What Greg McGarity has to say …

A few notes from a conversation Monday with Greg McGarity:

  • Georgia’s new athletic director concurred with Mark Richt’s decision to dismiss Demetre Baker from the football team after the freshman linebacker’s arrest early Sunday. “When Mark talked to me about it, I was fully supportive of his recommendation,” McGarity said. Asked if this reflects a new zero-tolerance approach to arrests on the football team, McGarity said: “It’s up to the coaches, but yeah, I think Mark has had enough. And he’s made it very clear to the players what is expected.”
  • McGarity talked at length during the interview about his scheduling philosophy, which is quite different from his predecessor’s. (I’ll have a full story on that later in the week.)  Suffice to say, this week’s trip to Colorado wouldn’t be happening under McGarity’s philosophy, as demonstrated by Monday’s news that a scheduled 2015-2016 series with Oregon has been canceled. McGarity’s basic philosophy is that Georgia should have seven home games per season and should schedule in a way that maximizes the chances of winning championships. “Granted, it may not be the big matchups that everybody loves to play, but I can assure you this: You have to do what is the best scenario for you to get to Atlanta [to play for the SEC championship],” McGarity said. Like I said, much more to come on this.
  • One thing McGarity doesn’t want to hear in regard to Georgia’s 0-3 SEC record is about the star player who wasn’t available.

“Nobody likes [the record], but we can’t sit around and play the what-if game — ‘what if A.J. Green had been there?’ We can’t deal with what-ifs,” McGarity said. “They are a crippler. They will absolutely cripple a program if you deal with what-ifs.”

At a meeting Monday morning, McGarity asked the athletic department’s senior staff to approach their work in exactly the same way they would if the team were 4-0. “I think players, coaches, everyone, has to take that same attitude,” he said.

“The only way we have to approach things is to be as positive and supportive as we can be,” he said.

He acknowledged that he’s hearing from Bulldog Nation and “there are a lot of people who are frustrated with the way things are going, and that’s what I’d expect. . . . But we can’t sit around and be pointing fingers. We’ve got to do what we can do to change things.”

The message he gets from fans is mixed, he said. “You’ve got a certain element who just don’t like the way things are. You’ve got an element supporting you, win or lose. And you’ve got an element totally supportive of Coach Richt. You’ve got a little of everything. ”

Also:

Mark Richt: “I understand why everybody’s bent out of shape.”

284 comments Add your comment

Big Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:19 am

Tim Teblows!

September 28th, 2010
9:19 am

Tim Teblows!

September 28th, 2010
9:20 am

aww man…just missed it

joe

September 28th, 2010
9:21 am

Is it true he killed the Oregon home and home series? Pathetic.

georgia87

September 28th, 2010
9:23 am

I was disconcerted to hear Richt on the locker room show say that he didn’t know the extent of Kris Durham’s injury, nor did he know if Durham returned to the game. I am not a football coach, but what is he thinking about on the sideline? If he is not calling plays, shouldn’t he be managing strategy based on what is happening with the game flow and what he sees with the players he has on hand? He just sounded so disconnected from the process. Again, I am only watching the game, but I am thinking about who’s available, what we are capable of with our personnel based on what seems to work, basic strategy, and I am just a fan. Does he only decide whether to go for two, accept a penalty, or go for it on fourth down? That is the basis for my concern and I think a lot of other Bulldog fans.

goober t weichshiner

September 28th, 2010
9:25 am

Mr. McGarity is good for the program. Good hire, President Adams.

KP

September 28th, 2010
9:27 am

How about a 10 year deal with LA Lafayette. And then there is always Cedar Shoals or Clarke Central we can schedule. . .

elvisaintdead

September 28th, 2010
9:27 am

Scheduling more cream puffs.
THAT’S how you build a program and legacy.

SouthSide Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:29 am

Time to go smoke the Buffs in Boulder this weekend!!! Go DAWGS!

UGA92

September 28th, 2010
9:29 am

“Pathetic?” Florida has 2 National Championships in recent years with this guy on board there. Cut him some slack, dumba$$.

