“We have to make sure we’re supporting him 100 percent.”

After all this time, Greg McGarity’s found religion.

McGarity said he met with other UGA athletic administrators on Monday morning to talk about the mind-set of changing the way things are done under a new head football coach.

“We have to listen,” he said. “We’re going to listen to Kirby, his goals, his objectives because we’ve operated one way for six years now (since McGarity arrived for the 2010 season). Just like when we’ve hired other coaches, you’re going to have to help us understand what you want and our job is to make those things happen.”

Then again, he could simply be trolling Mark Richt.

 

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55 responses to ““We have to make sure we’re supporting him 100 percent.”

  1. A buddy of mine sent this article to me a little while ago. The more I hear from McGarity, the more I find him to be utterly useless for UGA. I’m excited about the new regime. Truly. However, nothing McGarity has done since he’s become AD has instilled a sense of confidence with regards to the AD’s office. Maybe he’s a master of the behind the scenes stuff that we don’t see, but I have a very hard time believing UGA has an AD worthy of its budget and potential.

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    • lakedawg

      Think he is doing a little of both as the Senator suggests. His employment will be determined by how football does, but wish to heck he would do something about some of our other programs that need fixed and leave not start meddling with our most successful ones.

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    • Mayor

      ^^This. I wish UGA would can McGarity and get a first class AD. He’s holding back every program at Georgia IMHO. Now is the ideal time to make a change, too.

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  2. Welcome to the process.

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  3. What I understood when I read that……
    Kirby: “So Greg, do you understand what I am telling you? You do understand that this is my sand box, and we will do things my way. Is that clear?
    Greg: Crystal.

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  4. rchris

    It’s like you’ve said (or implied) before: things aren’t going to really take off until McGarity and the rest of the BM crowd learns to get out of the way – or get out of the program.

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  5. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    Didn’t McGarity say the same things regarding Richt when he was made AD? I remember being excited to hear it.

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    • Distinct possibility that by the time McGarity started a lot of the big money was already off the Richt bandwagon and was reluctant to pour money in till a change was made. I imagine it was a hard sell after 6-7 in 2009. Complete speculation on my part, but something to think about.

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      • PatinDC

        That is some ridiculous speculation.
        First off CMR went 6-7 in 2010. Might want to get that right for the future.
        2011- 10-4
        He won the East in 2012 and was 5 yards away from winning it all. Finished 12-2 that year. I pretty sure the money was not jumping off.

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        • Kevin

          Can we please place a moratorium on “5 yards away from winning it all”? We gave up 375 yards in rushing in that game. We hold them to 250 and we win. Also, if we spike the ball on the 5 we potentially have 3 plays to run. So, please STOP.

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      • Dawgfan Will

        If the big money guys were anything like the fans here, they were fully on board again after 2012.

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        • Maybe. But nobody forgot about that shit show in Columbia that year either.

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          • GaskillDawg

            No one forgot about the consecutive wins after that, either. Take that back, there are some people who remember that our record was 0-2 in 2012.

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            • Look, no point in this. We need to move on. My original comment was only a hypothetical explanation for why maybe now we’ll see a new attitude from administration. I don’t want to argue about the previous regime anymore.

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              • Brandon

                For once I actually agree with chili here. The big money may have been back on board in 2012… but obviously on a much shorter leash with a bit of skepticism. Hence 3 seasons since without an Easter Div. Title and he’s gone.

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              • Gaskilldawg

                Here is my hypothetical about why Smart is getting more support than anyone else got. 1. Smart had leverage because of the leaks that said, “It was all about Kirby.” 2. The J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics knows it is his ass on the line if Smart does not win big.

                If we had not made a change and we won a 2016 championship the “big money guys would have stayed on board. If we did not improve in 2016 Richt, not the AD, would have gotten the blame and the axe.
                My view is that The J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics didn’t anticipate the backlash. As a result he leaked the Kirby to UGA story hoping to quell the negative response, putting him in the position where he felt he had to open the checkbook more than he wanted.
                By the way, this hypothesis has nothing to do with whether or not he should have made a change. Also, I am not saying that he did not get positive feedback, too.
                The fact that he feels compelled to go to the paper and assure everyone that he will support the coach implies that he did not support the previous coach at the same level. If he did so support the previous coach then his comments were poorly made.

