McGarity lightening Richt load

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has been on the job only four months, but he's studied Bulldogs football coach Mark Richt enough to know one change needed to occur.

"I thought that one of Mark's weaknesses was that he was trying to do so much himself," McGarity said Thursday. "He was the point person with so many issues, whether they be academics, discipline and things of that nature. Mark has had his hands in so many things that it was almost impossible to focus on the X's and O's of the game."

The Bulldogs were coming off an 8-5 season that ended in the Independence Bowl when McGarity was hired in August to replace Damon Evans. They were worse this year, finishing 6-7 after a Liberty Bowl loss to Central Florida.