RxDawg

September 28th, 2010
9:31 am

That’s too bad about the Oregon game. I was looking foward to that. I wish there were no patsies on the schedule and that every week was a possible loss for everyone. But I realize under the current system it’s in our best intrest to schedule nobodies outside of our SEC slate…. (you see what I did there? ;) )

Big Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:31 am

Now to the more important things…. We need at least one other decent game other than Tech! Maybe fill the first game with a good DII school like Ga Southern/App State/S Dakota State feel and then have a team like Clemson, Notre Dame, middle of the road team in the middle and an Idaho State, Georgia State, Alcorn State to give a week to heal and get re vamped for the rest of the season.

Schmeckdawg

September 28th, 2010
9:31 am

Joe @ 9:21

Cancelling the series with Oregon was met with reciprocity by the Oregon AD as well.

Go DAWGS!!!!!!!!

mtdawggie

September 28th, 2010
9:33 am

The decision to cancel the oregon series is ALMOST as disappointing as the season – and the fact that Bobo is still calling plays. Since Richt has proudly declared his plan to “stay the course” and not make any changes, we’re obviously not going to be improving as long as he’s there. At least give the fans something to be excited about and the team some much-needed national exposure. This decision is extremely disheartening and embarassing and it’s a direct insult to the fans. First no tail-gating on north campus. Now we’ve come out and proclaimed we’re scared to play anybody decent. Soon McGarity will probably just ban fans from the games completely. Even more than being 0-3 in the SEC, this decision just makes me ashamed and apathetic about the direction of the program.

SatillaDawg

September 28th, 2010
9:33 am

Whatever happens….

Go Dawgs!

chilidawg

September 28th, 2010
9:36 am

Operator: “Information, what city, please?”
McGarity: “Boise, Idaho.”

DawginLex

September 28th, 2010
9:38 am

He is following the florida model. Play patsies early on and then get into conference play. I bet we won’t be opening with SC the 2nd game of the season down the road. I bet it will be the 3rd game of the year after 2 creampuffs.

BOBO has to GOGO

September 28th, 2010
9:39 am

Bring in Greene to coach QBs

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
9:39 am

McGarity wants to play 7 home games a year. With the GT and UF games being home games in the same year (with UF being played in Jax) that means 0 OOC road games ever again. No major schools will schedule UGA in Athens without a return fixture. Looks like the Florida model with a bunch of directional schools coming in Athens to me.
I guess UGA isn’t going to be accepting any invitations to the Chik-Fil-A kick off.

Dawgdad (The Original)

September 28th, 2010
9:39 am

Wish the SEC would rain in the scheduling of patty cake games. Limit each school to one to start the season and make them play one other legit BCS school outside the conference.

The way it is going for the Dawgs, Tech might be able to give us some trouble this year, but not much I don’t think. I figure Idaho State and Tech as the only two gimmes on the schedule.

Hobnailbooty

September 28th, 2010
9:42 am

I don’t know if it was UGA or Oregon who initiated the talks but the games have been cancelled. What happens when one team wants to cancel the games????? They have to pay to cancel the games so the fact that there wasn’t a payout from either side tells me that it was a mutual decision that was beneficial to both sides. If it was only UGA who wanted to cancel the games then WE WOULD HAVE PAID. So it isn’t a UGA only decision. That said I wish they would have played the games.

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
9:43 am

Only chance UGA has to ever play ND again is in a Bowl Game. The Irish aren’t going to schedule a 1 game series in Athens.
Could the Clemson series be the next one to be cancelled?

john

September 28th, 2010
9:44 am

Well, I guess we can pretend like we are 4-0, Obama can pretend like the economy is on track, and I can pretend like I am a millionaire rock star. Wow, this pretending thing is fun, what is going on in reality??

Good grief, fire Bobo and take over the play calling again, it worked in 02 and 05. we have two games with 6 points??

Bobo is a complete moron, was in college and he is now today. Stafford and Moreno hid his lack of skill.

Mike S

September 28th, 2010
9:45 am

I ams till supportive of CMR, but it is beyond time to remove Bobo from Playcalling responsibility.

Richt himself said it after the game “at time we were blindly calling plays” ….. well, if that is so it means there is a problem!

