It has to be tough sledding being loathed by the better part of a fan base. Or, maybe it’s not difficult when you come across as one who doesn’t give a damn about the opinions of said fan base.
Take the recent revelation that McGarity believes Georgia’s facilities should be compared to any one but Alabama.
The thought there being, no one is Alabama, so that’s too high a bar.
For the sake of being fair, here’s the exact quote:
“Compare it to someone else,” McGarity said. “Everyone compares it to Alabama. Compare it to Tennessee, compare it to LSU. So I think what happens is so many people refer to one place. There are 12 other schools in the league. Let’s compare to others. Some better. Some don’t have what we have.” (Seth Emerson, DawgNation)
Georgia is spending $63 million to add a more viable area to host recruits.
While that upgrade is certainly important, it does nothing to enhance the fan experience. Nor does it make a day at the stadium more worthwhile.
That said, even if I were willing to do what McGarity asks, and ‘compare to others’, I still find myself scratching my head.
Let’s just do that with a few programs and see if you do the same.
A program that’s satisfied to make a bowl each year, and whose fan base spends more time waiting for basketball season than worrying about National Championships. That Kentucky spent over $100 million.
Vanderbilt is talking–admittedly they don’t have the dollars to make it happen yet–about doing a $60-90 million stadium upgrade in the next three or four years.
A team that doesn’t average half what Georgia sees on a basic Saturday. Vanderbilt.
Mizzou has plans to “start from scratch” and build something “special” before the start of the 2019 season. The price tag is in the neighborhood of $100 million.
A program that’s been in the SEC for about as long as Kirby Smart has been a head coach–I don’t mean that literally, of course, but you get my drift.
Mississippi State completed a renovation in 2014–adding a little over 6,000 seats–spending around $75 million.
Mississippi State. A team that is trying to keep pace in the SEC West, with the aforementioned Alabama, and whose current claim to fame is being the alma mater of the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott.
You see a trend?
Other AD’s get it. McGarity however is …I don’t know what he is, honestly.
McGarity may think (although I can’t imagine he’s actually that obtuse) Georgia is on par with most other programs, but he needs a reality check.
Georgia should be faring better, given the money they’ve accumulated, and while I realize other sports share the pot, it’s still no excuse for his inattention to the upgrades that other schools are making without all the begging and pleading.
McGarity has been sittin’ on money so long it’s gaining interest.
If football ever expects to be compared to anyone else–Alabama or not–they’ve got to stop having to play ‘catch up’ and start leading the pack. And, if McGarity refuses to lead the way in that regard, perhaps he needs a new position–preferably one that leads him out of Athens.
What say you?