AD Greg McGarity looking for better overall performance from UGA athletics

ATHENS – I had a brief conversation with Greg McGarity yesterday and it was clear to me that the annual all-sports standings are very important to Georgia’s still relatively new AD.



It was revealed earlier this week that the Bulldogs finished 18th in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings (formerly known as Sears Cup), presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). That was up slightly from 20th last year. I honestly didn’t think much of it and McGarity wanted to know if I was going to write anything about it. I told him I planned to mention it in some upcoming notes but hadn’t planned to do much more with it.

Taking a closer look, I saw that Georgia tallied 833.25 points — third among SEC teams (Florida and LSU were ranked ahead) — and produced five top 10 national finishes in women’s swimming (2nd), women’s tennis (5th), men’s tennis (5th), women’s gymnastics (7th) and softball (9th). Stanford was first in the rankings — for the 18th consecutive year — with 1,444.25 points, followed by Florida (1314), UCLA (1142.75), Ohio State (1104.25) and Florida State (1061). LSU was the next highest SEC school at 13th with 967.75 points.

I asked McGarity how he felt about Georgia’s overall performance.

“What you want to see annually is improvement,” said McGarity, who is closing on two years as the Bulldogs’ director of athletics. “While it’s not anywhere close to where we want to be, it does show a measure of improvement nationally. At the end of the day, this is something on which everybody in the world of athletics is judged on a national basis. That is where you stand as a result of NCAA championship competition.”

McGarity’s interest piqued my interest, so I decided to take a closer look at these annual rankings and how Georgia has done over the years. I remembered that Georgia finished real high, somewhere in the top five, around the turn of the century under then AD Vince Dooley. Sure enough, the Bulldogs finished No. 2 in 1998-99. They won four national championships that year — in men’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s gymnastics and women’s swimming and diving.

I wondered how Georgia has done over the years, so I called UGA’s sports communications office and they were able to provide the following list:

  • 1998-99: No. 2
  • 1999-00: No. 12
  • 2000-01: No. 3
  • 2001-02: No. 8
  • 2002-03: No. 15
  • 2003-04: No. 5
  • 2004-05: No. 7
  • 2005-06: No. 9
  • 2006-07: No. 12
  • 2007-08: No. 10
  • 2008-09: No. 18
  • 2009-10: No. 20
  • 2010-11: No. 20
  • 2011-12: No. 18

Honestly, I had never taken a close look at the standings or how they are complied before now. You have to realize that the rankings somewhat favor the schools that field a lot of sports. The points are compiled from 20 varsity sports, which is all Georgia fields (21 if one includes equestrian, which is not currently NCAA sanctioned). But if a school fields 34 or 36 varsity sports — as do Stanford and Ohio State, respectively — they record the top 20 finishers among those teams.

So the rankings look different — and a little better — for Georgia if you break it down among schools utilizing the same sports. Using that sampling, the top 10 would look like this:

  1. Florida (1281)
  2. Stanford (1206.75)
  3. FSU (1061)
  4. Texas (1032.5)
  5. Texas A&M (990.25)
  6. LSU (967.75)
  7. UCLA (868.25)
  8. CAL (839)
  9. GEORGIA (833.25)
  10. Ohio State (801.75)

Still good but probably not as good as McGarity would like.

Again, for many of you I’m sure this seems much ado about nothing. But, as I said, clearly it something that’s important to McGarity. And it goes a long way to explain some of his recent actions, which included replacing the gymnastics and women’s golf coaches at UGA. Those are traditionally national championship contenders for the Bulldogs, but haven’t been lately.


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June 28th, 2012
12:43 pm

10-2 and sugar bowl

More pressue is exerted, just with far less press noise in 2012

June 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

Expectations? UGA’s AD, UGA ADM. EXEC Staff, UGA influential alumni and heavy contributors? THESE are the people that are expecting big things with the football program for 2012/2013, albeit very quietly.

UGA should have a quality QB with 2 high quality back ups, quality receivers, D line, LBs, Corners, Safeties, and Running backs. UGA needs to develop a durable, worthy of SEC play O line and a Special Teams esprit de’ corps and swagger.These last areas will be where UGA sinks of swims.

