Honestly, it’s not like I take any great pleasure out of mocking Greg McGarity’s penurious tendencies. (Let’s face it, some of that comes with the job.) But, damn, when he’s the only man left in America who’s still counting on the NCAA taking steps to justify a lack of action, what’s a poor blogger to do?
McGarity and others are hoping the problem is solved soon via NCAA legislation:
• First, the amount of on-field, full-time assistant coaches could be raised to 10. Richt said earlier this month he thinks that could happen for next year, at which time he could hire a special teams coordinator.
• Secondly, McGarity thinks a hard cap will be put on the number of football staff members a program can employ. McGarity said he doesn’t know what the specific cap on football staffers will be — 25 has been thrown around — but he expects it to happen.
“The limitation on football staff is going to be a very popular item for discussion, with the way it seems like the structure of the NCAA divisions are going,” McGarity said. “I do feel like that we’re heading in that direction, sooner than later.”
Hope and the NCAA – what a concept. Hell, I don’t even follow the logic of his last point there. If the NCAA divides itself in one form or fashion, it’ll be to give the haves greater control of their ever-increasing resources. You would think in that context there would be even less pressure brought to rein in the big spenders.
I’d like to give McGarity the benefit of the doubt when he says things like this…
“You don’t add a position just because so-and-so has 10 more than you do. You don’t just add it to keep up with your competition. What are these people gonna do? Discuss their role, and then you go from there. And that’s across the board for any sport here, and any position. There’s got to be a justification process, and there can’t be School A has this, and you don’t have that. …
“If you’re living in a comparative world, it’s a hard place to be. Tell us what you need, we’ll provide that, and then we’ll move forward.”
… but first, I doubt Mark Richt’s been silent about what he wants to spend money on. I also doubt he’s gotten everything he’s asked for. But the other thing is, if McGarity insists that the extra staffing doesn’t add any value to a program, why should he care about NCAA intervention limiting the size of schools’ staff?
Ironically, I hope McGarity is proven right and the NCAA bails him out. Because the alternative is waiting a few years and then playing the inevitable game of catch up. At least the reserve fund will have grown some more by then.