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Greg McGarity has lost control of Mark Richt.

He’s obviously not as hands on as many anonymous Internet denizens would have him be, damn it.

Q: What kind of feedback have you gotten from fans and donors regarding the football season?

A: “I get tons of letters. ‘You need to fire (Todd) Grantham, you need to do this, you need to do that.’ Three years ago it was, ‘you need to fire (Mike) Bobo.’ It’s just the soup of the day. But I tell them, I don’t hire assistant coaches. [Emphasis added.]  After the LSU game, it was totally different. It’s amazing, the swing of emotions people have. I wish I saved them all. Even during games people are emailing me. Those are the ones I wish I could read back to them because people are so reactionary. There are so many ways of technology to get to people. It’s our world today and we’re living in it. We shouldn’t be surprised what anybody does any more. Sometimes people do irrational things. But it’s our world and nothing surprises me these days. We just have to manage the best we can.”

Q: You’re meeting with Coach Richt on Thursday. What kind of suggestions will you make?

A: “We’ll go through things I see from the athletic director’s chair that might help. Like every other coach, I’m sure he has some things he feels like he needs or he’d like to think about. We go through that with every coach every year. I want to make sure I’m providing the resources they need. There may be times I can’t do it, but there will be a reason behind it. But it’s the job of the administration to provide the resources that are necessary and provide an environment where the coaches feel like they can get the job done.”

Suggestions, bah humbug.  If you’re not gonna fund an IPF, Greg, start firing some people!

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It’s money that I love.

You can sense the offseason negotiations are gonna be fun.

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity was unaware of any interview, as of Tuesday morning. Bobo’s contract says that he must notify McGarity of any upcoming discussions about another job.

Bobo signed a new three-year deal after last season that pays him $575,000 annually. So could he get another raise if another school comes after him? McGarity said he and head coach Mark Richt typically discuss raises for assistants a couple weeks after the season.

“I think we made a strong commitment last year. So it’s not like the institution hasn’t stepped up,” McGarity said, then added: “That’s a conversation for Mark and myself later.”

If you’ll recall, the institution had to get pushed a wee bit by Bobo’s agent last year.

Bobo’s name has surfaced as a head coaching candidate at Southern Miss and, according to his agent, he is drawing interest for other jobs as well. Even if Bobo declines the overtures, it would likely result in an enhanced financial agreement from UGA.

Russ Campbell, the Birmingham-based attorney who acts as Bobo’s agent, confirmed that his client is being considered for jobs but declined to discuss specifics.

“I can tell you that he’s getting some long overdue consideration,” said Campbell, who was in California with Sonny Dykes, who was being introduced as the California Bears’ head coach on Thursday. “It’s unbelievable what Mike has done at Georgia; his track record speaks for itself. People are finally starting to notice.”

People are starting to notice?  Well, maybe they should pay for Bobo’s raise.  Probably before paying for an IPF, though.

Seriously, he had to see this coming a long way off.

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You have to ask people to donate money to make money.

Georgia is embarking on a long overdue upgrade of Foley Field, one that involves asking for donors to pony up serious money to the cause before Butts-Mehre will chip in the first penny.  Seth Emerson, bless his heart, asks Greg McGarity the obvious question about Georgia’s precioussss reserve fund:

Now here comes the sticky question: Georgia currently has a reserve fund of about $70 million, so why not just take from that, rather than ask for money from donors?

McGarity, in an interview, said using the reserve fund should be the last resort.

“It would be like you or me dipping into our 401K. You only want to do that when it’s absolutely necessary,” McGarity said. “In the meantime, we do feel like there will be a response from our donors to raise 50 percent of the funds necessary for this. That is a funding model that was used at the University of Florida on projects of this nature, and it’s one that we’re going to use on this model also, and basically do it up front.

“Sure, there are a lot of things that we could do with our reserve. But what we want to do is use that reserve only when it’s essential to use. … The reason we are in such good financial shape is that’s been sort of a philosophy for a number of years: use the reserve when that’s absolutely the only option you have. And in a situation like this, there are other options.”

Only at Georgia do you look at capital improvements to an aging facility as necessary only if nobody else will pay for them.  Until that happens, promise ’em anything.

“What we are going to do next is going to wow people,” head coach Scott Stricklin, who was hired a couple weeks ago, said in a statement. “At some point, when a recruit is on this campus, we need them to say wow. And that is what Foley Field is going to be in the very near future.”

I figure he can get away with showing recruits stadium mock ups for at least a couple of years before they start asking questions.

