Greg McGarity’s bad luck

Pity the poor McGarity.

Greg McGarity is big on catch phrases. You’ll find them posted all over his office and occasionally on his personal things. Like the coffee mug that sits on his desk in his office on the fourth floor at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

“Life Is All About How You Handle Plan B,” it says in colorful hand-painted script.

A close friend gave it to the Georgia athletic director recently. It really hit home, considering the year McGarity and Georgia athletics just had.

It seemed the Bulldogs were constantly having to turn to Plan B in 2014. Like how to conduct a swim season without legendary coach Jack Bauerle, who was suspended and under NCAA investigation; like having run a $100 million operation without your CFO, Frank Crumley, who was forced to resign for having an inappropriate relationship with a married subordinate; like having to play a football season without Todd Gurley, the Heisman Trophy candidate tailback who had sold autographed merchandise on the side.

And to top it all off, McGarity had to deal with rumors about a sour relationship with football coach Mark Richt.

Well, I declare, Miz Scarlett!  How in the world did such scurrilous talk evah begin?  Po’ ole Greg has absolutely no idea. He’s quite perplexed, the dear man.

But it’s football that drives the passion — and revenue — at Georgia. And late last season rumors of a growing rift between McGarity and Richt grew to palpable proportions. Fan chat rooms and even the social media accounts of some otherwise reputable outlets were ablaze with gossip and speculation that McGarity was going to make a coaching change if the Bulldogs lost to Louisville in the Belk Bowl.

Georgia won handily, 37-14. But McGarity scoffs at the notion that game was in any way a referendum for Richt or his staff.

“I’m not really sure where that stuff comes from,” McGarity said. “There are only two people involved, Mark and myself, and I have no idea where that came from. … Mark and I, we’re fine.”

I can’t say for sure if he’s referring to Richt or Bradley there (I say, that’s a joke, son), but if he really can’t figure out where all the smoke at the Belk Bowl presser came from, the latter might be the place to find a clue.  I guess this is like the time McGarity claimed he couldn’t understand the criticism made about how there was “a PR nightmare” surrounding the way the school handled the Gurley suspension.

Maybe somebody can explain to me why Andy Staples’ “sharp athletic director” keeps wondering out loud how all these things just unexpectedly happen to him.  Sure is strange.

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29 responses to “Greg McGarity’s bad luck

  1. simpl_matter

    If that first bit of commentin’ wasn’t a tribute to Jon Stewart’s oft lampooning of one Sen, Lindsey Graham, it was still taken as such. Well done, Suh.

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  2. UGA85

    I don’t remember of any larger increase in spending anywhere than our increase this year. As you have said earlier, we have changed/upgraded everything but our head coach. This unique approach would indicate, to me, an incredible amount of support for a man who just won the Belk Bowl. I know many feel this wasn’t McGarity’s decision, but it did happen on his watch in any case. Actions speak louder than words, and I don’t know how we could look at UGA’s athletic department right now and say they are not supporting our head football coach.

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    • “Right now” being the operative term. And I agree with that.

      But that doesn’t change my impression that McGarity’s “I don’t know how that happened” shtick is wearing thin.

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    • Ant123

      You sound like you believe it was his idea and that had donors and President Morehead not gotten involved it still would have happened. It would not.

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    • Ant123

      My previous comment is directed at UGA85. Sorry I should have made that clear.

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    • DawgPhan

      I dont get this line of thought. If I tossed you the keys to the #88 car today could you win a nascar race this weekend?

      14 years of neglect on the part of the admin is going to take more than a single off season and a little money to correct.

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  3. Macallanlover

    The tsunami of money, and changes in direction, following that “period of rumors” says more than any words can ever cover up. You lost man, got your butt kicked in pub-lick. Trying to deny what we have all seen since December is just another reason to believe this guy is swimming in water that is too deep for him.

