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.