Those of you who insist that Georgia needed that open records law to avoid being overwhelmed with the hardship of providing information… well, maybe you can explain what’s so tough about this.
The Georgia football team has agreed to host East Tennessee State in 2020, according to a memorandum of understanding that was signed earlier this year.
East Tennessee State will be paid $550,000 for the game. The day of the game is to be decided, and due to be finalized by Dec. 1, 2018.
The memorandum shows that East Tennessee’s athletics director signed the memo in May – UGA athletics director Greg McGarity’s signature is undated – but the memo was not released until Friday. It was in response to a request for scheduling contracts made by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 18. UGA is using the full 90 days the state legislature gave it to respond to athletics-related requests, starting in July.
Man, I can only imagine the mad scramble that went on behind the scenes to put that together for the media’s satisfaction. A flock of staffers frantically trying to lay their hands on the raw data. Days, stretching into weeks, as the information was studied, analyzed, correlated and organized into an effective presentation.
To put all that together in a mere ninety days without the athletic department’s regular business grinding to a halt? Wow. Somebody deserves a bonus.
Or, it could just be that Greg McGarity doesn’t want to tell anyone his business until he has to. I know which answer Occam’s Razor suggests. It’s too bad Occam won’t be getting a ticket to see Georgia play in the SECCG, though.