Gee, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say Seth Emerson detects a trend.
What we do know is that this is yet another case of UGA’s tendency to look inward when it comes to hires, big and small.
Kupets-Carter is a Georgia alum. So is Kirby Smart, who when Georgia hired him was very qualified and had been sought after by other schools. But if Smart ends up struggling the next few years critics will continue to wonder why Georgia did not take longer to look and have a truly national search.
Greg McGarity was the Kirby Smart version of that search seven years ago. An alumnus and an Athens native, McGarity was serving as the No. 2 administrator at an SEC rival. He was the obvious choice, given his connections and Florida’s all-sports success. But unfortunately that success hasn’t translated to Georgia since McGarity came home.
When UGA women’s basketball team had an opening, the school spent nearly a month looking and then hired the team’s top assistant, Joni Taylor. The book is still out on Taylor, who has recruited well, but missed the NCAA tournament this past season.
It’s not just athletics: Even the search for a president at UGA a few years ago ended up with the school just promoting the provost – and UGA alumnus — Jere Morehead. That was a fairly popular hire among the rank-and-file at UGA, as Morehead was one of them and had been for years.
Were he as aged as I, Seth could have gone farther. Every AD since Joel Eaves has been someone with previous or existing ties to the school.
This isn’t so much a condemnation of the administration as it is us. “That was a fairly popular hire among the rank-and-file at UGA, as Morehead was one of them and had been for years.” — how many times have we seen that kind of comfort pass for deep thinking among alumni and the fan base about someone the school hires? You’d think if that was really a valid benchmark for excellence, the University of Georgia would have a far more prestigious recent past than it actually has. Yet we never seem to learn. Go Dawgs!