??? Wow!

Ahhhhhhhahahahha, ahhahahaha

gernblanski

July 14th, 2010
12:24 pm

No offense to Stinchcomb but Mark Lewis is former player and more qualified that Stichcomb because he has actually worked in sport business. However, if Chris Welton is even remotely interested in being a part of the process, UGA should include him. http://www.heliospartners.com/people/welton.asp

Taylor Hanson

July 14th, 2010
12:24 pm

Mmmmmmm….Bop

Frank Lane

July 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

Matt has good potential, but needs experience as well as an expression of interest in the field.

Taylor Hanson

July 14th, 2010
12:35 pm

Way to be a buzz-kill Frank. You and your damn facts.

dds3434@aol.com

July 14th, 2010
12:42 pm

Shows you how stupid the average person is…..that job is TOP 5 in the US in terms of income. You DON’T give a job like that to somebody unproven….as much as Stinch has the potential. Even Damon shouldn’t have gotten the job, we should find the best AD in the country who is willing to leave. Don’t people earn positions anymore?

GoDawg12

July 14th, 2010
12:44 pm

I truly hope the search committee looks far and wide for the BEST person. Several great names in play already. Don’t think Stinchcomb is the guy. No experience.

The guy UGA needs is Charlie Cobb, current AD at Appalachian State. Running a very successful program now, former asst AD at his alma mater, NCST (O line), worked in ATL for the Dome, Sports Council and Peach Bowl.

If the powers that be ask around, they will get nothing but great reviews on Charlie.

DawginLex

July 14th, 2010
12:52 pm

Anybody else hearing Bobby johnson out at Vandy??????????

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 14th, 2010
12:59 pm

Who will be thUGA’s next embarassing AD? This job has proven to have ZERO ethical standards. Mr Adams has already hired Jim Harrick twice, so shamed AD’s are not disqualified.

Red Panty Gate

July 14th, 2010
1:02 pm

More details from Damon Evans emails to shame uga further….stay tuned.

Damon Evans

July 14th, 2010
1:03 pm

He can’t outdrink me!

Damon Evans again

July 14th, 2010
1:03 pm

But he would look cute in red panties

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

I Could Have Put Some Lame Name Here

July 14th, 2010
1:12 pm

Hmmm Evans was an assistant AD and got a HUGE recommensdation from Dooley but he was a PC choice. AND even though he did a great job and money coffers grew under him he was NOT a Good AD.

But give it to Stinch.

Bulldog Fan

July 14th, 2010
1:15 pm

I have been involved in projects with Matt. He may be as sharp as anyone out there. Whatever he does…. he does it with class, integerty, and hard work. He seems too honest for politics though….

Stinger

July 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

How many arrest today?? Just curious.

I Could Have Put Some Lame Name Here

July 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

@confederate Dawgs.

Because there are WAY more qualified people for the Job. Including the interim guy and people already on staff.

Stinger

July 14th, 2010
1:20 pm

Dave Braine will be your man.