New AD McGarity starts work at UGA, expresses concern about player arrests

For full story on McGarity’s first day on the job, please click here.

ATHENS – Greg McGarity started work as Georgia’s athletic director today, two days earlier than scheduled. In a mid-afternoon interview, he talked about a range of topics, including the high number (eight) of arrests of UGA football players this year.

“I’m going to really learn a lot about that,” McGarity said.”I’m going to learn about our structure, what we have set up as far as education of student-athletes. I want to learn exactly, why is this happening?”

Clearly he is concerned about the arrests.

“Yeah, I think there are too many,” he said. “I think when it happens it’s embarrassing to the institution [and] it takes away from team unity. And I know one of the goals is to make sure we have a system in place that holds people accountable. . . .

“I think it’s a problem,” he said. “and it’s something we want to do a 180 on across the board. It’s really every sport, and I don’t like the excuse that, ‘Well, that’s going to happen [with] college students; that’s just part of the deal.’ I don’t buy that.

“I think it’s a privilege to play intercollegiate athletics; it’s a privilege to play intercollegiate athletics at the University of Georgia, and it must be treated that way. Any other way –- if you want to go and behave like that, then probably you don’t need to be in college athletics. Just go do your own thing and not be a part of something that should be a special experience.”

More from the interview with McGarity is here.

162 comments Add your comment

DawginLex

August 30th, 2010
4:40 pm

Amen brother. Preach it Greg

Help these coaches put in more accountability checks and hold their feet to the fire. The kids need to know that it is just not going to happen. If they get booted, so be it.

I wanted Ealey suspended indefinitely. He was told by 3 of his coaches, including the head coach to not drive with a suspended license.

He should sit the SC game.

Guy!

August 30th, 2010
4:45 pm

DawginLex – settle down guy! I wanted you to stop posting on here but it looks like both of are wishes did not come true.

DDPO

August 30th, 2010
4:47 pm

I’m sure that’s why Washaun’s suspension was announced prior to the new AD starting. Probably a smart move.

destin dawg

August 30th, 2010
4:47 pm

4 sets of cops in Athens…( GSP.. Clark Co. City and campus cops ).. all competing for arrests because of recent bad publicity “UGA big Party school”…. so we got scooter on a side walk, open beer can, parking lot bump etc… but no weapons, drugs, felonies (like some other schools),,,, we do need senior leadership and curfew to keep the kids off the street at night…. Go Dawgs !!!!!

Then McGarrity said to Richt

August 30th, 2010
4:49 pm

Clean up Thug U !

Dap01

August 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

There are serious losers on this blog whose only objective is to illustrate their hate of UGA. Does their teams have blogs or do they simply need girlfriends. Perhaps they could fixate on something else.

harold

August 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

GEORGIA LEADS THE COUNTRY IN PLAYER ARRESTS! EALY LIES TO RICHT, AND DOESN’T EVEN SHOW UP FOR A COURT DATE? THEN HE ONLY GETS A ONE GAME SUSPENSION? NOT A GOOD EXAMPLE—–SHOULD HAVE BEEN KICKED OFF THE TEAM.

how refreshing !

August 30th, 2010
4:52 pm

Take that you blind homers !!!!!! Somebody who doesnt buy the crap that they are just kids and it happens everywhere.

Mikey in the SAV

August 30th, 2010
4:53 pm

Let’s just settle down and let McGarity get established. He is saying the right things and we will see a change in behavior as we move forward.

5150 P.O.A.D

August 30th, 2010
4:57 pm

Now you gave Still@theBar hell? Well he is me and one of the Korean sisters you say I don’t have went to GAC. She was a Cheerleader, Tennis Player, and ran Cross Country. Look it up. It was between 92-96. She also preformed at the opening ceremonies for the Olympics and the Super Bowl in the Dome.

footlong dawg

August 30th, 2010
4:58 pm

Dap01 you are 100% correct on the losers… jealousy… envy… no women… crime in the metro.. sirens.. scared to come out at night.. causes mental problems, depression.. bi polar disorders. . all the negative cause a high rate of autism in their children… sad… but facts…

Frank Lane

August 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

Greg, you have our full support and our sympathy.

TuckDAWG

August 30th, 2010
5:05 pm

Yeah because nobody got in trouble at FLA while he was there did they? HMMM i seem to remember a certain player hitting people in the head with a KEG and getting arrested on felony charges oh and don’t forget the guy playing QB at Auburn now i belive he started at FLa also careful Mr. AD don’t try to be to perfect glad to have you but just don’t cast to many stones yet.

Bubbs

August 30th, 2010
5:12 pm

Good to hear the new Ad is going to be addressing the rogue problem at UGA. Hope he changes to focus and culture so the Dawgs will start winning championships. Its way past due in sending these goons a hard line message.

Bubbs

August 30th, 2010
5:13 pm

oops …. “the” focus and culture

WonderDawg

August 30th, 2010
5:21 pm

Um, Greg didn’t a UF player run up his dead girlfriend’s credit card? And that was in UF-friendly Gainesville.

