Florida’s McGarity and former NFL exec are among 49 applicants for UGA AD job

ATHENS – Florida associate athletic director Greg McGarity and long-time NFL executive Jim Steeg are among 49 people who have asked to be considered for the vacant athletic-director position at the University of Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday obtained, under Georgia’s Open Records Act, copies of e-mails, letters and resumes submitted to UGA by McGarity, Steeg and others applying for the position vacated by the resignation last month of Damon Evans.

McGarity — an Athens native, a UGA graduate and the No. 2 athletics official at Florida -– made a pitch for the job in a letter to Tom Gausvik, UGA’s associate vice president for human resources.

“I have been very fortunate to work alongside the very best in collegiate athletics at two outstanding institutions, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida, over the last three decades,” McGarity wrote. “I know what it takes to lead and direct an athletic program at the highest level, and am ready to lead the University of Georgia Athletic Association into the future.

“I look forward to having the opportunity to compete for this position.”

Steeg, who recently resigned as president of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, wrote to UGA President Michael Adams, asking to be considered for the job despite having no experience in college athletics.

“I have read that you are looking to fill the opening … with someone with intercollegiate experience,” Steeg wrote to Adams. “I would like to offer an alternative that can continue the success the University of Georgia has had, but can take the department to greater success.

“Although I have not worked in intercollegiate athletics, I believe that my managerial skills, interpersonal skills and professional contacts are not only transferable, but can bring a unique perspective.”

Before joining the Chargers, Steeg worked 26 years in the NFL office, where he was senior vice president in charge of special events, including the Super Bowl.

Also expressing interest in the Georgia position: businessman Mark Lewis, a former UGA football player who is the son of former Georgia Tech head football coach (and former Georgia assistant coach) Bill Lewis.

Mark Lewis interviewed for the Georgia AD job before Evans was hired in 2003. At the time, Lewis was vice president for Olympic sponsorships at General Electric. He now is president of Jet Set Sports, a provider of Olympic hospitality packages.

Among others who have sent in application materials are Steve Dennis, athletic director at Troy and a former Georgia football player and assistant coach; Lin Dawson, athletic director at Grambling; and Bill Schmidt, president of a sports marketing company in Knoxville and a former executive with Gatorade.

Many of the people who have contacted UGA about the job have little or no background in sports management. Applications have come from lawyers, sales managers and chief financial officers, among others.

The documents obtained by the AJC also include some letters of recommendation for candidates.

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., wrote to Adams to “enthusiastically recommend” McGarity. “He is ready to get back to his hometown and to serve his alma mater in this distinguished position,” Kingston wrote.

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Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

August 5th, 2010
7:19 pm

KOOL

August 5th, 2010
7:22 pm

McGarity is the only sensible choice…

Dawgman566

August 5th, 2010
7:25 pm

Park your ego at the door Mr. President and hire McGarity.

Fred G. Sanford

August 5th, 2010
7:27 pm

Dont need the Grambling guy..CMR tried that last year with Flarda….

how2fish

August 5th, 2010
7:29 pm

Dawgman566 x2!

Reggie

August 5th, 2010
7:36 pm

Go get McGarity. Pay him the big bucks. He has impeccable integrity, and has helped the B-Ball and Foot-Ball program both win National Championships. He knows how to hire top talent. And how to find guys that have the drive and teaching ability to win it all.

Reggie

August 5th, 2010
7:37 pm

Tim-

Anyone from Stanford in the running?

Delbert D.

August 5th, 2010
7:42 pm

Yeah, Chris Hutchins of Stanford, maybe? Much better resume than just another good ol’ boy.

college is forever

August 5th, 2010
7:44 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Mcgarity makes the most sense, he has experience and he is home grown. Come on Adams pull the trigger and get this done don’t let it drag on for months and months. And since he will be putting in long hours he can bring a nice healthy snack in his UGA classic tin lunchbox or simply display it in his office like I do. Available at Kroger or online. Go Dawgs!!!

Delbert D.

August 5th, 2010
7:48 pm

You make him sound like a turnip, lunchbox.

