Cheapness is in the eye of the beholder.

Give Seth Emerson credit for asking the tough question.

From his desk, Greg McGarity is insulated enough that he claims not to hear the criticism, whether it be from fans, bloggers or others, that Georgia is not committed enough financially. Especially when it comes to the flagship football program.

Or, to put it in more blunt terms, that he and the school are too cheap.

“I would challenge that,” McGarity said Friday afternoon, then bringing up the news items he knew factored into the criticism:

• A series of new contracts elsewhere that will leave Georgia head coach Mark Richt among the lowest-paid in the SEC.

• USA Today released data showing that Georgia’s assistant coach salaries ranked fifth in the SEC this year, and that was before Auburn hired Will Muschamp at a reported salary of $1.7 million.

These were events at other places, but it was easy to relate it to Georgia, where another good-but-not-great season has unleashed another round of examination of what might be lacking.

“We’re not bound what other institutions are doing. We’re just bound by what’s good for our program,” McGarity said.  “I would challenge to say what do they mean by cheap? Seriously, what are they referring to?”

It’s a revealing answer, in a couple of ways.

First, it’s hard to reconcile a claim of being oblivious to criticism with rattling off a couple of specific items that have triggered the recent spate of questions about financial priorities at Butts-Mehre, or, to put it another way, to note the news from your competitors as a factor in the complaints while brushing off what those other schools do as irrelevant to Georgia’s decision-making.

Second, the whole thing there reminds me of the attitude McGarity expressed about the way the school handled public relations in the wake of the Gurley suspension.  As I noted at the time,

“…the most troubling aspect of all of this is that McGarity insists he “…didn’t understand the criticism that UGA had mismanaged the situation, or had a ‘P.R. nightmare.’”

Assuming that he’s being honest in both cases (and I certainly have no reason to think otherwise), I’m not sure which is worse, not understanding why fans are frustrated, or not making the effort to understand why that’s the case.

Then there’s this.

As for assistant salaries, Georgia’s rankings of fifth in the SEC and 13th nationally seems about right to McGarity, based on results.

“That’s about where we are,” he said. “That’s about where we should be. Are we there with LSU, and Alabama and Auburn of recent years? Probably not, because they’ve done great things, they’ve played in the bigger bowls. They’ve had great success on a national level better than us. So it’s all reflective of performance.”

But offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, whose offense has set records the past few years, continues to be paid nearly $300,000 less than the school’s defensive coordinator. McGarity said that’s Richt’s decision, or at least Richt’s decision within the salary pool that he is provided each year.

“Mark has a pool of money that he allocates however he allocates,” McGarity said. “There was a significant jump made after the ’12 season for Mike. The pool is reflective of team success. You basically see where the pool is and how it ranks and where you finish. It’s all based on results.”

LSU, Alabama and Auburn certainly make for a convenient excuse.  And there’s no denying that McGarity is correct to note those programs have enjoyed greater success recently.

But convenience cuts both ways – in this case, McGarity manages to ignore the arms race with coaching salaries across the conference, which has spread to schools that haven’t done any more of late than Georgia, or, in certain cases, have done less.  And that’s the thing here.  McGarity is judging his coaches’ pay by one measuring stick; Jimmy Sexton’s market isn’t using the same stick.  If you can tell Mike Bobo he’s making almost a million dollars a year less than Cam Cameron because of team success and he accepts that, terrific.  But at some point, somebody with a checkbook is going to put a different value on Mike Bobo’s success.

In the end, though, I’m not sure any of this really matters.  Here’s the most revealing thing McGarity has to say:

“I sleep pretty well at night, because I know when I go home I’ve given it my best,” McGarity said. “But I’ll let others judge me. I have a boss. We all have bosses. And my boss is the president. So he’ll let me know how I’m doing.”

I don’t think he’s the only one there who sleeps well at night.  At least as long as the money keeps rolling in.  That’s the Georgia Way.

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99 responses to “Cheapness is in the eye of the beholder.

  1. joe

    Wow. Just wow.

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    • Mark

      Mcgarity is still a Gator at heart. He does not care 1 bit about Georgia. he needs to go, bring in a Georgia person to run the affairs of thghe Dawgs

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      • McGarity is a Georgia person.

        McGarity was a letterman on the 1973 Bulldog tennis team and following graduation began his professional career at UGA. After serving as a student assistant from 1973-77, he held positions as assistant sports information director and head women’s tennis coach (1977-82), administrative assistant (1982-88), and assistant athletic director for facilities and event management (1988-92).

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  2. “I would challenge that,” McGarity said Friday afternoon

    Ohhhhh! You challenge that. Well if you challenge that, then I guess it isn’t true.

    Someone pull up that stat comparing where we rank for money coming in and where we rank for money spent on football.

    Someone pull up that stat of Alabama’s “consultants” compared to ours.

    McGarity is one of the biggest losers in the useless Bowel Movement complex.

