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Blog: McGarity: `It’s how you finish that really is key’

Georgia is tied for first in the SEC East.

The Bulldogs have won four games in a row.

What does it all mean for coach Mark Richt, who started 0-2 this season in what was already shaping up as a pivotal year for his job security?

Keep going.

That essentially is the message from athletic director Greg McGarity this morning.

“What everyone must do at a halfway point—it’s just like the halfway point of a project, the halfway point of anything you do–it’s how you finish that really is the key thing that everyone has to focus on right now,” McGarity said. “ Once you think you might have it figured out or you may rest of your laurels so to speak, that’s when you have problems. The message that we need to have and the message that everyone needs to have is that each week gets bigger and bigger. To get to certain levels, you have to work that much harder. You cannot afford to relax one second and probably have to work twice as hard as you’ve ever worked before to not even to maintain, but to keep progressing in the right direction.”

McGarity has the same mindset whether it’s the football, soccer or volleyball team, he said.

Of course, football is the one that generates the most attention and brings in the big bucks.

McGarity again today called his evaluation of the program as “a week-to-week process.”

“I’m not going to discuss those things publicly,” McGarity said.

Richt’s Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1 SEC) responded to losses to top-15 teams Boise State and South Carolina by putting together the team’s current winning streak, which includes victories  over Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

“Obviously, you’re winning the games that really you need to win,” McGarity said. “At the same time, those teams have really struggled. I don’t know if there’s a (conference) win among them. You’ve got to keep things in perspective because there are some big tests coming up.”

Like nemesis Florida.

Auburn is ranked 24th this week.

Georgia Tech is unbeaten and 12th-ranked.

McGarity is hardly dismissing that 20-12 win at Tennessee Saturday night.

“It is so tough to win in Neyland Stadium, that was a very positive thing,” he said. “Everybody knows how tough it is to win there regardless of Tennessee’s program.”

And now it’s on to Vanderbilt.

“I know Mark’s going to talk about that to the team, that you’ve just got to continue to strive to get better every day,” McGarity said.

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