I received several emails yesterday about Seth Emerson’s post of a letter from a former Georgia baseball player questioning Greg McGarity’s leadership. All were along the lines of “have you read it?” and “are you going to post something about it?”.
My initial reaction was, “eh, why bother?”. There’s nothing particularly new in there in terms of the complaints registered. The only reason it’s even slightly newsworthy is that it comes from a source who’s a little more juiced than the average Georgia fan.
My involvement with UGA baseball goes back for the past 23 years. I lettered in the 1960s and have known every coach since. My duties have ranged from president of the lettermen’s club, to chairman of a large fundraiser at the governor’s mansion, and many other activities. In 2001 Athletic Director Vince Dooley asked me to be on the baseball selection committee, which I did when David Perno was selected as coach. Over many years, I’ve met and known numerous lettermen, both old and young from all sports and am in contact with many of them.
Even so, he doesn’t have any more insight into fixing the problem with Butts-Mehre than we unwashed do. This is his action plan:
I blame all of us for accepting this mediocrity and just sitting there as things seem to get worse. What if football is 9-3, baseball finishes seventh, and basketball finally makes another top 64. What is accomplished? To me, average… because we need championships and our main rival, Florida, (5-21 in the last 26 games, in the “Gator Bowl”) is winning at the highest level in all sports, and in reality is our biggest rival.
UGASports.com has given Greg McGarity a 94 percent negative rating. This obviously is a very high negative percentage.
We must reach out to President Jere Morehead and let him know the high level of dissatisfaction. The issue is: Do we want to continue to be average or do we want to be at the top and be excellent?
Bless his heart. At this point, if you think the problem is that Jere Morehead needs educating about the level of fan dissatisfaction with his athletic director, you are missing the point, and badly. For Morehead to be unaware of this, he would have had to have been on a sabbatical in the Amazon rain forest for the past six months. The last time I checked, Morehead’s been in town during that time.
Our problem, then, isn’t the result of a failure to reach out to the president. Our problem is that Georgia’s chain of command defines fan dissatisfaction in a different way than we do. Until we stop writing checks, they’re going to operate on the assumption that everything’s hunky dory. And why not? It’s worked so far.