“What everyone must do at a halfway point — it’s just like the halfway point of a project the halfway point of anything you do — it’s how you finish that really is the key thing that everyone has to focus on right now,” McGarity said. “Once you think you might have it figured out or you may rest on your laurels so to speak, that’s when you have problems. The message that we need to have and the message that everyone needs to have is that each week gets bigger and bigger. To get to certain levels, you have to work that much harder.”
… that the program would be better served by Georgia’s AD reserving comment until the season’s over. I’m just not sure I agree with it.
For one thing, complacency has been Richt’s Achilles’ heel the last couple of seasons. I’m not sure McGarity’s doing anything more there than stating a gentle reminder of the obvious. (And perhaps that message is a public one because it’s intended to be directed more at Richt’s charges than the head coach.)
And as for this,
“Obviously you’re winning the games that really you need to win,” McGarity said. “At the same time, those teams have really struggled. I don’t know if there’s a (conference) win among them. You’ve got to keep things in perspective because there are some big tests coming up.”
… there’s a little more context to it.
McGarity didn’t want to diminish winning at Neyland Stadium “because everybody knows how tough it is to win there regardless of Tennessee’s program.”
Going forward, McGarity says this team “has very good leadership and I think that translates into doing the right things on and off the field.”
To me, McGarity sounds like he’s letting us know he’s in the same place most of the fan base is right now – hopefulness tempered by remembering what’s gone on over the previous two seasons. Honestly, isn’t that where we want him?