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  3. Jim

    So what are you saying? If we paid richt and bobo more the results would be different? I doubt that.

    Yes they are underpaid. The moment they threaten to go elsewhere I am sure GM will give them a raise

    I’ve done pretty well professionally but have never been given a raise because someone else was making more. I had to ask

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    • I’m guessing that’s because whatever you do for a living, it’s never been part of a seller’s market.

      I can tell you as an employer who went through a crazy market where it was difficult to find a certain type of skilled labor, I damned sure was stuck with that kind of situation. I was proactive with compensation. I had to be. Because if I hadn’t, somebody else would have hired my best employees away.

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      • Scooter

        What obviously adds extra risk for McGarity in “getting salaries to the market rate” compared to your situation you just described is the multi-year contracts that all the head coaches and now many of the coordinators receive. So Jimmy and the coaches get paid even when they end up working on their suntan during October. Plus, all this compensation is in the public domain. (I hope that the AD doesn’t pay some comp consulting firm a boatload to tell him what his coaches should be paid.) To deal with these risks, McGarity has been fortunate in that he has a head coach that some pretty fine assistant coaches want to work for. UGA is nice and all, but Richt (not the UGA way) has to be the secret sauce to holding McGarity’s house of cards together on coach’s salaries. And you have to wonder where Richt is on this issue. McGarity sets the compensation pool and then Richt allocates it out. So process wise that may make sense, but you would think the AD is doing a little more than just saying the pool is going up by 10%… now you figure out how to make it work!!

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        • I think you’re spot on with your analysis.

          But I also think McGarity isn’t as hands off with regards to compensation as he makes it sound. Sure, it may very well be that Richt is given some overall parameters to work with, but things like buyouts and guaranteed terms are McGarity’s call.

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          • gastr1

            It’s awfully nice of McCheapity to dump that particular pile at Richt’s feet isn’t it? Has anyone else noticed what a douche move that in itself is?

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  4. Granthams replacement

    It almost sounds like 10-3 is the sweet spot, close enough to great to keep the money flowing but far enough away to be cheap.

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  5. Mayor

    McGarity is out of touch with the real world.

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    • You know, I gotta ask if it’s the others that are out of touch. I’m not trying to be coy here … just asking an honest question. When did these salaries get so out of whack?

      I suppose we ought to do our best to keep up with the escalating “arms race,” but do we really want to live in a world driven by Jimmy Sexton?

      Daniel Pink contends that money is a motivator, but in a weird way. Pay people enough that they are happy, and it becomes a non-issue. What “drives” people (the name of his essay, by the way) is autonomy, purpose and mastery. Perhaps Richt, Bobo, et al, are getting what they need in a place they love.

      I’ve been accused of being Shiny, Happy before, but I think if the coaches are satisfied, then it’s their decision. And, we’re not in the hole like other schools. Maybe the Georgia Way is the right way.

      I’m fond of saying that it’s windy and cold and lonely on the high road.

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      • PTC DAWG

        The money flowinf is HUGE, McGarity is a tightwad.

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        • True … as was Damon Evans before him. And, Dooley. And, if memory serves me correctly, Joel Eaves (in whom we had a great man, by the way.)

          I really don’t believe we’d get any different performance from our coaches if they were compensated more. At some point, the ridiculous money is just a way to keep score.

          All that said, when we eventually replace Coach Richt or go after a big-time coordinator, we will have to open up our checkbook. (Kind of like what we did with Grantham, but I digress.) Might be a good idea to stash away some cash now to be able to pay up later.

          As to the good Senator’s point about being in a seller’s market, we also may need some of that cash when someone comes after one of our coaches we want to keep. (Kind of like what we didn’t do with Grantham, but I digress.)

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  6. CannonDawg

    The more I see of Matt Stinchcomb, the more I think he would make a good AD. He knows the game, the SEC, and he has business experience. And he’s a DGD. I don’t know if he’s give up his media gig, but (to use a Bear Bryant phrase) he might if Mama called.

    Just sayin’.

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  7. By all means get Mama to call. He would be perfect.

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  8. McGarity better get off his wallet for the new strength coach, that’s for damn sure. UGA REALLY needs to spend what’s necessary to get the right guy there (and to once again beat a drum I’ve pummeled to dust, we need to at least see what might get Shannon Turley to leave Palo Alto). We can’t half ass that hire, because it’s simply to vital to the program’s success.

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    • Dawgoholic

      We need a new AD. We used to have an elite athletic department. That is no longer the case. Smaller sports aren’t what they used to be across the board and football is not getting the same financial support as many of our competitors. BTW-I’m not sure if GM is the problem or if it’s his bosses.

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    Athletic funds now in the control of the UGA Foundation rose to $44,212,208 as of June 30, 2014.

    This is where our athletic money goes.

    When will our largest athletic boosters finally get fed up with being ripped off by the University?

    http://www.dacbond.com/dacContent/doc.jsp?id=0900bbc78013dbf7

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    • Dawgoholic

      Thanks Joe, nice link. My reading of the financial docs is that we could write a check today for the IPF and still be just fine.

