Georgia Gets New Athletic Director

Georgia has hired a new athletic director.  Only five weeks after the resignation of former A.D. Damon Evans after a controversial late night DUI, the Bulldogs have hired Florida associate athletic director Greg McGarity to lead Georgia athletics. 

McGarity is a Georgia alum and Athens native.  While attending Georgia he played tennis for the Bulldogs.  McGarity also worked in the Georgia athletic department while Vince Dooley oversaw the athletic programs.  McGarity eventually left to take a job in the athletic department at Florida.  Prior to coming back to the Bulldogs McGarity was the senior executive assistant to athletic director Jeremy Foley.  He helped oversee the Football and Basketball programs while at Florida, where he had worked since 1992.

McGarity had been viewed as one of the favorites for the Georgia job opening since the Evans resignation.  His ties to the university, and strong record of accomplishment while at Florida made many view him as the front-runner for the vacant position from the start of the search.

McGarity may have held the position as Georgia A.D. if he had never left for Florida in 1992.  While working in the athletic department previously, McGarity was the assistant athletic director under former A.D. Vince Dooley.  McGarity later became friends with Jeremy Foley who hired him away from the Bulldogs when Foley became the head of Florida’s athletic department.

University president Michael Adams is hopeful that McGarity can be the long-term head of the athletic department after his hopes for Evans were dashed because of his poor choices.

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