I always wince when Georgia’s athletic director feels the need to open up to the media. Today, he wants everyone to know that Greg McGarity is… the Decision Maker!
In an exclusive interview with 11Alive on Tuesday, McGarity said he felt like it was time to reward Smart.
“I think it sends a clear message and appreciation for what Kirby’s done in such a short amount of time,” McGarity said.
It wasn’t something Georgia necessarily needed to do immediately, but it does help insure longevity in the program. Smart’s buyout inevitably decreased year-by-year, and and his old contract ranked No. 23 in terms of salary, according to an analysis conducted by USA TODAY Sports. A new deal makes it increasingly difficult for a program to attempt to steal him away from his alma mater.
“It takes awhile to get those things done. It wasn’t an urgent need to get it done, but we did want to get it done as quickly as we could. It’s just a very busy time with recruiting season and just a lot of things going on where you can certainly focus on things at a certain time,” McGarity said.
Sure, handing out the biggest pay increase and contract extension in program history didn’t need to be done immediately. It just needed to be done when Jimmy Sexton asked for it.