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Just hoping we make an amazing hire like Crean, Hurley, etc. but at this point I don’t have much faith in McCheapity either. Not sure if I can get behind a Steve Prohm hire since he seems to be the name I keep reading. 

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1 hour ago, Pollack4Heisman said:

Just hoping we make an amazing hire like Crean, Hurley, etc. but at this point I don’t have much faith in McCheapity either. Not sure if I can get behind a Steve Prohm hire since he seems to be the name I keep reading. 

that's my fear with mcmoron running the show.  who he hires. if we had a competent AD i would be much happier.. hopefully we have a few boosters who know the importance of hiring a guy like crean or hurley. 

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What We Are Hearing

ATHENS - The future of Georgia Basketball certainly seems in doubt - what's going on behind the scenes? This time last year the consensus among insiders was UGA AD Greg.

ATHENS - The future of Georgia Basketball certainly seems in doubt - what's going on behind the scenes?

This time last year the consensus among insiders was UGA AD Greg McGarity likely would not be able to pull the plug on Mark Fox if results dictated as such. That UGA didn’t implode last season like it appears to be doing now made making a change at men’s basketball more complicated.

A move last year would have required more money from UGA and for McGarity to have more political capital. That’s no longer the case. There’s been an evolution in thinking regarding the sort of power that McGarity actually holds right now.

Several insiders said last spring that the mysterious powers that be didn’t want McGarity, who is still viewed in many corners as a lame duck athletic director, to make the decision on who the next basketball coach would be at UGA. McGarity’s contract expires in the summer of 2019, and with men’s basketball being such a big and visible position in the athletic department, many insiders who are lukewarm on McGarity thought (and probably hoped) that he would not be the one to make the hire of the next basketball coach at UGA.

But the world has changed at UGA. Georgia football has surged to a conference title and Rose Bowl championship. And that season has served more to calm the nerves of many insiders, or at least they are not quite as vocal about their negativity towards the AD. Other sports - women’s basketball, track and field and others - appear headed in the right direction, too.

McGarity has had a good year. That’s bad for Fox because he’s not had a good year. It hasn’t gone unnoticed that McGarity has been hanging around men’s basketball more often lately. That sport’s collapse (UGA has lost 8 of 10 games - the previous three by 15 points or more) will all but certainly end with Fox being bought out of the remaining two years of his contract sometime in the coming days or weeks.

If Fox survived to next year - and I don’t say this to be dramatic - people would be more than stunned. There will be a move made at that sport, and the important thing to consider here is that McGarity will be the one making the change and hiring whoever it might be that will replace Fox.

Again, after a few years of being consistently criticized (several times with good reason; sometimes just because a reporter doesn’t like him) McGarity finally seems in full control of the decisions at UGA’s massive athletic department - particularly outside of the world of football.

For now that is.

It is amazing what a great year in football can do for an athletic department. Insiders say that if McGarity had his way last year he would have moved on from Fox last spring. This spring, with the wind much more at his back, McGarity will almost certainly make a move at men’s basketball - the question is when. Rumors swirled Saturday night after the Bulldogs fell 78-61 to No. 8 Auburn on Saturday, but no change was made.

To be clear: the speculation will not end. Ole Miss’ dismissal of Andy Kennedy on Monday seems to cement that this is a day day in the SEC. But Ole Miss isn’t the opportunity that Georgia, and a few coaches around the country have noticed.

In fact, there have already been two head coaches in college basketball who have been poking around about what they hope will be an opening at UGA. Another - a more successful coach - likely would have to be persuaded to leave his current position because his pay is already higher at his institution, but it wouldn't be out or the realm of possibility at all.

None included in that group are “big names” that many in Athens seem to crave, but two are young and have experienced or are experiencing success in conference play. Two of the three have taken their programs to the Sweet 16 and beyond.

One UGA insider threw cold water on the notion that two “big name” coaches - longtime Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and former Indiana and Marquette coach Tom Crean - would come to Georgia.

“That’s just not going to happen,” said the skeptical UGA insider. A non-UGA college basketball insider said that Crean “would crawl over broken glass for a shot at the Georgia job.” So some differing views of the landscape as it stands this moment.

Speaking of contracts… UGA assistant coaches have agreed to new terms, but it could be a little while before something is announced with Kirby Smart. Needless to say, there wasn’t much time to negotiate a new agreement during December and January.

The new December signing period meant that Kirby was dealing with the conference championship, Signing Day and Rose Bowl Game preparations all of December. January’s first week was eaten up with preparations for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Three days later the “contact period” for recruiting started up.

So time has been limited to non existent.

Nonetheless, one UGA official told me that something new on the agreement with Kirby would happen in the near future (which is likely code for before the start of the 2018 season, but that no one is in a rush). The question, and I’m not sure what the answer will be, is how much more will Kirby get per year, and how much of an extension.

