Sunday, December 12, 2010

Will Muschamp hiring by Florida put Georgia AD McGarity on the hot seat?

For Georgia fans, the hiring of Texas defensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting and former Bulldog walk-on Will Muschamp as Urban Meyer's replacement  at Florida must have come as a shock. Muschamp was a favored candidate to replace Mark Richt if and when he ever left Georgia. Now he's coaching the hated enemy from Gainesville.
Mind you, Georgia's current  athletic director, Greg McGarity, was formerly Executive Associate Athletic Director at Florida. But he was also a Georgia grad, and had held positions at UGA before moving on to Florida.
McGarity might be starting to feel a little  heat from disgruntled Georgia fans not happy with the direction the team has been going, and who were already at the stage where they could easily want to cut lose head football coach Mark Richt. For some of them, Muschamp was seen as a worthy replacement for Richt, even though he was already tapped to succeed Mack Brown at the helm of the Longhorns. Now with Muschamp at Florida, that option is out of the question.
McGarity decided to hold off letting Richt go after a 6-6 season, and a steep decline since going to the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 2007 season. He now has to watch as quite possibly the prime candidate to replace Richt dons the dreaded blue and orange of Florida. Many fans and alimni can't be too happy about that.
Not willing to pull the trigger now on Richt's firing may have cost the Dawgs the best, and possibly the most realistic replacement among the possible candidates for the job. It also once again shows McGarity's seeming lack of manhood when it comes to making the tough decisions when it comes to the Bulldog football program.

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