This is my last post on the Mike White hire — this is a football blog, after all, y’all — but I do want to take note of the way Josh Brooks approached the matter. Start with this quote:
“We wanted to be thorough in our search,” Bulldogs athletic director Josh Brooks said Tuesday, less than 48 hours after the hire was announced. “We got to a point where we were comfortable but I wanted to take a swing at Coach White.”
Add this to the mix:
Brooks said he was looking for a proven winner and one that had postseason success.
That would seem to work against Xavier assistant coach Jonas Hayes who has yet to run a program of his own. The former Bulldog player and assistant coach was the popular choice for many fans and a vocal contingent of former players.
“I weigh everything into the equation,” Brooks said. “There’s no factor I didn’t take into account when doing this, but at the end of the day my ultimate responsibility as athletic director is to hire the best coach for our program, the one I think is going to give us the best chance to be successful and do it the right way.”
And, finally, this observation from Jere Morehead:
Morehead described Brooks, hired to replace Greg McGarity in January 2020, as “meticulous in this process. I’ve never seen a person that had more data and more information about candidates.”
“I’ve never seen a person”? If I didn’t know any better, I’d say Morehead just took a mild cheap shot at a certain someone.
All told, I’d like to think that maybe this is a sign that the athletic department is slowly turning a page from the feckless, lazy decision making that’s gotten Georgia athletics to its current mediocre state (outside of football, that is). The next big test is whether B-M is prepared to support White’s program building financially. It’s too soon to tell, but I’d love to wind up in a place where I apologize to Josh Brooks for underestimating him.
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