ATHENS — Greg McGarity didn’t start his tenure as Georgia’s athletics director by setting any firm barometer for the 2010 football season.
McGarity, who started Monday, said he expected every team at Georgia to be “in the hunt” to win titles.
“And there could be circumstances that lead you to not be in the hunt in a certain year due to various circumstances,” McGarity said. “But you want every sport at the University of Georgia just to be in the conversation.”
There has been speculation nationally that head coach Mark Richt’s job could be in jeopardy if the Bulldogs have another disappointing season. Richt is 90-27 and entering his 10th season as Georgia’s coach.
When asked specifically about any expectations for this football season, McGarity, who was hired away from Florida, made his answer about all sports.
“I think it’d be really unfair to coaches to tell them you’ve got to win 10 games, 11 games, whatever that number is,” McGarity said. “It’s how people go about their work. Do you see improvements made. And do you see people giving 100 percent effort every day. I think those are the things that I would be looking at that’s more important than a number of wins.”
Green still mum
Days away from the season opener, A.J. Green said he was still not authorized to talk about the NCAA inquiry.
No one at Georgia appears worried that Green, or any player, would be withheld from a game. But Green and Richt both declined to comment on the inquiry on Tuesday.
Green, when asked if he had any doubt he’d be able to play Saturday, said, “No. No, I still don’t know. Still can’t say anything.”
Rambo at QB?
With Georgia’s depth problems at quarterback, could another possible option be safety Bacarri Rambo? The sophomore played the position in high school, and Richt mentioned Tuesday that Rambo has “a knack for football” and would “be a heck of a quarterback.”
Don’t expect Rambo to actually get reps at quarterback any time soon. But Rambo did point out that in high school it was his main position.
“That’s what most people noticed about me was playing quarterback,” Rambo said. “I was the holder, punt returner, kick returner, quarterback. I was the offensive coordinator.”
Rambo played some scout team quarterback last year. And he throws passes to his roommate, Green.
“He has a pretty good arm,” Green said.
It’s a sellout
Georgia announced the opener as a sellout, making it the 58th straight for a Sanford Stadium home game. That dates back to 2001, the first year of Richt’s tenure.
“God Bless America. That’s awesome,” Richt said.
Richt said two backups — linebacker Richard Samuel and center Chris Burnette — look doubtful.
Cornelius Washington, who has a stinger, practiced in a green non-contact jersey but should be able to go in the opener.