Greg McGarity as AD: A win-win for Georgia and Adams

Esteemed colleague Tim Tucker is reporting that Greg McGarity will be named Georgia’s athletic director, which prompts the question: Will wonders never cease?

Because this would truly be a wonder. It would mean that Michael Adams, the president who cared nothing for what his constituency thought in regard to one AD seven years ago, is making a move that will delight those same constituents who came to hate his guts.

Greg McGarity, if you don’t know, is a Darn Good Dawg of long standing. He’s from Athens. He came to UGA to play tennis under the legendary Dan Magill. He coached tennis for a while, then turned to administration.

In his duties as assistant AD McGarity met and befriended an assistant AD from Florida, and when Jeremy Foley became the top man in Gainesville he hired his pal. The two have formed a famous partnership since 1992.

And now the tandem that has made Florida the model athletic department — Foley out front making the hires, McGarity making sure the electric bills at Reptile Central get paid — is apparently breaking up. And it would be a win-win for Georgia, which would be hiring a distinguished Bulldog and taking a considerable asset from the hated Gators.

It would also be a win-win for Adams, who has seized on an embarrassing turn of events — you might have heard about Damon Evans’ night on the town — to demonstrate a brand of leadership this correspondent wasn’t sure he had in him.

The belief here was that Adams would dismiss McGarity as a candidate simply because he came up under Vince Dooley, whom Adams brushed aside seven years ago. But if McGarity is indeed the choice, he’d be yet another indication that this president has grown in his stewardship to the extent that holding a grudge is less important than doing the right thing.

The day after accepting Evans’ resignation, Adams announced that his first look would be outside the department, that his preference was to find someone who’d worked at the highest level of collegiate athletics. On its face, those sentiments didn’t seem encouraging news to the McGarity Lobby. It sounded like Adams wanted someone who’d been an AD, not a No. 2, but if being No. 2 at Florida doesn’t stamp a man as first-class … well, what would?

As regrettable as Evans’ exit was, the advent of McGarity will essentially put that matter to rest. Evans was a rising star in the industry, but his successor is no less able. Not many schools would be able to swap out these men in the course of six weeks. It says something about Georgia. Says something about the UGA president, too.

171 comments Add your comment

atlfan44

August 12th, 2010
6:37 pm

first! wow that felt good

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

Russ leads the way.

bobby joe

August 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

Ricky Bobby

August 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

If you’re not first, you’re last!

bobby joe

August 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

well shoot. back to my trailer

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 12th, 2010
6:39 pm

What is his stance on a$$ painting?

Mark Bradley

August 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

Kudos to you, atlfan44.

Habersham Dawg

August 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

Welcome home, Greg. Thanks Gator nation for finishing his training, hope you find a quality person to replace him.

Mark Bradley

August 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

And my assumption would be that Mr. McGarity is agnostic on that subject, Russ.

ChuyDawg

August 12th, 2010
6:48 pm

Hey Mark,

What do you think this means for Coach Richt if he were to go another 2 seasons without playing in the SEC Championship Game?

Habersham Dawg

August 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

Mark, are you saying that Greg is a dyslexic agnostic? He’s not sure if he believes in dog?

Gerald

August 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

Good for UGA, McGarity’s been abe to keep his reputation solid over several decades, that’s #1.

The fact that they went out and got a management expert, instead of an HR expert, or pr expert, seems to suggest Adams thinks the CURRENT Basketball & Football coach are good coaches.

Also, a coup taking away a high ranking official from Georgia’s #1 competitor and leveraging McGarity’s knowledge.

Gravy Train

August 12th, 2010
6:50 pm

Not many folks know this, but UF is also a front runner in the sports supplement and nutrition research field. Many of the newest supplements are tested at UF, leukic and gakic are two that come to mind, not to mention gatorade formulas. Maybe McGarity can bring some of that knowledge with him. I’m sure Urban has introduced these supplements to the Gator footballers. Oh yeah, that oxygen chamber isn’t the only closet Tebow sleeps in.

Brent

August 12th, 2010
6:52 pm

Great choice: integrity, experience, georgia ties, competitive intelligence, etc.

Lincoln

August 12th, 2010
6:54 pm

Getting a “numbers” guy instead of an HR guy like Foley, seems to say Adams feel solid about Richt. And well he should. Richt’s one of the top 5 winners in college football.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 12th, 2010
6:54 pm

I am hoping there is a no-paint clause in his contract.

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DawgDad

August 12th, 2010
6:56 pm

Tennis? Is tennis a sport? Cheerleading isn’t, and there’s a sight more contact and teamwork involved in that!

Seriously, sounds like a great move. Go Dawgs!

Who Cares?

August 12th, 2010
7:00 pm

Bobby Dicks (eye is the Braves Manager)

August 12th, 2010
7:06 pm

OK so who we gonna get to replace Chipper?

Delbert D.

August 12th, 2010
7:10 pm

So much for the nationwide search.

bad brad

August 12th, 2010
7:10 pm

Right man for the job. Well said Mark; Well done Mr. Adams.

