I’m sorry if this offends some of you, but I can’t let this little bit of hackery from Tony Barnhart slide by without objection:
[Vince] Dooley is in the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. His peers will tell you that he was an even better athletics director.
If by peers, he means people like Mike Hamilton, well, okay. For the rest of us non-arena folks, “better than Hall of Fame” seems a bit of a stretch. I’m not saying Coach Dooley was a bad athletic director – he had his share of hits and misses on hirings (although Goff’s was a debacle due to the department’s disarray in the wake of Dooley’s resignation) and firings (hanging Goff out to dry with how that last year was handled wasn’t fair to either the coach or the program) but he was a good steward on the budget front and the program certainly grew under his direction. Plus, he was on the side of the angels in bringing the antitrust suit against the NCAA over TV broadcast rights.
However, when you’ve got Jan Kemp and Jim Harrick, Jr. on your watch and your defense in both cases is essentially blissful ignorance, it’s hard to make a case that you walk with the immortals. The school and its supporters were not served well in either situation.
So welcome back and eyes on the prize, Greg McGarity. Here’s hoping that Barnhart got the part of his post about you dead on.