“McGarity didn’t want to get into details…”

Not that that’s anything new, but in light of this morning’s post about the facilities arms race, Marc Weiszer has an interesting story out now.

As Georgia puts the finishing touches on its west end zone project in Sanford Stadium, it is laying the groundwork for more changes on the horizon to its football facilities.

“We are working on plans to enhance the football spaces that are currently in the Butts-Mehre building in the future,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “We are looking at all type of options. It’s more or less a feasibility and massing exercise now where things could potentially go and how they fit. …All football spaces will be under review.”

Expect a larger weight room (currently 12,000 square feet) and other upgrades that could include additional office space to accommodate an expanded support staff and to the locker room the team uses on practice days.

“The misconception is everybody thinks it’s just the weight room,” McGarity said. “We’re talking about all football spaces, but we’re in the feasibility process right now.”

Georgia added 53,000 square feet to the Butts-Mehre building and renovated another 23,000 square feet in a project completed in 2011 at a cost of about $40 million. The domed structure opened 31 years ago.

“Staffs have expanded, services are now necessary to provide on-campus recruiting experiences,” McGarity said. “It’s a different way of thinking. What happens is you run out of room. Those are things we’re looking at right now, really every space inside the Butts-Mehre building is under evaluation.”

You know, the kind of thing a competent athletic director who stayed focused on something more than just making sure reserve fund deposits kept coming in might have done at least five years ago.

At this point, the best I can hope for Butts-Mehre is that they luck out and make a Kirby Smart-type hire when McGarity’s gone.

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31 responses to ““McGarity didn’t want to get into details…”

  1. 81Dog

    I’m sure Kirby has a list of competent potential ADs handy. It’s what you’d expect a highly organized guy to do. Given his performance to date, the powers that be could probably do a lot worse than listen to his ideas.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Right, because if there’s anything recent events have demonstrated, it’s that you want your football coach to have as much control over the athletic department as possible.

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      • 81Dog

        well, that depends on who your coach is Bobby Petrino, or Urban? Maybe not. Do you think Nick has any input into Bama AD hires? And also on how much control he has over the AD. I’m not sure having an idea about who’d do a good job is the same thing as making the AD your stooge, but whatever.

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        • Biggus Rickus

          Yes, but I also would hate to see what skeletons are buried in the over there. I’m pretty sure the police and politicians would cover up murders within the Alabama football program.

          I just think entrusting the amount of power to coaches we tend to is dangerous no matter who the coach is. Paterno was lauded as a saint until everything came to light. I’d rather not have to find out if Smart is strong enough to resist the temptation to bury something in order to save his program and legacy being tarnished (assuming he builds what I think he’s building).

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          • 81Dog

            I’m sure there are skeletons in every athletic department in America, including ours. I think there is a happy medium between “letting Kirby tell everyone else what to do” and “finding out if there is anyone out there Kirby thinks he could work effectively with.” New ADs aren’t invested in current coaches, and wasn’t one of the issues with McGarity that he didn’t hire the then-current coach? Lack of support can be direct (We have to win x games this year or else) or it can simply be a matter of mouthing public niceties while behind the scenes the AD tries to cut the air off from the coach.

            balancing out the power is a good idea, but I don’t think just getting ideas from Kirby means he’s calling Morehead up and telling him to go grab Kirby’s dry cleaning while Kirby lines up bag men.

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            • Biggus Rickus

              That’s a fine line from “guy he works with effectively” to “guy who would enable malfeasance”.

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  2. Debby Balcer

    At least he is planning now instead of making Kirby pay the extras out of his pocket. Still behind but at least supporting the coach more.

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  3. Bright Idea

    Obviously McGarity is no longer wearing handcuffs. He’s no longer being held hostage to the reserve fund ledger. I still believe he’s mostly a figurehead but a smarter one than he used to be.

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    • 81Dog

      If by smarter you mean “The money guys told him to give Kirby what Kirby wants,” and he’s doing that, then, yeah.

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      • Granthams replacemen

        Exactly. Currently bids are being collected for the expansion, it won’t be long before construction begins.

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        • BMan

          FIFY – Currently bids are being collected for the expansion, it won’t be long before fundraising begins.

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  4. Bulldog Joe

    Better late than never.

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  5. Just Chuck (The Other One)

    “At this point, the best I can hope for Butts-Mehre is that they luck out and make a Kirby Smart-type hire when McGarity’s gone.”

    And what’s the best estimate of when this takes place? How long do we have to wait?

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  6. Tony Barnfart

    Are we going to run out of space over there or what ? The track was untouchable during the final IPF decisions. But Mark Richt was the coach then.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      It’d be a shame if there was a fire or major plumbing failure that rendered the Home Smith annex not worthy of repair.

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      • Tony Barnfart

        *Hoke

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      • 81Dog

        “that’s a nice little building you got there, Jere. Be a shame if anything happened to it. Capisce?”

        Oh look, profound structural problems that would be too expensive to fix. Or asbestos, or whatever. Guess we have to tear it down in the interest of good stewardship.

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      • Whiskeydawg

        Home Smith sleeps with the fishes.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      Days are numbered for the astroturf practice field behind BM and between the track and IPF. It’s presently used mostly by the kickers so it’s not painless but it won’t be the worst thing to give up

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    • That’s why you develop and work from a master plan, instead of working piecemeal because “you run out of room”.

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    • 69Dawg

      Me thinks the track team has won National Championships and we haven’t.
      It’s time to move all the B&M dead wood out and make it just a football building. Put McGoofy and his minions somewhere else.

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    • CB

      There’e plenty of room. Blow up the track and the baseball field, and exile them both down Milledge Ave with the soccer and softball teams, it’s only fair with Title IX and all.

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  7. Kirby don’t give a sh.. as long as a new AD does not mess around with football.

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  8. barneydawg

    Whew! When I first saw the title/headline for this piece, I thought someone in the media was questioning Greg McG about his time at Florida with Urban aka Erwin Meyers. I was relieved to read that it was about facilities. Eventually, someone will ask him questions about Corch Urbz, but it should come after having given Dan Mullen the 3rd degree about the same.

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    • Biggus Rickus

      Eh, at the time McGarity was there, it wasn’t a pattern, and it was apparently handled appropriately by Florida’s administration at the time. That doesn’t mean McGarity wouldn’t say something cringe-worthy, but I don’t think there would be anything embarrassing otherwise.

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  9. AusDawg85

    Rest assured, we’re thinking about the upgrades to the football facilities and not one penny will be wasted on our average paying customers in the form of stadium upgrades, parking, concessions, traffic, tailgating, etc.

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  10. Macallanlover

    Close the bathrooms in BM and make the staff go to Sanford for a few weeks. That would give them more space in BM, and get their attention on how severe the bathroom issues are for 93K fans.

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  11. You ever have that new guy/gal that comes in the office and starts getting things done? Everyone around starts looking busy and saying ‘well I said we should do that two years ago’ (but never followed through)…you even analyze yourself and think, ‘crap I should be doing more, I’m motivated now!’….yea that’s Kirby.

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