And therein lies the rub

There’s another one of those “Georgia is the best situation in the SEC” pieces today, by Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown.  It’s fun to compare its one caveat to Andy Staples’ paean to the Georgia job, where he wrote in part,

… Add to this great facilities (now that the Bulldogs are building an indoor), great tradition, a sharp athletic director, possibly the best college town in America and the fact that they play in the easier division of the nation’s deepest conference. [Emphasis added.]

Brown’s take is cautiously observant.

… but this program has a sky-high ceiling, provided it gets the right leadership and institutional support, giving it plenty of hope to end the national title drought before too long.  [Emphasis added.]

At least we’ve got hope.  You can sell a lot of season tickets with hope.



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28 responses to “And therein lies the rub

  1. AthensHomerDawg

    “Hope -AND- Change”…. now that makes me nervous!

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  2. steve

    ‘…..this program has a sky-high ceiling…’ Wasn’t that a quote from The Discovery Channel’s ‘Gold Rush’?


  3. Bigshot

    He lost me with that statement about a sharp Athletic director.

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  4. St. Johns Dawg

    I think Brown is spot on with that comment … You could argue 50% of Bama’s success under Saban is the entire Bammer nation and school is in lock-step behind the man and his process. Sure would like to know what that’s like at UGA … but as has been pointed out a lot on this blog, there are too many people/variables that refuse to get on such a train.


  5. Russ2

    Has Matt or Andy been compensated with a box of condoms for their glowing remarks about Mcgarity?


  6. I remember reading Staples’ piece when it was published. I re-read the sentence touting McGarity as a “sharp AD” at least twice. I guess Staples fell victim to the same faulty logic others did, which was assuming because McG came from Florida’s athletics department he must be good.


  7. sniffer

    “Hope is not a strategy”


  8. sniffer

    Hope is not a strategy


  9. Dawg in Championship Exile

    Leadership and institutional support…Therein lies the rub. Football Basketball and baseball all should be competing for National Championships.


  10. KershDawg

    “You can sell a lot of season tickets with hope.”

    Surely you meant to say that UGA, “has sold a lot of season tickets with hope.”


  11. Bulldog Joe

    Awesome. When does this “sharp athletic director” arrive?

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  12. JCDAWG83

    Georgia is the program of the future and always will be.


  13. 69Dawg

    A lot of the football press has as a motto “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.” These guys have to suck up to the schools or they get cut off from information.


  14. Macallanlover

    That has to be it, they can’t be that dense, or tone deaf. Not only is our AD far from “sharp”, he isn’t even close. Is there one worse in the conference? I don’t know enough of them but I suspect we are contending for the worst AD in the business. To be honest, we haven’t ever had a great leader in this position. Dooley got some good results on the field, but was he a visionary, a strong leader? I suppose the problem is at a higher level than the AD, they certainly are letting this current problem linger.


    • 92 grad

      I totally agree with you. Reminds me of the saying “if the vice principal knows your name, it’s not good”. The competent AD’s are mostly anonymous, good work keeps the focus where it should be, not at management.


  15. Southernlawyer11

    As a fan and alum of both UGA and a school in the American Athletic Conference, I can say with certainty that if Greggy was at a school (in the AAC) that had to continuously squeeze blood from a turnip to field a competitive football team, they would be abysmal. Like 2-10 bad. But you could run the Georgia Athletic Department with unpaid student interns and the Georgia football team would probably still go 7-5 or better.


  16. UGA Athletic Board member

    I don’t understand what the problem is. We’re very happy with the way we do things at UGA.