Keeping up with the Joneses? ‘Bama says, “hold my beer”.

While Greg McGarity tentatively tiptoes from capital project to capital project, at all times keeping a nervous eye on those reserve fund holdings, Alabama “is embarking on a ten-year, $600 million initiative”.

If Kirby ever leaves Athens (Gawd forbid), good luck on holding things together, Butts-Mehre.

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39 responses to “Keeping up with the Joneses? ‘Bama says, “hold my beer”.

  1. Yep; he’s see’s another Death Star being built and is concerned enough to start raising massive amounts of money ‘now’.

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    • It’s not the money that’s the key here. It’s having a master plan to implement.

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      • 92 grad

        Exactly what I find appalling. I taught at a private school for a few years and was involved with strategic planning committees. We always had substantive goals, both financially and institutional. The master plan drives institutions to be moving forward, always, and to serve the mission of the institution. Blows my mind to think UGAAA just kind of coasts along but it’s evident they do.

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      • The Dawg abides

        I agree. This is just another example of how BM just doesn’t get it when it comes to PR and selling the brand. I bet if you start with the IPF, the west end zone project, the coliseum upgrades, as well as the soccer facility and golf facility upgrades, the new track surfacing( which looks great btw) , add in the upcoming tennis upgrades, weight room and other football upgrades, then add in all future projects for the next 8 years along with the scholarship endowment money like Bama is including, then the total 10 year number will look pretty big also. The optics just look so much better packaged as one big initiative. The Georgia Way obviously doesn’t include the concept of vision.

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        • Ricky McDurden

          I used to feel this way but have come to believe that there actually is a master plan of sorts that it is only shared with the people with checkbooks big enough to contribute to it. Why isn’t it shared with us peons? Because exclusivity is one of the benefits of membership in that big ol club that we ain’t in.

          Of course reality is that it’s probably closer to the coasting from project-to-project idea but I can dream, right?

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  2. 81Dog

    The immediate, most predictable result of Alabama’s new project is probably that the nice folks at Auburn will announce a, 700 million capital improvement project to be completed in 8 years at their barn, errrr, stadium. It will go faster at the Barn because most of the new outer layer of construction will be able to be rolled right up to its new parking space. Don’t worry, the wheels will be removed once the cinder blocks underneath are in place. Also, the Opelika Walmart is having a big screen TV sale, so look for an improved “customer experience” down there.

    I thought AU fans were spoiled by indoor plumbing and running water, but this will be BIG, PAWWWWWWWL!

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Why am I not surprised.

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  4. Al

    Good lord. Their facilities put everyone else to shame as it is. What else could they do?

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  5. A couple of projects I can think of:

    Locker rooms at the Coliseum
    Foley Field is possibly the worst baseball facility in the conference now (probably needs to be moved)
    The tennis facility needs to be refurbished including the indoor facility expansion
    I assume the golf facility is lagging – why they didn’t build a new clubhouse for the paying customer and new facilities for the golf teams instead doing what they did is beyond me
    The weight room and football facility expansion

    That’s just what I can come up with off the top of my head.

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    • Tony Barnfart

      put a new baseball stadium downtown !

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      • Nowicki

        The sad part of this is that I can absolutely see B-M having to do to Foley what it did to the former indoor practice area, tear down a relatively new/expensive project, to make way for new B-M expansions. UGAA planning at its best! It’s so predictable its depressing. smh
        A Baseball Park on the east side of downtown would be pretty sweet, though!

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        • 81Dog

          surely they could find a spot on a hillside overlooking the river. Sanford uses the terrain, a new baseball field could do the same. Somewhere over by the old B&L maybe

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          • Nowicki

            Yep. Baseball games could instantly become more of an “event,” that even non-loyal Georgia baseball fans might regularly attend.

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        • I’m not a baseball guru, so I was wondering what is exactly wrong with Foley that couldn’t be remedied by nearby property acquisition ?….so we don’t have to burn money from recent lipstick. I kind of like a tight old ballpark in a residential neighborhood, but I have no idea what “trends” are in college baseball. They could acquire some of those outfield houses and turn that whole area into something unique.

          Sorry, but the track and field has to go. If you enjoy the robotic monotony of running on a track enough, take your ass 5 minutes down south Milledge. In fact, build some kind of crushed /packed stone cross-country esque loop out there and sell it as “better.” Which it would be.

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          • 79Dawg

            What property is around to acquire? Kudzu hill is to south (can’t grade that, even if you bought the houses at the top), Butts-Mehre is to the east (as are major roadways), the Coliseum and Smith Center are to the north, and parking tennis is to the west.
            The most logical thing to do would be to move the baseball field (downtown sounds nice), perhaps build a new Admin building where Foley Field is now, and give the existing Butts-Mehre totally over to football.

