Evans isn’t out of the woods yet

Damon Evans, seen here with Mark Richt, will have to do more than apologize. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Damon Evans, seen here with Mark Richt, will have to do more than apologize. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

So, did Damon Evans do enough in his news conference late Thursday to save his job?

He struck the expected contrite tone, apologized for the shame he has brought on the University of Georgia and his family with his arrest on DUI charges, promised to learn from his “grave, grave” mistake, and thanked UGA President Michael Adams for standing by him.

Somehow, just learning a tough lesson doesn’t seem enough, does it? And it should be noted that Adams said in a statement released by UGA that he “will reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel,” so Evans isn’t out of the woods yet.

Frankly, I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t have to do a lot more than just apologize. UGA athletes arrested on alcohol-related charges must sit out at least 10 percent of a season. If Evans is going to get to keep his job, it would seem only fair that he at the very least forgo that $110,000 salary increase that went into effect today.

Beyond that, some sort of outreach program aimed at restoring his credibility with UGA students, employees and supporters would also seem a must.

And there’s still the possibility that the backwash from all this could result in Evans and/or Adams concluding that he no longer can effectively lead the UGA Athletic Association.

After all, he is in a position of responsibility over more than 600 student athletes at a university that’s put a big emphasis on trying to stem an almost endemic underage drinking problem. And on top of that he was the public face of those don’t-drink-and-drive messages that run on the scoreboard at Sanford Stadium in the fall.

DUI is a hot-button issue. You never know who might be coming over the center line straight at you or one of your loved ones out on the road late at night.

It doesn’t matter that Evans has been an excellent financial steward of the UGA Athletic Association’s $85 million budget since taking over the athletic director’s job six years ago today, managing to keep the program among the few in the country that are highly profitable in tough economic times.

While the bottom line usually rules in modern big-time college football, institutions like the University of Georgia are very sensitive to a public relations nightmare like having Mr. “If You Drink and Drive You Lose” accused of doing exactly what he’s warned UGA fans against.

So when that Atlanta DUI arrest mug shot of Evans looking more than a bit worse for wear hit TV and the Internet Thursday, the odds of him getting out of this with his career intact grew rather long.

All the facts of Evans’ case still aren’t known. And it has yet to be adjudicated. DUI cases don’t always stick, as has been proved this week in Gwinnett County with County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister.

But you’ve got to wonder how a guy like Evans, a graduate of UGA’s prestigious Terry College of Business and one of the youngest ADs in the nation when named to the position at 34, got himself into a situation like this.

Frankly, he seemed so much smarter than that.

461 comments Add your comment

Observer

July 2nd, 2010
1:03 am

But thanks for biting… no pun intended

south georgia dawg

July 2nd, 2010
1:03 am

to quote william shakespeare, ‘out damn spot, out i say’. and a little wuff wuff to ad evans.

Truth

July 2nd, 2010
1:44 am

Guess what people? You have 1 beer, drive, get pulled over and you can be charged and convicted of DUI. It is the biggest scam the police run and it is a shame they prey on the emotions of family victims such as MADD to make a lot of money.

That being said, Damon wasn’t hammered. He just closed his eyes during the mug shot so you all people couldn’t say he had bloodshot eyes when he was sleepy (folks he probably took the picture at 3 or 4AM you would look the same way too last night at that time if you had to take a pic). If you have 1 beer and get pulled over DO NOT TAKE ANY TEST. If you get out the car the cop has already made the decision to arrest you and you are going to jail. At that point the cop is just collecting evidence. YOU SHOULD NEVER BLOW UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. The system is designed to CONVICT you, not adjudicate you. He did the right thing, but the infidelity….. That is where he messed up!

ego gets the better of you

July 2nd, 2010
1:44 am

You know, if the first thing out of his mouth to the arresting officer wasn’t “I’m Rick James, b!tch!” maybe he would have skated.

Of course it’s a totally classless comment, it’s a totally classless situation

the truth...

July 2nd, 2010
1:50 am

Well look at it this way Damon my boy….just be glad you didn’t have as much as Tiger to lose…..

Oh you did ??

Yeah I guess “ALL” is “ALL” isn’t it….

bye bye

Truth

July 2nd, 2010
3:01 am

Realize I never said anything about race. I am a white man.

