UGA selects new athletic director

(Other UGA news: Branden Smith cleared to play.)

ATHENS — Greg McGarity, the University of Florida’s No. 2 athletic official, will be named the new athletic director at the University of Georgia, a person who spoke directly with McGarity told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday night.

The person, who asked not to be named because an announcement hasn’t been made, said McGarity told him he will travel to Athens for a news conference on Friday afternoon.

(UPDATE, 8:20 A.M. FRIDAY: Georgia announced this morning that UGA President Michael Adams will hold a news conference on the AD matter at 4 p.m. at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. In addition, the UGA Athletic Board, which would approve the hire and contract of a new AD, called a special meeting for 3 p.m., also at the Georgia Center.)

McGarity didn’t return repeated phone calls from the AJC on Thursday. UGA officials had no comment.

Georgia has been searching for an athletic director since Damon Evans resigned in the aftermath of a June 30 DUI arrest in Atlanta.

McGarity, an Athens native and a 1976 graduate of UGA, began his career in the Georgia athletics department, serving in a variety of roles –- administrative assistant, women’s tennis coach, assistant sports information director and assistant athletic director -– before leaving for Florida in 1992.

At Florida, McGarity’s current title is executive senior associate athletic director, meaning that he is the right-hand man to highly regarded athletic director Jeremy Foley.

McGarity applied for the Georgia job in a July 16 letter to 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.”

Rumors swirled around Georgia’s athletic department on Thursday about an impending hire, but there was no official word.

Associate athletic director for communications Claude Felton said he had not been informed of an impending announcement. Football coach Mark Richt said he had not been informed who his new boss will be.

“I’ve been hearing rumors, like everybody else, but I’ve not been told,” Richt said as he left the third floor of the Butts-Mehre athletics  building Thursday night. “I’ve just been coaching ball, really.”

Richt said interim athletic director Frank Crumley told him Thursday that “there would be an announcement soon, but he didn’t tell me who.”

Crumley did not return calls from the AJC.

Georgia’s search committee and UGA President Michael Adams are believed to have considered a number of candidates, including Crumley, businessman Mark Lewis and others.

Lewis, a former Georgia football player who is now president of JetSet Sports, a leading provider of Olympic hospitality packages, told the AJC Thursday that he’d heard a decision had been made on a hire and would be announced Friday. Lewis said he didn’t know who the hire would be. He said he did not interview for the position.

Forty-nine people applied for the position, according to documents obtained by the AJC in response to an open-records request last week. A 50th, sports-marketing executive and former Georgia football player Chris Welton, confirmed earlier this week that he had added his name to the list.

McGarity got some high-profile support for the job, including a letter to “enthusiastically recommend” him from U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.

“He is ready to get back to his hometown and to serve his alma mater in this distinguished position,” Kingston wrote to Adams. “I hope you will give him the fullest consideration possible.”

McGarity also interviewed for the Georgia AD job before Evans was hired in 2003.

McGarity lettered on Georgia’s tennis team in 1973 and first worked for the UGA athletics department as a student assistant while earning a degree in journalism.

(Staff writer Chip Towers contributed to this article.)

247 comments Add your comment

TomDAWG

August 12th, 2010
6:16 pm

FIRST!!, lol…Tim, do people say 1st on your blogs?

DB

August 12th, 2010
6:18 pm

Welcome to Athens FIRST

DB

August 12th, 2010
6:19 pm

Ok, 2nd, I was looking for my glasses and …

Kevin

August 12th, 2010
6:20 pm

Halleluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blazerdawg

August 12th, 2010
6:21 pm

hmmm...

August 12th, 2010
6:22 pm

good choice but I just think it is funny that all of that money to reprint the football media guides just went out the door LOL

toph

August 12th, 2010
6:22 pm

DB

August 12th, 2010
6:23 pm

1992, bout when we starting losing a few to the damn Gayturds, maybe Mcgarity’s arrival will help turn that crap around

GO DAWGS

WestOfAthens

August 12th, 2010
6:23 pm

Excellent decision!

Will we see the advantages soon?

Iceman

August 12th, 2010
6:24 pm

Welcome home Greg!

59bulldawg

August 12th, 2010
6:24 pm

Was there really ever any doubt? He was the obvious choice. Welcome home Greg!

DB

August 12th, 2010
6:25 pm

NOT TO MENTION A KICK ASS NEW BREED OF DAWGS ON THE FIELD

THWGT

August 12th, 2010
6:26 pm

Welcome home to a DGD!!!

ryan

August 12th, 2010
6:26 pm

Here comes the Haters with there red panties crap .

JDW

August 12th, 2010
6:27 pm

Obvious choice…Best Choice…Time to kick A$$

Big L

August 12th, 2010
6:28 pm

Hot Damn!!!!!! UGA is headed the right way. A Georgia boy with trainin in Florida for the last twenty years has gotta be a good thing.

AltamahaDawg

August 12th, 2010
6:31 pm

Tim, do you know what addresss folks should send thier letters of approval to Dr. Adams for this hiring (if so) and the entire handling of the recent Evans situation?

So this would be the second time he is hiring a former Dooley man for the job, right? just trying to keep that straight.

