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Entirely possible. I don’t have the expertise and it’s been a few years, so it’s possible I’m misremembering the finer semantic points.
The office of legal counsel at UGA was a part of a panel discussion I attended. During that discussion they stated that the Packers had been very kind during the initial discussions in the 60’s and had granted UGA license to use their new design. They stated that when Green Bay made changes to their logo and inquired with them, they were happy to return the favor. A license is just a right to use and per that panel it was granted. I’ll own that I’ve never seen the form of agreement between the parties.
I am not taking sides here. Ron has a point that the original inspiration was Green Bay’s. UGA designed a similar logo and Green Bay liked the changes enough that they incorporated them into their own logo, such that now they look very similar. Luckily, the relationship between Green Bay and UGA is significantly more cordial than the SDS forums, which we can all be thankful for.
The original statement is accurate. Yes. UGA when it redesigned the logo in the early 1960s had a similar design to the Green Bay G. Given the similarity, Georgia sought permission and it was granted. Georgia’s logo has not changed since the 1960s. Green Bay has modified its logo over the years such that now they look much more like the Georgia G than as originally designed. Green Bay sought permission and it has been granted each time. Not really a big deal, but google isn’t the full story.
FYI. Green Bay licensed the use of Georgia’s G logo.
Administration controls a lot of things the coach can do, as well as the back end processes. Your support staff from nutritionists, psychologists, tutors and other non-coaching positions are generally retained by the administration. Administration also approves and builds facilities, such as indoor practice facilities. Administration also serves as the liaison for the program. This goes towards PR for the team, lawyers to represent and to assist the program (e.g. transfer appeals for students wanting to play for the program). Finally, the administration controls the money generally. You can have a great head coach but may not have the money to keep him or to pay his assistants enough so they don't transfer. None of this is particularly visible, but all pretty important in terms of operating a successful program.