      We need more aggressive leadership.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        At UGA, the athletic department does not compete against other universities’ athletic departments. Instead it competes against other UGA departments and the desire for UGA to increase its research endowment.

        Contributions still comprise the largest source of revenue, with ticket sales and shared revenue close behind.

        When enough of the big athletic contributors realize how little of their contributions actually go to improving the performance of UGA’s athletic teams, things will likely change quickly.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      I am not an accountant. I am not in the financial services industry. I am an “amateur ” in the sport of reading financial reports, so my conclusions from reading the report, especially the last two pages, is that the AA provides $4 million a year to the Foundation and, in addition, contributed about $44 million into a investment fund managed by the Foundation with the fund the fund proceeds to be available to the AA for athletics related expenditures.

      You may be savvier than me and I may be all wet. If I read it right we are simply delivering the $44 million to the Foundation’s invetment pool instead of delivering it to Merrill Lynch.

      Thank you for the link.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        Call me cynical, but something tells me when it is time to get the funds to hire a new coaching staff, the athletic association is going to find nothing there but an IOU from the University Of Georgia.

        Like social security.

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  10. Charlottedawg

    If BM were a company they would have a bullseye on their back for an activist investor, or an lbo if this were the eighties. Mcgarity sounds more and more like a chairman/CEO who’s the third generation of the founding family who for the life of him can’t figure out why there’s barbarians at the gate.

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  11. This egomaniac is either playing dumb or thinks the fan base is dumb. He’s certainly part of the wine n cheese, sit down up front, I pay ___ crowd. The ultra conservative crowd who is still living off the 80s. This mindset is why the facilities and entire program got passed by during the 90s and it’s why we’re still asking “why not us, why not Georgia?” Nearly every facet of the program is a decade behind the ones at the top. It’s great to remember and appreciate the past but the past doesn’t give you the right to sit on your ass.

    We’re to busy hoarding money and trying to look like choir boys to be bothered with much else. I’m all for doing it the right way but not the way we sometimes go about it. We’re trying to make the Georgia Florida game kids friendly and alcohol free while they curb stomp us. We’re allowing Florida to wear their home jerseys the year we’re the home team…while they curb stomp us. Sorry but I don’t believe CMR is is why we can’t get over the hump. It’s attitude and dedication. I see more vanity than dedication to winning.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      I see it as a ruse to continue to funnel athletic money into the new health sciences and engineering programs and elsewhere. State funding is down and the money to develop these programs to a competitive level has to come from somewhere. This was Dr. Adams’ brainchild and is being perpetuated by Jere and the current UGA administration. Greg is just their puppet.

      The Georgia Way morality play is a smokescreen to appease the contributing supporters without having to spend the money necessary to operate championship athletic programs.

      However, Georgia doesn’t often lose to Florida and Tech in the same year and way the season ended may have upset enough athletic boosters to start throwing their financial influence into making changes.

      We will see.

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    • “This look was made popular by the UCLA-USC rivalry, in which the Bruins would always wear their light blue uniforms, while the Trojans would wear their red uniforms.”

      The NCAA then banned it, forcing one team to wear white in every match up. However, they reversed that rule in 2009, saying both teams could wear colored jerseys as long as they are “clearly contrasting in color”. I do know that game was played after the banning and one coach was penalized a time out for being in wrong color jersey. The coach for the opposition promptly took an unnecessary time out for himself.

      I’m guessing the decision was up to Richt. Seeing how Muschamp is a Georgia alum and former player perhaps he was just being courteous. We use to pound Spurrier in our red jersey while he cleaned the grass stains off his blue jersey. It’s a football game, jersey color had nothing to do with the curb stomping Get an extra rabbit foot if that bothers you.

      Lane Kiffen once requested to be allowed to wear home jerseys against Alabama and they refused him.
      Georgia is a university with a football team. Alabama is a semi-pro football team with university. A very poor state somewhat dependent upon the success of that semi-pro team.
      just sayin’

      And one last thing while I am on my rant per kid friendly… That drunk, obnoxious fan was the reason we no longer took the kids to some games and sat with my Dad and Mom. Screaming at Bobo and using the F bomb around my Dad, his wife and his grand children was gonna end poorly for some drunk. He is very old school. So we made some changes. And that’s too bad.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      The financial report Bulldog Joe linked shows that for the FY ending 2014 (which includes a 6 game home football schedule instead of a 7 game schedule, depressing ticket sale revenues) the AA’s revenues exceeded the expenses by over $15 Million. If these same numbers were for Gaskill Inc instead of a 501 (c) we would call that $15 million “profit.”

      I am a long time Hartman Fund and Basketball Fund contributor. I have to ask, why am I writing checks to a 501 (c)3 that does not spend $15 million towards it’s purposes and accumulates a net worth (it calls it “net position ” ) of over $300 million?

