It’s a question that had to be asked. And it’s an answer that Greg McGarity had to go on the record with.
USA TODAY reported that Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity “favored” firing Richt after last year but was over-ruled by president Jere Morehead.
However, McGarity forcefully denied that later to both USA Today and the AJC/DawgNation.
“Simple answer. It wasn’t true,” McGarity said in a text. He also told USA TODAY: “There isn’t one ounce of truth to that. That is not right.”
That’s not coming from a “source”. It’s coming from a name. Further, Emerson goes on to say this:
That’s backed up by the reporting at the time by this reporter and others on the beat. There were indeed some behind-the-scenes discussions between Richt and the administration over financial support, especially coaches salaries. But at no time did any sources indicate that McGarity wanted to make a change.
It’s good that he was both public and forceful, but it’s sad things have come to this. In a sense, I feel bad for McGarity having to deal with the crap, but to some extent, this is some of the chickens coming home to roost as a result of that disastrous interview he gave Mark Bradley last December. As PR moves go, that one will go down as one of the most regrettable.
I suspect it won’t be the last time he has to go on the record about things, either.