Now, Greg McGarity, meet the Athen PD. Racial profiling at it’s finest. Check out the arrest rates of UGA underage non-athletes walking down a sidewalk drink a beer in a cup vs large, black, athletes doing the same.

dawgster

August 30th, 2010
5:21 pm

Lets see Notre Dame had what was it Eleven arrested at one time, don’t know all the results from that…lets see Tenn Vols players, several players at a bar fight and a police officer lands in serious condition in the hospital, one player dismissed…I agree we need to do a much better job keeping our atheletes out of trouble…I think you will see the new AD address these issues with all the coaches, but to all you that posts that we are a thug school, need to take a look at other programs around the county…Why don’t you check out some of the other newspapers that cover their local football and sports programs…Its a problem everywhere and i’m not being a homer or excusing it but our program, even with the numerous incidents that have occurred have not had some of the more serious incidents that some other schools have had…Everyone seems to have an answer on what thery would or would not do…Its easy to sit behind a computer and make the tough decisions by typing on some blog…And yes the dawg fans fall into the bashing of the other schools discipline problems also…just a few weeks ago we were bashing the Vols about the fight at the bar posting negative comments, and then “bang”, our AD makes front page headlines…

Ted Striker

August 30th, 2010
5:22 pm

UGA recruits good kids and has good coaches. The devil is often in the details — no matter the topic. I have good reason to believe that McGarity is sincere in what he says. UGA is his alma mater, he wants to make a good first impression, and he wants the students to be successful on the field or court (whatever) and in life.

It’s easy for some folks to label one athlete who messed up once because of another athlete who messed up previously. However it’s not accurate to do it. That said, I welcome and support fresh emphasis on the education of and the expectations on UGA’s scholar(ship) athletes.

Delbert D.

August 30th, 2010
5:24 pm

I certainly hope CMR isn’t aware of Mr. McGarrity’s concerns for the first time on this blog.

extrapoint

August 30th, 2010
5:28 pm

What ever he was using in Florida which didn’t work, please don’t use at UGA. One of the reasons Florida always has two soft games to start the season, is so players can use them for suspensions. Or, if it’s a serious transaction, a half of a football game. Remember the troubled star defensive lineman reinstated before the BCS game. Kicked off the team after they won the game when he was no longer needed.

HugoStiglitz

August 30th, 2010
5:28 pm

He just went from the team ranked 2nd in the all time fulmer cup standings to the team ranked 3rd in the all time fulmer cup standings. Yeah, im not expecting anything to change. Hopefully he just stays out of trouble himself.

how refreshing !

August 30th, 2010
5:34 pm

Dawgster…. you still dont get it do you? Many of us Dawg fans dont care about what is happening to other schools. McGarrity doesnt buy that excuse either. No our players are not thugs but have to agree that some seem to have two bricks shy of a load because of their Forrest Gump decisions.Believe it or not UGA has an image problem and if you dont believe it go listen to some of the sports stations in as what they are saying about UGA.

Kevin

August 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

GT grad here. Hope you lose to us every day in everything from football to a game of jacks. But this (the arrests) isn’t about just UGA. It is a poor reflection on our state. It also cuts both ways when GT has any similar issues.

“Clean, old fashioned hate.” Clean is the key word. You’d never know it from many of the idiotic comments from both sides on these blogs.

I fully support what the new AD is doing. It is good for all of us. Sportsmanship on and off the field.

how refreshing !

August 30th, 2010
5:37 pm

BTW ……..I dont believe McGarrity was the AD at Florida… So that doesnt fly either.

college is forever

August 30th, 2010
5:49 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Thank you Mr. McGarrity you are just what this program needed. I wish you and all of UGA sports team much success. Now lets go and kick some ass this Saturday. Go Dawgs!!

Joe

August 30th, 2010
6:07 pm

“I wanted Ealey suspended indefinitely. He was told by 3 of his coaches, including the head coach to not drive with a suspended license.”

Oh God, shut up! You are no UGA fan or alum. You are an idiot and a poser.

Amelia Island Dawgs

August 30th, 2010
6:20 pm

Roman

August 30th, 2010
6:34 pm

“Yeah, I think there are too many,” he said. “I think when it happens it’s embarrassing to the institution. It takes away from team unity. And I know one of the goals is to make sure we have a system in place that holds people accountable. . . .

If McGarity isn’t just paying lip service, his first task should be to quickly and very unceremoniously sack Mark Richt. Richt has either lost control or doesn’t care. Either way, he has to go.

Ralph

August 30th, 2010
6:34 pm

Their fans don’t seem to be too concerned. Thuggery seems to be part of the UGA tradition.

Maybe the new AD will reverse Richt’s lax control on (penalties) and off (arrests) the field which are indicative of his coaching mentality.

Homed In

August 30th, 2010
6:34 pm

McGarity should be used to this, Meyer had just as many arrests or more while he was there.

We will see?