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  12. Debby Balcer

    He made things worse with his explanation. If we lose a coach other than Grantham to a higher paying job he will be left holding the bag.

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    • EgginDawg

      AD GM isn’t making lots of friends right now with the cocky attitude he’s sporting these days. That shit might play at UF but won’t last here IMHO. If nothing else this season has opened up the eyes of The Disney DAWGS and I couldn’t be more pleased. The Georgia Way is losing credibility daily.

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  13. South FL Dawg

    It bothers me more how dumb that explanation sounds than how cheap we are. At least recognize that you’re cheap, Greg.

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  14. TennesseeDawg

    Richt hasn’t done anything lately to deserve a raise. Bobo deserves a bump and the verdict is still out on Pruitt

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    • SouthGaDawg

      +1 to all three

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    • Following his first 11-2 season with Johnny football, Kevin Sumlin got a nice contract extension. That same year after the 9-4 season he signed a whole new contract making him the second highest paid head coach in the land? Texas A&M went 7-5 after this his third season. Must of been that paycheck?
      Boom,the one time head coach in waiting at Texa$, is receiving 6.5 million dollar paycheck after failing as the next coaching sensation for Florida. Gus went 8-4 in 2014. He only scored 7 points on Georgia. That can get your DC fired. And some of you believed that the Barners had struck gold with that defensive guru.( Two words for you Southern Miss) I guess he must have loaned that rabbit foot to Missouri. He gets the least with most trophy in the SEC this season.
      I think Mark Richt is due the most with least trophy. Breaking in a new DC, an exodus of clowns and pot heads, and going from next to last in passing D to next to first in that stat column.
      Well Dog fans in 2015 we are going rock the SEC. We got that semi-pro team between the hedges October 3. We will be in red! 😉

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  15. If he’s doing the president’s bidding who is doing the BoR’s bidding (who in turn is doing the governor’s bidding), no one has a damn thing to worry about in the chain. The only way change comes is for the money to dry up. I don’t see any long-time contributors getting out of line for season tickets and seating priority to make a point with the suits in B-M, the president’s office or the Atlanta politicians.

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  16. DB

    The Muschamp hire and salary is a game changer. The Georgia way is about to get tested big time.

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    • Dawgoholic

      I’ve noticed a divide among Internet fans (including this blog) on CMR. I’m not sure if it’s a fair representation or not. For the record, I’m pro-CMR.

      However, I’m not pro-Mcgarity or whoever is making the calls at BM. I also seem to see a consensus on that issue.

      Senator, I’d like to see a poll similar to the one you did on CMR on McGarity. Here are the categories:
      Break everyone into two groups: Alum or non-alum and have each group pick one:
      (1) I support McGarity and the BM hierarchy.
      (2) McGarity is the problem and he needs to go.
      (3) The BM hierarchy, not McGarity, is the problem – they all need to change. McGarity is essentially a puppet.

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      • I’ve thought about doing something like that, but I’ll probably wait until next year, to see how McGarity handles the annual coaching evaluations (and maybe we’ll hear more about the IPF by then).

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          It might be interesting to add to the poll a question on who most believe actually makes major money decisions for the athletic department.

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  17. DawgPhan

    I hate the attitude he has about this stuff. He could could work on his manners a little bit.

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  18. Macallanlover

    The more I hear this guy talk, the more I realize just how over his head the man really is with this job. I would ask who the hell hired this bozo but I think I recall the prez who was responsible. For all the venom spewed here about the very competent coaches we have, the real glare should be on UGA the institution, it’s administrators, and their commitment to excellence. We know the handicaps our football program operates under, but there has also been a significant fall off in the competitiveness of other sports in recent years. But the tenured, money grabbers in academia are always there with their hands out as they strip the Golden Goose of it’s future earnings potential. Very short sided to not invest for the years to come.

    Salary issues are just the tip of this iceberg, and the lack of heat on McFrugal is problematic. Who is evaluating this clown? And his answer about Bobo’s salary and how Richt’s salary pool is adequate to deal with the issue is just a damned lie when looked it as a whole. CMR might have a “pool” of money to work with but that pool is too shallow to wet everyone. How dumb are you really Mr. AD? You are talking about the HC who paid his assistants out of his own money when the school was too cheap to do so and now you want us to believe he is returning money back to you unused? Someone please call a press conference and announce we are searching for a real AD to lead us

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    • It’s funny, Mac, but the more I hear from McGarity, the more I believe he’s doing exactly the job he’s been asked to do.

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      • Chadwick

        Me too. It’s systemic and McGarity is a symptom.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Of course it is systemic. What else could it be? McGarity has bosses, even in the ivy-covered world his bosses work in, they, not McGarity set the priorities and tell McGarity what to do with his money.

