Some more items from Tuesday’s Georgia athletic board meeting:
—Outgoing Georgia president Michael Adams’ post-retirement plans will include a three-year term on the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
He will be joining the committee at a time the NCAA is under scrutiny for the way it handled the investigation of Miami and former booster Nevin Shapiro.
The NCAA will release details of an external review into whether the enforcement’s staff own rules were broken during the investigation.
“I think it would be inappropriate for me to comment on any specific case, but I think there’s some schools that need to up their game and there may be some places where the NCAA may need to up its game as well,” said Adams, who will be replaced as UGA president by Jere Morehead on July 1.
When he was chair of the NCAA executive committee, Adams said he doubled the enforcement budget and staff.
“I thought once they asked me to do this, it would sort of be a little bit hypocritical since I had waded in on that issue, if I didn’t agree to do it,” Adams said. “I dread the files and the reading and whatever. I will be a little more of a dispassionate observer now.”
Adams, who turns 65 next month, said a committee on infractions member can be re-elected to the committee three times.
“They have that option and you have that option,” Adams said.
–Getting to the SEC title game in back-to-back years certainly helped Mark Richt gets his raise to a now $3.2 million and a one-year extension.
The vibe around the program has changed from even a year ago.
“The track record we’re developing in other areas of our program—graduation rates…we’ve got to knock on wood here, but as of 6:37 (p.m. Tuesday), we haven’t had a lot of distractions in our program,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “I think Mark wants a program where people feel good about it. You may not win every game, but you feel good walking around with a `G’ on your chest and people are representing you the right way. We had some choppy waters there early on, but the waters have calmed in that area right there.”
Adams acknowledged a different feeling about the football program and Richt from some board members.
“Well, winning helps everything,” he said. “I think there’s confidence in the building blocks that are in place here. Look at the facilities, look at the practice fields, look at the stadium additions. Look at what we’ve done to be competitive with assistant coaches. We may not be the top in every little category but across the board I’m not sure that anybody provides more total support than we do.”
–The next raise should come for Mike Bobo, who has a salary of $335,000 per year.
“I would expect there to be an adjustment there,” McGarity.
Bobo is behind even the reported new salaries for Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian ($475,000) and new Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee ($350,000).
As McGarity said about Richt: “I think you’re always concerned where your coaches stand in the hierarchy.”
–The meeting was scheduled to allow board members to get over to watch the Georgia men’s basketball team play Alabama in a 9 p.m. tip. The Bulldogs saw their five-game winning streak end with a 52-45 loss.
Adams mentioned that Richt was the dean of SEC coaches like Jack Bauerle in swimming, Manny Diaz in tennis and Andy Landers in women’s basketball.
“I’ve said a thousand times I think you build great programs and great universities brick by brick and stone by stone over long periods of time,” Adams said. “It’s why I felt like we needed to make a long-term commitment (six-year contract) to Mark Fox when we hired him, which is an area where we’ve not had this kind of success. I hope things work so he can be here 15 years and build a program.”
–It was a weird scene to have the full board meeting in the Butts-Mehre multi-purpose room, right next door to the weight room.
Georgia players could be seen and heard lifting weights at the same time as the meeting, which made for some loud clanging at the time the higher-ups at the school were discussing the business of the day.
–There was no request to pay for any facility improvements at this meeting, but McGarity told the executive committee about how pleased he was with the new scoreboard at Foley Field.
“It really is a tremendous improvement,” he said. “It presents a different fan experience.”
There’s a new terrace retaining wall at the old Kudzu Hill that was part of improvement to the stadium that was previously approved
Georgia has raised about $1.3 million of a $5 million goal for Foley Field improvements, McGarity said.
“We’ll get the wheels turning here pretty quickly and see what we can do to raise that money,” he said.
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