More candidates for Georgia’s AD job, and a strong endorsement for McGarity

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:

  • Among the applicants: Mark Parkman, who was a student assistant in the sports information department while attending UGA in the 1980s and has gone on to a varied career in sports business. He now is an executive with the International Olympic Committee’s broadcasting subsidiary. He lives in Atlanta.
  • And another: Jay Rossello, who is director of legal affairs and assistant general counsel for the NCAA. In a cover letter sent with his resume, Rossello notes that he spent several summers of his youth in Athens “training and playing tennis under the tutelage of fellow Puerto Rican, current UGA men’s tennis coach and one of the all-time greats in the sport, Manuel Diaz.”
  • In a hearty endorsement of McGarity for the job, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., wrote to UGA President Michael Adams:

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.

  • Like McGarity, Mark Lewis is a candidate for the job for the second time.  Lewis and McGarity were among five candidates interviewed before Damon Evans was hired in 2003. Lewis has business and law degrees from UGA, where he played football. He has had a distinguished career in sports business, heading General Electric’s Olympic sponsorship programs before his current position as president of Jet Set Sports (a provider of Olympic hospitality packages). He is the son of Bill Lewis, the former Georgia Tech head football coach and former UGA assistant football coach.

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.”

  • Many of the 49 applications are from people with no discernible experience in sports management. Among the professions  represented: lawyer, chief financial officer, sales manager, educational specialist, professor, conference center director, investment advisor, supply chain executive, general contractor and city administrator.

58 comments Add your comment


August 6th, 2010
10:38 am

If he could bring some Florida mojo and Win ethic to Athens, what are we waiting for?

Monticello Dawg

August 6th, 2010
10:41 am

Some great choices to pick an AD from. You would expect a strong list for one of the premiere college sports jobs available. Hope the pick is made as objectively as possible.


August 6th, 2010
10:43 am

It is a no brainer; HIRE GREG MCGARITY NOW!

donald johnson

August 6th, 2010
10:45 am

Greg Mc Garity has an excellant history as both a Ga. Dawg and a Gator. he should be given the position based on his wealth of experience.

I have forgiven Tim Teebow for being a Gator and we should do the same for Greg.

The D

August 6th, 2010
10:45 am

Adams better hire Mcgarity. I sure hope he doesn’t screw this up, he is the perfect fit, and this is the right time for him to come home


August 6th, 2010
10:54 am

Greg Mc Garity seems to be the best fit but Mark Lewis will get a hard look see to I think.


August 6th, 2010
11:00 am

Adams will probably hire another drunken clown..


August 6th, 2010
11:00 am

May the prodigal son come home (McGarity that is).

Ben There

August 6th, 2010
11:04 am

There would be no “on the job training” needed for Greg McGarity. Hire him NOW!

Rob in Chapel Hill

August 6th, 2010
11:09 am

Mr. Tucker, Can you address how the paper was able to get this info under Open Records. Not protected, as a personnel matter? I’m usually all for getting out such info to the public, but I’m wondering it this actually goes too far? Just strikes me as a bit unfair, at least at this point in the process. Having said that, I’d have to join those who like McGarity. Seems like an incredibly strong choice. Thanks


August 6th, 2010
11:09 am

McGarity has the experience, qualities and potential to be an amazing AD. Being an Athens native and graduate of UGA, he will go above and beyond for our university. Hire him now, Adams!!


August 6th, 2010
11:22 am

not trying to be of assistance to the school up North,McGarity has trained under the best athletic director in america,Jeremy Foley.Deserves his chance in life and fullfillment of his dream to come back to the Dawgs. Go gators

Scott "Phillip" Wallace

August 6th, 2010
11:38 am

Why in GODS NAME are the pathetic fleabags even ranked?

They are lousy… 30 years of hype… ZERO national championships.


August 6th, 2010
11:39 am

There is only one choice imo, Greg McGarity. Perfect fit for the job. Present him with an appropriate package now. Time kills deals – don’t let that happen now.

I would also like to comment on Jay Rossello. Not only is his employment as an attorney with the liberal/facist NCAA enough to strike his name from the list, having the gaul to play the race card as a “fellow Puerto RIcan” is bush league. To think that race should play into this discussion or would otherwise give him an “edge” is an insult to the well-qualified non-Puerto Ricans and reeks of the typical arrogance of the politically correct NCAA.


August 6th, 2010
11:56 am

Ola Greg WELCOME BACK to the Dawg nation.


August 6th, 2010
11:56 am

McGarity is definitely the choice. The problem is, is aDAMsorry dawg going to keep kissing don leeburn’s sorry A$$ and let him tell him who to pick!!!!!

David Green Sells Avon Products

August 6th, 2010
12:33 pm

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the N.C. Double-A
They’re investigating G.A. players
To see how much they’re paid

After counting all the cars
And the loans Alumni made,
They out pay the NBA.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

August 6th, 2010
12:36 pm

McGarity. Hire him and be set with a quality AD for years.


August 6th, 2010
12:40 pm

Time is of the essence….Hire McGarity while he is available.The Dawgs
need the kind of leadership he can provide. Die hards forget the Florida
connection…just do it!


August 6th, 2010
1:14 pm

“Jay Rossello, who is director of legal affairs and assistant general counsel for the NCAA.”

Wow. Would this not be a perfect fit for UGA?

[...] Florida executive associate athletic director Greg McGarity gets a strong endorsement for the Georgia job. [...]

[...] Florida executive associate athletic director Greg McGarity gets a strong endorsement for the Georgia job. [...]

Danny Ford

August 6th, 2010
1:42 pm

Dang …..Im available and I’ll see to it that there are no midget youngsters on the football team.


