Come for Marc Weiszer’s excellent dive into what led to the hire of Caryl Smith Gilbert as Georgia’s new head coach of track and field (Josh Brooks sounds serious about organizing some sort of master plan for facilities and apparently reached out on his own to start the hiring process). Stay for this exquisite backhanded slap at Greg McGarity, Master Talent Evaluator:
Brooks said part of his pitch to Smith Gilbert was “you’re my first hire, there’s no way I’m not going to let you be successful.”
Athletic directors are more apt to be remembered for who they brought aboard for the most high-profile jobs.
At Georgia, that was Smart and men’s basketball coach Tom Crean for Greg McGarity.
The former UGA AD’s first hire? That would be volleyball coach Lizzy Stemke in December of 2010. She went 79-105 as coach in six seasons.
It’s amazing how far you can go when nobody cares about the job you’re doing.