We had another lively discussion yesterday about what kind of faith to put in the ability of Georgia’s administration to find a replacement for Mark Richt one day. There was one comment in particular that I thought deserved a more full-blown response than another comment.
Here’s are some factors I think influence coaches to prefer one job over the other:
History, tradition, etc
Support from the AD/ school administration
Support from boosters & the amount of butt kissing required to get it
Pressure to win
Talent to win right away
Challenge to coach in the SEC (or if they prefer, easier path to playoffs, etc)
I’m sure there are more, but it’s late and maybe no one will read this ’cause we’ll be onto a new thread tomorrow.
In which of those areas does Arkansas have the edge over UGA? Less pressure, and….what?
And you guys don’t think I pay attention to you.
Seriously, Arkansas is an interesting comparison in this case. I think most of us are guilty of greater familiarity with our program than with those of our rivals and I’m no exception to that, so take some of what I say with skepticism, if you like. I also suspect that many of you fervently believe that Georgia is a better coaching destination than Arkansas and that it’s not really a close call.
With that in mind, I’d say the one significant advantage Athens holds over Fayetteville is the depth of the recruiting pool available to each. As far as the comparative economics go, it’s a much closer call than many of you might think. Per USA Today’s financial chart, Georgia generates a little more revenue, but Arkansas actually spends a little more money on its athletics. (And there are several SEC programs who generate bigger numbers on both sides of the ledger than either of these two do.) You tell me what that means from a support standpoint.
And I’m not trying to be one here, but any supporter of Georgia’s program making a facilities argument can be shut up with one acronym: IPF.
The last word for me, though, boils down to someone we generally loathe, Bobby Petrino. His shortcomings as a human being are only exceeded by his skill as a football coach, which is why he keeps getting jobs. But here’s the thing – when he soured on the Falcons, he obviously leaked word quietly that he wanted out and was on the market. Jeff Long snapped him up before the rest of the world knew what was happening. Can anybody seriously imagine Greg McGarity moving as quickly to capitalize on an opportunity to sign a rock star coach, or, even if he was so prepared to act, that his higher-ups would let him go at warp speed? Does that sound like the Georgia Way to you?