IF the pieces all come together with an EXPECTED QUIET Summer, UGA minimally should end up in the SEC CG and have a 50-50% shot at that, then go from there. If we fall short, ending up in the Chic Fil A or the Outback, it might surprise a lot of people with sudden change. UGA would not want to limp into 2013 with a renwed lame duck coaching staff like last summer into fall. No way.

UGA needs to win big this year to indicate major progress and renewed direction.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

June 28th, 2012
12:58 pm

We agree, who cares about this new playoff thing. Can we just beat Central Florida or….or…win a bowl game one of these years!


June 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

That great and if they don’t improve i guess its the AD ’s fault so his job so can him…


June 28th, 2012
1:26 pm

More pressue is exerted, just with far less press noise in 2012


Excellent post

McGarity wants championships and the table is set for football 2012. What is interesting is to see the floor for replacing Richt if the season does not pan out with great success.

He is clearly expected to do great things.

I personally have very high expectations for this team.

Tide Pride

June 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

The big thing is having consistent metrics across common sports – I would like to see the NCAA list metrics based on common sports – then a ranking on schools based on “extended” sports. A school could be horrible in football, baseball, basketball, golf, track N field – but field teams where there is not much competition – like men’s soccer, lacrosse, water polo, beach volleyball, etc.

I am glad that Stanford and other schools have these sports – but a lot of schools need can not offer due to title 9 and the associated costs.

Mens sports:
Swimming & Diving
Cross Country
Track & Field
(Wrestling, Lacrosse, Soccer, water polo, volleyball, etc would be extended sports)

cross country’
track and field
swimming and diving
maybe gymnastics
equestrian, water polo, lacrosse, etc would be extended sports

At any rate – common metrics would be the way to do this.


June 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

If he wants better results he needs to get better coaches plain and simple. He will wind up firing every coach except football, basketball and baseball Then he will turn to the alumni and say what more do you want, I’m not afraid to grab the bull by the horns> I hope the equestrian gal doesn’t screw up because she will be gone next!!!!!!


June 28th, 2012
1:36 pm

What a COMPLETE joke UGA has become! This article is hilarious….


June 28th, 2012
1:42 pm

McGarity’s average finish is #19, which is the worst 2 years average in 20 years. I do think he’s in over his head. Your really judged by 2 sports, basketball and football. I won’t even comment on the state of the basketball team. The football team hasn’t won a single game in McGarity’s 2 seasons against a team that finished in the AP Polls top 25. That’s something Richt has never experienced in a 2 year span as a coach at Georgia, so it’s obvious whatever AD Greg M is TRYING to do, to help Mark Richt, man, has everything he has TRIED failed. Let’s put it simply, if the football doesn’t beat a high ranekd team for the 3rd year, I think AD Greg M will, and should be, fired. The only saving grace would be if that happened, if the baskeytball team finished in the top 25. Averaging a #19 nationally isn’t an improvement over any 2 year span over the last 2 decades and would match the worst ranking of any AD over the 2 decades.


June 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

Why do you care then?


June 28th, 2012
1:44 pm


June 28th, 2012
1:49 pm

Looks like McGarity’s hoping that his incompetence in football and basketball, will be covered up, by looking at how the swin and tennis teams do. Those make no money for the college.

It’s hotseat time for the AD Greg McG, finish top 10 in football, as preseason polls suggest, or finish top 25 in basketball, or get out and give the job to someone who can.


June 28th, 2012
1:52 pm

Football is about the only sport that makes money. Georgia may break even on a few more, but for the most part schools that have as many as 36 teams are going to be private or charge a lot more per student to make up the defiant. Why have a team if nobody cares to go watch them and just run up the cost per student without any good reason. Georgia should be always in the top 10 when comparing us to schools that play the same sports. We rank 9TH and if you go back to 1998 I think you would find out that we are in the top 10 mast every year. That’s pretty good if you ask me. If McGarity wants to get us in the top 5 , go knock yourself out , either way I am satisfied.


June 28th, 2012
1:54 pm

Football, basketball, and baseball coaches: You have all been put on notice. Any sane person can read between those lines


June 28th, 2012
2:05 pm

Looking at this from a statistical standpoint, the worst years overall were during the “red pantie days” of the Damon Evans era. Evans years showed a decline every year and his last two years were just as bad as @Brent’s reference to McGarity’s. Actually, McGarity’s is decreasing in his first two years which means he is showing improvement. As long as he keeps improving the overall athletic department I’m happy. Those who want the quick fix generally find that the fix doesn’t last long and needs sooner repairs.