Ralph

August 12th, 2010
7:13 pm

If you can’t beat ‘em …… hire ‘em!

By the way...

August 12th, 2010
7:15 pm

Total population of idiots at UGA yesterday: 102,716 {including Bradley}

Total population of idiots at UGA today: 102,717 {still including the hob nailed boot licker Bradley}

Howdy Dowdle

August 12th, 2010
7:17 pm

excellent choice, excellent man, excellent excuse for a cold beer and a nice stogie

Howdy Dowdle

August 12th, 2010
7:19 pm

To Mr ‘By The Way’, shouldn’t you be over on the Tech blog ‘our ballplayers can kick their girlfriend’s arses’?

Billy Jack could fight....

August 12th, 2010
7:21 pm

He has a nice haircut…he shaves….he’s a clean cut dude…..hopefully he aint a hore..??!! what else am I supposed to say…the job isn’t rocket science..????

Matt the Brave

August 12th, 2010
7:25 pm

I’m going to go bathe after this, but Adams is right. Ug. It just makes me feel dirty.

Rima the Bird Girl

August 12th, 2010
7:25 pm

Will McGarity be showered with red panties? That could become a tradition for welcoming new ADs.

And will he inherit Evans’ “little black book”?

By the way...

August 12th, 2010
7:26 pm

Enter your comments here

Mr. Howdy Chuck Dowdle loves to put his Doodle in Vince Doodle:

Your comment doesn’t even make sense. Not surprised you can’t write, but let’s see here…

You wrote, “houldn’t you be over on the Tech blog…{then there’s this tremendous transition…} ‘our ballplayers can kick their girlfriend’s arses. The apostrophe was a beautiful attempt at trying not to seem so moronic. Funny thing is, you think I’m a Tech guy…actually, I’m just an Anti-Cracker Idiot Ass Kissing Guy….but you UGA people don’t grow those.

bug

August 12th, 2010
7:26 pm

POAD

August 12th, 2010
7:27 pm

He is an OLD DAWG and they wanted him. Good for the dawgs. Look at him! He will not be in a car with a young girl that is not his wife for a party. He looks like he has to work hard for this job. He will do UGA right. I hope he will kick Adams butt. He is not wanting to be flashy but focused. Look at his record.

Billy Jack could fight....

August 12th, 2010
7:29 pm

Look at him! He will not be in a car with a young girl that is not his wife for a party

POAD…..you win…I’ll give you that…

By the way...

August 12th, 2010
7:31 pm

Enter your comments here

Woof…woof…dawg gotta eat…cheat, drive drunk, get DUi’s, play pansie schools, boast about, go on through life fat and stupid…and not understand why everyone laughs at your ass…carry on, UGA retards…as is as always has been…From the top down…Bless you for at least staying consistent, year after year, after year…after…..on and on…Pork Rind Munson burps his prayers, doo dah, doo dah…

Billy Jack could fight....

August 12th, 2010
7:32 pm

I burp my prayers as well……then I pass out…..what’s wrong w/ that..???

Slick

August 12th, 2010
7:38 pm

Wow, Bradley. You’re cranking the posts out today sir. Did you have to double your load since Schultz is … hey, where is Schultz?

George

August 12th, 2010
7:42 pm

Assuming this is a “done deal,” it looks good for the bulldog nation. I would suggest, however, that he not make video announcements at home games about anything.

PT

August 12th, 2010
7:44 pm

Another school makes a big splash – Georgia State makes the front cover of ESPN Magazine. Read it, its worth your time.

RomeDawg

August 12th, 2010
7:46 pm

If you can’t beat ‘em, HIRE ‘em!

PT

August 12th, 2010
7:50 pm

Maybe the stars are finally aligning themselves for the dogs.

defactodawg

August 12th, 2010
7:51 pm

Excellent choice if speculation holds true. And insightful analysis from you Mark. Once again, you demonstrate why, in my humble opinion, you’re one of the best in the business .

whitaker walt

August 12th, 2010
7:52 pm

are the Russians coming?

bart

August 12th, 2010
7:53 pm

Well, Adams finally did something right!!

Snoop Dawgie Dawg

August 12th, 2010
7:55 pm

Great hire. Go Dawgs!

Delbert D.

August 12th, 2010
8:03 pm

Prez Adams wanted a guy from an AAU school and got him.

SOS Dawg

August 12th, 2010
8:03 pm

Bozo the clown , Rodney Garner and VonVan Halanger has just been put on notice. CMR too.

heywood...

August 12th, 2010
8:04 pm

put “NO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION” in the contract.

POAD

August 12th, 2010
8:05 pm

Some of that came out WRONG. He is not the kind of man that will be found in a bad situation with the wrong woman. I didn’t mean he could not get some crazy women throwing themselves at him.

SPD

August 12th, 2010
8:05 pm

Or, it could mean that Adam’s power is finally weakening a little.

SOS Dawg

August 12th, 2010
8:05 pm

Hope this guy takes the rap out of Sanford Stadium too.