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      • Ya think? I’ve been beating this drum for awhile. I’ll probably need to stop before you take my drum sticks away. 😉

        Adams said administrators need to use discipline with the purse strings when it comes to coaching hires.
        As Adams passes the baton to Morehead, he told the full board: “It’s going to take some discipline from this board moving forward and from the administration. There are some places that are running headlong toward the cliff. Assistant coaches salaries, incredible money being spent on revenue sports. It will, in my opinion, it will take some continued self-discipline for us to stay in the black.”
        “Incoming president Jere Morehead will take over for Adams after he retires on June 30.” Same song different verse.
        http://onlineathens.com/sports/college-sports/2013-05-23/uga-athletic-association-approves-93m-budget-including-125m-sanford

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Mike Adams, gone but hardly forgotten. Institutionally, the University of Georgia does not want to compete with, for instance, Alabama and Auburn when it comes to spending money on assistant coaches.

          Somebody above mentions Joel Eaves. Eaves was helluva a good athletic director who transformed the athletic department from a hotbed of low competence and nepotism into a modern business operation.

          But, Joel Eaves was also regarded by many in the inner circle of Bulldawgdom as the biggest cheapskate in the history of cheapskates.
          Eaves massaged every nickel till it squealed.

          I suspect that the Eaves Model is what Blutarsky and others have called the Dooley Model.

          I don’t doubt at all that when Greg McGarity looks back at how things were when he came to Butts-Mehre many years ago and thinks that, compared to the Eaves and Dooley Models, he is a wastrel.

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          • Did you mean to leave Mr. Victoria Secrets out?
            As of 2006, the University of Georgia Athletic Association comprised 19 intercollegiate teams, over 500 student-athletes, a $65 million budget and a 250 person staff. For fiscal 2005, the Athletic Association had the largest operating profit among collegiate athletic programs at US$23.9 Million from a gross profit of US$68.8 Million. 😉

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            • Scorpio Jones, III

              Yeah…I know, Panties appeared to manage money pretty well, but I did leave him out…I don’t want to give Vince heartburn with the idea Evans was the perfect extension of the Eaves-Dooley Model…state troopers and all, ya know? 🙂 Vince, I don’t doubt is an avid GTP reader, keeps an Ipad out in his azalea patch. Didn’t McGarity leave for Gainesville when Evans got the bump?

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      • Macallanlover

        I don’t disagree Senator about him having his hands tied, at least partially, by an admin and Trustee group that isn’t in tune with the expectations of fans. Just about everyone has a boss that can set the parameters in a way that limits success. And I don’t think, just raising salaries guarantees success. But his job is more than setting and adhering to budgets that are handed to him. A successful AD should be able to influence others to provide him with the tools his employees need to get their job done, and that includes commanding respect among their peers, the public and it’s supporters.

        McFrugal’s comments seem more like a puppeteer dancing to the beat being set by those above him. Working under a guy like that would not be very encouraging because you know some other department is getting the extra dollars. Even if the president isn’t smart enough to see how we are falling behind our primary competitors there are many influential boosters and Trustee’s who can change the attitude toward athletics. This influence game is played in every corporation, every day by skillful middle managers. I don’t think our AD is fighting well for the troops, he seems very content despite the discord from the fans, or perception of the fans. His level of tone-deafness makes it look like he had training at NCAA HQ.

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        • Scorpio Jones, III

          Mac, the admin and trustee groups are fans, just not fans like those folks here who want to call plays and set salaries. I am not at all sure it is necessarily a bad thing to have the strings pulled by folks who don’t go into hyperdrive with every offensive play the defense wins.

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  19. Russ

    Discouraging.

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  20. VoxDawg

    John Calipari is dead on: “Administrations win championships.”

    Sadly, I’m in the camp that believes that McGarity is doing exactly the job he’s asked to do. Until the old guard, stuffed shirt, scriveners and misers in B-M die off and are replaced by progressively-minded folks who understand the nature of the modern CFB landscape (the “arms race”), the The Georgia Way will be alive and well. ADGM will continue to do his best Scrooge McDuck impression, high-diving from the vault, spitting a stream of gold doubloons like a fountain.

    Red Panties aside, I think Damon Evans was our best shot at keeping up with the SEC Joneses from a culture standpoint. Right now, we’re no better than facing a room full of Montgomery Burnses who are making the calls on the IPF, coaching salaries, etc.

    Paying our current coach(es) more isn’t going to accomplish anything right now, anyway. They’ve already shown they can come within striking distance of a NC appearance (’02, ’07, ’12) with B-M holding the status quo, so you’ll never convince the AD’s office that they’re doing anything wrong – we’ve just been unlucky in that regard. The problem with most of the seasons where Lady Luck has appeared to spurn the Dawgs can often be attributed to the team not being adequately prepared for all 14 games. Even when they fire on all cylinders and curb stomp a Top 10 Auburn team, they come out flat against USCjr and send the band & cheerleaders out to play against the Gators.

    THAT is a deficiency in coaching. I’m pro-Richt, historically, but I know that the killer instinct that ignites teams to win championships isn’t there to the level that it needs to be, because after all, our HC is very open about the fact that “there’s more important things in life than football.”

