Georgia’s next AD will be…

Oh, you were expecting a name?  Sorry, I don’t have one for you.

But I can opine with confidence what the sole qualification for the hire is.  McGarity’s replacement will be the person who does the best job of convincing Jere Morehead that he or she is the one who can continue, and even enhance, the only legacy of the current AD that matters.

At Georgia, McGarity oversaw an annual budget that has grown to more than $120 million and spearheaded more than $200 million in facilities construction, expansions and renovations. During the 2019 fiscal year, the Georgia Bulldog Club raised a record $64.9 million in gifts and pledges to support athletics.

When they don’t say it’s about the money, it’s about the money.

The Georgia Way is about bringing in the dough and conservative management.  Accordingly, anyone with an existing connection to Butts-Mehre has a leg up in the competition.  That being said, both Schlabach and Emerson ($$) toss out a name that piques my interest, not that it likely matters.

Danny White, UCF athletic director: White, who turns 41 next year, has a business administration degree from Notre Dame, a master’s in business and sports administration from Ohio University, and a doctorate from Ole Miss. He is the son of former Duke AD Kevin White, older brother of Florida basketball coach Mike White and was previously an associate AD in the SEC at Ole Miss.

You left out the part about him being an arrogant ass, Seth.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that — in fact, I’m kind of intrigued by the concept of someone behaving that way in the service of advancing Georgia’s interests with the SEC and the NCAA.  White would kind of be a bizarro-McGarity in that regard, which would certainly be a refreshing change around these parts.

Which is why there’s zero chance of him coming to Athens.  UGA only tolerates self-serving assholes, like Michael Adams.

Ah, well.  I’m off my soapbox now.  Wake me when it’s over.

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30 responses to “Georgia’s next AD will be…

  1. Ran A

    Nearly spit the coffee out of my mouth, as I was reading “arrogant ass”, I was thinking, yeah, but he’s such an arrogant ass…

    Great minds…

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  2. Ran A

    To your point. I would love to see someone at Georgia fight for Georgia. While we have dominated Auburn, it has rubbed me the wrong way that UGA seems so willing to roll-over every time Auburn bellyaches about something.

    Moving the game from November to October was done purley to make the Tigers happy. We played two games in a row on the Plains (where it could be argued that the loss there had everything to do with being at Auburn). Auburn is a notoriously bad road team. That’s isn’t our problem – we should get that game back. And the timing should be when they add another SEC game to the schedule (I can dream can’t I).

    But do agree… Georgia isn’t going to allow creativity and pushing for Georgia to be the ‘very best’ in facilities, etc. – pushing for more championships getting in the way of the ultimate goal ($200MM rainy day fund).

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    • dawg100

      Finally … an AD that will recognize our 8 or 10 or 12 other national championships like the ridiculous ones Alabama and Notre Dame do! Put those banners up Danny. 🙂

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  3. Danny White would likely hang us a recruiting national championship banner in the stadium, so there’s that.

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  4. Derek

    I hear Steve Patterson is available…

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  5. MGW

    “First things first, we got some championships to claim!”

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  6. At least White advocates publicly for his school’s teams. I bet AJ Green in particular doesn’t get put through the ringer by a White-led compliance department after he produced an ironclad alibi for the TMZ accusation that he was at the agent party in Miami. Gurley probably gets a slap on the wrist for his autograph signing (not that there’s anything wrong with profiting from your NLI). Speaking of which, that idiot in Rome should have kept his mouth shut. Gurley’s stuff would have been a whole lot more valuable with Heisman Trophy winner beside his name.

    The money side of this decision is all that matters. Rebuilding some of our other programs outside of football don’t matter at all. Resurrecting the women’s gymnastics program that was the envy of the sport doesn’t matter.

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  7. Faltering Memory

    Senator, your description of MA wasn’t just hammer meets nail, it is more like 10 pound sledge hammer meets railroad spike.

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  8. akascuba

    Outstanding assessment of where we are and where the process is headed.

    Your too kind to Micheal Adam`s that might be the only place I would make changes. LOL

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  9. barneydawg

    Senator,
    Calling Michael Adams a self serving asshole is an affront to self serving assholes everywhere.

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  10. PTC DAWG

    It will be whoever can get Kirby what he wants.

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  11. godawgs1701

    My complaints about McGarity had nothing to do with finances – in fact, his sober management of the reserve fund and his fundraising have been what tempered my criticism of him. No, what I hated about McGarity is his complete lack of willingness to stand up and fight for Georgia when Auburn wants some other dumb assed concession, to fight for Georgia when we lost the home game to make the SEC happy and now we have a schedule without Tech or Auburn every other year, all of that. I’d like an AD that can both manage Georgia’s finances and also fight for Georgia when the SEC is looking for someone to work over for the greater good. It’d also be nice if we’d get good at the Olympic sports again and also in men’s and women’s hoops.

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    • miltondawg

      This is my feeling about McGarity in a nutshell. The reserve fund is a major reason that Georgia will survive COVID in a much better position than 99% of other schools across the nation. I think the men’s basketball program is trending in the right direction. Baseball is stronger. And while football is the most important to me, and since unfortunately Georgia doesn’t have and likely won’t have varsity lacrosse anytime soon, I’d like Georgia to be competitive in other fall sports, winter sports, and spring sports.

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  12. Experienced business leader and fundraiser who can promote a brand available early next year.

    TRUMP!

    Our golf team would rise to national prominence once again and we’d get that Herschel statue and beautiful bathrooms.

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  13. Texas Dawg

    White may be an arrogant ass, but if he is OUR arrogant ass, I’m OK with that. He has taken UCF from a “who the hell is that?” that to at least a footnote in the conversation. As others have said, McGarity’s biggest fault is that he has ZERO spine when it comes time to stand up and fight for UGA. At times you would swear his allegiance was to the SEC first and UGA second (or maybe Auburn 2nd and UGA 3rd)

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  14. Tony BarnFart

    While I haven’t followed the news on this (if there is any), shouldn’t we currently be fighting to have Tech in Athens in 2021…….not so much because we missed 2020, but we could rebalance what we lost back in 2013 with Auburn right ? Of course, this might not work with the setup of future non-confs on the schedule.

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  15. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I’ll say it: Carla Williams comes home.

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