You may have missed this news in the heat of the debate over the political stuff affecting Georgia athletics, but it may be another sign that Kirby Smart vs. The Georgia Way is a battle that the new head coach is winning in more ways than one.
Kirby Smart will have a scaled back UGA speaking tour from what Mark Richt did in recent spring stops.
Smart is expected to appear at just three fan events…
Richt appeared at seven UGA Day events last year and at 10 of 12 in 2014.
I guess Kirby doesn’t have time for that shit. Nor is McGarity, as he did with Richt, making Smart find time for it.
If you’ll recall, for all the highfalutin’ talk about how when McGarity took the AD job his intent was to allow Richt to focus on his core job responsibilities, the language in Richt’s contract was quite different.
It’s Richt’s job to maximize that revenue. His contract specifies that he “take any and all reasonable actions … to generate substantial net revenue for the Association and University,” an unusual clause for coaching contracts.
“It’s just stating the obvious,” McGarity says.
Richt’s contractual duties also include soliciting sponsors for marketing opportunities and helping to find donors for scholarship endowments…
… Richt’s contract is unusually specific about his media and other public relations duties, including no fewer than 12 appearances at Bulldog Club meetings throughout the Southeast and no fewer than two full days each year assisting the school’s president in fundraising activities. Parameters for his radio and TV appearances are spelled out in detail in his nearly 40-page contract and in greater detail in a 191-page multimedia and marketing rights licensing agreement that the contract specifies be provided to him.
Richt would never criticize that as bullshit, but it’s telling that at his new gig even he’s utilizing his time in other ways than was the case under McGarity.
Richt himself is doing extra work this spring thanks to his decision to wear multiple hats in the new job. Thomas Brown, a former Georgia running back under Richt, technically holds the offensive coordinator title, but Richt fully plans to call the offense. His son is technically the quarterback coach, but Kaaya hears plenty from the head man himself throughout practices.
He’s cut back on speaking engagements and returning written correspondence
“It’s just like, a lot of times you’ll see presidents of the university, when they retire from being president, they go back and teach. They go back to their first love, so to speak,” he said. “That’s what I’m doing.”
So if Kirby’s put his foot down here, good for him. You know this one had to hurt the keeper of the reserve fund a bit. Good thing there’s all that extra SEC Network money rolling in.