If accurate, this is what passes for strategic thinking at Butts-Mehre.
Georgia will not be making a change with its head baseball coach this year
I know and understand why the thought will perturb many out there. Me? I have no dog, or dawg in this fight as the case may be, but as one of only three reporters who covered the team on a regular basis this past spring, here are my thoughts.
First off, there was no way AD Greg McGarity was going to make a change this soon. The reason? Head coach Scott Stricklin has a six-year contract that pays him $600,000 per year and McGarity is simply not going to let him go after just three seasons. While I know that doesn’t sit well with some, that’s just the way it is.
That said, it’s certainly understandable why UGA baseball fans are upset. They can’t be blamed in the least.
When Stricklin arrived he promised to take UGA back to the next level when it comes to its baseball program. So far, his three years in Athens have resulted in three straight sub-500 campaigns.
That’s not good.
Now this ain’t all on McGarity. We all know what is a priority for the folks behind the scene writing the checks. Nevertheless, it’s highly amusing to see McGarity, who stroked a $4 million buyout check to Mark Richt without batting an eye, choking on the thought of paying less than half of that to a coach who has yet to post a winning record in Athens. Especially since it’s football that pays Stricklin’s salary, just like it did Richt’s. Then, again, of the two, it’s Stricklin who’s the McGarity hire.
The reserve fund works in mysterious ways, my friends. And that’s why I remain a skeptic about whether we can have nice things from Athens.