VinceD

August 5th, 2010
7:52 pm

Did Vince Dooley apply? People have had more than two decades to forget about the scandolous Jan Kemp trial, so he might be viable.

Mackinac

August 5th, 2010
7:54 pm

Do the red panties come with the job?

DawginOH

August 5th, 2010
7:56 pm

McGarity wants the job; UGA needs McGarity. Seems like an easy decision and a win-win.

Marti

August 5th, 2010
7:57 pm

Will the new AD get one of those cheap cardboard UGA tags, or will he get a real one?

And will he do another PSA video for drunk driving like the other guy did?

Worm

August 5th, 2010
8:01 pm

McGarrity first and Dennis 2nd..

AltamahaDawg

August 5th, 2010
8:03 pm

If they seriouslyy want to get the attention of every single person in that stadium to consider the price of a DUI after the game, they would leave he D. Evans PSA in place.

Dawg Tired

August 5th, 2010
8:08 pm

I agree with AltamahaDawg/

Football Fan

August 5th, 2010
8:08 pm

He’s the best candidate.

Carlton Powell

August 5th, 2010
8:11 pm

As I have previously posted, I have know Greg Mc Garity and family for many years. Agreed, Greg would be an outstanding choice for the position, but I must remain steadfast in my opinion that Greg should stay at FL. Yes, Greg would be wonderful for UGA, but UGA would not be wonderful for Greg. Too much strange stuff going on at Butts-Mehre and environs, which Greg does not need to get bogged down in. I hate that I feel the way I do, but I do not want to see someone whom I admire greatly to get involved with a program that seems to aspire to mediocrity instead of championships.

poopdawg

August 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

AltamahaDawg, i’d rather just hang the red panties from UGA’s house.

ryan

August 5th, 2010
8:15 pm

McGarity has the most experience out of all these guys he should have been the AD in first place. And please you people who talk about red panties just go out and buy some if your that obsessed queer.

DIT

August 5th, 2010
8:15 pm

And we would wait to hire this guy why?????

Dawg Dude

August 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

Whatever happened to privacy? You know not all of these 49 applicants told their employers they applied for another job. Now the AJC decides to publish their names. The AJC constantly uses the Georgia Opens Records Act with no regard for who it might harm.

Nub

August 5th, 2010
8:18 pm

Interview the Chief of Police in Athens…. Maybe they will layoff of our boys… Oops there goes another football player riding his scooter without a helmet …… News Flash ….. front page News…

Barney did you get THAT!!!!!!!!

Nub

August 5th, 2010
8:23 pm

Hey Carlton…… Care to elaborate on the strang STUFF that is going on at Butts?

Calhoundawg

August 5th, 2010
8:24 pm

Ryan, I think you speak for all of us Dawgs fans. Way to tell it like it is. Go Dawgs !!!!

RC

August 5th, 2010
8:34 pm

David Jacobs

Skram30082

August 5th, 2010
8:37 pm

Dawg Dude, you’re an idiot…

If you don’t know that there is no privacy with regards to the public sector, well, that’s just one reason why you don’t work in the public sector (as opposed to the private sector, and I hope you know the difference).

I’ll bet you weren’t complaining about Damon Evans’ privacy when the emails and texts between him and his lady friend with the red panties were released. Those were subject to the Georgia Open Records Act also.

I’ll guarantee you that EVERY ONE of the applicants knows his/her application could (and probably would) be public information, unless, of course, if you applied. In that case, refer to my first statement.

bjohndawg

August 5th, 2010
8:44 pm

I have already applied.
Waiting for my first call for the interview.
Should happen any day now. LOL

AltamahaDawg

August 5th, 2010
8:45 pm

It might certainly be his time now, but he was not even in the final cut back then. If he was that ready to move up then, it’s been the better part of a decade since and he had absolutely no delusions of holding out for this Georgia job until a month ago. If he indeed the best choice back then, he would have been hired, if not here, then someplace.

I refuse to believe that he is qualified now (and then) but “only” if the job happens to be with a specific school. Qualified, and willing, administrators are just not that limited.