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    • GaskillDawg

      Agree. It is more than coaching salaries. The UGA AA’s net profit in FY 2014 was over $11 million. That is after we paid $4 million to the UGA Foundation ( a move I support).

      What is some of the $11 million not put back into the athletic programs? A 501c(3) ought to spend the net revenues on things that advance the purpose of the 501c(3).

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Course at Bama, administrations win championships by getting the hell outa the way of the process and yelling loudly from the president’s box.

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        From Homes above: 2005… largest operating profit among collegiate athletic programs at US$23.9 Million from a gross profit of US$68.8 Million.

        So, we had a better year in 2005? Or are we counting the money in more creative ways…a la the NFL model?

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  21. NoAxeToGrind

    You get what you pay for. Don’t hold your breath waiting for Bobo to get a check from some other institution that he can’t refuse. You may die of lack of oxygen to the brain.

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  22. VoxDawg

    The galling subtext of McGarity’s (paraphrased) “Of course we don’t have what LSU, Bama & Auburn have – we don’t spend that kind of money” is that they’re totally fine with 9-3, 8-4 seasons if it keeps a steady tide of cash rolling in. Once something puts a dent in the bottom line, then it will generate enough attention to warrant DISCUSSING changes. All the while, our neighbors to every side will continue finding ways to stack crystal footballs. (I don’t know what to call the God-awful CFP trophy. The Belk Bowl champ’s trophy is more elite-looking than the gold-toned parentheses monstrosity).

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  23. DirtyBird
    1. If this guy can sleep at night knowing that he is spending 60% less than Aub & Ala on staff, then he really doesn’t care about winning championships.
    2. AD McStupid thought underpaying Grantham was fine too, until Petrino stole him, paid him what he had earned.
    3. AD McStupid doesn’t understand what we mean by “cheap”?
      a) no indoor playing field
      b) Richt is 12th highest paid HC in conf
      c) staff is being paid 60% less than the 2 SEC powerhouses Ala & Aub
      d) as a % of football revenues, AD McGarity reinvests 60% LESS than Bama into the football program
    4. AD McStupid blames underpaying Bobo on Mark Richt, despite being the one who sets the pool of money for the coaches?
    5. Seth Emerson (please bring back David Hale) FORGOT to ask him about why he’s the ONLY AD who keeps scheduling two top 10 teams to open the season?
    6. Seth “I am a homer and not a journalist” Emerson also forgot to ask AD McStupid about his rdiculopus discipline policies that have handcuffed Richt, and will prevent us from landing a top HC down the road?
      7- AD McGarity, you haven’t won a Championship in the big 2 sports, BASKETBALL or FOOTBALL, why do you think we should keep you around?

    Watching Seth closely for a few years, I can tell you this interview was AD McStupid’s idea to try and quelch the criticism of him, Seth would NEVER initiate an interview like this.

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    • The story was about funding. Nothing else. So #5 and #6 weren’t relevant to the story.

      I’m a big fan of David, but I think Seth does an excellent job. Definitely don’t perceive him as a homer.

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      • DirtyBird

        The story could have been broadened easily by Seth to “AD McGarity responds to his critics”. If you’re going to try and deal with some of the causes of why we ain’t winning Chamnps, then it’s right on target to deal with those 2 questions in a piece about criticism of BM or AD.

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        • So Seth’s a homer because he didn’t write the article the way you wanted it. Got it.

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          • DirtyBird

            Seth’s a homer because he’s nothing but a PR piece for the BM Media machine. He checked his journalists credentials at the door. Seth feels if he asks the journalists questions, he’ll lose access to the BM Admin, and thus be shut down and out of work, so he kisses their asses. AD McStupid then goes to Seth for PR pieces he wants out there, because the AJC would not softball questions.

            I am saying ANY respectable journalist knows there are at least 5 critiques of this AD regarding football:
            1- Staff pay: leads to poaching (Garner, Searles, Grantham etc.)
            2- Indoor facility (even 2 staff members spoke out against the BM machine on this)
            3- Scheduling too many top 10 teams early (this is ridiculous and I got to hear his dumb ass excuse for this one since he’s the sole AD doing this, and he won’t say it’s all about the $$$)
            4- Abnormally strong discipline policies (I’m sure he’d blame CMR here too)
            5- Not winning Championships in your 2 major sports, why should we keep you?

            Seth had his opportunity, and settled for 2 out of 5. This is one reason why Seth won’t be getting a promotion to a bigger gig, ever. Plus the fans don’t like him or know him very well.

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            • I am saying ANY respectable journalist knows there are at least 5 critiques of this AD regarding football…

              You’re understanding of journalism leaves something to be desired. Reporters report. Bloggers and blog commenters critique.

              Since no one has asked the questions/raised the criticisms you’re jonesing for, I assume that means that NO repectable journalist covers Georgia football.

              Not winning Championships in your 2 major sports, why should we keep you?

