Misery is kind of miserable.

An old voice from the recent past:

“I think 15 years is a long time,” Richt said. “I think the expectations have been built to the point where if you don’t win a championship, it’s kind of miserable around here. When we don’t make it to Atlanta, I’m miserable, too.”

A current voice from the more distant past:

McGarity, who played and coached tennis at Georgia and worked in its athletic administration before leaving for Florida, said “there is nothing greater than being part of championships. That’s why we do what we do.

“At the end of the day,” he continued, “all the time you put in at the office, the fun comes when you’re competing for championships and you see what these coaches have done over a number of years to finally get to the top of the mountain and you’re able to be just a small piece of that.”

Another current voice from just the other day:

“What I can say to our fans is to first, look at our teams,” Morehead said. “I think with the exception of baseball, all of our spring programs are nationally ranked at this time, some as high as No. 3 or No. 4. If I remember the women’s tennis ranking. So overall, the state of our spring sports is that except for one sport in the top 25 in the country.

Georgia’s final Director’s Cup points and standings, 2015-6 edition:

  • Fall – 76
  • Winter – 407.50
  • Spring – 466
  • Total – 949.50 (15th)

Georgia’s current Director’s Cup points and standings, 2016-7 edition:

  • Fall – 101
  • Winter – 389
  • Spring – TBD
  • Total – 490 (22nd)

So much for looking at our teams, Jere.

I know this is a football blog and I’m wandering a bit from the main subject.  But after reading yet another infuriating article about an athletic department that, when it comes to management, apparently finds it impossible to walk and chew gum at the same time…

The NCAA tennis committee announced last week the sites for the next four championships and Athens wasn’t among them. Since it was already going to be held somewhere else next year (Wake Forest), that means we won’t see this storied event back here at least until 2023, and Georgia can’t be sure it will get it back then. It hopes to.

As one might imagine, for a school with a tradition-rich tennis history such as UGA’s is, this did not go over well.

“I was just sick to my stomach,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said of getting the news the morning before it was announced. “I couldn’t eat I was so disappointed. It hurt me to call Manny and tell him. That was a phone call I was not looking forward to. It’s just part of the disappointment. It’s unfortunate but we respect those who have to make these tough decisions.”

… After Athens hosted the tournament in 20 of its first 23 years, the NCAA determined that it wanted to move it around geographically to different regions of the country. And that has been the case to the most extent. Since Georgia won its last national championship on its home courts in 2007, the tournament has been held in Tulsa, Okla. (twice); College Station, Texas; Palo Alto, Calif.; Champaign, Ill.; and Waco, Texas.

After this latest bid cycle, the new hosts are UCF (twice), Oklahoma State and Illinois.

Those places all have one thing in common. They’re all have new facilities, or at least relatively so.

The newest and most significant player is UCF. The host site its two years, starting in 2019, is the new USTA facility in Lake Nona, Fla. It’s a state-of-the-art place with 100 outdoor courts – and six indoors. It’s so nice that former UGA player John Roddick, who was head coach at Oklahoma, left there to take over at UCF.

Oklahoma State just built a new facility and Illinois did for when it last hosted in 2013. So clearly facilities are a part of this deal.

“We understand there are new players in the game every year that have made commitments to their tennis facilities and that’s what the NCAA is trying to encourage others to do, to invest in facilities like we have,” McGarity said. “Some schools have done that, not many, but some have. These are things that you learn going through the process.”

Actually, Georgia was all set to go forward with a project that would either add two new courts to the Lindsey Thompkins Indoor Courts or tear it down and build a new six-court facility either at the Dan Magill Complex or out on South Milledge Avenue at the soccer-softball complex. But McGarity put all that on hold shortly after coming on the scene as AD in 2010. And then it got de-prioritized again after Georgia moved to improve its football facilities with the construction of the $30 million indoor practice building and now the $63 million stadium project to build a new locker rooms and recruiting lounge into the west end grandstands.

“We’ve been so focused on so many other things,” McGarity said. “At some point finances come into play. We’ve had to kind of prioritize things. Whatever we do (with tennis) is going to have to be donor driven. A final location has not been determined at this time.”

… I have to ask:  is there anyone associated with the administration of Georgia athletics who is committed to excellence?  For all the recurring crap some here gave Mark Richt for not being appropriately fixated on the cause, in that regard, he ran rings around the guy who fired him.  All Greg McGarity appears to be good for is feeling bummed out when things don’t go his way and claiming the buck stops at his desk without being held accountable by the man he answers to. As I keep saying, it’s one helluva way to run a railroad.

I’ll make a rare, non-football related prediction here.  Scott Stricklin’s record as Georgia’s baseball coach can be charitably characterized as disappointing.  Once again, there will be no postseason for Georgia baseball.  To fire him will call for payment of something like a $1.2 million buyout, though.  Bottom line — pun fully intended — he’ll be back next season.  You tell me what kind of commitment is indicated by that.