Again this may his time NOW and if so it’s because it’s all worked out the way it did.

Brooks

August 5th, 2010
8:49 pm

McGarity is the man for the job. Georgia is a top level sports program no doubt. Has anyone heard anything else about AJ. GO DAWGS!

UGA_2001

August 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

UGA needs someone from another partt of the country. Do not hire a other god ole boy from GA! UGA has gotten a little too laid back and care free. Its about time we hired someone that will hold thers accountable.

Not just a figurehead for Adams and not just some good ole boy that will continue to get lapped by Foley at UF and Radakovich at Tech.

cadawg

August 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

hard not to want a guy who has spent that much time with jeremy foley. i hate the gators but that guy is the best in the business.

ugag is irrelevant

August 5th, 2010
8:56 pm

select another sacrifice to send into obscurity

bob

August 5th, 2010
8:57 pm

Lure John Scherholtz away. He knows how to run a sports organization above board and with great success. Also remember that Mike Garret is available.

how2fish

August 5th, 2010
9:01 pm

ugag is irrelevant..and yet here you are once again…

Monticello Dawg

August 5th, 2010
9:05 pm

Carlton Powell, I don’t think it is assuming too much to believe Greg McGarity knows as much or more about what goes on at UGA than you, and he wants the job.

As far as championships go, 132 SEC titles, national championships in 8 sports

RUNDAWGRUN

August 5th, 2010
9:10 pm

Greg McGarity and Steve Dennis are both excellent experienced candidates…

SSIgator

August 5th, 2010
9:13 pm

“Before joining the Chargers, Steele worked 26 years in the NFL office, where he was senior vice president in charge of special events, including the Super Bowl.”

This is exactly what UGA needs! Someone to tell the future players at UGA what to expect when they get to the NFL (wink, wink) and someone who can organize the trash gathering after home games, happy hour specials, drivers ed classes, “you have a right to request an attorney”, fund raising for additional bail money and attorney fees. Don’t let this guy get away. Hire him now. What a catch!

The Real SugarHillDawg

August 5th, 2010
9:13 pm

He’s NOT a Gator! Just a prodigal son who is coming back home. He couldn’t take the carpet-bagging, jort wearing, mullet cut wearing, Camaro driving obnoxious IDIOTS anymore!

jdjd

August 5th, 2010
9:14 pm

PLEASE hire McGarity NOW!

Football Fan

August 5th, 2010
9:16 pm

UGA2001 if you live in Georgia please move

jeff

August 5th, 2010
9:17 pm

Carlton, if McGarity gets the job he will be IN CHARGE of what is happening in Butts-Mehre and what the program aspires to.

Really lame comments.

Monticello Dawg

August 5th, 2010
9:19 pm

49 candidates! Will have to say NO to some top applicants. Can’t say I am surprised. This is one of the premiere jobs in college sports, and the bonus is getting to live in Athens.

Truth

August 5th, 2010
9:25 pm

McGarity or Steve Dennis would be great hires. But jeff, Carlton is right about what happens behind the scenes in Athens. Two men have called the shots there since Adams’ arrival — Adams & Leeburn.

Dawgtard 1

August 5th, 2010
9:32 pm

This is one of the premiere jobs in college sports, and the bonus is getting to live in Athens.

Well, that’s one of the stupidest things I’ve heard in a long time.

These guys just want the job so they can have Evans’ leftover booze and bimbos.

how2fish

August 5th, 2010
9:34 pm

SSIgator how is that championship Gator squad working out ?

how2fish

August 5th, 2010
9:36 pm

Dawgtard 1 beats the hell of anything the Bugs have to offer..

CAC

August 5th, 2010
9:43 pm

Integity, bloodline, hardworker, takes no crap — Steve Dennis

SSIgator

August 5th, 2010
9:45 pm

This just in from ESPN:

“CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The NCAA has accused West Virginia’s football program of five major and one secondary rules violations from 2005 to 2009, including under former coach Rich Rodriguez.

I guess UGA can now claim one more victory to their credit.