If you bring up race into this case then you have ulterior motives that skew your view of it.

Damon will beat the DUI because the officer didn’t have probable cause to make the stop. Any DUI attorney worth their weight will beat that.

The infidelity…. There lies his biggest problem.

LMFAO

July 2nd, 2010
3:13 am

There’s no infidelity. Just a female friend that needed a ride home.
The check’s in the mail. I won’t in your mouth. And the Dawgs are going to win the National Championship this year.

BuLLdawg

July 2nd, 2010
3:59 am

Michael F. Adam$’ hands are tied on this one.

The young gal also arrested recently graduated from college in 2005, in the BMW, drunk at Midnight is not related to The University of Georgia, and is a friend of Damon Evans, a married man.

Wonder what his wife thinks of that.

Maybe Coach Richt can make some calls when he gets back from Vacation and can get Damon Evans a job as Athletics Director at Arkansas.

Or, maybe as Director of Player Personnel Development for Paul Johnson at Georgia tek.

Party School Ranking just went way up with photos from the soon to be released video hit the Internet of the how DRUNK AS A SKUNK the gal was, not involved with UGA according to Damon but a friend. Got that Damon.

SCANDAL is the gal.

FULMER CUP STANDINGS have been released and UGA, who is # 4 All-Time, has gotten WAY WORSE.

At UGA, Michael F. Adam$ hires a AD who runs around with recent college grads as a 40 something himself at Midnight 4th of July Weekend, whom Damon says is a friend and not involved with anything at The University of Georgia

DRUNK AS A SKUNK refusing breathalyzer test.

You drink you drive you lose video on 1st blush can never be played again, but actually it should continue here at UGA long after Damon Evans is gone – same video.

Now, on to the recent college coed with the big umm…

“We just seem to have had a lot of bad things happen in the last two and a half years, on the field and off.” by T Kyle King on Jul 1, 2010 7:23 PM EDT.

No wonder we have all these arrest issues and no wonder our football program and all the other programs have fallen off the face of the earth as his tenure endures. Perhaps now Michael F. Adam$ will hire as Our Athletics Director in charge of all our Coaches and all our Student-Athletes, someone who has

ACTUALLY COACHED BEFORE.

You cannot suspend the person who is in CHARGE.

ugakev

July 2nd, 2010
4:37 am

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Notso Fast

July 2nd, 2010
5:08 am

He needs to go. He is the AD at the U Of Ga. This is the position of leadership to a lot of young men and women. DWI at midnight with a “friend”? When was the last time you were out after midnight with a lady friend and your wife was at home. Doesn’t happen a lot. Good man, done bad ,should be gone.

Jeff

July 2nd, 2010
5:54 am

A DUI would cost me my job. Why should he be shown any diffrence. Oh wait I know why…..

Jeff

July 2nd, 2010
6:01 am

Observer your an Idiot !

DoravilleDawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:09 am

Food for thought: there was a man named GW Bush who had a DUI, admitted to it, apologized for it, and later became the leader of the free world for 8 years.

DamageControlDawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:14 am

Dude has to go. Sooner or later, Chicky Baby will either talk, write a book, or receive UGA funds to keep her silence. This has to end right now.

DamageControlDawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:20 am

@ DoravilleDawg …And start two wars.

BuLLdawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:20 am

Dawgs BUI is calling for SUPPORT of Damon Evans

based upon his statements that he is a cheater, a married cheater

and based upon the usual EXCUSES

what a tangled web he posts across the Internet

no 1 year suspension of license was the 1st

now, even, he will get off scott-free

I am sorry; he cannot.

Too visible. Has to go down.

Without the gal, maybe not even then

with the stank he calls her, no way

And, what is this crap he has done such a great job Dawgs BUI ?

