In a shocking development, the school decides to promote from within to select Greg McGarity’s replacement.
UGA moved swiftly to make Josh Brooks its new athletic director.
Just five weeks and two days after the school announced that Greg McGarity was retiring from the position after more than 10 years, Brooks is getting the job full-time.
His hire came Wednesday afternoon during a special meeting of the Executive Committee of the UGA Athletic Association Board.
The 40-year old had not served even a week as interim AD, a position he began Jan. 1.
Brooks was viewed as a leading candidate to replace McGarity when there was speculation in the last year on when McGarity may finally step away from the job.
“I’ve had a wide range of experience and especially my time at Georgia the last few years,” Brooks said in December after being named interim AD. “Greg’s really nurtured me and given me some peeks behind the rope to see really what it’s like in his shoes. I feel ready and I feel confident for this responsibility.”
No knock on Brooks, who is well liked, but picking him less than a week after McGarity retired tells you the fix was in. Maybe he’s the best choice out there for what many consider to be one of the top AD jobs in the country, but, given the time frame, it’s hard to believe that was a choice made after the school did its due diligence.
Then, again, when you know going in what the main priority is for a Georgia athletic director, maybe due diligence is overrated. Good luck with the new gig, Josh.