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Georgia AD downplays importance of facilities, thinks Bulldogs ‘get over that hump’ in 2017

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the 2016 season was a year of “almost.” He says he has a different phrase in mind for 2017.

McGarity told a crowd at the Rotary Club of Athens this week that he believes the Bulldogs are ready to “get over that hump,” the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

“We were so close, but I really, truly now feel this is the year we’re going to get over that hump,” he said.

McGarity also made a point that’s not something athletic directors typically say when addressing a crowd of supporters which likely includes potential donors: Facilities aren’t king.

“Facilities aren’t the bottom line,” McGarity said. “Facilities are important, but folks, I’m going to tell you this right now, it’s all about the people.”

Georgia finished in a three-way tie for second place in the SEC East last year at 4-4, with an overall record of 8-5. The results were generally viewed as a disappointment in Kirby Smart’s first year as coach.

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