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    • He’s walking through a puddle of xxxx and doesn’t have the shoes for it

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    • Chadwick

      Exactly. This guy is in way over his head. His credibility and decision making are in question with his boss. And? He’s making excuses in public. He should just go away. And no, I’m not kidding. Hasn’t made a single impactful hire and has seemingly been the source gaffes, public and private. A change of scenery might do everyone some good.

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      • Chi-town Dawg

        +1. I’ve expressed my feelings before on here about McGarity being a clown and in over his head. Before his incompetence was covered up by doing Michael Adams’ bidding, but now he no longer has that cover. He’s had a series of missteps and most recently said publicly that the associate AD is the primary contact point for CMR. I’m sure Carla Williams is very competent, but that’s like asking the President of your largest division to report to the AVP instead of a senior level executive. I’m not aware of any other situation where the head football coach of a P5 school doesn’t report directly to the AD. I realize that technically CMR reports to McG and they interact, but this just seems ass backwards yet again. Nothing this guy has done impresses me including all of his “hiring and firing of coaches”. Btw, I’d be curious to see in the corporate world if he would survive two major HR scandals and two media debacles (Gurley, CMR job security) under his watch combined with mediocre to poor performance.

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  4. I just saw that Roadrunner with it’s head under the sand.

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  5. I read that aloud, at work, in a half southern belle, half Foghorn Leghorn voice.

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  6. The other Doug

    Life lesson for all you young whipper snappers: People with catch phrases on their coffee mug or walls of their office are morons and poor leaders. They are the type of people that think they just need to start singing an upbeat show tune and the rest of the cast will immediately start singing along and fall in step behind them.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Now this I agree with. I’ve somewhat defended ADGM previously, but this, regardless of how trivial it seems it is, I just can’t. Its bad enough if people feel compelled to give you inspirational coffee mugs, t-shirts, or posters; its quite another if you purposely have them ‘plastered all over your office’ as some sort of self-affirmation as a means of impressing others or as some sort of self-comfort mechanism.

      If you need to be able to look up from your desk to read, “If you don’t treat the customer well, someone else will!” or, “Make today amazing!”…you are severely lacking. True leaders have in their office simply work related materials, and perhaps a picture of their family on their desk with a select few decorations. That’s it.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      You mean the “if we don’t take care of the customer, someone else will!” and “today is a present, tomorrow is a gift” posters on my office wall don’t inspire others and make them appreciate my dedication? Damn.

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  7. Bulldog Joe

    Hmmm. I wonder who these “otherwise reputable outlets” are… 😉

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  8. Bulldog Joe

    “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all..”

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  9. Bulldog Joe

    “Maybe somebody can explain to me why Andy Staples’ “sharp athletic director” keeps wondering out loud how all these things just unexpectedly happen to him.”

    Because being a sharp accountant is different than being a sharp leader.

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    • 81Dog

      Bean counting ain’t the same as leading. Try to find a bean counter than understands that particular fact, though.

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    McGarity should’ve been dumped after the colossal ineptitude that was Gurleygate. Going on to hold interviews critiquing the football program afterward only reinforces the fact McG doesn’t know WTF he’s doing.

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    • Chadwick

      Right. The guy keeps bringing up the woe is me shit like he’s deserving of some kind of sympathy or a giant pat on the back for all the ish he’s caused. He seems insecure.

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  11. HVL Dawg

    Sad to think that the day McG sat down with Marc Bradley might have been the high point of his life. Downhill ever since.

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    • So the word I’ve heard from ex letterman is that McGarity let slip at ‘dinner’ after the Arky game that he had it from the NCAA that Gurley was back for UF.

      Same source that McGarity had told a certain 3rd estate member he was leaning toward firing Mark party of the first part after the Pooch Kick game if we lost the bowl game.
      And Charlie Brown has a nip that says ‘Why is everybody always picking on me?’

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  12. Saxondawg

    Who still says “Internet chat rooms”? Come on, Towers.

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