ATHENS, Ga. — Greg McGarity knows he has his share of critics in his role as Georgia’s athletic director.
Whether it’s for firing football coach Mark Richt in 2015, sticking with men’s basketball coach Mark Fox or not dipping into Georgia’s athletic reserves to spend as much as fans would like.
One Bulldog supporter took to Twitter on May 2 to vent: “When is the last time we have heard something positive from the UGA athletic administration?”
The question got some attention, getting 340 likes and 126 retweets.
It came from Aiken’s Kevin Kisner, who just happens to be No. 18 on the PGA Tour’s money list this season with $2.195 million in earnings, one of four former Georgia golfers in the top 25.
Yes, McGarity heard about it, too.
“Kevin and I, we communicate with each other,” McGarity said referring to exchanging text messages and emails since Kisner’s tweet. “Absolutely. My last communication with Kevin was extremely positive. I’ve got tremendous respect for him, and everyone has their opinion. Some verbalize that differently but I don’t have a problem with Kevin at all. I respect what he does. He may have an opinion on how to do certain things and I respect that. Everybody, Kevin’s not the only one. There are a lot of people who weigh in. But I’ve got tremendous respect for him.”
Kisner preferred not to be interviewed about what he posted, but said in a text message that he and McGarity “communicate often and discuss both disagreements and agreements.”
He added: “All I want is for UGA to be the flagship university for athletics and academics in the country.”
McGarity said getting out information to better educate fans has been an issue that leads to perceptions like Kisner expressed, something McGarity felt Georgia improved with a recent email to donors highlighting about $80 million of work ongoing for various athletic facility improvements.
“We consolidated it into one clean message and I think once people read that and understood that we are doing so many great things for so many other venues, it makes people feel better,” McGarity said.
As for Kisner, McGarity added in an interview: “Our last communication (in mid-May) was awesome. We’re in a great place and so I would just say he and I are fine.”