There isn’t much to add, honestly, from what’s been bandied about already.
McGarity’s nonsense at the presser about not reaching a final decision to dismiss Mark Richt until after the Tech game, hiring a search firm and conducting a wide open search for a successor is belied by how soon afterwards the Smart hire was made public. What a conveniently timed leak, eh?
That the news came out so quickly after those remarks and before the new deal has been finalized should tell you that McGarity is feeling some heat about the process and was increasingly sensitive about that. (So should this.)
It’s been a especially dysfunctional year for Georgia football. That’s not entirely McGarity’s fault, but he’s far from blameless. If the Smart hire works out, no doubt the events leading up to it will be brushed aside, but if not, there will be some fingers pointing his way. I’m not sure how much that matters, to tell you the truth. What did matter was that McGarity wanted a hire of his own choosing in the head coaching slot at Georgia, and that’s what he got.
The bad thing for Kirby is that he’s going to have to work around the negative energy that McGarity has created. (Although, not surprisingly, Bradley and Schultz both think McGarity’s done well with this.) That’s not fair, but sometimes life isn’t.