Georgia Football: ‘Compare it to someone else’, You Say?


I’ve never been, nor would I like to be, in the shoes of Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity.

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.

Kentucky completed a $120 million stadium renovation.

Kentucky.

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.

Vanderbilt.

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.

Mizzou.

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.

They’re already talking about making upgrades.

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?

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12 comments for “Georgia Football: ‘Compare it to someone else’, You Say?

  1. 03/09/2017 at 3:52 PM

    I was excited when he was hired, I just knew that his experience at Florida and his “love” for UGA would be a combination for great things for UGA. Now almost every sport is performing at a level under what we had when he arrived, he has delivered too little for too long IMO. Time to cut bait and start fishing for a new AD.

    • Statesburr
      03/09/2017 at 4:03 PM

      DawgDaddy…His departure would not affect the Football program in the least…It would seemingly excite the fans…

  2. 03/09/2017 at 10:05 AM

    Wrong man, wrong position Kimberley. Front man for Mahogany Row. Fact.

    • 03/09/2017 at 10:43 AM

      In the medical field the way the athletic director reacts is referred to as “terrible bedside manner”.

      • 03/09/2017 at 10:49 AM

        Well, he needs to do a better job of checking the pulse of the Bulldog Nation. He may not be the man behind every machination, but there’s plenty to be said about a guy who will at least go to bat for what’s needed. Something tells me he just goes along–that’s not a good look.

  3. RugbyDawg79
    03/09/2017 at 9:49 AM

    He is certainly catching heat right now -he would be wise to get started on the bathrooms and fixing food service problems.

    • 03/09/2017 at 9:53 AM

      No question, RugbyDawg! That’s one of the biggest complaints–the facilities simply aren’t up to snuff (unless you like encountering disgusting stenches and wading through inevitable overflows)–but ADGM is content to make minor changes and then expect folks to be happy, as if he’s done them a favor.

      It’s disgraceful.

  4. 03/09/2017 at 9:42 AM

    Exactly!

  5. Statesburr
    03/09/2017 at 8:50 AM

    Kimberly,

    It reminds me of Washington politicians….They know what is good for ALL Americans….but for their own selfish agendas (both sides) never act. It seems the UGA AD should be a proponent of Superior Customer Service…and remember that everyone is his customer….especially the LOYAL fans. Coaches and players come and go…but fans will be there…always. Uncanny those in decision making positions do not see this.

    • 03/09/2017 at 8:53 AM

      Agreed, Statesburr! End of the day, those donations are coming from those who believe in the product. Sure, the league grants you millions, but if those who support the program–long-time, generational, and new alum–don’t feel like their efforts warrant better facilities from which to cheer on Saturday’s, what’s to stop them from choosing to stay home?

      It’s amazing how such a simple concept–customer service–continues to flummox the man charged with progressing the program.

  6. Donnie
    03/09/2017 at 8:44 AM

    I agree 100%. I am convinced he would make a fantastic accountant but he is possibly the worst athletic director in the SEC. I can’t think of one sport that has improved on his watch.

    • 03/09/2017 at 8:54 AM

      Donnie, I can’t either. The only thing he’s managed to do successfully–thus far–is embolden a fan base to vehemently support his dismissal.

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