I’m not really sure how much longer I can give a shit about Georgia football.  I’m really not.

Oh, and speaking of commitment to excellence, Manny Diaz deserves better.  I shudder to think whom McGarity brings in to replace him one day.

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132 responses to “Misery is kind of miserable.

  1. Jt (the other one)

    There is a reason I don’t want anything to do with the AA or BM Building. They are more concerned about doing the minimal to make money vs. investing and failing to realize if they did that, the teams and programs they invest in will make MORE money. McEars needs to go along with the Athletic board as they are ALL YES MEN.

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    • Beer Money

      This!

      What is so hard to understand that if fans saw a clear commitment to winning championships, they would be a whole lot more willing to pony up huge amounts of money than the cheap ass way we do things now?

      Regarding Strickland (I will spell his name right once he starts winning games)…the fact that we would bring him back BECAUSE McCheapity signed him to a stupid 6 year deal out of the gates should be enough to fire both of them. But lest we forget, this is UGA we are talking about.

      I am just so tired of waking up every day to see another piece of bad news about my favorite program.

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      • Normaltown Mike

        “they would be a whole lot more willing to pony up huge amounts of money”

        DIdn’t they just pony up 30 million for an IAF?

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        • Jt (the other one)

          Sure…but what you don’t realize is that Richt was promised that when he became our coach…it only took 10 years to get half of what he was promised…

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  2. When does Jere pull the plug? Who is in our AD replacement pool?

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    • When does Jere pull the plug?

      Not a minute nanosecond before he’s told to by the higher ups.

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      • Ok. When does that happen?

        It just seems there’s a lot of discontent and not a lot of success that the current AD can point to. I suppose that the decision makers may hitch CKS to him and hope that if football gets better than the complaints will go away. If football does not improve markedly then they can start over.

        My supposition is that the prospects for football are high but not so much for everything else and therefore those two’s futures will be disconnected anyway, so why not go ahead and move on?

        It seems the athletic department could use some of that “changey hopey thing” and quick.

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        • Follow the money should always be the touchstone for understanding UGA athletics. Then comes the ego of the big boosters.

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          • So as long as the $ is there, no change? Greg is to UGA what Bill O was to Fox? As long as the money is coming in who cares how you behave? When the $ stops, that’s when your behavior is unacceptable?

            I can see that. I also can see that if it’s just a $ issue, that it’s going to take a lot more than non-revenue sports sucking it up to effect the money stream. That pretty much means that as long as CKS is there so will Greg.

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            • Jt (the other one)

              CKS was brought in against the AD’s wishes. There was a ground swell from former players (who have clout) and certain boosters to not lose him to SCar. Essentially McEar’s and AA was told -Give CKS what he needs or he goes to SCar and beats you every year because they are prepared to give him what he needs at SCar.

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      • Mayor

        Senator: Who are the “higher-ups?”

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      • watcher16

        Who exactly are the higher ups we need to complain to? Feels like some secret society….

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        • Ricky McDurden

          It’s a big club and none of us are in it.

          In relation to the Senator’s blog post below this one, it does smack an awful lot of a professional franchise run by a conglomerate of owners…

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          • 86BONE

            You guys act like you don’t know….really?? Call a spade a spade, damn!
            Young, Leebern and Kahn. Again There is NO one in BM with brass balls…no forward thinker….no leader.
            Mediocrity has taken over the UGAAA

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            • Ricky McDurden

              And they operate with the same frugality of the Atlanta Spirit group. Ask the Atlanta Thrashers, er, Winnipeg Jets how that turned out.

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  3. ugafidelis

    ‘Whatever we do is going to have to be donor driven.’

    He’s committed to excellence; An excellent drive to get the minions to pony up the dough for any and everything that needs to be done.

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  4. Timphd

    “Whatever we do (with tennis) is going to have to be donor driven.”
    Boy does that encapsulate all that seems wrong in BM. Can’t touch that reserve fund to upgrade what used to be one of the finest college tennis facilities in the country. McGarity seems to be good at one thing, raising and protecting the fund. Otherwise, his “leadership” is shit.

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    • Down island way

      When you have amassed a run in a sport that we have [GYM DAWGS,MENS/WOMENS TENNIS, MENS /WOMENS GOLF, MENS/WOMENS SWIM/DIVING,EQUESTRIAN to mention a few] and you [ad + bm] continue to look the other way because that sport does not generate $$$$ for your fund, the tennis championship issue should the black eye required to seriously question vision and direction of management. Just curious about the tennis court costs now vs then [8 yrs] and does the ad get 3 bids for all projects. Angies list says good managers always do…….I love my UGA!