It is also pretty telling when an almost 50 year old man who is now 30+ years removed from his football playing days can sit on his couch and predict with 100% accuracy exactly what play we are running just by the formation and pre-snap motion!!!

If I can do that sitting at home, then you darn sure can bet the opposing teams DC and staff can do it too!

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
9:46 am

RxDawg – I agree with you. Under the current system – where the only thing that counts for a strong team is who you have lost to, rather than beaten – scheduling patsies is the right thing to do if you want to play for a championship. Yet another argument for a playoff.

GA Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:47 am

http://pricezack.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/can-georgia-win-a-championship-with-mark-richt/ this article was written two weeks ago after uga’s loss to usc. i am not sure who the author is but it is a very interesting read. it almost has more weight now then it did two weeks ago.

matt dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:48 am

THE FOLLOWING MUST GO>>the OD BOBO and Strength Coach who ever he is(old school) and finally the Running Back Coach(no improvement with the backs and they fall after contact and trip over there own feet). And yes we risk a chance of losing Lee May if certain coaches are let go but why BLOW TRADITION for ONE…GO DAWGS…GIVE EARLY NOTICE PLEASE DON’T WAIT .SHOW RESPECT TO INCOMING DAWGS AND THERE FAMILIES.

Ray Ray Goff

September 28th, 2010
9:49 am

What would have happened to me if I was ever 2-7 in the last 9 SEC
games?

How about 10-11 in the last 21 SEC EAST games?

You people have hurt my feelings for the last time. In the
future I will withhold all the pulley bones in my ZAXBY
chicken I sell to UGA.

NC Dawg

September 28th, 2010
9:50 am

From what I have read here, it seems many people think it’s fine for the Floridas of the country to do this, but not UGA. I agree with McGarity on his scheduling philosophy. The strength of schedule component was eliminated years ago. Do what’s best for your team. Make it as easy as possible especially since we play in the toughest conference.

Dawgdad (The Original)

September 28th, 2010
9:50 am

Something has been bugging me since last year that I need to express, for whatever good it will do. We all know the offense is tepid, the defense about the same as Willie’s bend but break, but the thing that seems to kill them every game is the special teams.

How many times over the past 4 or 5 years have we seen the fair catch on the 11 yard line. No drive has much chance of succeeding starting there. How many times has some dunce ignored his teammates and tried to return a kickoff from 8 yards deep in the end zone only to be tackled on the 10. We never seem to try to block punts but never set up a return either. Players just seem to muddle around with no purpose, except to watch the action.

Richt has shown in this UGA career that he does not appreciate special teams. His attitude seems to be just catch the ball and let my offense on the field. No special team coach on staff. Special Teams are about 30% of the game, can’t we do better.

STUDENT ATHLETE

September 28th, 2010
9:52 am

I HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR COACH MARK RICHT. A.J. GREEN DID NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOU OR THE TEAM WHEN HE SOLD THAT SHIRT TO A FELON. THIS SEASON IS
LOST. DON’T PLAY HIM. LET HIM MOVE ON “TO THE NEXT LEVEL”. AND LET THE TEAM MOVE ON AND TRY TO RECONSTRUCT A PROGRAM THAT IS CLOSE TO BEING LOST FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 28th, 2010
9:52 am

as long as the new AD isn’t blowing smoke, i’m all for him making changes. i’m glad Richt set an example- 10 arrests in absurd!! something has to give. UF never scheduled huge OOC games and they went on to win 2 NCs.

UGA Insider

September 28th, 2010
9:58 am

Everyone needs to chill on the Oregon situation. It was actually the new PAC-10 schedule that will begin next season that made the Oregon AD call us to cancel the series. Oregon thought the new series with UGA would be too tough and McGarity agreed.