August 30th, 2010
6:39 pm

We will see in the new AD puts some rules in place that will bring UGA athletes into accountability. We certainly need to do more than we have done the last few years.
There’s no fear for breaking the rules when a slapped wrist is all you end up with.
I say let the hammer fall and get rid of some of the street thugs who think they are
above the law. What if it had been your car or your child Ealey struck? It’s time to
do the deal and the deal is “you break the rule, you suffer the punishment”. Come on, lets get UGA back where it is suppose to be … RESPECTED.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

August 30th, 2010
6:41 pm

Its about time someone took these things seriously. Most of these atheletes are pampered and told how great they are starting at a young age. They seem to think they are above the law. I don’t care what college he attends if he can’t go by the law he should be sent HOME. It makes one wonder why kind of leadership they have at UGA. Or any university that has this type of behavior constantly.

Liza

August 30th, 2010
6:42 pm

UGA has been a cesspool of athletics since Vince Dooley, and as long as Mark Richt is in Athens, it will remain a cesspool and perpetual winner of the Fulmer Cup. Congratulations, Dawgtards, you’ve earned this honor.

That’s a sad fact of life.

turkey caller

August 30th, 2010
6:44 pm

It should be a priviledge for a kid to be awarded a scholarship just because of their ability to play ball. It seems like more and more of these youngsters either don’t care or somehow think they are above the rules. This is true throughout the collegiate ranks, not just at UGA. I think it is unfair to award scholarships to kids based on their athletic merit alone. Kids may be kids at times but you get what you recruit.

Randy

August 30th, 2010
6:45 pm

I see the Florida fans our out in full force—exagerrating a kid running into a car on his cooter, doing no damage.

Randy

August 30th, 2010
6:45 pm

Ooops, meant to say scooter, sorry.

NOBODYYOUKNOW

August 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

And no, all athletes are not like that. If anyone has not seen David Pollack (spelling?) on ESPN you need to watch a clean cut, very well spoken and knowledgeable guy. He does a great job and UGA fans should be proud of him.

ryan

August 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

Two Gators arrested hey harold what Da Thug Rodgers did was far worst than Ealy. Punching a cop untill he was unconscious is much than wrecking a park car.

Homed In

August 30th, 2010
6:48 pm

McGarity has faced the problems with arrests under Meyer, and they didn’t get it under control there either.

The key is to do what Butch Davis did over at Miami to clean up the program. Get tough when the situation deems it.

RH in Dunwoody

August 30th, 2010
6:56 pm

I like McGarity, but come on, what – you going to clean up UGA like you did at UF? The Gayturds had like 30 arrests over the last few years!

Dawg'em out!

August 30th, 2010
7:09 pm

talk is cheap, do something and set the standard of what is acceptable etc… toughlove!

Fess Up

August 30th, 2010
7:09 pm

hERE’S WHAT YOU DO.

DUMP THE BAD CHARACTER GUYS. KICK EM OUT.

THEN BE TOUGH ON THE ONES LEFT.

HANDLE MINOR INCIDENTS WITH CHARITY HOURS AND EXTRA RUNNING.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 30th, 2010
7:12 pm

Lack of discipline and the recruiting of bandit players for a tanked program trying to get back on track, business as usual in Athens. The opener is still not a sellout, and you look around the upper deck and it becomes more empty every week, but we all love CMR.

Keep those checks coming to CMR.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 30th, 2010
7:16 pm

The best thing to do in Athens is to scrub football, and stick with gymnastics and tennis, which are the only 2 sports you can win at.

This racist program will never get up to speed, because all of those racist fans love their players, just as long as they don’t move in their neighborhood in Walton or Forsyth county. That is the main reason that GT will eventually exceed the UGA program, because now that a quality coach is in place, GT is much more accomodating to diversity as opposed to Colonel Reb/Rebel Flag toting Athens.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 30th, 2010
7:16 pm

Buck Godrey with SW Dekalb said it best….”UGA is nothing but a bunch of rednecks” referring to Quincy Carter when he played for Colonel Reb.

collegeballfana

August 30th, 2010
7:17 pm

“I think it’s a privilege to play intercollegiate athletics; it’s a privilege to play intercollegiate athletics at the University of Georgia. And it must be treated that way. Any other way –- if you want to go and behave like that, then probably you don’t need to be in college athletics. Just go do your own thing and not be a part of something that should be a special experience.”

This is the best news I have heard out of UGA in years.

UGA now has an AD who recognizes that UGA is an educational institution first and last.

About time!

Nick

August 30th, 2010
7:17 pm

Don’t forget about Equestrian Mike Bobo 17 INT.

AltamahaDawg

August 30th, 2010
7:18 pm

It certainly does my heart good to see such well intended rivals suggesting what we need to do.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 30th, 2010
7:19 pm

Liza, nice comment and keep em coming.

The SEC is nothing more than a criminal conference with problems all over the place. All of these programs should just drop the academics and confess that these programs are nothing more than the minors for the NFL (National Felony League).

TDawg Money

August 30th, 2010
7:19 pm

You’ve got to be kidding me….McGarity comes right out the gate and starts grandstanding???? If I was Mark Richt I would set his fanny down immediately and inform this X-Gator that “We get each other’s backs around here….and quit acting like you just rode in here on a white horse”. Richt has EARNED his stripes. An ex tennis player ain’t squat.