So far, you gotta admit, Georgia’s athletic director is having a great 2017 in the eyes of the fan base. Hell, the last two weeks, full of griping in the aftermath of what should have been a triumphant announcement about the Sanford west end capital project, and the fire he was forced to put out with the basketball team just before the start of the SEC Tournament by allowing himself to be backed into a corner in assuring one and all that Fox would return next season, have been pure awesomeness in that regard.
For instance, check out the love the AJ-C gathered in reaction to McGarity’s assertion that Georgia essentially doesn’t have the resources to keep up with Alabama. There’s also this post there giving the visual story that it ain’t just Alabama McGarity’s struggling to match. Some of the natives are clearly restless, a fact that even he hasn’t ignored.
And yet, does any of it really matter?
I think back through all of McGarity’s greatest hits of the past few years — the completely inept way the Gurley suspension was handled with the NCAA and the team, the PR gaffs that were the interviews with Mark Bradley, letting himself be shown up by Pruitt about the IPF, all the BS surrounding the process that led to Richt’s dismissal, then, in the aftermath, the PR embarrassments of the joint presser with Richt and the move to keep the players from speaking to the media, all the way up to the present missteps — and marvel that he moves from one triumph to another effortlessly.
Give him credit. He’s apparently making the right people happy. Maybe it’s time to start shining a light on those folks and their goals for Georgia athletics. I’m sure they’d be as thrilled with the attention as McGarity no doubt is. Just sayin’.