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What does it say about the Georgia Way that Georgia’s athletic department’s chief financial officer leaves and McGarity decides there’s no immediate need to replace him?

I’m thinking it says he can find anybody in the office to run a deposit over to the bank, but, eh, what do I know?

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  1. ASEF

    Last guy out for ethics, new guy bails for local bank?

    Tells me the books have issues.

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  2. Something is up here. I don’t know how much Platt was making as CFO, but it has to be more than the $80K or so he will be making as an AVP of a local community bank.

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  3. HVL Dawg

    A $127 million dollar a year operation doesn’t need a CFO?

    CFO job functions are going to be absorbed by other people? And Greg is going to stay on top of it?

    Sounds like there are entrenched employees involved and they ran the CFO out of the building.

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    • Brandon

      Dead on. Unreal.

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      • Chi-town Dawg

        Nothing to worry about, just keep sending in your checks and the Office of Student Affairs, eh I mean the UGAA will continue investing it wisely.

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        • And that’s the kicker, right? No offense to my alma mater where I hold two degrees, but your football base consists of a lot of people that frankly don’t give a shit about financially supporting the school. They want their money to go to supporting the athletic programs and they’re getting basically defrauded with this set-up that funnels all the cash back into the school instead of reinvesting in the program.

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          • Normaltown Mike

            You’re kidding right?

            The AA pays no rent for a single facility, has free labor and they funnel or transfer a modest 1 to 2 million to the University per year.

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            • 81Dog

              The AA paid for all those facilities, and for their upkeep. Remember the AA is a private entity because state funds aren’t supposed to pay for all the toys???

              as for free labor, it’s a fair observation to say that paying tuition, room and board, plus equipment, training facilities, medical treatment, may well be low compared to the cash generated by the football program (but not all the other programs run by the AA), but it ain’t “free labor.” Anyone who wants to support UGA academics, and many people do, is free to write a check to the Arch Foundation. People who send money to the AA do it to support the AA.

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              • jtp03

                There hasn’t been an Arch Foundation for like 8 years.

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              • Normaltown Mike

                The facilities are located on state land that would not be offered for free to a private football entity. The use (and misuse) of campus would not be indulged to a private football entity. If hooligans for the Gwinnett Silverbacks caused the amount of destruction on campus that our football fans do on a gameday, they’d be arrested.

                “People who send money to the AA do it to support the AA.”
                wrong. they do it to get tickets. the AA is roundly condemned for every problem with UGA football and viewed as the source of all these problems.

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                • 81Dog

                  hate to break it to you, Professor, but buying tickets IS supporting the AA, n’est pas? Clearly, you aren’t majoring in business. You give the entity money, the entity, in return, gives you something you value. This is what the economists call “support for a product.” You’re welcome.

                  If you want to change your complaint from “they pay no rent” to “they get a better deal than a soccer team nobody else cares about would get,” well, you got me there. Offhand, I would say that allowing someone to use your land for a UNIVERSITY SANCTIONED ACTIVITY, where that someone is subject to all your rules, and has to pick up the costs of the capital improvements outside your budget, and which seems to be a substantial financial engine for the rest of the university, well, go ahead and make that argument. But, hey, maybe leaving the gulch between north and south campus as a gaping wound in the middle of things would be a huge improvement over Sanford Stadium. Maybe the Luddities could frolic in the creek or something, I don’t know.

                  As for the “hooligans,” all that seems to have been squashed years ago, if the academics really wanted to avoid trash on campus, they’d simply put sufficient dumpsters around and bill the AA for it. That seems to be a bit too simple for the pointy heads.

                  As for what would happen with Silverbacks fans, last time I drove through Norcross, the scene you describe would probably be considered a civic improvement campaign. YMMV

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  4. ATL Dawg

    The senior associate athletic director/CFO left for a local bank? And his duties are being “absorbed”?

    That place is an absolute shit show.

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  5. 79DawgatWork

    Something is rotten in Denmark…
    As many posters have alluded to above, you don’t leave a cush spot like this to go hustle loans at a local bank. While those jobs used to be the backbones of local communities and provide decent livings, they have become hollowed-out revolving doors that are largely commoditized, unfortunately.

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  6. The Quincy Carter of Accountants

    I think it probably says that real money decisions are being made somewhere other than the athletic department.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      This is correct.

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    • Yep – sounds like the athletic department is nothing more than an operational branch that passes its earnings up to some other place that allocates the resources.

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      • Mayor

        The athletic department is nothing more than a job for UGA ex-jocks who can’t hold a job anywhere else. Employer of last resort. Empty suits in a large area of wasted space.

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    • The Dawg abides

      Bingo. I’ve been preaching this for a while now. It’s not the big money folks calling the shots. There are no Phil Knights or T. Boone Pickens to command that kind of control. No one or two donors that have enough power to influence the hiring or firing of the athletic director. The big donors we all know only get a seat at the head of the table. McGarity is doing exactly what is being asked of him by the University administration, the Board of Regents, and the faculty-controlled portion of the athletic association. We may as well get used to it. McGarity is here until he retires, then the next puppet will take his place. And it’s going to be Carla Williams. Embrace the the Georgia Way. The only thing that may cause a sea change is a large scale boycott by the thousands of mid-level donors not renewing seats, causing a huge decline in the Hartman fund donations. But I really don’t see this ever happening. So far, all McGarity has had to do is ask for donations and close to 100 million will be raised for new projects without even dipping into the reserve fund.

