If you missed it, here’s my story from late yesterday on 49 people applying for the UGA athletic director job, including, to name a few, Florida executive associate AD Greg McGarity, long-time NFL exec Jim Steeg and Troy athletic director (and former UGA football player and assistant coach) Steve Dennis.
Now, digging deeper into almost 500 pages of correspondence between UGA and the AD applicants, obtained by the AJC under the Open Records Act, here’s more:
I am writing to enthusiastically recommend William Gregory McGarity (”Greg”) to the position of Athletic Director at the University of Georgia. I have known Greg since childhood, as he and I went to school together in Athens.
First and foremost, although he has spent the last 18 years at the University of Florida, Greg is indeed a bulldog. From 1973-1992, Greg worked his way up from a student assistant to the facilities and event management for the UGA Athletic Association. . . . Unfortunately for the Dawgs, the University of Florida recognized his talent and hard work ethic and he was off to Gainesville in the summer of 1992.
Greg has excelled at UF during his time there. As much as you and I hate to admit it, Florida is an athletic powerhouse. I believe Greg has a lot to do with the teams’ success. . . .
. . . Greg’s 37 years of work at two of the strongest athletic associations in the country make him the best candidate for the AD job. He has learned what it takes to run the entire department; whether it be managing events, searching for coaches, scheduling, or managing the budget, he knows and has executed it all. He is ready to get back to his hometown and to serve his alma mater in this distinguished position. I hope you will give him the fullest consideration possible.
The search committee recently received an e-mail endorsing Lewis’ candidacy, to which UGA swim coach Jack Bauerle, a committee member, replied: “I have known Mark for a long time and he is a very good candidate and even a better person.”