                In any event, I am glad Sexton and Smart backed him into a corner. We both prefer Smart’s chances with an increased level of support from above than his chances without it, don’t we?

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                • Can’t you just say “the AD” like a normal person?

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                • Gaskilldawg

                  Ever heard an interview with The J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics? How is he introduced? “The J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics.” Using the same title he and Chuck Dowdell uses.

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                • JonDawg

                  I swear I never thought the day would come, that I fully agree with chili.. on anything..but your constant J. Reid Parker blah blah is beyond annoying, and I’m sure we are not the only ones. How about a compromise? Try to limit it’s usage to once per article, and after your first usage, simply refer to him as the “A.D.”, like the rest of us normal folks.

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                • Gaskilldawg

                  Thank you for the suggestion.
                  It is your perogative to ask. It is my perogative to respectfully decline to cease using the title he uses.

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        If the powers that be wanted Richt out after 2010, it doesn’t make much sense for them to give him contract extensions and raises in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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        • Please note the difference in meaning between some and all. And I’d say it’s pretty obvious that the extensions didn’t guarantee him an extension, wouldn’t you?

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            So, rather than contending that all, or most, of the influential folks around B-M wanted Richt gone five years ago, you’re now suggesting some a few of the folks around B-M wanted him gone? Well, it’s hard to argue with that.

            Literally.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Yep, this is all the same b.s. we heard when McG was hired. Nothing specific except the IPF, and who was responsible for that?

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      • Napoleon BonerFart

        He who must not be named has gotten the IPF all the way from the drawing board, to soils samples being taken. I’ll be interested to hear Smart answering questions on the progress of the IPF in 2016 and 2017.

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  6. I Wanna Red Cup

    Wow! The Tide spent twice what we did. Is it any wonder we weren’t competitive with them. Proof is in the pudding. I hope CKS gets everything he asks for and that GM either gets out of the way or opens the checkbook.
    Go Dawgs! Let’s all forget about the former coach and concentrate on future going forward. Can we agree on that at least?

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    • We weren’t competitive with the rest of the east either. They weren’t spending twice as much as us.

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    • But I agree, let’s hope the purse strings are coming off

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      • Will (the other one)

        Kirby was a finance major. We were a lot closer in revenue to the Tide than I thought, and it’s not a hard case to say “if we win championships, revenues go up,” before asking for more spending.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Glad we see eye to eye on that. We should use all our advantages. Our ability to raise money is an advantage we have over a lot of other teams. If we take money out of the operating budgets and put it in savings we are giving away an advantage.
        I want Smart to win 300 games over the next 20 years and for us to spend to meet that goal.

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  7. truck

    In other words: “Now that MY ass is on the line for hiring the football coach, I’ll pull my head out of the sand.”

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  8. ADGM still digging deeper with his mouth and teeth.

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  9. Rebar

    I mentioned this during the Richt firing; why would McGarity do more for Kirby than he would for Coach Richt? I’m onboard with the new hire and hope we do well, and expect to, but McGarity has butchered this entire process, he’s not much of a sausage maker.

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  10. Bright Idea

    Did McGarity ever impress any of us from the get go with independence and a sense of vision? I think Adams drilled it in him to keep a lid on athletics and he knows no other way. Once a puppet…….

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  11. DavetheDawg

    So, all this time it was McGarity who had lost control. Who knew?

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  12. Jack Klompus

    Follow the $$$$

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  13. W Cobb Dawg

    What infrastructure and/or operational improvements have been made since McG arrived? Maybe some routine maintenance at the stadium. I know he watered down the schedule.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      We’re taking soil samples at the proposed IPF site.

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    • There was actually a fairly massive laundry list of renovation projects that we’re approved awhile back, including an expansion of Sanford Stadium and Foley Field renovation. I don’t know what the status of those projects are.

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