Greg McGarity has lied to you. He lied to me. And he lied to the man who he fired that was sitting next to him in the press conference Monday.
It is being universally reported now that Kirby Smart will be the next head coach at the University of Georgia. This is not at all surprising.
Greg McGarity said in his comments at the press conference he would retain the services of a search firm. He said that on Monday morning. Some 36 hours later, it was reported that Kirby would take the job. For an athletic department that took 20 years to decide on building an indoor practice facility, and takes time to make other routine decisions, I have doubts about this.
In 36 hours, a search firm was hired, all the candidates were vetted, made an offer, and said offer was accepted? In 36 hours? For the arguably the most important job at the University of Georgia? For arguably one of, if not the most, high profile jobs in the entire state?
McGarity also said that the decision to make a move on Coach Richt was made driving home from the Tech game. That is a lie. You don’t make major, multi-million dollar decisions on an hour and half drive home. You just don’t.
This decision was made after the Florida game, if not earlier.
I understand not being bombastic. I understand not saying a whole lot. I don’t agree with that approach; McGarity could have been a little more open and forthcoming. Instead, he came off like a weasel. But I understand why he wouldn’t say a whole lot.
But to sit there, and flat out lie to us all? Even worse, to insult our intelligence? It is one thing to lie and be deceitful. It is another thing to lie, but have everyone know you are doing it.
I’ve said it before a million times but I’ll say it again: the success of the football coach will hinge on if changes are implemented in Butts-Mehre.
I wish Coach Kirby Smart the best of luck for a long, successful career at the University of Georgia.
I can’t say the same for his boss.