It stands to reason then that Foley might recommend turning the reins over to a guy who already knows his way around the place. Could Greg Mcgarity leave his post in Athens to become the athletic director at the University of Florida?
Much to the chagrin of a truly committed group of Bulldog fans, I think the answer is no.
Eh, for the record, I don’t disagree, mainly because I don’t see that McGarity’s done enough since he’s left Gainesville to make him that enticing a replacement for Foley. (The sneering condom references likely to be contained in a McGarity-to-Florida story alone make it unlikely.)
But MaconDawg’s raised one amusing possibility that I can’t resist touching upon.
And as much as Florida fans might disagree, it is essentially a lateral move. Florida does not offer significantly more in the way of resources, and in fact may offer less in terms of revenue to work with. Admittedly, Georgia’s revenue hasn’t been spent on its athletic director. McGarity makes roughly $600,000 per year, which certainly ain’t that bad. But Foley earns about twice that ($1,230,000) at Florida. McGarity’s current contract runs through 2019 after being extended this time last year, but if necessary I suspect the board could find a few extra dollars to keep him.
Actually, he’s wrong about Florida’s revenues, at least according to the numbers published in USA Today. The Gators took in about $30 million more last year than did Georgia; they also spent about $30 million more. But I digress. What would really be funny is if McGarity were to use the opening in Gainesville as a means to leverage the athletic board into giving him a salary bump. If only he were represented by Jimmy Sexton…