October 19, 2011

McGarity offers his take

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity wasn't about to get into a game of 'what-ifs' during a telephone interview with UGASports Tuesday morning regarding the state of the Bulldog football program.

"The game we're focused on is Florida and I don't look down the road. I don't go down the road that far," McGarity said. "I've said from Day 1 that all our sports, all our head coaches, that it's a weekly evaluation. So, the next test is Florida."

Earlier, McGarity was on Atlanta radio station 790 The Zone, where he said the 5-2 Bulldogs have been 'very, very fortunate with the schedule this year' but things are about to get much tougher.

"We're beginning to get into the meat of the schedule right now with Florida at 2-3, Kentucky is struggling and Auburn is obviously the only ranked team we play in conference and then Georgia Tech," he said. "I think we've been the benefactor of the schedule gods this year, so to speak, where we do not have to play Arkansas, LSU and Alabama and it's our intention to take advantage of that and be in position to be in contention in Atlanta."

McGarity later admitted to UGASports that the Florida game is big, but other key games lie ahead.

"Every game as you get to this point in the season, every game gets bigger each week," he said.

So far, he's pleased with the progress he's seen.

"Well, we're 5-2, we've won five games in a row, so I think we're headed on the right path as far as wins go," McGarity said. "Everybody's upbeat in the building and looking forward to playing in Jacksonville."

Of course, the game with Florida isn't all that's on McGarity's agenda.

He and the rest of the football program continue to await word from the SEC office in Birmingham on whether or not there will be any ramifications stemming from last Saturday's post-game ruckus between Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. The league is also considering what, if any, punishment will be handed out toward nose tackle Kwame Geathers who was seen throwing a punch in retaliation at Commodore center Logan Stewart, who earlier was seen on video leg-whipping the Bulldog sophomore.

"I suspect we'll hear something sooner than later," said McGarity, who re-emphasized his disappointment with the near fracas that occurred after the Bulldogs' 33-28 win.

"It has no place in college football, it has no place in sports and once the game is over you should shake hands with the opponent, go to your lockerroom and start focusing on your next opponent," McGarity said. "You celebrate, start focusing on what you can control and that's your next opponent."

McGarity was also asked specifically about the video showing Franklin and head coach Mark Richt at the end of the game.

Although some of the audio is unclear, some have claimed that Richt can be heard uttering a derogatory term to describe what is believed to be one of his players while being talked to by Franklin.

McGarity, who has seen the same tape, said that's news to him.

"No, no. Mark has not said anything to me about that," McGarity said. "I just saw two individuals; I saw what everybody else saw. I saw exactly what happened. I thought he (Richt) handled it the right way at the time, for sure."

The Bulldogs return to practice later this afternoon with both Richt and Grantham expected to made available for interviews.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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