June 28th, 2012
2:06 pm

There are only 5 sports that in my opinion we need to have arguably the best facilities in the country , none should be better. Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Gymnastics and football. In Football we should have built a full indoor practice facility instead of just 40 yards. Other sports could have used it like soccer but it makes Georgia look cheap and with some recruits it doesn’t come close to impressing them as the teams that show them a new state of the art full field.
Our baseball fiels could be better even though it is great compared to what I practiced on in the 70’s.
Our Basketball facility is pathetic compared to the best. The facilities for Swimming and Gymnastics do not have the WOW factor that I would have. Every recruit that come to Georgia for any sport should repeat the word WOW, WOW, WOW. We have the money and the fans we just need our leaders to have a little imagination and find out what WOW means.


June 28th, 2012
2:15 pm

gt4ever——Your moniker speaks for itself—-you are a hate filled MORON!!!


June 28th, 2012
2:16 pm



June 28th, 2012
2:19 pm

Have you been to Stegeman lately? Upgrades have improved it significantly. Not a showplace, but good enough not to hurt recruiting. The gymnastics and basketball practice facilities are state of the art- few are better. Swimming facility is not that old. Interesting that once it was built, Bauerle started winning SEC and national titles. Tennis setup is the best in the collegiate business. Baseball needs upgrading as you mentioned.


June 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

I think McGarity is doing a great job. Some on this blog want to criticize him for not being a magician. It will take 5 maybe 10 years to get everything into place that needs to change. It is not McGarity’s fault that Evans was not qualified to be an Athletic Director. McGarity spent one year just accessing what needed to be done, which he should have. No need to change something if it isn’t broke. Now you are seeing a lot of changes and a lot more are coming. For example if Bobo doesn’t do any better as an Offensive Coordinator than he did last year he will be replaced and with Mike Adams leaving McGarity will have a much greater say in what the changes need to be without the President’s involvement. Nobody is safe if they don’t win or give one HE@@ of an effort.


June 28th, 2012
2:34 pm

I forgot about the Tennis facility and I agree with you. Stegeman is much better but I don’t think the recruit’s say WOW when they go into the building. I wouldn’t tear it down because of the history but Georgia could build a much better new facility that would be second to none.
The swimming facility and the Gymnastic isn’t bad but when I go into the building , it’s just a big building and I don’t get the WOW factor that I think you should get. Don’t get me wrong, things have improved a million times in the last 10 to 20 years but more CLASS AND SOPHISTICATION should be obvious than it is, which would give a DA@@ NICE LOOKING FACILITY response and change it to WOW, WOW.


June 28th, 2012
2:35 pm

I agree with 7576DAWG, McGarity is putting his imprint on the athletic program and doing a great job. I understand some fans’ frustration that he decided to keep Perno on (I too wanted him gone and a fresh start for the baseball program), and obviously Richt let the program slide and deserves to be on notice from here on out. I think Richt, Fox, and Perno need to have big years in ‘12/13….I fear Fox’s subpar recruiting is gonna come back to bite him.

Moobs Johnson

June 28th, 2012
2:52 pm

He’ll accept mediocrity in the major sports and make “examples” of head coaches in the minor sports that nobody cares about. Mediocrity, it’s the Georgia way.


June 28th, 2012
3:07 pm

The problem here is that people actually think athletics makes money for the university, the athletics program makes money for the athletic association. I think college sports are far more interesting than the pro variety, but I also think we should stop allowing schools to perpetuate the student-athlete myth. Do not recruit athletes who have no chance of EARNING an actual college degree. The majors of most basketball and football players are so laughable they aren’t even listed anymore, at one time they were. In fact just eliminate athletic scholarships completely, place the emphasis in college on academics, with athletics being what it should be, an extra curricular activity. Stop the insane recruiting process and glorification of whoever had the fastest 40 or best jumpshot, imagine if instead the emphasis were placed on those young adults who actually did what they were supposed to in high school, and had a 3.8+ GPA with a 32 or better on the ACT. Universities are supposed to places of learning, the football and basketball coaches shouldn’t make more than the total English department budget. Instead of donating thousands or millions to the athletic associations, well heeled alumni could donate instead to the general scholarship fund, or even establish academic scholarships in the name of a family member. Wouldn’t it be better if the University of Georgia were renowned for the success of it’s graduates and quality of it’s Academics, rather than as a football school.