Burdell

September 28th, 2010
10:00 am

Scheduling cupcake out of conference games does not help you get to the SECCG in Atlanta, does it?

cursive

September 28th, 2010
10:02 am

The SEC is a hard enough conference (obviously) to not throw other BCS teams on top of it until they can handle it. As it has been DULY noted, the Dawgs are 2-7 in the SEC over the last 9 games. Let’s get that in order and then worry about beating the other big boys. I like what he is doing. The Dawgs are not an elite team right now, and they haven’t been in years. This is all coming from a die-hard, dyed in the wool, win or lose Dawgs fan and supporter. I am also a realist.

nitpicker

September 28th, 2010
10:02 am

Dawg fans laughed at Vol fans when our AD cancelled the North Carolina series. Is it ok if we now laugh at you guys for “backing out, chickened out,coward,scared etc.) of the Oregon team?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

September 28th, 2010
10:03 am

I agree with the AD 100%! I like the National Brand move, but you win some dang games and the National Brand will take care of itself.

Tee

September 28th, 2010
10:06 am

Dawgdad-

You sound like a complete idiot. Idaho St and Tech are the gimmies? You think Tech is a gimmie when we get manhandled by a Miss St team? You’re as ignorant as Saint Richt.

kerryb

September 28th, 2010
10:06 am

Has anyone noticed that it is what Florida does? You don’t see Florida scheduling Oregon, Colorado, and Oklahoma State but they are always in the hunt. I think what Evans was doing was hunting for media recognition. Win your games and you will get that. The SEC is a powerful enough conference that you dont’ have to play those other teams. Why handcuff yourself playing those guys and have to get through an SEC schedule.

JB

September 28th, 2010
10:13 am

A boiler blows when the pressure get to great…..we ain’t there yet, but the next 6-8 weeks will tell if it blows or subsides.

Castle Pines Canine

September 28th, 2010
10:15 am

We should demand excellence,but we don’t stomp on people when they don’t perform up to our expectations or even their expectations. Is Bobo the right guy? Is CMR the right guy? Who knows, but we don’t need to kick them up and down for performance right now. We sure don’t need to do it in public. CMR is getting paid a lot of money to run a buisness. That is right, that is what it is. He doesn’t know the intricacies of every play at every moment. He sure doesn’t know who is in there at any time on any play. We should be mad. The players should be the ones really mad. Why not put all of this negative energy into pulling this team through, and figuring out what to do at the end of the year with the staff, not worrying about it right now. That is why they play 4 quarters, that is why they play 12 games. Floggings will continue until moral improves.

UGA Student event director

September 28th, 2010
10:16 am

Coach Richt called me this morning and ask if I would talk to the team about how to judge a homecoming float…. Said we would be seeing plenty of them

Whopper Dawg

September 28th, 2010
10:18 am

If he schedules the cupcakes (just like FLA) and we get to Atlanta (just like FLA), not a one of you will be complaining.

powerhouse?

September 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Change the dog name to PATSY

kerryb

September 28th, 2010
10:19 am

Whopper Dawg, You are correct.

Tide Roll

September 28th, 2010
10:20 am

You’re problem is your good ole georgia boys like Searles and Bobo, who because of their backgrounds are incapable of doing a fair and honest appraisal of a kid like Cam Newton. He goes to Auburn and becomes a legitimate Heisman Candidate. Auburn is the No. 10 team in the nation because of him. And it does’nt stop there. Offensive giants like James Carpenter, Chance Warmack, Roke Watkins, and Jujuan James are all from the state of geargia, and starting for Ala, South Carolina, and UT. This has got to stop, but I ‘m afraid McGarity is of the same mold, another Georgia boy incapable of fair and honest evaluations when it comes to this type of athlete. It’s sad.

kerryb

September 28th, 2010
10:21 am

Whats sad is a Bama fan coming on a UGA blog.

kerryb

September 28th, 2010
10:22 am

If we want your observations and advise we will ask for it.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

September 28th, 2010
10:23 am

I was looking forward to matching wits with the Oregon duck but I understand McGarity’s “ducking” the game considering the way Georgia is playing right now. Rumor around here is that UGA is looking to schedule a game with a barber college. I hope that works out because I am interested to see what kind of mascot they will have. Coach is getting a bald spot and it is really showing up on television. Hair in a can, anybody?

kerryb

September 28th, 2010
10:24 am

I think Cam Newton originally went to UF because they ran a spread offense. We don’t run a spread offense so he may not have been as successful here.