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            • Tony Barnfart

              why can’t you grade the hill ? Also, the parking in right field is a surface lot. UGA is the king of eliminating surface lots and expanding (in this case Carlton Street) parking decks. Also, Rutherford hardly needs to be a thru-street if you loop the road between the deck and tennis into Smith Street (between an expanded Carlton deck and the academic building)

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              • 79Dawg

                The chances of the ACC Politburo approving the “destruction” of green space and tree canopy, rerouting and paving of new roads, and further encroaching on residential neighborhoods, is probably about the same as them approving a baseball stadium downtown….

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        • DoubleDawg1318

          There’s no space for a baseball field near downtown. Look at the map. However, the Classic Center is pushing for a downtown arena. (which I think is rather stupid)

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    • James

      Golf facility is one of the nicest in the country.

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      • The course is spectacular as a college course. DLIII did an amazing job on the restoration/renovation. I love the golf course.

        My point is that I don’t understand why the university built that house by the team’s practice facilities while the course clubhouse is an absolute dump and needs to be torn down (it pretty much looks the same as it did when I played in a junior tournament there in the early 80s and as a student in the late 80s). The public practice facility (also where the PE courses are taught) is a joke of a practice facility and isn’t a reasonable place to go warm up before playing.

        Most of what I just said is the university’s responsibility as opposed to the AA, but there is a partner responsibility there.

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  6. Tony Barnfart

    This is obscene. Even the Gumps at AL.com are asking….. why ?

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    • atlasshrugged55

      Agreed. I hope the folks giving all this money give an equal amount to their church or some charity that actually helps those in need.

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  7. ApalachDawg

    They don’t know what to do with all of the out of state tuition fees flooding over the west Georgia border

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  8. DawgPhan

    I am wondering how the schools havent figured out how to get tax payers on the hook for these improvements the way the NFL owners have.

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    • Georgia state law makes it impossible. No state appropriated funds can be used to support college athletics.

      It’s local taxpayers especially those subject to the hotel tax who are supporting MBS and Suntrust (I think).

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  9. Greg McGarity, J. Reid Parker Director of Accounting

    We’re very happy with the way we do things at UGA. Everything’s fine. A master plan isn’t needed when you only do one or two projects at a time. You can just kind of make it up as you go.

    Remember, it’s never too early to send in your donations for the 2019 season. I stare at our financial statements every morning for 30 minutes or so and I would love to see the numbers indicate some early donations in the next few weeks.

    Go Dawgs!

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  10. Tony Barnfart

    I think ultimately we have to focus on comfort and enhancing the historical beauty/location/genius of Sanford in a manner evoking understated elegance.

    We simply don’t have the geographic space to be that high-tech-redneck. And that’s fine. We’re like the old golf course on 100 acres that’s gradually been surrounded by the city it used to be at a comfortable distance from. It may not have the driving range and sprawling facilities of the one in the burbs but to many it’s still just better.

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  11. W Cobb Dawg

    UGA would be wise to do an extensive search for a replacement for caretaking beancounter Greg Mediocrity. Get somebody with some vision, organizational skills, p.r. skills, and desire. Instead of the old retreads. Otherwise, we take the chance that sooner or later Kirby tires of doing all the heavy lifting.

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  12. Anonymous

    Oddly enough, Vanderbilt’s Chancellor is being accused of sabotaging Athletics fundraising in order to focus on a $600M capital project for the academic side of the school. Our culture is broken.

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  13. Athens Dog

    The plan evidently calls for less seating for football. Maybe a trend

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  14. ASEF

    Alabama uses Saban in a university-building capacity really well. They recognize the opportunity he presents them beyond football or even sports, and he’s on board with it.

    If Kirby works out the way it looks like he will, then it’s a unique opportunity for Georgia to build an infrastructure around him. A generational talent on the sidelines in college football is a rare moment many universities never experience. Look at the facilities Florida had when Spurrier walked out the door. When Urban walked out the door. Two opportunities completely wasted – and then they’re playing catch up with Will Muschamp or Jim McElwain leading the charge? That’s criminal negligence on the part of Florida’s course-setters, if only because the guys and gals writing the checks with a Muschamp in charge are going to demand a much bigger seat at the table. And then you’ve got Booster Civil War. That always works out well.

    I hope Georgia uses this opportunity to use Kirby to front infrastructure projects across the board – sports, research, student life. Not all at once, obviously, but pay the man and use this energy with the next 50 years in mind, not the next 5.

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    • 79Dawg

      Or maybe before, both Georgia and Florida had their hands full actually concentrating on running universities instead of semi-pro football teams; Alabama is trying to use athletics (ok, football) to get where Georgia and Florida already are, academics-wise… It will indeed be a sad day if we ever have to use athletics to try and catch Alabama in academics…

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      • ASEF

        Public university reputations are almost entirely a reflection of their state’s economic history and commensurate investment in those resources. It’s not like Florida or Georgia built universities while Alabama frittered away similar resources on football.

        Kirby’s an opportunity for Georgia to accelerate beyond its normal political and cultural clout in advancing its mission statement and vision. Just like Saban is for Alabama. Do with it what you will.

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        • All you have to do is look at the admission standards and acceptance rates for this incoming UGA freshman class (which I’m proud to say my daughter is a member of) to know that Georgia football may be raising academic standards indirectly.

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