Dabs Swinney, was given an eight-year extension deal that pays him about $6.75 million a year late last summer. Jimbo Fisher and A&M just agreed to a ten-year contract worth $7.5 million a year. Tree barking analyst and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is paid just over $7 million a year. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer earns $6.4 million. Stanford’s David Shaw gets about $5.7 million a year. Texas’ Tom Herman is at $5.4 million. Blind squirrel commentator and Gator coach Dan Mullen just agreed to a six-year deal worth $6 million per year. Those numbers are according to USA Today.

Expect Kirby to be in that ballpark - over $5 million, but probably less than $7 million. The UGA coach is currently paid just over $3.7 a year at UGA. His current contract expires after the 2022 season.

With the 2018 class wrapped up, the coaching staff looks ahead to the 2019 class. Top tight end target Ryland Goede jumped on board on Signing Day, the the Bulldogs could get more good news soon in the 2019 class.

Clinch County (GA) linebacker Trezman Marshall is a top priority for linebacker coach Glenn Schumann and the staff, and he will be making his decision "soon". Sources have told Dawg Post that a decision could come after the basketball season, and the Bulldogs appear to be the leader here over Clemson and Alabama. Those are the only three schools still in consideration, and Marshall has been to Athens multiple times over the past few months. He knows he is a top Georgia target and he could be a Bulldog in the next few weeks.

Another source has told Dawg Post that Georgia is the leader for 2019 defensive lineman Bill Norton of Christian Brothers (TN). Defensive line coach Tray Scott has done a great job here and the Bulldogs certainly have his attention. 

A 2020 prospect that Georgia has turned the heat up on is 2020 DT Andy Boykin of Troup County (GA). The current Auburn commit had a great time two weeks ago in Athens and the Georgia staff led by Dell McGee are making him a priority in 2020. McGee stopped by Troup to watch Boykin play basketball, and once Auburn assistant Rodney Garner found out, he stopped by and watched Boykin's very next game. A flip to Georgia down the road would not be surprising.

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Just like football!!!  Great job on the sweep..  It seems like CMF already knows his fate.  He allowed our guys to play loose and he refused to do his usual by taking total control of the offense and not letting guys play their game.  Crump needs to play a ton period.  CMF seemed almost sad in his interview after the game.  He has friends on the Board and if the plan is to fire him he would know. He would have to be blind not to see the writing on the wall. 

Its great though to sweep florida.  Man do i hate them. 

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7 hours ago, SacFalcFan said:

Just like football!!!  Great job on the sweep..  It seems like CMF already knows his fate.  He allowed our guys to play loose and he refused to do his usual by taking total control of the offense and not letting guys play their game.  Crump needs to play a ton period.  CMF seemed almost sad in his interview after the game.  He has friends on the Board and if the plan is to fire him he would know. He would have to be blind not to see the writing on the wall. 

Its great though to sweep florida.  Man do i hate them. 

Amen brother!  It never gets old beating the Turds

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9 hours ago, SacFalcFan said:

Just like football!!!  Great job on the sweep..  It seems like CMF already knows his fate.  He allowed our guys to play loose and he refused to do his usual by taking total control of the offense and not letting guys play their game.  Crump needs to play a ton period.  CMF seemed almost sad in his interview after the game.  He has friends on the Board and if the plan is to fire him he would know. He would have to be blind not to see the writing on the wall. 

Its great though to sweep florida.  Man do i hate them. 

Too bad he did not do this earlier in his career.  Coaches being stubborn just do not last.   

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9 hours ago, SacFalcFan said:

Just like football!!!  Great job on the sweep..  It seems like CMF already knows his fate.  He allowed our guys to play loose and he refused to do his usual by taking total control of the offense and not letting guys play their game.  Crump needs to play a ton period.  CMF seemed almost sad in his interview after the game.  He has friends on the Board and if the plan is to fire him he would know. He would have to be blind not to see the writing on the wall. 

Its great though to sweep florida.  Man do i hate them. 

It’s night and day difference turtle vs Crump.. handles - crump.. scoring - crump.. defense - slight edge to crump.. 

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On 2/14/2018 at 5:29 PM, SacFalcFan said:

I like forbes from East Tenn State as well. 

Forbes would be solid but his past history with Pearl at Tenn will make McGarity look the other way especially in the wake of this FBI investigation into college basketball.

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Just now, Pollack4Heisman said:

Forbes would be solid but his past history with Pearl at Tenn will make McGarity look the other way especially in the wake of this FBI investigation into college basketball.

yeah that would be a big issue.  

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amazing right.. now that his job is in question Crump starts playing a lot more. the last 3 games over 20 minutes in each game averaging double digits.  we get our butts kicked at vandy and crump doesn't see much of the court.  can you imagine how good crump would be if he was given consistent minutes game after game..  argh.. very happy we got the win.. anytime we beat the vols is a great time. 

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16 minutes ago, SacFalcFan said:

amazing right.. now that his job is in question Crump starts playing a lot more. the last 3 games over 20 minutes in each game averaging double digits.  we get our butts kicked at vandy and crump doesn't see much of the court.  can you imagine how good crump would be if he was given consistent minutes game after game..  argh.. very happy we got the win.. anytime we beat the vols is a great time. 

So sad 

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