And you still wonder whether Richt will get an indoor practice facility.  Know anybody that wants to buy one?

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Is the squeaky wheel about to get greased?

In a USA Today piece about the NCAA considering a modification of some of the new recruiting rules, Greg McGarity is the only AD cited by name raising concerns:

Others in the Southeastern Conference, notably Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity, have been outspoken in their concerns about the measures, which they fear will escalate the “arms race” in recruiting even more.

Five years from now, if it’s apparent that McGarity’s only lasting legacy is saving the athletic department money, I suspect that in the circles that matter he’ll be considered a raging success.

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“Just think of how creative people can be when there are no restrictions on it.”

I keep trying to walk away from the Greg McGarity vs. the new NCAA recruiting rules story, but he keeps pulling me back in.  Does anybody really think this is what’s keeping him up at night?

“We have the resources, to a certain level,” McGarity said. “But what level is that? The rule would let each institution make that decision. But for the good of the game, if you take a step back, our institution, and what’s for the best for college athletics in general, then basically with the approval of this legislation you would be furthering the separation of the haves and haves not. And right now you would say there are probably 22 haves, and the rest of the programs in the country operate in the red already. I don’t think that’s good for the whole.”

I mean, if he’s that concerned about the programs not operating in the black, perhaps he’s willing to consider some form of revenue sharing… Riiiiight.

This isn’t about not sticking it to the little guy further.  It’s about Alabama and other SEC schools making Georgia spend money McGarity doesn’t want to spend.

(As a side note for those of you who don’t think Mark Richt has learned from experience to read which way the winds blow at Butts-Mehre, you might want to check out this interview.)

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You got to spend money to make championships, pt. 3.

I guess Greg McGarity figures if he mocks the problem, it’ll go away.

Claude Felton is one of the most respected men in the industry, that industry being sports information. The Feltons of the world are the unseen guys on college campuses who assist the media with copious, valuable and inside information. They are underpaid and underappreciated. Guys like Claude might as well have their hands in the back working cartoon puppets like Dick Vitale.

Sorry Dickie V, you — we — would be nothing without them.

The senior associate athletic director for sports communications at Georgia, Felton, 64, has seen it all — Herschel, Final Fours, 37 Georgia national championships. He has worked 17 NCAA national championship events and the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Claude Felton is one of those hard-working, unassuming media liaisons who may be adding a new, influential — and startling — job description.

“Did you know,” Georgia AD Greg McGarity told a visitor recently, “Claude can now recruit?”

Tee hee!  You know who finds that story even funnier?  Nick Saban.

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You complete me, contractually speaking.

You know, it dawns on me after reading the stories about Chris Wilson’s new contract and Mike Bobo’s soon-to-be contract that Greg McGarity gets a lot of mileage out of the kind of person Mark Richt is.

Wilson is getting a one-year contract for less money than he was making at Mississippi State.  Granted, he has less responsibility now than he did, but the reality is that he’s taken a pay cut to move to Athens and he’s working on a year-to-year basis.  Nevertheless, he seems pretty happy with the change of venue (and it sure didn’t take him long to decide).

Meanwhile, Bobo has a resume that outstrips his compensation.

Bobo coordinated and called plays this past season for an offense that set school records for touchdowns, scoring average and total offense. He also serves as quarterbacks coach for Aaron Murray, who is the first player in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in three consecutive seasons and will obliterate every SEC passing record if he can avoid injury as a senior.

Bobo has been a steal for Georgia, too. Not including performance bonuses — and he has gotten a lot of those lately — Bobo makes $335,000 a year. That ranked 10th among SEC offensive coordinators coming into this past season. He also has operated with a one-year contract, while the majority of SEC offensive coordinators have two- to -three year deals.

Now, that’s getting reworked, but it’s noteworthy how casually outside suitors have been dismissed, both by the school and Bobo.

Georgia was already in the process of sweetening its deal with its sixth-year offensive coordinator when Virginia Tech sent a plane to Athens last week offering Bobo its coordinator’s position, according to a report out of Newport News, Va.

Bobo didn’t get on that plane. He was sitting with recruits at the Bulldogs’ basketball game against Mississippi State on Saturday and, by all accounts, plans to remain at UGA, his alma mater, for a while longer.

Jimmy Sexton considers that bad form.

In Bobo’s case, some of that could be attributed to loyalty to mama, but I think it’s fair to say for both coaches that you have to chalk a lot of this up to the man they work for.  The irony here is that kind of loyalty saves McGarity money over the long haul.  That in turn probably helps Richt’s job security.  Funny how that works sometimes.

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