Paul Westerdawg makes a very good point in response to those seeking a change at the head coaching position:
Greg McGarity has done absolutely nothing at UGA to suggest he’s capable of or willing to make a big important hire or making massive, decisive sweeping changes. He came into a massive pile of dysfunction left over from Damon, and (to his credit) he made a check list of the dumbest crap we were doing and slowly worked his way through the obvious items on the list. He fixed issues like not having a nutritionist or playing football games AT Louisville. But the big issues like the dumpster fire of the S&C program or the Baseball Team’s head coach and facilities were dealt with incrementally or not at all.
If we want to “out Bama” the Tide, we’re going to need an AD, President and Coach ready to invest about $3 million per year in Football Operations, Football Analysts and S&C personnel. We’re going to need to invest another $2 million a year in coaching salaries across the board. Then we’re going to need a bigger compliance staff to keep those 20 new staffers in compliance.
That’s more than a money issue. That’s a culture change regarding what we invest in. Those personnel investments could be happening RIGHT NOW. And they aren’t. And why? This isn’t 2008 where Richt didn’t get the S&C dollars he asked for because Damon didn’t trust CVH to do anything with the money. This is McGarity saying that he doesn’t believe Bama’s org chart is street legal…and rather than work with the NCAA to end their staffing practices OR adopt the same practices in hiring and staff growth…we are in this passive aggressive purgatory of not doing the new best practice AND not forcing the other guy to stop it.
Change isn’t about simply unplugging one coach and plugging in another. Even if there were someone out there who had a clear vision about how to take the program to the next level – for the sake of argument, let’s say that Kirby Smart has successfully absorbed every management lesson Nick Saban has to offer – if McGarity and the administration are unwilling to restructure the school’s entire approach to big-time football, who’s to say the hire would work? For that matter, under those conditions, who’s to say that guy would even be willing to take the job in the first place?
Put it another way. Sure, Alabama raises more money from football than Georgia does. But it also spends way more money on football. At Georgia, we like to make bank. Does anyone really believe that approach is in for a significant adjustment in the near future – especially for a program that wins 10+ games a year more often than not? I sure don’t.