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  5. 81Dog

    Probably could have built a whole indoor facility for less than one year of Todd Grantham or Schottenheimer. But I guess we should be happy McScrooge didn’t hesitate to pony up for new paint in the Sanford bathrooms!

    Will somebody PLEASE, PLEASE get up a competent AD?

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  6. Chi-town Dawg

    I remember my RA persuading me to skip class my Freshman year to go watch the NCAA tennis championships and it was one of the greatest sports times I had at UGA. We won our first team national championship with Mikael Pernfors and I’ll never forget all the fans barking in the stands during the matches. I was a regular at the event all 4 years in college, truly one of the hidden gems.

    Very sad and yet one more example of all that’s wrong with the UGAA – lack of leadership, pure managerial incompetence, living on past success, rampant cronyism, no concern for the fans, no vision or strategy for the future, no real commitment to winning titles, inability to multi-task when it comes to facilities, solely focused on winning the reserve fund game and taking home big paychecks.

    This line sums it up best…”Kind of ironic though isn’t it, that all those people donating all that money to be in the “Magill Society,” named for legendary tennis coach, and none of it is going toward tennis?”. Maybe “Luke Guest” can comeback here to explain why we’re all a bunch of whining fools for believing any of this.

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    • doofusdawg

      Bean counters… pencil pushers… politicians. Screwing up UGA tennis and you mess with the wrong folks. Read and react UGA Tennis will get people fired.

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    • Russ

      One of the few programs at UGA with continued championship heritage and he screws it up. And he was actually part of that program at one time! The guy truly is incompetent.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      “Kind of ironic though isn’t it, that all those people donating all that money to be in the “Magill Society,” named for legendary tennis coach, and none of it is going toward tennis?”

      Even more ironic is how little of it is going toward athletics.

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  7. Aladawg

    I just want to throw up(on McGoofy). He and the athletic board and Morehead have shit the bed more times in the last year than Mark Richt did in all his tenure. I am with Bluto. I just don’t know how long I can stomach this. If Stricklin isn’t gone my baseball tickets of 10+ years will be gone. Football will be next. I’m done. But who at UGA cares. Probably no one.

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  8. scuba

    “Whatever we do ( with tennis) is going to have to be donor driven”. as a three sport donor I have been on the fence until today. That is for me the last straw with the entire BM team. No more basketball, gymnastics contributions contributions from me. As for football I hope I’m wrong about our current OC and the 2017 offense is unlike last year. Where people sitting around me where correctly yelling out the unsuccessful very offensive play calling prior to the snap. If nothing changes this year my trip to Notre Dame will make a grand final farewell to my season ticket packages. I have the SEC network and my WIFI will always
    be better as will my music selection than Sanford stadium has offered recently. I would certainly miss the band and being with friends. I hope I’m proven wrong this year and things really change. At this point given our current AD and his commitment to the reserve fund over championships its hard to have faith.

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    • Chi-town Dawg

      I gave up my season basketball tickets last year, stopped donating to baseball and the Gym Dawgs 2 years ago and this year finally gave up my football season tickets after 25+ years. I reached the tipping point and sounds like you’re about there as well.

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  9. Bluto, if you do ever reach that tipping point, what does that mean for this blog? In other words, is this blog 100% tied to your love for UGA football, or would you ever try to take it in another direction (more broad view of athletics in general, SEC-centric instead of just UGA, etc)?

    I don’t always agree with you, but your insights always make me think. Would hate to lose this as one of my daily (and often times several times daily) pit stops.

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    • In other words, is this blog 100% tied to your love for UGA football…

      In other words, yes. When I pack it in for Georgia football, the same goes for GTP.

      There’s all kinds of motivation to post, but for me, if I don’t have a passion for the subject, I can’t do it.

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      • Scuba

        The end of GTP would be a very sad day indeed. It has become over the years required daily reading for me for reasons beyond just UGA football. I certainly understand your statement regarding loss of passion. Perhaps in spite of the BM bumblers things just bounce our way. UGA football is certainly over due for some good luck.

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      • Also, I get your frustration and I think in theory that something could make me not care about Georgia football on Saturdays in the fall, but I’m pretty sure that something is death.

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      • AusDawg85

        Some day in the future, economists will be scratching their heads trying to understand the strong correlation between the closing of GTP and significant increase in GDP especially in the State of Georgia.

        As for me, I really don’t know how I’ll use all the newfound time.

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      • Jim Diamond

        Hang in there. I am an infrequent poster, but daily lurker. Love this place. I tell every dawg fan I know about this site and they visit too. A winning campaign in the fall won’t fix everything, but it will cure a lot of ills.

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      • Ricky McDurden

        I’ve been stopping by to read your musings every day since you opened the joint (I was in high school then and now have a wife, a house, a career, etc). If you quit on these sorry bastards, lord knows I’m quitting, too.