              That’s a homer question. Wonder why Seth didn’t ask it…

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              • DirtyBird

                AJC has raised most of the criticisms.

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                • Most isn’t all. And given the level of your research, most isn’t even most without supporting links.

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                    • The first piece is labelled “Opinion”. It’s from Carvell’s blog. If that’s your idea of journalism, my work is done here.

                      The second piece isn’t even from the AJ-C.

                      And neither involves an interview with McGarity.

                      Face it – you’re just talking out of your ass here.

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                    • Who is this Dirty Bird?

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                    • DirtyBird

                      Journalism is about asking the tough questions, not throwing up softballs.

                      Easy to find AJC articles questioning AD on the big 5: scheduling, indoor facility, discipline policies, strength of schedule, is not winning Champshps or big games good enough, and so on.

                      ESPN writers have critiqued program for excessive negative publicity regarding exiting players, and for not winning big games.

                      None of those are news, Seth should have done his homework and asked about the Big 5 in an article dealing with critics and criticism and critiques. Was far too narrow in its scope.

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                    • Dude, you wouldn’t know journalism if it walked up and bit you in the ass.

                      “Easy to find” AJ-C articles… that you can’t find. LMAO.

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                    • DirtyBird

                      I do know the difference between advocacy journalism and investigative journalism. Plus, journalism is no longer the traditional guys only, traditional guys like Seth Emerson have a lot to lose if they look at issues from both sides like their jobs because they depend on a media source for their income, so they are just become advocacy journalists for the PR machine, it’s people like you and me using blogs like this, I am into street journalism and citizen journalism, I do know something about that, I am good at looking at the other side of an issue, and at least to me, that has value in this society.

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                    • “Investigative journalism”? Dude, these guys are beat writers, not Woodward and Bernstein.

                      I don’t know what you mean by “street journalism and citizen journalism”, but don’t lump me in there. I’m a blogger, not a journalist. And I do know the difference between the two.

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                    • DirtyBird

                      I think of street journalism like the fact checkers of all the bullshit out there by the advocacy journalists like Emerson.

                      Sort of like a blog, where after a debate, checks some of the statements for their factual basis.

                      I think most of what comes out of McStupid’s lips is bullshit.

                      The facts are, a lot more players are suspended at the football program for smoking marijuana than the other SEC schools. The facts are, he has been here since 2010 and we have no nice indoor playing facility and it has contributed to some losses, the weather was bad before the last 2 SEC Championships we played in, and we missed some important practice time. The facts are, a lot of starting key offensive players are getting ACL injuries (Gurley, Marshall, Mitchell, Murray) due to a poorly qualified and funded S & C staff and the dline is getting dominated by teams like Florida for 400+ yards rushing, where other teams don’t even give up 275 to Florida. He says he’s committed to the program financially, but the facts are, he spends 60% less than Alabama on staff and as a reinvestment percentage from football revenues. The facts are he continues to schedule top 25 matchups for the first few games every year for the last 5 years to increase revenues, even though we are 2-7 in those games. He underpays staff by a large margin, and staff have led for greener pastures for more pay like Searels, Garner, and Grantham come to mind.

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                    • The solution to this seems obvious to me. Since traditional journalism has clearly failed here and you’re a street journalist who knows what questions need to be asked, I think you need to arrange an interview with McGarity… no, better yet, just head over to Butts-Mehre and jump him in true Mike Wallace 60 Minutes style. Make sure you record it and post it on YouTube. I’ll even do a blog post on it for you.

                      What say you, Citizen Journalist?

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                    • Let me do the Interview. I know how to ask the right questions. AJC, I’m on the right medication, at Peace and full of Joy. Put me in Coach….I’m ready to play.📹📀🎄

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  24. DirtyBird

    One other thing, blaming his cheapness on Mark Richt for not winning championships or getting to bigger Bowls? Has NOTHING to do with his cheapness. AD McStupid doesn’t see that you have to spend money FIRST, to build a championship team. You don’t wait until someone wins one to do it. Look at Texas A & M. He either needs to BELIEVE in Mark Richt, and start INVESTING to DEMIONSTRATE his VERBAL BS FAKE INTENT (That’s when I’ll believe he is committed to winning, not by a verbal promise) or FIRE him and get a guy who’ll he INVEST in to win a Championship. But it’s on AD McStupid, bottom line:

    invest and compete with Bama & Aub or keep missing out on Championships.

    I am convinced more than ever, we need a new AD, we will never win a Chamshp as long as McStupid’s in charge.

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    • VoxDawg

      McGarity is standing in front of the fireplace, telling it that once it makes him warm, then he’ll give it firewood.

      Don’t spend it on the coaches, spend it on support staff, an IPF, and anything else your ANALYSTS tell you that he program needs to be competitive as an elite destination for talent. Get the talent (consistently) then you’ll get the crystal.

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    • You are very good. You can’t say that stuff in the News Papers. The editors won’t let you. That is why I appreciate someone who can write like the Senator, yet has Carrie Blanche to go beyond what is acceptable to the general public.