August 6th, 2010
1:45 pm

If Georgia does not hire Greg McGarity….they are missing out on a great opportunity….he is great. I hope they don’t however. It would be a big loss for the Gators in the administration realm. He is a great people person as well. But there are some good people applying. But Georgia will not have issues with Mr. McGarity. He has worked for and learned from the best AD in the country.

[...] Florida executive associate athletic director Greg McGarity gets a strong endorsement for the Georgia job. [...]


August 6th, 2010
2:00 pm

Congressional endorsement aside, McGarity seems to be the perfect fit. As much as I hate to admit it, UF has had an outstanding athletics department. Foley seems to have run a pretty tight ship down in Gainsville, as the Gators do seem to have teams highly ranked in both men’s and women’s athletics year in and year out. McGarity’s experience has to correspond with Adams’ job requirements.

[...] Florida executive associate athletic director Greg McGarity gets a strong endorsement for the Georgia job. [...]


August 6th, 2010
2:22 pm

I don’t think Adams makes any personnel decision without first figuring
out how his decision would impact his all-important affirmitive action agenda

[...] Florida executive associate athletic director Greg McGarity gets a strong endorsement for the Georgia job. [...]

Bulldog for Life

August 6th, 2010
3:05 pm

Hey if they wait until Oct. I will be out of jail and I’ll take the dang job..

Vince Lombardi

August 6th, 2010
3:16 pm

Gotta love that “Fountainebleau Miami Beach” advertisment on the right side. Are you trying to tell us something Tim??


August 6th, 2010
4:25 pm

If Adams doesn’t hire McGarity he should be run out of Athens in only red panties.
Go Gators


August 6th, 2010
4:33 pm

Tampa Gator, there may be some problems with McGarity from Adams’ perspective. 1- He man be too much his own man, which would be good for the University, but may not suit Adams. 2- Adams may consider McGarity too connected to the Dooley years and may want someone from outside the fold. McGarity would be a great hire so we will see if Adams steps up his game or remains an egotistical, manipulative jerk.


August 6th, 2010
4:48 pm

How ironic that Dooley couldn’t convince him to come back to Athens and work for him, But Adams might hire him despite everyone saying he wouldn’t because he was too loyal to Dooley.


August 6th, 2010
4:56 pm

One thing I think we don’t have to worry about based on his career choices, is that McGarity is too much his own man. Plus since when does an administrastive staff member NOT need to act subordinate to his boss? I doubt Foley goes around telling his boss how its going to be either.


August 6th, 2010
4:58 pm

I would like to formally apply here for the AD job at UGA since I’m the only one with cojones for the job. I’m expecting a letter of recommendation momentarily from a man who held that position for 6yrs. Thankya very much.


August 6th, 2010
5:20 pm

Further qualifications: 1. I am the epitome of the word “cojones”.

2. I already have property in Costa Rico

3. I like flowers; therefore, I like flower gardeners; therefore, I liked Vince
before Adams arrived.

4. For $550,000 I will kiss Adam’s butt in front of the Bd. of Regents.

5. Newt Gingrich’s last wife has hinted that she would recommend me.

Did I cover all the necessary power bases in my application?

Tiger Woods

August 6th, 2010
5:42 pm

Based on the history of UGA a think I am perfect for the job!!

Pago Pago Dawg

August 6th, 2010
5:48 pm

Come on people, I think we all know that the next hire had better be a woman…and she already is working there. Case closed.


August 6th, 2010
6:28 pm

If I come back and take the job, can I have Damon Evans’ leftover booze and bimbos?


August 6th, 2010
6:30 pm

I forgot to mention that I’ll supply my own red panties if that’s a deal breaker.

Charles Barkley

August 6th, 2010
7:41 pm

Georgia has a history of hiring ex-Auburn players and coaches. How about me?

Jeremy Foley

August 6th, 2010
7:43 pm

I have blue and orange panties. Of course, they aren’t for my wife or girlfriends… they’re for me because they make me feel so pretty!

college is forever

August 6th, 2010
7:45 pm I got five bucks that says Adams will hire someone we have never heard just so he can protect his fragile ego. Are you or someone you know involved in a non-profit orgainization? Are you looking for a fundraiser? We can help, go to our website to find our contact information. Go Dawgs!!!

Kris G

August 7th, 2010
2:50 am

I want to hire McGarity too, but let’s just dump this quasi racist affirmative action talk. We all know Adams is a giant weasel. That’s reason enough for him to pick someone other than the best candidate without pulling the race card; the idea that the candidate must be white and male or else it’s rigged is silly and counterproductive. Evans actually did a great job until last month. Plus we already know it’s rigged. Frankly, it’s rigged even with GOOD presidents, let alone this arrogant bozo. My only concern about McGarity is that I’m worried he’ll make the schedule soft, with less traveling. I really liked that Red Panties got us out of the southeast every now and then.

[...] Florida executive associate athletic director Greg McGarity gets a strong endorsement for the Georgia job. [...]


August 7th, 2010
5:44 pm

Greg McGarity would be an awful choice. Georgia may actually hold their coaches accountable and start winning. I want UGA to hire anyone “but” Greg McGarity.

Warmest regards,

Urban and Jeremy


August 7th, 2010
10:47 pm

The G Lady should be the Athletic Director at Georgia. Join Her facebook page here:!/group.php?gid=49681757092&ref=ts

Thanks for your support!

Smiling Jack

August 7th, 2010
11:18 pm

Cojones…you’re just to much cojones! How funny! With such qualities, do you think the Gators ever worried about Greg McGarity being a Bulldawg???? I think not! He apparently is a man of character and integrity. Hope he gets the job.


August 8th, 2010
1:18 am

I’m with JB, I couldn’t agree more !