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  10. Walt

    I have wondered for years why we didn’t renovate the indoor courts at UGA. I went to Tuscaloosa several years back when they hosted the SEC men’s tennis championship and was impressed with their new outdor and indoor courts. It’s sad that the reason we don’t have new indoor costs is not that we don’t have the money but because we won’t spend the money. McGarrity needs to go. Have any of his hires panned out?

    I don’t think Manny will be going anywhere for at least 4 years. His youngest son is a redshirt freshman on the tennis team. Too bad Manny won’t get to see his son play in the main NCAA team championships in Athens.

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    • Vinings Dog

      100% Agree!! A few years ago, I took some friends that are serious tennis people (one played tennis at UF) to Athens to see the NCAA tournament. It was raining a little, so we went to the indoor facility. I was shocked at its condition and either it does NOT have AC or it was not working. The people from Stanford and UCLA were melting in the southern heat and humidity. I was embarrassed. I do not know, but I bet the other schools have caught and passed us (besides Alabama). It is no wonder we have not won the rights to host future NCAA tennis events!

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    • anon

      Same with Foley Field. Even with the upgrade it still doesn’t hold a candle other baseball stadiums. Not to mention the atmosphere (mainly students having fun) at other schools. Done on the cheap like everything thing else UGA does.

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      • Bulldog Joe

        We were the first SEC school to have this environment in Kudzu Hill.

        Then the AD destroyed it and recently planted trees to block the ‘free’ view from the houses and decks beyond the right field fence.

        Now Foley Field is a depressing place to spend an afternoon…unless you are an opposing player or fan.

        But by gawd, the few remaining people who go will pay for this privilege.

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        • anon

          Fondly remember rolling a keg down the hill and busting up the fence and coaxing JOEY JOEY Bell into climbing over right field wall to fight the bunch us we heckled him so much. Baseball games on kudzu hill were the best. Ole miss have similar atmosphere now. Kids stand in line for baseball games over there. UGA sux all around really

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          • Chi-town Dawg

            I remember the Joey, Joey game as a student LOL. Also remember watching the first night game at Foley Field when Bo Jackson ripped 3 HRs including one into Kudzu Hill that sent the fans scrambling and then applauding him for an amazing performance!

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          • Bonzdoc

            Lol. Remember that game. I was also on the hill. We are getting old. Was back at one of the houses overlooking kudzu hill several years ago. What has been done is just sad

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  11. Bright Idea

    If Stricklin gets another year then that will be all the proof we need that it is all about the money. Four losing seasons in four should mean nothing but the door.

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  12. Jared S.

    Good grief. What a way to start my day.

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  13. illini84

    Go Illini!

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    • Sanford222view

      Better watch it! Do we need to start questioning your UGA fandom? 😉

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      • illini84

        Nah, 33 years and two degrees from UGA put me in the Dawg category for good! Illindawg is my handle on the Illini sports blogs though1

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    • I appreciate that. But I’ve also read the complaints about my descent into negativity. This is supposed to be fun, you know?

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        C’mon Dad, take a quick run up the back roads to, like, Fort Mountain or something.

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      • Jared S.

        I think your negativity is a bummer sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I want you to stop. I appreciate the “warts and all” representation of Georgia Football, UGA Athletics, the SEC, and the state of the NCAA as a whole. You have every right to address the faults and failures you see. Just make sure you keep throwing us some happy talk and Dawg Porn when you find it.

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      • doofusdawg

        Cynicism is just a natural defense mechanism… for me anyway. Keep up the good work and keep challenging people to think.

        Hopefully the country and get better and hopefully UGA athletics can get better. We have had a major change in Washington… now we need one in Athens. It’s coming but probably not till the projects that adgm has started are complete… football, golf, steg and the soon to be announced tennis upgrades.

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      • Otto

        Snark can be fun, and now fans are more willing to admit changes need to be made. Keep the news flowing.

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      • reality check here

        I haven’t noticed your being negative. Just realistic.

        You seem to like McGarity more than I do, but if you disliked him more I still wouldn’t say you are negative. Just realistic.

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  14. The “he doesn’t have enough fire” crowd won out. Hell, just the other day on this blog someone called Richt the laziest recruiter in the SEC. The good thing is that bullshit rhetoric and outright lies eventually expose you.

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  15. Athens Dog

    Fox is still here. Strickland will still be here. Mcgarity will still be here. The money overlords are quite happy with the reserve fund. Senator, I’m close as well.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Greg and Stricklin are here for a long time as this university is not going to risk the private endowments that fund their positions and enable more athletic funds to be skimmed to the university.

      Fox will be gone as soon as his buyout falls below a milion dollars.