The Man

June 28th, 2012
3:13 pm

GT4ever: what was Tech ranking?

The Man

June 28th, 2012
3:15 pm

GT4ever: by the way how’s that NCAA probation going that is Tech’s 2nd this decade?

The Man

June 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

Oh I ment 2nd this century! Sorry I have a hard time keeping tack of Tech’s NCAA problems.


June 28th, 2012
3:18 pm

7576Dawg, I would add one more sport to your list….Soccer and we should add Mens soccer also.

dawg fan

June 28th, 2012
3:34 pm

GT 4 Ever:

You are right – UGA is a big joke ranked only 54 spots above GT’s lofty # 22.92Pi or 8.4853 Squared for short (#72).

Sorry I had to put this in plain English, I don’t speak cling-on.

Old Dawg

June 28th, 2012
3:36 pm

I’d like to make a comment about Richt’s bowl record. After 11 years, he is 7-4 in bowl games. When you compare his bowl record vs Dooley and Bryant, he’s a wizard! Dooley was 4-7 after 11 years and 8-10-2. Bryant was 5-5-1 in his first 11 years at Bama and 12-10-2 throughout his coaching career.

Woody Hayes was 5-6 in Bowls and Nick Saban is 5-6. And Darth Visor is 8-11 in bowls.

Based on the bowl records of Dooley and Bryant, both College Hall of Fame members, and other coaches, Richt’s doing pretty well.

Old Dawg

June 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

And Bo Schembelcher, another Hall of Fame coach, was all of 5-12 in bowl games.

Coastal Dawg

June 28th, 2012
4:09 pm

Thanks for the very good article. It does mean a lot. The article also means a lot to the fans who wait for days between something new appearing on the site.


June 28th, 2012
4:28 pm

I think it’s important. I want my school to do well: Win, represent well in the news, and graduate lot’s, if not all, of it’s student athletes.
And the older I get, the more I enjoy the smaller sports like softball, soccer, equestrian, & cross country. I love watching these sports do well and I’m happy when they succeed.

Dawg Bite

June 28th, 2012
4:33 pm

I think someone mentioned it earlier that this puts the Football, B-ball, and Baseball coaches on alert. With the schedule set up as it is in football, now two years running, CMR had better not go 10-4, losing to the only quality teams he played. And, poor CMF. I think the man can coach, but his recruiting is not good, but who with top b-ball credentials really has UGA on their short list? As far as the other b-ball, Perno has let that program really slide downward since the CWS run of 2008. A question for someone in the know….do Women’s sports come under McGarity’s jurisdiction? If so, ole Andy needs to go for sure. The game seems to have passed him by! My biggest concern with UGA athletics is that so many of the best recruits, particularly in football are leaving the state. I know that some just want to go away, or we cannot sign them all, but we seem to be back peddling with regard to many of the top players on the state. Maybe winning more in the major sports would help, so I think our AD has that on his radar perhaps.

Mudcat's Impala....

June 28th, 2012
5:05 pm

We only finished 69th in the Capitol One Cup that gives more points to the sports that count…

SEC teams final ranking…

1. Florida 104
4. LSU 78
6. Alabama 72
7. Kentucky 70
8. Arkansas 69
17. South Carolina 45
27. Texas A&M 33
40. Auburn 20
69. Georgia 6


June 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

McGarity is a powerful leader when it comes to minor sports and firing women. But to “man up” and take down a respected but underachieving football coach …. well that thought gives him diarrhea.
He will take mediocrity to avoid the chance that he might make a mistake on a new coach. He’s weak but his job is safe.

Jaded Dawgs Fan

June 28th, 2012
5:35 pm

I’m starting to become convinced that UGA and the three major pro sports franchises in Atlanta are in some kind of sick symbiosis with each other. They all share three common traits: resistance to change, a preference for character over talent, and complete failure on the biggest stages. Heck, you could probably include Tech in that group as well.

If McGarity is serious about getting UGA’s athletics program back to an elite level, he’s going to have to make some hard decisions on some very well-respected coaches.

It’s probably time for a new coach to lead the baseball program. Perno has had some great moments, but there’s been far too much inconsistency.