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  7. saildawg

    Seems like a great topic for the next “First Word”. I actually emailed the marketing department to see if they could make it happen. I wont hold my breath

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  8. Scorpio Jones, III

    Does this mean there is a scholarship open for a kicker?

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  9. Noonan

    Why don’t you stop giving them money year after year? They have no incentive to change as long as season ticket holders continue to bend over.

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  10. pantslesspatdye

    “Run a deposit over to a bank” – I don’t think this scenario accurately depicts what is happening here.

    I see the funds (checks and all) being dropped through a laundry shoot destined for a 6 story, bricken-basement accessible only by a secret, off-premises coal shaft; And ONLY when the Georgia Way Principals are existentially questioned by select, big money donors.

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  11. AusDawg85

    You guys are jumping to too many conclusions. The CFO gig at a small community bank is a sweet, low stress deal. And McG has allocated $40,000 for a search firm to find a replacement (well…confirm his eventual choice) of a “Georgia Man” who may be coming available to hire soon once the Spring ticket revenue collection drives are finished at other major universities.

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  12. NoAxeToGrind

    I sure am glad I quit buying season tickets and donating in 2008, after 34 years, twenty years of which I was an officer in the Army, and had not a bat’s chance in hell of attending many games while on active duty. I simply gave my season tickets to my father.

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  13. BMan

    Did McGarity have a chance to tell the CFO’s mom that he had left the program before the media reported it?

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  14. Senator – I know you had your Lexicon post the other day about trying to define the Georgia Way, and that got me thinking. I’ll be 100% upfront that I’m naturally a cynical person. I automatically assume everybody has ulterior motives or that people are lying to me. Given that, I just don’t see how even the sunshiniest of sunshine pumpers in our fanbase can’t be cynical about the current state of the Georgia athletic department. You keep thinking there’s nothing else they could possibly due to be more incompetent or out of touch, but it seems like they keep topping themselves every chance they get.

    I gave up on season tickets this year and ugadawgguy’s comment from yesterday really resonated with me (see what I did there):

    I will also love my alma mater and hope for the best for it, but the people pulling the strings are making it harder and harder to fully invest in Georgia’s sports success (emotionally, financially, or otherwise).

    I’ve already reached the point where I’m done investing financially and I feel myself creeping ever closer to the edge where I just don’t give a shit because the people in charge inspire such little confidence. Those are certainly words I never thought I’d say as recently as two or three years ago, but watching the whole lack of process when it came to making the most significant hire in the athletic department followed by continuing incompetency on a daily basis makes me wonder if any coach can overcome the hurdles set by the people above him in the org chart. As much as I doubt that Kirby was a good hire, I do acknowledge he’s been given a kind of impossible task. Replicate what happened at Alabama or be fired with an athletic department that maybe provides 20% of the support. I know they’re certainly banking on lucking out with Kirby like they did with how Richt probably outperformed what he should have until a couple of years ago.

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    • Mayor

      If CMR wins the natty at Miami in a couple of years we’ll sure know then, won’t we? Personally, I think CMR and his lack of success was a symptom of the problem and not the problem itself. The problem itself is that rat’s nest of hangers on at B-M and the AB. Hire a new AD and let him clean house. That is the only real way to fix the problem IMHO.

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  15. 3rdandGrantham

    In related news, the UGA AD has decided on not replacing the recently fired gymnastics coach, but instead will absorb the role using internal staff curently in place. “We don’t see an immediate need to replace the coach”, AD McGarity said. “Instead, we plan on having coaches from both the tennis and swim programs combine to help run the program.”

    When asked how a tennis or swim coach could possibly coach or run a gymnastics program, McGarity replied: “We’re looking into those concerns but are confident they can wear multiple hats and help restore the gym program to former glory, all while helping us conserve cost. Oh, gym dawgs season tickets for next season will see a modest 40% ticket increase, so please purchase yours today.”

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  16. SemperFiDawg

    Now Senator, THAT was funny.

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  17. Luke

    What’s the big deal here? Andy was fired/asked to find another gig. The job is being absorbed by talented in house people with experience.

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  18. Jack Klompus

    Everything I read about Bulldog Athletics is depressing as shit.

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  19. I've Stopped Caring

    Platt was a poor fit in that he’s a forward thinker with vision. Advocate of investing capital in order to cause on the field results and monetary return increase exponentially. As you might expect, he & Howdy Doody clashed based on his heretical thinking.
    He got blamed for the Ludacriss thing, too.
    None of this is made up or an attempt at humor. It’s what happened.

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    • Luke

      This is 100% true. I can confirm that. Somebody had to take the fall for the ludacriss deal

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      • Jack Klompus

        You’re not making me feel better. The Ludacriss thing is, well,ludicrous.

        “This is an institution of high moral values. To provide an obscene amount of condoms for a musical performer goes against every moral fiber of how our institution was built. After a thorough investigation and consultation with my peers, one being the AD of the prestigious Baylor Bears, I’ve decided that this cannot go without punishment.” “You sir, are fired!- May God have mercy on your soul.”

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Sounds like his greatest sin was being an outsider, not having been raised and groomed in the financial corruption of The Georgia Way.

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  20. Chico Dawg

    As a daily reader of this post, I missed yesterday…and I’m so pissed. This thread and the post about the Loran Smith donation runs through all the emotions, and why I try to religiously read it. I’m sure most of you know that the disgust of the department has reached mainstream, so much so that the President of the University is being asked about it. It has gone far beyond our little back and forth on this blog. I would like to hope that maybe GTP had something to do with it.

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