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  25. Anon

    You can’t even pay Hartman Fund priority with AmEx because they’re too cheap to accept them.

    I don’t have any problems making donations with it when I make my UGA Foundation gifts each year.

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  26. DirtyBird

    We should try to imagine questions a real journalists could have asked?

    “How do you feel about Pruitt having 8 players transfer from his secondary, think we’re a little too strict?”
    “How did it feel watching us lose to Nick Marshall and seeing him go on to lead his team to a BCS Champshp game, who you had kicked off the team for a minor violation, seeing how Marshall has not relapsed, how much do you regret this decision?”
    “Does it feel weird seeing Zach Mettenberger throw the ball so well in the NFL, after you approved his dismissal, and then seeing Les Miles quickly recruit him, who’s dumber, you or Miles?”
    “If it’s such a great idea to schedule top 10 teams for the first 2 games, why are you the only AD in the nation doing it, are you the only smart one, or are they all dumber than you?”
    “From an Admin responsibility, since everything you’ve tried so far has not worked, what else could you be doing to win Championships?”
    “What are you doing to try and reduce ACL injuries, do you feel the S & C staff has the equipment and facilities they need, and is paid like Bama’s?”
    “Ultimately, do you feel an Admin should be measured by profits or Champshps in it’s 2 most important programs (BBall, Fball)?”
    “Why arn’t you running a Champshp program in football or basketball, what’s missing?”
    “Do you feel you are doing everything you can to compete with Bama & Auburn on facility and staffing investment?”
    “What is Bama’s admin doing differently from yours that’s helping them to win so many football Champshps?”
    “You seem to have a “middle of the conference” stance regarding spending, is this leading to being middle or average when it comes to winning Champshps?”

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    • “If it’s such a great idea to schedule top 10 teams for the first 2 games, why are you the only AD in the nation doing it, are you the only smart one, or are they all dumber than you?”

      That’s happened once since McGarity’s been AD. And he doesn’t control when the SEC puts South Carolina on the schedule.

      If Seth sees your list, I’m sure he’ll kick himself over the lost opportunity.

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      • DirtyBird

        in 2010, we opened with 3 top 25 teams in the first 4 games. and lost all 3 to the top 25.
        in 2011, opened up to 2 top 10 teams, lost both.
        in 2013, opened up to 2 top 10 teams, lost 1.
        in 2014 opened up to 1 top 10 teams, lost 1.

        So, 4 out of last 5 years, we’ve opened up to a brutal opening, and gone 2-7.

        No other AD is that DUMB.

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  27. DirtyBird

    2014 opened up to 2 top 10 teams, lost 1.

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      • DirtyBird

        If you go back and look where teams were ranked preseason, you’ll find AD McStupid scheduled:
        2010: 3 teams out of first 4 games in preseason top 25
        2011: 2 teams in top 12 preseason
        2013: 2 teams in preseason top 10
        2014: 2 teams in top 16

        And went 2-7 vs these 9 teams.

        http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings/_/week/1

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        • Macallanlover

          Not sure “dirtybird” (really?) you are in any position to call anyone stupid. Particularly if you think McFrugal controls the conference schedule, and also if you think fans want more cupcakes than better OOC games. You may want to note the crowd appeal for your walkover games the past several years. Another note, since thinking isn’t your forte, an AD being able to predict the pre-season rankings years in advance would qualify him for much bigger things than being a state employee. Your thinking may reflect some of the UGA fans but hardly all. People pay extra for tickets to quality games but give tickets away for the ones you seem to think are entertaining. GM lacks in many areas but you have found one that isn’t an issue.

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          • DirtyBird

            Western Kentucky or Idaho State will be an easy win any year. Point is why schedule a team like Boise St or Clemson? Come on man, you’re smarter than that.

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            • Come on man, you’re smarter than that. Man you’ve really stepped off in the deep end and you clearly don’t have the boots for it.

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            • Macallanlover

              I don’t want a Win like that more than one time a year. We are 4-2 against Clemson and Boise in those games under Richt and the loss to Boise wasn’t a horrible one, to me. They were loaded with 4th and 5th year starters that season, including the best QB to ever play in that offense, while we were inexperienced that year in several positions. Boise was actually the better team that early in 2010 and we were playing well against them until Ogletree went down and opened the middle up.

              I repeat, scheduling good, competitive OOC games isn’t a minus. Excitement over these games adds to what CFB is about. Somewhere along the line some fans have decided that sneaking into respectability is more impressive than earning it. There are plenty of non-competitive games around all of CFB already, teams should be moving in the other direction and fans should be demanding them. If you want to “schedule” a title, drop down to 1AA, or lower, and pad your win column and claim some title every year. We can argue over degrees of how far to move but that is basically what you are advocating. Is this what UGA football should become? I don’t want to be ohio state, their titles are all questionable to me.

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  28. Bob

    The arrogance is amazing. What a prick.

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