GW

August 12th, 2010
6:31 pm

It appears now to be a good choice but so did Damon Evans on the day of his hire. I doubt McGarity will do what Evans did but I am surprised that Adams went for him. I hope the two can work well together.

Dawghater

August 12th, 2010
6:32 pm

He’s the AD. You expect him suit up. I hear as a safety measure UGA will supply a permanent limo service. He will see Jacksonville in a completely different light now!

SSIgator

August 12th, 2010
6:33 pm

Excellent choice by UGA – there may be hope for you guys yet.

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bill

August 12th, 2010
6:34 pm

ugag is irrelevant

August 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

he has a huge jub to turn dross into some manner of gold

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
6:45 pm

This is great news. Not only do we get an Athens native, and UGA grad, we get a highly qualified individual to become our AD. At this juncture he is much more qualified than was Damon Evans when he was named AD.

Boca Baby

August 12th, 2010
6:48 pm

25th. But first from Oahu! Good choice with McGarity.

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
6:48 pm

ugag is irrelevant
August 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

Look everyone. This loser who posts that UGA is irrelevant has been posting about UGA all day long. We’re all proud of the obvious incredible career you enjoy at this time. Trash UGA, clean my pocket protector….trash UGA, scratch my crotch……trash UGA, put more air into my “girlfriend”……trash UGA, help my mother clean the basement……………

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

Boca Baby
August 12th, 2010
6:48 pm

Dude, I wouldn’t mind being the 4,329th poster if I were in Oahu.

Tech Geek

August 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

Oh this just means the next pair of lap panties found by a cop while the AD is DUI’ing will have a touch of orange in them and the lady in “question” will actually be a dude.

Holla!

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
6:50 pm

ugag is irrelevant
August 12th, 2010
6:38 pm

By the way, what’s a huge “jub”. muuusaaaAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

ARMY OF THE GATORS

August 12th, 2010
6:50 pm

Good Choice…. You’ll start seeing results soon….except against us…we still got you dialed.

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
6:51 pm

Tech Geek
August 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

Why does it not surprise me that a poster who goes by the name “Tech Geek” is talking about a woman who is actually a dude? First hand experience perhaps?

Boca Baby

August 12th, 2010
6:53 pm

Oahu weather: 80 deg w/scattered clouds nice and breezy. But my heart is in Dixie!

yay

August 12th, 2010
6:53 pm

Glad it’s not another drunk thug that’s in over his head.

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
6:53 pm

Boca Baby

August 12th, 2010
6:53 pm

My heart’s in Dixie literally, but it’s damn near dehydrating.

AltamahaDawg

August 12th, 2010
6:53 pm

Although this guy has been at UF for a while. Let’s hope that he doesn’t pull a Billy on us.

Yippee

August 12th, 2010
6:56 pm

Maybe this guy doesn’t have a craving for boozing it up behind the wheel with pantyless women who aren’t his wife.

srschirm

August 12th, 2010
6:56 pm

If you can’t beat ‘em, steal their people.

Boca Baby

August 12th, 2010
6:56 pm

I really don’t know what a good AD can do about winning other than making the right hires and staying the heck out of the way of success. Mike: just managed the 65 mil in the bank and stay out of the way!

Kramer

August 12th, 2010
6:57 pm

With a name like Dawghater what else would you do all day except read Georgia sports blogs and make asinine comments. Well done.

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
6:58 pm

srschirm

August 12th, 2010
6:56 pm

Steal their people? Is that the best you can come up with? Hmm, seems like he was at UGA before joining UF.

ugaclassof2004

August 12th, 2010
6:59 pm

I’m actually shocked that Adams hired an old UGA/Vince Dooley guy. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Boca Baby

August 12th, 2010
7:00 pm

ugaclassof2004: Evans was a Dooley guy as well.

Stinger Biter

August 12th, 2010
7:00 pm

All these positive comments on this hire. How many of them know anything about him?
How many of them have ever heard of him?
How did they get enough information to evaluate him to know he will be a good AD?
After all, he was not the AD at Floddy.

Anyway, welcome home you DGD. I wish you well.

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
7:00 pm

Dawghater

August 12th, 2010
6:32 pm

If UGA could start winning more regularly in Jacksonville then McGarity would see it in pretty much the same light as he did the first time he was at UGA.

SOS Dawg

August 12th, 2010
7:05 pm

I bet CMR will now be put on notice. McGarity will look at Richts huge pay scale and will tell him to stop underachieving and start winning championships.

UGA Leghumpers

August 12th, 2010
7:10 pm

will need more than a new AD to beat Florida!

dawgma

August 12th, 2010
7:12 pm

dump that gator crap at the state line. any loyalty to the gators then don’t come to athens!

Maddog

August 12th, 2010
7:12 pm

UGA Leghumpers

August 12th, 2010
7:10 pm

Like we don’t understand that?

jb

August 12th, 2010
7:13 pm

Finally, a white guy.

92 UGA Grad

August 12th, 2010
7:13 pm

Great choice…Adams had no real option here. The Bulldog nation was nearly unanimous in our support for Greg. Welcome back to God’s country!