The Red and Black Newspaper, the independent student newspaper in Athens, reported today on the teleconference that AD Greg McGarity had subsequent to Mark Richt’s end of season press conference. Each of the questions posed were listed as well as the full lengthy responses to each. For those who prefer the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading course version, I have listed all of the questions below, and have given a summary of all the responses in a couple of paragraphs, as per my take on same. If you wish to see the full “official responses” to same to compare to my view of what McGarity was really saying, go to:
1) What did you think of coach Richt’s end-of-season press conference yesterday?
2) Does the athletic department evaluate the assistant coaches performance or is that strictly coach Richt’s duty in making a determination on them?
3) What are your expectations for the football program next fall?
4) Would you ever put an ultimatum or certain number of wins in any given sport that a coach would need to attain and would do that to Richt?
5) Coach Richt talked about the daily administrative duties that will be reassigned to free himself up. Can you go into detail more about what some of those are?
6) On how much the offseason arrests played a role in the need for improved character education and leadership education that the athletic association provides:
7) Was there a tipping point during the season where you decided that you were not going to make a change after this season?
8) What do you think about the pulse of the Georgia fan base now and what are you saying to people that you’re hearing from that are calling for a change?
9) Was there anything you learned about Coach Richt the past few days during the discussions you’ve had with him the last few days and how would you describe the nature of those discussions?
Cutting through the official, hocus pocus, honey laced responses AD McGarity gave, A/K/A cutting through the Bullshit, here is what he said: Mark Richt has the exterior personality of a jelly fish, and I have had several meetings with him to discuss this issue, and how it has finally started to turn the fan base against him. Part of the change I expect of him in 2011 is that, assuming he still has the fire in his belly for this game and for this University, he better damn well start showing it on the outside for his coaches, players, and fans to see.
Secondly, I have identified that Mark Richt has spread himself so thin by trying to keep his fingers in and control every facet of this program, that he has lost control of the one facet that is the most important, the ‘Game’ itself. Up to this point, his ability for managemaent, organization and distribution of responsibility has sucked, and it has to be fixed immediately, which I will show him how to do. Mark Richt’s responsibilities regarding the actual game planning and control of the game itself shall revert to the way it was when he first came to this University and was successful. That is the only chance he has of turning this thing around.
Thirdly, like it or not we have to accept that today’s breed of player, the ‘new generation’, is a whole new creature, and we cannot treat them as we did 30 years ago. We cannot expect these young men, in general, to walk in with a certain set of values, upbringing, respect, and basic instinct of right and wrong, that was anticipated in days gone by. Some we can, but most we can’t. So, to keep these kids straight, keep their minds on football, and keep them out of jail, we are going to have to allocate a certain portion of our contributor’s donations to hiring mentors, teachers, and football police, to teach these kids basic values, leadership, respect, and in general keep them out of trouble and out of the headlines.
If Mark Richt, reaches these goals; produces a team of good kids who give everything out on the football field; keep out of trouble; and I can see improvement in all of these areas, he keeps his job after 2011. If not, and especially if in addition to this the win loss column does not improve dramatically, he is gone.
Finally, McGarity stated that he fully expected to take a big hit this year regarding reduced contributions and dropped season tickets, but he thinks that if these goals are reached these folks will come back around.
BOTTOM LINE IS, IF YOU WANT YOUR CHANCE TO HOP IN ON RENEWABLE SEASON TICKETS, THE MINIMUM CUMULATIVE CONTRIBUTION THIS YEAR WILL PROBABLY BE SO LOW THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE A PROBLEM.
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