71 percent

71 % of us thousands upon thousands and 71% say FIRE

Here is my reasoning :

(1) Cheater, married cheater
(2) no Indoor Practice Field
(3) no gym more than 10,000 seats

BuLLdawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:23 am

(4) 2 & 3 because only cash, no 30-yr mortgage
(5) bad financial decisions 2, 3 and 4
(6) NEVER BEEN COACH, AD ? Good Lord
(7) Michael F. Adam$ hired him before he was ready
(8) State Troopers have video of the gal ranting repeatedly
(9) 8 is only going to get worse when that hits Internet
(10) Midnight Roswell Rd, wife 2 hours away
(11) Where was he going ?
(12) Drive all the way home, DRUNK ?
(13) He was going to HER PLACE
(14) should have waited to today for a Presser
(15) pictures show mugshot DRUNK, Press Conference too
(16) Presser said “friends”
(17) “just” will be justification for gal to come forward
(18) Video at every Sanford Stadium Event by Evans
(19) Fulmer Cup

Southside Dawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:24 am

I feel for his family but Evans has to go. Evans showed stupidity beyond belief. No one is perfect but then few are AD at a major school. How can he have any respect from the players or coaches? It is one thing to have some drinks on the golf course and get arrested going home. It is something quite different and seedy to be caught drunk with a single young chick late at night.

BuLLdawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:44 am

(28) “We just seem to have had a lot of bad things happen in the last two and a half years, on the field and off.” by T Kyle King on Jul 1, 2010 7:23 PM EDT.

BuLLdawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:45 am

(24) Loose Discipline of Damon Evans Era
(25) Declining everything in every sport Damon Evans Era
(26) His big $ 3 million dollar contract started AFTER arrest
(27) he REFUSED breathalyzer, this is serious breach of conduct

c

July 2nd, 2010
6:47 am

it will be a disgrace if he stays…
everything about Evans actions were disgraceful and willnot be forgotten

cordele,ga

July 2nd, 2010
6:58 am

If Damon Evans is still the AD of the UGA at the night of business today , then all of the alumni (including) should reconsider our contributions. Damon’s not a bad guy just a hypocrite that got caught and well as they say “if you play you pay”!! ,,,, it’s time to pay up son and go ahead and resign while you have some trace of dignity left and son I mean juat a small trace ! ps. the new governor should take Adams out packing on his A@@#$@#@ asap . after the elections..

snoop dawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:58 am

most importantly, what in THE hell was a brother doing at a sting concert?!?!

JimDawg

July 2nd, 2010
7:02 am

Dr. Adams should terminate Evans immediately. The sooner he gets Evans off the news, the sooner UGA repairs its public image. This is no time for a committee meeting.

hop

July 2nd, 2010
7:08 am

it is amazing that evans is asking for special consideration from adams and the the university,but none was given by him when he FIRED THE THREE STAFF PERSONNEL that did not do anything wrong.

his excuse was i want to build my own team,what BS excuse that is.

mow, that the tables are turned despite his own actions of bad decisions, he wants mercy extended to himself now.

none was extended to georgia athletes, with meth being the latest or the loyal staff people fired,but now that damon broke the law(S),dishonored his family and the university.

mr.evans wants special conderation given to him now, what a joke.

FLA DAWG

July 2nd, 2010
7:09 am

If this is the example UGA Athletes have to look up to then no wonder we’ve had so many in trouble.
This drunk, wife – cheating gentleman should have resigned. Now the spotlight is on Adams to do the right thing………………Fire Him Now!

GoDOGS1

July 2nd, 2010
7:10 am

I’m sure the POS Sonny Perdue will converse with the POS Michael Adams to figure what is best for them and the POS BoRegents. I would not expect anything less from MAdams then to torch Damon. Adams is always looking out for his image because he is such a fake POS, he can’t lead any othe way.

Damon got the job to be Adams puppet, so now he must face Satan one on one. Adams will always defer to what is best for HIM, not Damon, not the students, not the faculty…..just Michael Adams.

RGP

July 2nd, 2010
7:13 am

Damon and Tiger should be co-recipients of the Big Dummy award. How stupid can you be?

JimDawg

July 2nd, 2010
7:17 am

GoDOGS1, you are wrong about Dr. Adams.

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July 2nd, 2010
7:25 am

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GoDOGS1

July 2nd, 2010
7:26 am

JimDawg- Oh Really! Jim Harrick? VDooley? Restasis Vet Dr.? Leeburn? Archway Foundation? I can on and on if you wish? He is a political player(BS artist) not a leader.

What am I ‘wrong’ about regarding MA? Do tell….I think your belief of him is in the minority of UGA supporters, but I’m willing to listen about his merits. Whatcha got?

What??

July 2nd, 2010
7:27 am

He has to go!!!

