Ladies and gentlemen, the man at the top of the Georgia Way food chain:
These have not been heady days for Georgia athletics, and two days ago athletics director Greg McGarity fired one of his key coaching hires. So with that as a backdrop, and with McGarity watching, UGA president Jere Morehead was asked a two-pronged question on Wednesday:
What does he say to the many fans who are concerned about the state of the athletics program? And what is his confidence in McGarity?
Morehead began by listing the accomplishments of several Georgia teams, mainly in spring sports, and also expressed confidence in the future for Bulldog football, men’s and women’s basketball. While he did not directly address the question about McGarity, the president stated his confidence in the direction of the overall program.
“I still have confidence in our athletic program,” Morehead said. I think our prospects for the future are bright and I don’t have any reason to think that we’ve got any systemic problems that have to be addressed at this point.”
Not as long as the money’s rolling in, anyway. Besides, how can you not have complete confidence in a man who bills himself as Mr. Accountability?
McGarity, meeting with two reporters afterwards, pointed out that baseball was the only spring sport that’s not nationally ranked right now.
He also addressed the track record of his coaching decisions.
Whether it’s pro sports or college sports, sometimes things just don’t work out. So it’s not a perfect science,” McGarity said. “I accept full responsibilities for every hire, whether it be regardless of what the person’s rank or title is. So I understand and it’s no fun when things don’t work out. But that’s part of the business.
“And I think if you look at any conference school, or any institution, there are going to be times when things just don’t work out. Then it reaches a point where you just move on and try to make sure the next hire is successful. But I’m sure in the history of our sports program and others it’s an inexact science, to where it’s very difficult, for reasons that you just can’t predict.”
Lather, rinse, repeat makes for, if not a dynamic management philosophy, at least one with which everyone at Butts-Mehre can wrap around themselves like a warm, fuzzy blanket. Plus, McGarity can sell the excitement of better times ahead with the latest, newest, bestest-evah head coach to the boosters and fan base. We never seem to tire of that. Wallets, ho!
Are you inspired yet?