Bulldog company man Greg McGarity, former tennis coach, assistant SID, and assistant AD at Georgia, has been plying his trade down in Gainesville for almost 20 years. If local television reports are to be believed, he's about to make a triumphant return to Athens to replace Damon Evans as athletic director:
Florida associate athletic director Greg McGarity will be named athletic director at Georgia on Friday, WSB-TV is reporting.
McGarity has not returned repeated phone calls from the AJC today.
(That's a good habit to keep, sir. Just saying.)
SB Nation's DawgSports has been high on this guy from the get-go, making an impassioned plea last month for McGarity as the ideal candidate:
Say . . . the Gators have been doing all right in athletics since McGarity went to work in Gainesville in the early 1990s, haven’t they? Yes, they have. During that time, McGarity has been working for Jeremy Foley, whose hiring and firing decisions suggest strongly that he is a man with an eye for talent and a lack of tolerance for mediocrity; the fact that McGarity has spent nearly two decades working for Foley (who rose to the athletic directorship from the post of senior associate athletic director) speaks volumes about his abilities.
In Greg McGarity, we have a man with all of Damon Evans’s positives (including being Bulldog-born and Bulldog-bred), none of Evans’s baggage, and a championship pedigree.
And stealing from Florida has to feel good, no?