      Dr. Adams, falling short of his fundraising goal, strong-armed the AA years ago to ‘invest’ a large amount of its revenues to the university, setting a new annual fund-raising baseline for his successors. I don’t see this chain of corruption being broken anytime soon unless a high-ranking official from the state has the political fortitude to intervene.

      This is The Georgia Way.

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      • I don’t see this chain of corruption being broken anytime soon unless a high-ranking official from the state has the political fortitude to intervene.

        You can find out what high-ranking officials from the state have the political fortitude for in ninety days. 😉

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  16. 3rdandGrantham

    “I’m not really sure how much longer I can give a shit about Georgia football. I’m really not.”

    I don’t know you and probably will never meet you, but it’s obvious that you’re quite intelligent and almost assuredly successful in your given field. With that in mind, I’m confident in predicting that you have a slew of things in your life that keep you busy — most of which are things that you actively have control or input over. Unfortunately, UGA football isn’t one of them, so I personally would recommend pulling back and, in a sense, detaching yourself from the program.

    Don’t get me wrong, its still great being a fan and all, but when you treat UGA football as more of a casual entertainment outlet, then you will be a far happier and content fan overall. As mentioned previously I made this move 7-8 years ago, and I’ve never been happier (even though UGA football since has basically been a muddle through type of program with little to cheer for).

    Selfishly, I want you to continue the current pace of your blog, but if you pull back on the content and/or eliminate it altogether, I will not only understand but, in a small sense, will applaud you.

    Regardless, thanks for all you do.

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  17. scuba

    Perfect timing for the arrival of an email from Greg McGarity. My day is now complete.

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  18. sniffer

    “We have cigarettes, a full tank of gas and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

    Greg McGarity

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    • AusDawg85

      Buford T. Pusser comes to mind before Elwood Blues with regards to McG. Then again, he doesn’t even possess those leadership traits…he’s more like the son.

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      • doiknowu

        Buford T. Justice is the guy I think you have in mind. Pusser was from “Walking Tall”, and McGarity would never be confused with a guy with that much backbone and character.

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  19. Russ

    The fact that McGarity, who played for Magill, and was part of one of the few programs at UGA with true championship heritage, screwed up the NCAA tournament coming to Athens speaks volumes about his incompetence.

    The indoor courts could be renovated for a tiny fraction of the slush, er, reserve fund. It makes ME sick that the two-bit accountant running our athletics couldn’t actually run two projects at one time.

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  20. McGarity needs to go, but I’m reminded of a conversation that I had once with a national radio host (who it was isn’t important): most college ADs are woefully unprepared for their job. Overwhelmingly, they are hangers on that Peter Principled their way into the big chair (Evans) or juiced in good ole boys with political connections (McG).

    My point is that making the right hire is a total crapshoot bc no one knows how good of an AD most of these guys actually are bc each school is wildly different.

    My feeling is that Greg needs to be fired yesterday and replaced with someone under the age of 45. Who that should be, I have no idea. But to me, the less ties he/she has with The Georgia Way and the booster network, the better.

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    • AusDawg85

      Theo Epstein!

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      • Yeah don’t think that’s happening. But I like where your head is at. Anything outside the box is ok with me.

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        • Just look at the program that McGarity is trying to emulate on the football front. They didn’t wait around for Bill Battle to retire to make a big show of a search. They quietly went out and hired a young guy that is universally known as one of the most forward-thinking AD’s out there to keep the gravy train rolling. It feels like we’re playing tiddly winks while all our peers are playing advanced chess because that’s the highest level of competency / accountability we have.

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    • “The less ties the better …”

      No way the Georgia Way allows that to happen, gatriguy. We got a close-up look at that in December 2015 when a national search for what was one of the two best head football coaching jobs in the country lasted 48 hours. The powers that be will never hire an AD who doesn’t get it.

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    • Otto

      I disagree on one thing, a UGA booster needs to make winning a priority and then the booster needs to get friends on the Board of Directors that agree with him.

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    • depresseddawg77'

      The AD will be fired either after this football season, or next. It’s inevitable, the chatter will be too loud. Kirby’s not going to do jack shit with this staff, none of them can develop talent, last year was embarrassing, Kirby will never win more than 8 or 9 games a year, his team was unprepared for situations like GT, UT, and Vandy. They were not ready. Eason was not prepared well for the spring game, he looked terrible, no team with him at qb will ever win more than 9 games, a blind man could see that. Nothing new. Same ole story. The question is, WHEN the AD fired this year or next, WHO will replace them? Another dude learning on the job or a proven culture change maker? The power brokers will want a guy they can control, they don’t want to lose their power, they don’t want a Saban, they don’t want to change. The Senator has pegged the core issue long ago as a culture thing, and until you root it out, never gonna win a shiny trophy. Need proven leaders, in Admin, and as coaches, to get it done, based on what I’ve seen since 1980, I am skeptical the UGA culture will ever change. Chaney and Beamer Jr didn’t get fired after the 2016 7 & 5 record, seriously, how does that happen?

