If I’m glum today, it’s not because Mark Richt is gone. It’s because the same people are in place running the department. You know, the ones who have given us this track record:
Greg McGarity has been AD since mid-August of 2010, or for roughly 5 years, 3 months, and 2 weeks. Since that time, I found that all Georgia athletics teams have won a combined FOUR SEC titles, 3 of which came in women’s swimming/diving, and THREE national championships: 2 in women’s swimming/diving and 1 in equestrian.
In the 5 years, 3 months, and 2 weeks prior to McGarity becoming AD, or from early May 2005 through mid-August 2010, Georgia athletics captured TWENTY SEC titles, and TEN national championships: 4 in gymnastics, and 3 each for men’s tennis and equestrian.
Mock those red panties if you must, but the athletic department’s performance on the field is in decline since Damon Evans was let go.
The gory details, if you want them, are outlined by vineyarddawg in this post. It would be kind to say that McGarity’s hires are undistinguished. And yet he’s now been given the authority to make the biggest hire of his career.
I don’t cry out for people to be fired. It’s not my style and nobody listens to me anyway. So I’m not about to make an exception for Greg McGarity. What I do wonder, though, is who’s directing the athletic director. Boosters who pound their chest and cry, “We’re Georgia!”? Jere Morehead, who to this point has shown nothing more than a willingness to open up the checkbook without giving any real indication that he knows the best way for the money to be spent?
That’s why I’m apprehensive.
There’s been way too much chatter about Kirby Smart to be discounted at this point, and I’m not about to do so. But ask yourself something. If Georgia really is this premier program, this sleeping giant, that much of the fan base and the national media believes it is, is the best this program can do in its next hire a coordinator with no head coaching experience? Wasn’t that the resume of the coach they just fired?
Don’t get me wrong. I’ll support whoever is hired, Smart included. He’ll be Georgia’s head coach and that’s that for me. But for once, I would love for this program to do the unexpected and take a chance on somebody outside the conventional box. Show me that some real thought went into the shape of the future. Please.