I just finished reading Seth Emerson's article on UGA and the off field advisors and I am rather disturbed at McGarity's attitude. The gist of the article is UGA is willing to hire off-field assistants once the NCAA weighs in and caps the coaching staff. McGarity says that UGA is on par with most of the SEC programs. While UGA has a large support staff, 25 in total with "long time, former" being a key phrase when their roles are mentioned, only 2 ---ONLY TWO--- have former coaching experience. Meanwhile Auburn had 11 on the support staff with coaching experience and I believe that Alabama requires to even be considered to breathe the same air that coaches, mentors, assistants breathe you have to have coached multiple Heisman and Outland winners. I heard from an un-named source that the Chaplains at Alabama won State High School Championships before finding their true path in life.
McGarity says "People sometimes don’t understand. "They count heads. They don’t really take time or understand what these people can and can’t do. They might think that they can all coach on the field. They may think that they can be in the meeting rooms coaching these kids." Sorry Greg most of us do understand. We realize that the 11 former coaches at Auburn and the equipment manager at Alabama (who won 450 games coaching at the high school level) can not interact with the players, but they can watch film and relay their findings to the actual coaches and grad assistants. The things they can do are some of the things that take the coaches away from the athletes . Give UGA fans credit Greg, we understand the rules and are starting to understand you as well.
McGarity believes that the NCAA will weigh in on the support staff limits soon and will probably cap the total around 25. Isn't that wonderful for us. UGA will be at the magical limit and gain nothing from it. UGA will still have the same composite of non-coaching staff. UGA will have to make no changes....UGA will have to make no changes. I am starting to think that the McGarity likes that phrase.
McGarity is willing to allow UGA to be the head of the spear on issues like Athlete's Discipline and Drug and Alcohol Programs, but he is not willing to push the envelope when it comes to issues that require UGA to pony up cash. So we will just sit back and enjoy UGA football teams winning 8-10 games every year, go enjoy basketball games in the Steg and baseball games at Foley while McGarity sits on the bank account and watches it grow. Maybe McGarity should consider giving up the AD role and becoming a trust fund manager for someone, but his attitude regarding change at UGA is sitting about as well as hot butter-milk in August.