On Saturday night, news reports surfaced that the search for the Virginia Cavaliers next athletic director will end with Carla Williams—deputy athletic director at the University of Georgia—being named the replacement to Craig Littlepage.
Here are some reactions from people in the know.
Carla Williams is perfect for #UVa. Strong on academics. Will kill it there.— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) October 21, 2017
Radi Nabulsi is the publisher of UGASports.com, the Rivals site covering Georgia athletics. (Think Brad Franklin, but for the Dawgs.) “Strong on academics” is a good thing for UVA fans trying to figure out who Carla Williams is.
Good for Carla. Groundbreaking hire. https://t.co/nguloMT6AG— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 21, 2017
Dan Wolken covers lots of things for USA Today sports, but especially college football and especially the SEC.
One particular highlight was a set of responses to Wolken’s tweet.
From 1994-2016, I served as the sole ACC female AD. Then Pitt happened. Now UVA? Times, they r a changin'— #1 state fan (@gopacknow) October 21, 2017
Job #1, get the job. Job #2, do well enough to keep it. Best wishes to her (except against )— #1 state fan (@gopacknow) October 21, 2017
That would be none other than legend-in-her-own-right Debbie Yow, the athletic director at NC State (and Maryland before that, from 1994 to 2010). We’ll go ahead and look the other way on Yow’s conditional well wishes.
Congratulation to my college mentor, Carla Williams. Amazing person who can make an immediate impact on the university. https://t.co/7JrFPvUFPm— Angel Robinson (@angelrobinson33) October 21, 2017
Angel Robinson was a four-year letter winner at center for Georgia from 2006 to 2010. She is now a center for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. Williams is a former Bulldog basketball player herself, and had administrative oversight of the women’s basketball program.
And our very own Darius Jennings lent his two cents too.
(Mad props for sourcing your news, too, DJ.)
We won't give you any of the links to the dark corners of the UGA internet that are overjoyed Williams is leaving Athens. The nasty, sexist comments there (e.g., lots of “witch”—and a word that rhymes with it) all center on frustration that Williams wouldn't look the other way and let Georgia football players do whatever they want. Apparently at some schools, that’s seen as a negative.
Sounds like she’ll fit right in here in Charlottesville.