McGarity tells Chip Towers the medical data on the coronavirus isn’t as bleak as we think, and that’s why he still holds out hope for this:
Meanwhile, McGarity emphasized that the SEC hasn’t closed the door completely on an on-time start for a full season of play.
“I think it’s still possible, but these next 17, 18 days are really critical,” McGarity said. “We just need some positive signs.”
I’ll say it again — I don’t know what they could see over the next three weeks that would be convincing enough to play a full schedule, but maybe that’s just me.
Way more interesting from that discussion is something that McGarity sounds a lot firmer about: playing cross-conference rivalries.
… Georgia is among the SEC schools lobbying to keep its traditional, in-state rivalry intact this year. It’s a scenario the Yellow Jackets are on board with as well.
“I’ve talked to (Tech athletic director) Todd (Stansbury), and he definitely wants to play it,” Georgia AD Greg McGarity said Monday night as he drove back to Athens from Birmingham. “So does FSU and Florida, Clemson and South Carolina and Kentucky and Louisville. The importance of those intrastate rival games was brought up, and you’re talking about travel within the state. So proximity was a key part of that as well.”
I think he makes a strong point about travel this season. Which is safer for a Georgia player, a home game against an opponent 70 miles away by bus, or a long flight to play Arkansas?