Honestly, as a general principle, I can see the need for an AD to hire a search firm under certain circumstances. Greg McGarity, then, makes a valid point in defense of retaining one when Georgia went out to find a replacement for Mark Fox.
Turner “was outstanding,” McGarity said. “When he and I engaged on (March 10), he knew who would be in play and who wasn’t in play. I think that’s important. … Todd will say so-and-so’s not interested. They’re not movable. So and so might be.”
I recognize that plausible deniability from both sides is how the hiring game is played these days, so having a middleman as a cutout can be useful in that regard. Sixty grand to gauge the interest of two guys who weren’t even employed at the time of McGarity’s search, though? (And, for that matter, somebody didn’t read Thad Matta right.) Not seeing a lot of value in that. But Greg seems happy, which I guess is what’s important when you’re not socking the money away in the reserve fund.