The women’s basketball program is also not where it should be. It’d be hard to fire a legend like Landers, but it may be a necessary evil at this point. The best thing would be for him to step aside gracefully.

I’m a Richt fan, but if the Dawgs lay another stinker of a season with huge expectations, a la 2008, then it may even be time for him to go, as sad as that is for me to say.

I believe McGarity has the stones to make the tough decisions, and he may have to very soon. UGA athletics should not be this mediocre.

Beast from the East

June 28th, 2012
5:51 pm

Look where UF stands on these lists. McGarity learned under Foley, who is the best AD in the land. Have some faith in the guy and know that he will bring UGA athletics up to a similar level with UF within the next 5-7 years. He knows what he’s doing and I’m sure he is pretty passionate about it because he was a UGA student-athlete, himself. I still believe he was a GREAT hire and will ensure the Dawg Nation is proud of their athletic programs under his watch.
Go Gators!


June 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

I have 2 thoughts: 1- The trend has not been good the last 4-5 years; 2- non-revenue sports are carrying most of the weight…as they go, so goes the ranking. If we’re going to be where we want to be as a total athletic program, that has to change.


June 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

The standard set by previous AD’s like Evans, as far as competing with the best teams, in sports like football and basketball, has fallen to a low I can’t remember since maybe early 80’s? I mean, how does the football team go 0 & 9 vs. teams that end up top 25 under the new AD, when they did much better under Evans? i’ll tell you why? Some guys just arn’t leaders, like Derek Dooley, just because Derek Dooley coached under Nick Saban, doesn’t mean he can lead like Saban or make Saban like decisions and get Saban like results. Same is true of this amateur AD, just because he served under Foley, obviously, due to his anemic leadership skills, his atrocious judgment, and his dismal results (0 & 9 mentioned above), he will be fired within minutes after the Oct 2012 loss to Florida is my guess (assuming UGA loses to South Carolina for the 3rd straight year too). Just can’t let a guy like that continue to run the program into the ground.

Beast from the East

June 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

I don’t like to name-call on these blogs, but you are an absolute f%#*ing moron. How can an AD that has been on the job less than 2 years be responsible for the on-field results of an 11 year veteran coach? Idiot!!!!!!

Dawg One

June 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

If all you expect are so-so winning records in the major sports, keep McGarity, Richt, and Fox.

If you expect championships, dump these losers and clean house. Start over with some winners.

Miz Zou

June 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Mizzou 24, Georgia 17 in a thriller!


June 28th, 2012
7:10 pm

If you look at the records going back even further, you will realize a simple fact, UGA did much better when Dooley was AD than after he was replaced.

Our improvement will increase as soon as Adams is gone.


June 28th, 2012
7:51 pm

OK, tell me why Dave Perno is still the baseball coach??


June 28th, 2012
7:56 pm

Do Fulmer Cup standings count?

Snoop Dawg

June 28th, 2012
8:10 pm

All the Richt school zombies will pooh pooh this rating, but the numbers do not lie. We have gone from one of the very best programs ten years ago, around the time that Richt was hired, down to average today. This also corresponds to the era of Red Panties Vince Dooley poster child Damon “Red Panties” Evans.

McGarrity is just a UGA good ole boy. He isn’t going to rock the boat, and probably doesn’t have the acumen to improve the lot even if he wanted. He really flexed his muscles by firing the Gym Dawgs coach and the women’s golf coach, huh?!? Meanwhile, Preacha Man got a contract extension with his incompetent buddy Mike Bobo. All of Georgia’s best recrutis are now signing to play out-of-state in rival schools.

Makes me wonder how much education you really get at UGA…

Well, we made our bed, now sleep in it…


June 28th, 2012
8:21 pm

For the morons posting, these rankings/numbers mean exactly dic in the fall when toe meets leather

Snoop Dawg

June 28th, 2012
8:27 pm

ARdawg, if you want to see moron, look at the mirror. When toe meets leather in 2012, do not expect any different results from the previous five years whentoe meets leather. The same dufus coach is still in charge. The Richt zombies really expect that doing the same thing over and over will achieve different results. It will not. UGA will choke against Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, maybe even Tennessee. It will be another diappointing year but just enough to avoid applying the toe to Richt’s leather head.


June 28th, 2012
8:47 pm

Snoopy= you are one dumb a__ dog.