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Saturday June 19th, 2021 11:37PM

Brooks named Georgia's full-time replacement for AD McGarity

By The Associated Press

Josh Brooks has been named Georgia's full-time athletic director less than one week into his stint as the interim replacement for Greg McGarity.

Brooks' hiring was recommended by University of Georgia President Jere Morehead on Wednesday and received unanimous approval at a special meeting of the executive committee of the athletic association board.

Georgia planned a news conference for later Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Brooks takes over one of the nation’s most successful athletic programs.

Before returning for a second stint at Georgia in 2016, Brooks served as athletic director at Millsaps College, an NCAA Division III school in Jackson, Mississippi, and deputy athletic director at Louisiana-Monroe.

“I have been able to serve as an AD and know a small school like Millsaps, some people may say, ‘Well, that’s not really relevant.’” Brooks told The Associated Press on Dec. 3. “In all reality, it’s a lot more relevant than you think because you are dealing with student-athletes, parents, coaches, staff. A lot of the issues are the same. I have had a wide range of experience.”

McGarity announced on Nov. 30 his plans to retire at the end of the year. Brooks, who had been senior deputy athletic director, began his stint as interim athletic director on Jan. 1.

McGarity, 66, served a variety of roles in two stints at Georgia, his alma mater, covering 25 years. He also is a former administrator at Florida.

The budget of Georgia's athletic association grew from $89 million to $153 million under McGarity, who oversaw $200 million in facility improvements.

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