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  21. The AA and majority of this fan base never fail to disappoint. Sometimes I wish we could go back to the 90s so I wouldn’t have to watch our own people help destroy the one bright spot in a history of average.

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  22. lakedawg

    As a longtime fan and supporter of both men’s and women’ s tennis, along with several other programs this just made me sick when I read it yesterday. We have gone from the finest tennis facility in collegiate tennis to now not being considered good enough to host the NCAA’s anymore all under this —holes regime. And then to remark improvements would havetobedonor driven, why does the guy even open his mouth. Oh well another letter to Morehead and another threat to further reduce my dwindling contributions will again fall on deaf ears. Frustrated, frustrated, frustrated!

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  23. SemperFiDawg

    “I’m not really sure how much longer I can give a shit about Georgia football. I’m really not.”

    Neither am I Sir. Neither am I.

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  24. 'Ol Gill

    I was fortunate enough to see the UGA Men’s Tennis team win a NC on their home court when I was in college. It was a great experience that I’ll never forget. I love the country club sports and I know a lot of people in the comments of this blog don’t care about them. But to me they’re the difference between us being a football factory and being a great program.

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  25. OrlandoDawg

    I follow UCF a little. I’m convinced they have a far better AD, a better baseball coach, and a better basketball coach than we have at UGA. I’d trade all 3 in an even swap but would feel bad about pulling a fast one on our local mid-major.

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    • Time will obviously tell, but given the way they improved so quickly last year – I don’t think it’s a stretch to say they might have the better football coach.

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      • OrlandoDawg

        i didn’t want to trigger any replies to “just go be a UCF fan”, but yes, that could very well turn out to be the case. They were more fun to watch on offense last year, no question.

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        • I follow the AAC, CUSA, MAC, and Sunbelt probably more closely than I do the SEC so I really enjoyed watching how they got better progressively throughout the year. When Stephen Godfrey of SBNation.com was embedded with Willie Taggart’s staff at USF for a story last season, they were looking at film of UCF and felt that UCF was going to be good soon given how rapidly they were improving in execution and fundamentals over the course of the season.

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  26. Bulldog Joe

    Two indoor courts and some air conditioning.

    That’s all that was needed.

    The 2012 championships turned a clusterf*ck when it started to rain.

    Having only four poorly-ventilated indoor courts disrupted the team championships and made for a disjointed, uncomfortable experience for the participants and those fans who decided to stay.

    At worst, it should have been a lesson-learned and a problem easily solved – five years ago.

    Where was that mythical rainy-day fund, Greg?

    It’s still raining.

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  27. Dawgof95

    In a world full of I Phone AD’s, we have a rotary dial…

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    • 81Dog

      Dreamer. It’s more like a crank phone with Sarah as the operator. Maybe we can call up to Mt. Pilot or something, but the long distance charges are probably too much for the AD to bear.

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  28. I was listening briefly to the Bulldog Roundtable show on 680 this morning. Chuck Dowdle was interviewing our favorite sideline reporter, Loran, about fund raising for the athletic program. I thought that was so fitting given I had read your article early this morning. I just started SMDH.

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  29. depresseddawg77'

    You have to admire UF- they fired Will Muschamp for not winning championships in 3 years. LSU too- Miles was axed for going into a non-championship slide. UGA Admin does not the same championship standard as far as expectations go. They hung onto Mark Richt for 11 years after he won his last championship, he would have been fired after 2010 by any team with a championship mentality. So the current AD buffoon was hired without a track record of winning championships as an AD because he was a cheap hire and a yes man, that we now know. And Kirby Smart and Mark Fox were hired without winning a championship as a head coach. The decision making on hires is not logical, they keep hiring admin and coaches who have never proven they can lead a team to a championship. Theo Epstein won Boston their first championship in 86 years, and then the Cubs hired him, HE changed the culture, and the Cubs won their first championship in 100+ years. Hire proven winners, get out the checkbook, get ready for wholesale change, that’s how you change the culture and win.

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  30. OrlandoDawg

    “I couldn’t eat I was so disappointed.” This deserves consideration for quote of the day. Hopefully The First Word will keep us updated on his ability to consume food.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      I agree. Just add this to the long line of bullshit.

      Greg painting himself as the victim is a tired act.

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  31. OurADisaGlorifiedAccountant

    Agent McGarity

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  32. georgiajeepn

    I used to let a Georgia loss bother me greatly during the game and for a long time afterwards. I am now so fed up with The Georgia Way that I am over a Georgia loss during the 3rd quarter! lol…

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  33. W Cobb Dawg

    I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb when I say Brother Bluto puts in far more effort on this blog than McG does as a.d.

