Georgia AD Greg McGarity 'angry' over Vanderbilt game being called off
The Georgia Bulldog community is upset that Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt has been called off due to COVID issues in the Commodore program. Even mild-mannered UGA athletic director Greg McGarity is publicly venting in comments he made to media members, as published by Mike Griffith of Dawg Nation.
“I don’t take things personal, but when our institution suffers, it upsets me greatly,” McGarity told reporters.
“When something affects our school, it’s extremely frustrating.”
McGarity, who is departing his post at year’s end, said Bulldogs players and fans are right to be angry with the situation.
“They should be angry, and we’re angry, too,” McGarity said.
As of right now, the game has been tentatively rescheduled to Dec. 19, the same as the SEC Championship Game. Kirby Smart’s squad is currently second in the SEC East and not yet eliminated from going to the conference title game. The Dawgs (6-2) would need Florida (7-1) to lose each of its final two games – Saturday at Tennessee and Dec. 12 against LSU at home – to play in the SEC Championship Game.
McGarity expressed concern that even if the Dawgs are not in the conference title game, they may still miss out on the Vanderbilt game.
“It’s just extremely frustrating and extremely disappointing, especially if the game on the 19th can’t be played, and that’s what we fear,” McGarity said.
“Hopefully Vandy will be prepared to play (Dec. 19),” McGarity added.
“It’s just so frustrating when you have coaches and players and support staff that make significant sacrifices to stay safe, and they do so, and then they have no competitive benefit other than their health.
“We have shown the ability to stay healthy by being disciplined and following the advice from Coach Smart and (Head trainer) Ron Courson. We are an example of what can be done with discipline and a desire to play college football.”
More of McGarity’s comments can be read in Griffith’s full article on Dawg Nation.