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Friday, September 30, 2011
The Complexity of the Richt Dilemma Part III-- If Richt Goes Who Does McGarity Call On?
Now in very un-Sports and Grits like fashion this week, we have given options for Richt to stay. However, if we are to disect the Richt Dilemma we must address the issue of either:
a) Richt is fired, or
b) Richt refuses to accept changes and resigns, or
c) Richt retires from coaching all-together.
If the end result is that we need a new coach it will be a monumental decision for our program. As the SEC continues to improve--it is also the case that the disparity between the haves and have nots in the SEC also grows. We are in an advantageous situation because if we transition now we could keep pace with Florida as Tennessee slips further and further into irrelevance. South Carolina will struggle to maintain relevance once the aging Spurrier retires, Vanderbilt and Kentucky have very low ceilings, and if a 7th team is introduced it will either be a familiar foe in Auburn or a lesser from the ACC. The right move here, made at all costs, could put Georgia in the driver's seat in the East for the next decade. The wrong move here could make us an every year kick-off foe for some non-SEC school to beat for street cred.
The exact issue of who that coach should be is and will be greatly debated by our fan base. The real issue here is not so much the coach hire as it is the AD hire that has already been made. What type of AD is Greg McGarity? I don't know the man but I know some who do and they have the ut-most confidence in him. He has shown me nothing to the contrary at this point and my confidence that he will make the right and best decision is 100%.
There are essentially three types of AD in this world and they are as follows
1. GERALD MYERS-- THE DOUCHE AD.
Gerald Myers is the AD that, without properly investigating the situation, fired Mike Leach. He is the AD that retired before the Mighty Leach's lawsuit garners a huge settlement or jury award. He is the AD that not only decided to ruin his school's football program by firing Leach--he decided to ruin it and then drop a big ol' deuce on the ruins by making a lazy hire in T-Tubs. He is the type of AD that is given to political wranglings, back-stabbing, caring about stupid crap that has nothing to do with football like non-revenue generating sports, he is more concerned about "public perception" than winning football games. Gerald Myers was a Douche AD and is the type that we hope and pray McGarity is not and will never become.
2. JEREMY FOLEY- THE DEVIL AD
Never let it be said that we at S&G will not give the Devil his due. Jeremy Foley has delivered championship after championship for the evil empire and has shown no sign of slowing down. We would love for McGarity to be this type of AD. One who makes calculated moves and then does everything within his power to help those moves work out for the Gators. A Devil AD is able to manipulate a favorable "public perception" while simultaneously being a behind the scenes, win at all cost, nut-cutter. He is the kind of AD that beautifully balances a fained care of student athlete education with the winning isn't everything it is the only thing mentality. He is like Lucifer who is both the son of the morning star and also the physical incarnation of all that is evil. 3. MAL MOORE- THE COCK-SURE AD
If Mal Moore ran a Georgia oriented blog in which he shared his sense of humor as well as his opinion on all things college football he would run Sports and Grits. If we were the ADs of a SEC University we would be Mal Moore. Mal Moore wakes-up every morning and starts breaking necks and cashing checks. Every year in January Mal Moore goes to that website that will print whatever you want on a roll of toilet paper and he orders 1,000 rolls with the exact language of Title 9 printed on each sheet. He then eats either Mexican or Indian food for lunch every day to ensure that he never has a clean break. Mal Moore doesn't give two craps and a Coca-Cola about baseball, basketball, non-revenue generating sports, a relationship with the media, or basically anything that has nothing to do with Awesomeness and/or winning football games. Mal Moore could not possibly care any less about what sort of education or future his football players have....he only cares if they win. Mal Moore is the best AD in all college sports and by college sports we of course mean FOOTBALL!
So is McGarity a political douche, a well rounded AD, or someone who understands that all things not called football are just an unfortunate inconvenience of being a college AD.
If he is a Douche then we are all screwed. I have the utmost confidence however that he is not a Douche AD.
Is he an AD that can simultaneously keep all different aspects of the Athletic Department chugging along at an elite level? Is he like the Devil AD and capable of rolling with the punches, correcting mis-steps before they become massive blunders, and maintaining the balance between appearing to care about all the stupid demands of the NCAA and the idiots in the media while always being willing to win at all costs? If he is like the Devil AD then we are going to be just fine.
Or is McGarity a Cold-Blooded Sausage Maker? Is he a cock-sure, pay top dollar, win at all costs in football AD?
If he is a Devil AD we are happy....if he is a Cock-Sure AD then we are about to enter the golden age of Georgia Football.
TOMORROW- The Complexity of the Richt Dilemma Part IV- McGarity's Short List of HC Candidates.