DUI, and cheating on his wife and family.

This man has no right holding his position. One that requires ethics and integrity.

Fire him already!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rosezee

July 2nd, 2010
7:27 am

Any person that does what he did and says that they “will reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel,” can’t be too sorry.

Regardless, it will be an even bigger disgrace if UGA lets him stay.

Mikey in SAV

July 2nd, 2010
7:30 am

This is why I respect CMR so much. we would never hear anything like this about him…or Coach Dooley for that matter. Evans was too young and immature for this responsibility 6 years ago and obviously he still is.
Fire him today and lets move on.

glen

July 2nd, 2010
7:30 am

Surely Mr. 2009 BMW won’t be allowed to sweet talk his way out of this PR nightmare.
Imagine the boos at halftime when his name is announced. Not to mention the future alchohol disciplinary problems that allways crop up with athletes. In addition to producing, my company states employees must also obey the law to retain employment. Athens Banner Herald: 2009 BMW for sale.

Diamonds are

July 2nd, 2010
7:31 am

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Diamonds are Forever

July 2nd, 2010
7:33 am

Bling and cha – ching $$$$$$$……. it helps Mr. Damon !

Office for Highway Safety

July 2nd, 2010
7:36 am

Operation Zero Tolerance means ZERO Tolerance,
including Damon Evans, the Don’t Drink and Drive Spokesman.

(especially with a 28 year old drunk woman all over your lap).

Roll Tide

July 2nd, 2010
7:41 am

Thank God Goober Perdue will be gone. Get rid of Adams. and Evans. For God’s sake try like hell to remove Leebern the liquor peddler from the board of regents, and to protect our children from slime like Perdue, Adams and Leebern, DO NOT ALLOW any person WITH A MODICUM OF INTEREST IN THE LIQUOR INDUSTRY TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF REGENTS. Their influence over the university leads to an incredible conflict of interest and puts young college students at a tremendous risk! But what do Perdue, Adams and LEebern the poison peddler care. They get to walk around like BIG “BIDNESS” men while our youngsters struggle with alcohol abuse. What a slimy State. What a slimy University. Where’s the Lysol.

Urban Meyer

July 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

It’s getting worse in Athens, Damon Evans wife was spotted receiving golf lesson from Elin Nordegren (Tiger Woods soon to be Ex-wife).

Riding around in Buckhead drinking with a young woman late at night

July 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

The Flagship University needs to lower the flag to half-mast until Damon Evans is FIRED.

Jacket Man

July 2nd, 2010
7:45 am

Typical of the inbreds in Athens. The program and this writer are a joke.

DUI & Dishonesty too

July 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

Athletic Director Damon Evans LIED about his inappropriate relationship with the young woman.
……….”Just a Friend” ……..come on Damon.

Gen Neyland

July 2nd, 2010
7:54 am

UGA fans and athletes have my sympathy for this situation unfolding beyond their control. Damon Evans does not have my sympathy for creating it.

Herschel Talker

July 2nd, 2010
7:55 am

Fire this scumbag ASAP. Damon Evans is a piece of garbage and needs to be jettisoned immediately.

minnesota dawg

July 2nd, 2010
8:00 am

Those in leadership are always judged by a higher standard whether they like it or not. They are not perfect and should not be expected to be, but when it involves endangering other lives or losing credibility, he should step down in order to send a message to those under him. On the other hand, if he submits to his authorities and shows others he is willing to do anything to get his good name back, I’m for that. It will be hard though to do that with the way the news media is. They always like a good scandal and are willing to milk it for all it’s worth until a person is worse than he really is.

minnesota dawg

July 2nd, 2010
8:06 am

If it is true that he cheated on his wife, he does need to step down. It would be better for the University and would also show his wife that he means business about rebuilding his marriage.

DiggidyDawg

July 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE!!!……………Cast your vote for new Athletic Director of the University of Georgia:
1 Tammy Mettenberger
2 Tammy Mettenberger
3 Tammy Mettenberger
4 Anyone else?

Mr. Wiggles

July 2nd, 2010
8:18 am

She was just a friend…. I promise !

Sad Richards

July 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

This is another embarrassing moment for Georgia athletics. The police report is going to be released soon and it not going to be very becoming from what I’ve heard.