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Greg McGarity just appeared on Tony Barnhart's show on 790-AM in Atlanta and was asked about UGA's relatively strict drug testing policy.
In summation, McGarity's basic response as I heard it: It is what it is, and it's not changing.
"We have nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to apologize for and really nothing to defend ... At the end of the day, it's just making the right choices."
"It's all done to educate. The intent is really not to penalize people. The intent is to educate and try to make a difference in a young person's life."
"It's doing the right thing for a student-athlete even though it may put us at a disadvantage."
"Ours is what it is. People know the consequences."
"When you elect to be a student-athlete there's certain things you accept while doing that ... academically, socially. You're just in a totally differnet arena there, and you have to abide by certain rules and regulations."
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McGarity sounded positive when asked about both the primary scheduling issues out there --
Will the Auburn rivalry exist in future of SEC scheduling? McGarity it's looking better and better for that, but nothing is yet set in stone.
Will the Clemson series happen? McGarity echoed the Clemson AD's comments from a short while ago that it does look like the series will still happen in some form.
"We're all in and we're excited to be able to renew that rivalry," McGarity said.
I agree with you 100%. But I think you also need to strike a balance when you're running any operation. In this instance, you have to peer into the mind of your 18 year old self and think, "is drug testing directly after spring break really the most prudent way of operating?"
Disapppointed in McGarity's answers...he doesn't have to win games...just fire coaches if they don't win enough of them....so it's EASY for him to talk tough like that.
But if he was really interested in helping kids and not making public spectacles of them and cares about them enough to NOT want to spread their names all over the country in a negative light....then WHY Greg don't you FIGHT to get our punishment portion of drug
testing kept internal?
That would be best for the school, the program, the coaches and certainly the players and their families.
This post was edited by wayx on 4/13/2012 at 6:19 AM
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