I know I’m dating myself a little with this, but for all the gnashing of teeth we do about the current occupant of the athletic director’s chair at Georgia, as well as the president who hired him, it’s worth remembering that before his tussle with Michael Adams, the latter part of Vince Dooley’s tenure as AD wasn’t exactly sitting well with the fan base. During the mid-90s, a significant chunk of the fan base was ready to run Dooley out of town due to a bad track record of hires and fires, most notably with regard to Ray Goff’s stint as head coach.
As to that, the straw the broke the camel’s back was Dooley’s decision to bring Goff back for the 1995 season with one of those this-year-or-else mandates that quickly became known publicly. It was something that didn’t sit well with Goff’s players or the fan base, and it ended with Goff’s firing before the Tech game, followed by a mad scramble to hire a replacement that ended with Jim Donnan.
Which is why I find this highly amusing.
Dooley said he thought McGarity found himself at odds with a faction of the fan base when he fired Mark Richt at the end of 2015 football season.
“He had to make to real tough decision in changing coaches,” Dooley said. “Mark Richt, I hired him and, well, you have this loyalty when you hire someone that you’re going to go the extra mile. If I’d have been the athletic director, I probably would have sat down with Mark and said ‘next year is very important,’ and I probably would’ve gone another year with him.”
I wonder how those two “probably”s would have stood up to boosters screaming about Kirby Smart interviewing for the South Carolina job. Probably not too well. Oh, and speaking of Smart,
That said, Dooley very much likes what happened after that. He’s a big fan of Kirby Smart and believes “he’s going to be a very successful coach.”
“He’s got a great background,” Dooley said. “He knows what it takes in this league. He’s a Georgia man. He played here but then he had his training under a guy who is a proven success in Nick Saban. He’s got a good staff and the recruiting has been great. So I really think that the future is really bright.”
This is your father’s Georgia Way. Yours, too.