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  34. I've Stopped Caring

    Just don’t forget Karla Williams. She’s more in charge of the AA than McG. She has to go, too. If getting rid of McG becomes a promotion for her, it is over. Over. I’m tellin’ ya it is.

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    • anon

      No doubt she will. UGA will damn sure want to click all the “diversity boxes”. Honestly this is more or less where the school in general is headed and has been headed for a while. We can’t let some south GA,4th generation UGA legacy, who has been going to UGA football games his entire life in becasuse his SAT! Etc. so we kick him to aub or ole miss or bama. Blah blah.

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      • Normaltown Mike

        “We can’t let some south GA,4th generation UGA legacy, who has been going to UGA football games his entire life in becasuse his SAT”

        so many lulz right there.

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  35. Morris Buttermaker

    I applaud you for delving further into the mess that is the UGA Athletic Department because at the end of the day…

    There is no doubt that among “all in” Georgia fans – those that follow every one of the sports teams – the current A.D. is a huge disappointment regardless of the puppeteers behind the scenes and the problem is only getting worse. The comparison of the records, talent levels and foreseeable futures of the teams with coaches who pre-date the current A.D. verses teams with coaches hired by the current A.D. is laughable. What is going to happen when Coach Bauerle, Coach Diaz, Coach Haack, Coach Wallace, Coach Boenig and Coach Harris-Champer reach their limits and walk away? President Morehead should ask any of them what they think of their current A.D.

    What do the coaches above have in common other than inheriting Mr. McGarity? They have all guided teams to multiple SEC Championships and/or many National Championships, built and/or sustained top tier nationally recognized programs all while positively impacting the lives of thousands of student athletes. In the kindest words possible, Mr. McGarity has at best hired “life coaches.”

    No matter who the nameless shadows are behind the curtain, if the fans, students and the honest media bring the problem to the forefront it WILL get fixed.

    Since you are 100% Football on your blog Senator, this is a great topic during the football downtime that also relates to football as much as any other UGA topic. Your frustrations are in line with MANY other fans and you deservedly have a high pulpit so let it rip!

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  36. scuba

    I`m surprised no one has mentioned Fran Tarkenton today. To my ears he was the band leader in the fire Mark Richt parade. This started years before Richt was fired. Weeks leading up to the firing he was on air being interviewed by anyone looking for a quote calling for Richts head stating we needed a Georgia man. I took that as the Georgia Way/BM wants Kirby Smart.

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    • Otto

      Tarkenton was one of the more outspoken wanting Richt gone and was also the 1st announced donor for the IPF, I didn’t remember him saying we needed a Georgia man but I am certainly not saying he didn’t say that. I would also wager Tarkenton isn’t the biggest donor to B-M and in my opinion from what little I can find UGA does not have a clear biggest donor with those that follow his lead. It seems UGA likely has multiple factions of wealth donors.

      You could also bring up Leebern, and his backing of Adams, and his marriage to and subsequent retirement of Yoculan.

      Do these figure work together to better UGA and B-M or is the disorganization and failures we see a reflection of the influential alumni?

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      • Scuba

        Fran has on air mentioned his close relationship with the current President. I don’t seem to remember him having much involvement with Dr. Adams. I agree with you that he announced himself as the first donor for the JPIDPF ( hope I got the lexicon correct its been a long day). Over time I don’t remember him being one of the top donors not that I`m in that loop.

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        • Otto

          That is part of my point who are the top donors? Is B-M constantly weighing the influence of a handful of donors against another group?

          Richt was an example of this, it seems across all levels of the fan base you have those that very much liked Richt and those that very much wanted him gone.

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        • Chi-town Dawg

          I’ve heard from several people with first hand knowledge that Tarkenton is nothing more than a leach and a groupie. One even told me he’s great at spending other people’s money, but never willing to kick in any of his own, so I’d be surprised if he’s doing much financially other than tooting his own horn.

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  37. Chico Dawg

    Senator, the tone you set is not even close to negative…it is realistic. I like to think the disgust this site has shown for the incompetence at the BM has something to do with the heat they are getting. I like to think Dr. Morehead being asked about the AD in a presser recently has come from a grassroots campaign of disgruntled people who cannot fathom the missteps shown by AD heads and its Board given the incredible pile of cash they have- especially when a lot of the missteps appear to have cash at the cusp of the solution. To me hiring the right people and hanging on to the wrong ones seems to be about cash and contract buyouts.
    The tennis facility is why we don’t get the championships anymore. The 2012 championships were a disaster. The NCAA is not going to make Athens the choice again until the facilities are upgraded. Manny knows that. Mcgarity knows that. While we are on the topic…how much does it cost to build a tennis court? We aren’t building the damn Venetian.

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  38. B-UGA

    UGA Administration is just a Joke! Give us your money & we’ll bury it in a jar in the back yard…clueless when it comes to investing for the future.

    Geographically one of the best hot beds for talent in the country, great academics, & a college atmosphere like no other…marketing majors these Bozos are not either!

    PLEASE fire from the top down & start over with a group who understands what we have & how to use it…It has been like giving the keys to Ferrari to an 87 year old grandpa. A waste!

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  39. Mike Cooley

    “I’m not sure how much longer I can give a shit about UGA football.” I’m not quite to that point but I’m closer than I’ve ever been before and the fact that I’m close enough to not scoff at such a statement is almost unthinkable to me. Yet here I am. The 2013 season seems like a really long time ago. It was ultimately a disappointing season but it was the last time UGA football was exciting and the last time it felt like good things were actually not too far off. The people who run the show don’t give a rat’s ass so I don’t know how much longer I can. I gave up on the Falcons long ago and don’t even watch NFL football. There was a time I couldn’t have imagined that being the case. And now I’m actually at a point where I can envision a day where I don’t really care about UGA football anymore either. I don’t want that to happen. But Butts Mehre just might make it possible.

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  40. Yo

    This is mutha’ fucking UGA that I love. Tailback U, We Run This State. We run full force into brick walls and destroy them, tackle with all arms and legs.

    Do you think mcgarity even realizes this? That he has made us a cliche? What the fuck has happened to the Bulldog Nation?

    It seems like the only force that could destroy us would come from within and that force is mcgarity.

    This shit needs to end, I’m tired of being a punchline.

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  41. Will Trane

    Totally agree with you Senator and fellow alum.
    I have come to the realization that the AD, Athletic Board, and UGA President do not give one hoot in hell about the University and alums. They are all their for their salaries and perks.
    Somewhere there has to be a claw back provision on their pay and perks.
    McGarity is an embarrassment. Honestly, I hate to tell people he is a UGA grad.
    He is so low energy, go along to get along, incompetent person…shameful.
    Never any good news about sports or anything re this University. It pains me.

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  42. John Denver is full of shit...

    Keep raising awareness senator, it’s what unites the faithful

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  43. Morris Buttermaker

    I agree with Mr. C. Dawg that the A.D. questions are coming up because the situation is FINALLY coming to a head.

    While I think President Morehead is much different than Mr. Adams, I do think Mr. McGarity is a LOT like Mr. Adams and it was during Mr. Adams presidency at UGA that the “Georgia Way” as its now called first took root.

    Men like Mr. Adams and Mr. McGarity are like Federal Politicians; they start out with conviction and a strong code of ethics only to be intoxicated by power and access while becoming addicted to the money keeps it all going. They become entitled and create large teams of “staff” to tackle the “people” and their issues all while closing their circle of access to a select few who are likeminded or who are their “pushers.”

    Watch a U.S. Senator work a room at a function. These people are experts at sizing up someone they meet and within seconds determining if that person can help them or not. If the answer is yes a door is cracked and someone on staff follows up a short time later. If the answer is no that person’s card goes to a staff gatekeeper who will run interference until the unsuspecting rube gives up trying to reconnect with the Senator.

    Men like Mr. Adams and Mr. McGarity don’t speak to professors or coaches – their time is way too valuable! Besides, that’s what their underlings and admins are supposed to do so they can have time for the really important matters with really important people.

    I understand the alumni/booster/board influence factor but I doubt the situation at UGA is worse than at Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Texas, Nebraska, Michigan, etc…

    The real problem in the UGA Athletic Department is we have a bad A.D. and we must implore President Morehead to sort things out.

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    • DoubleDawg1318

      My sense, like yours is that the big problem is the A.D. The shadow boosters and board members certainly don’t help but I have a hard time believing there is a conspiracy by these people to sabotage UGA athletics the way some people believe.

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      • I definitely have no inside knowledge, but the ghost of Michael Adams certainly seems to be hanging over South Campus.

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        • Morris Buttermaker

          Without question. Mr. McGarity was quoted as being sick to his stomach regarding the tennis announcement and depressed to speak to Coach Diaz about the matter. If Mr. McGarity had regular contact with Coach Diaz I can’t imagine how either of his conditions would make sense. What’s even worse is Mr. McGarity and Coach Diaz were TEAMMATES AT GEORGIA. If Coach Diaz gets that level of support from Mr. McGarity it doesn’t speak well for the other coaches on staff.

          Speaking of Coach Diaz, his team just won both the regular season and SEC Tournament Championships and he just won SEC Coach of the Year for the 6th time in his career. It’s not football but there ARE 5 SEC teams ranked in the NCAA top 25 so the conference is for sure competitive.

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  44. Eldawg

    Support the Troops! right?

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