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

jp

July 2nd, 2010
10:28 pm

gaytor guy it is funny that you seem to think football started in 1990 i have not heard you comment on all of the games before 1990 bc it was the other way around . who has won more in the series not the gaytors. move back to new jersey you punk

Billy O

July 2nd, 2010
11:02 pm

If Damon truly loves UGA he will resign immediately. He did not make a mistake….he made several really bad choices. This type of behavior is unacceptable. Damon….do the right thing….show some character….show some integrity…..resign now.

cmac

July 2nd, 2010
11:20 pm

FIRE HIM! He can no longer lead & is undeserving of the money he is making. Add to it that he is morally corrupt & it is not a hard decision! Driving drunk at 11:55 pm, away from home with a 28 year olds’ panties in his lap!! CAN HIS ASS!

Chris

July 2nd, 2010
11:26 pm

This is truly social justice at it’s best.

Excuses

July 2nd, 2010
11:30 pm

i have not heard you comment on all of the games before 1990 bc it was the other way around . who has won more in the series not the gaytors.

Typical loser mentality. Nobody cares about who won a football game 30 freaking years ago. The fact is Georgia continues to underachieve against Florida. Florida continues to stomp Georgia every single year. Stop making excuses.

Michael

July 3rd, 2010
1:23 am

Is DUI a bad thing? Yes. Is it something that almost all of us do at one time or another? Sadly, yes. Should we ruin a great young man’s career over it? I don’t think so. After all, we are a nation of forgivers, and Damon has shown us nothing but good things so far. Everyone makes mistakes, but few of us have to pay a huge price for them. I don’t see how this mistake makes him a lesser AD…and in fact I think the lessons learned from this can only help him personally and professionally. Sometimes we have to get caught before we decide that the actions we have or were taking are not in our best interest. Who’s to say that other great ADs or coaches, players, whatever…haven’t been in similar situations but not caught? The justice system is designed to help us learn a lesson…not to ruin our lives.

oldfart

July 3rd, 2010
1:33 am

No way for him to stay now after the release of the police report but if you think that’s something wait for the carnage after the dashboard camera video hits the airwaves. He really should resign to avoid further embarrassment to the University and his family. I thought he was smarter than this as well and while I’m just as human he cannot continue in the role of a school’s administrator. Hopefully for him a pro team will need a good front office guy and he will get a chance at redemption but at the college level he’s toast.

Hobnail Boot

July 3rd, 2010
5:12 am

Red. Not a bad idea

Hobnail Boot

July 3rd, 2010
5:14 am

Damon has to go period.

'65 Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
5:28 am

It’s really too very simple; Damon must be fired!

Paddy

July 3rd, 2010
7:09 am

georgiadawg…….. you say nothing will happen to DE because of politics. For politics to enter into this equation DE must have cashe! He has none. Politics will enter this picture but not on the side of the UGA AD. DE didn’t make a mistake he made a decision, big difference! After the police report he is toast! And PLEASE, don’t cry when arrested. Not the leader we thought we had!

Mtn. Man

July 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

Even great athletic ability guys find it difficult to maintain lanes, WITH ONE HAND BUSY! Multi- tasking while driving does have it,s limitations…….maybe the new Texting while driving law needs a new provision……just sayen! BTW, any guess about how his GOLDEN PARACHUTE applies here? This example of “GOOD DRUNK- BAD DRUNK” act sure failed to bring about a favorable outcome……kuddos,to the arresting officer! BYE-BYE Damon!………. Mtn. Man

Zoom

July 3rd, 2010
7:47 am

Isn’t GA. Southern where all the stupid party girls & guys go to who can’t get into UGA or GT?

Reality

July 3rd, 2010
7:49 am

Discipline starts at the top. Character of the President reflects on the Athletic Director, Football Coach, players, etc…. Cut out the cancer and move on.

Reality

July 3rd, 2010
7:53 am

“UGA’s prestigious Terry College of Business “……..that’s agood one Bill…hilarious!

GoDOGS1

July 3rd, 2010
7:54 am

Reality- AGREE 100%! Get rid of the fat, pink pig Adams. What a diisgrace the POS is. All problems/issues point directly back to MAdams. Such a scum bucket.

Winfield J. Abbe

July 3rd, 2010
8:18 am

“. He earned two degrees from the University of Georgia, receiving a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1992 and a master’s of education in sports management in 1994.” Mr. Evans’ degrees from UGA.

”But just before he was booked into Atlanta City Jail on a DUI charge, Evans was “crying uncontrollably,” said Trooper M. Cabe, who pulled over Evans’ 2009 BMW after he meandered across the center line of Roswell Road near Chastain Drive at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday.”
Quoted from the article: “Incident report: Evans tried to bargain his way out of DUI arrest”
By Christian Boone, Atlanta Constitution, July 2, 2010. http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/incident-report-evans-tried-563333.html

The Athletic Director of UGA makes over half a million dollars a year. He has two degrees awarded from UGA as documented above from the website.

UGA constantly brags that it is a “flagship” institution, a “research university of national repute” and numerous other unjustified but glowing statements promoting it and its sports programs. Only one sided propaganda are mostly posted and written about it, but rarely any negative true facts dlsputing that propaganda.
The above quoted statement from the AJC article is an example of the character of this two time degree winner, Mr. Damon Evans, from UGA who earns over half a million dollars a year while many less fortunate individuals have lost their homes, jobs and are on public welfare.

Repeated propaganda by the chief propagandist Tom Jackson and his many henchmen and henchwomen at UGA have the effect of brainwashing a gullible and unwitting public with lies rather than the sordid truth about its failed programs.

UGA is a corrupt cesspool, and part of the truth of it is the sorry quotation from this individual above who was awarded not one but two degrees from this sordid institution, all corrupted by the commercial sports program which must be removed from public property immediately.

The officials at UGA would have the gullible public believe that Mr. Evans was some kind of saint, when in fact, he is a cowardly loser seeking to have an officer of the law look the other way to his transgressions so he doesn’t receive any bad publicity which might contradict the constant barrage of propaganda from the office of Mr. Jackson.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said we should evaluate people for the quality of their character, not the color of their skin. Evidently the UGA Athletic Assn., headed by UGA president Adams, did not follow this dictum and even UGA did not award degrees on such a basis since it is very likely this is not the first time such improper conduct has been covered up.

UGA is a corrupt cesspool. Shame, shame , shame on you Tom Jackson and others for seeking to fool the gullible members of the public and taxpayers who foot the bill for this public disgrace of an institution. The problems of Mr. Evans are only a small part of a much larger problem of lack of credibility of this failed institution. Many other sordid examples could be provided too. One can be sure that the entire incident report on the arrest of the Athletic Director will not be posted by Tom Jackson front and center on the UGA website forever for all to see and “brag” about will it?
Winfield J. Abbe
A.B., Physics, UC Berkeley, 1961
M.S., Physics, California State University at Los Angeles, 1962
Ph.D., Physics, UC Riverside, 1966
P.S. Notice also the deafening silence of the thousands of UGA professors in departments from law to history, from journalism to biology, from mathematics to agriculture, from physics to physical education. Cowardly, blatant, insidious, lying silence. Shame, shame, shame on all of you gutless cowards who might as well also be bought and paid for with dirty money.

Winfield J. Abbe

July 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

The other day the AJC had an article describing how a Superior Court Judge in Georgia was caught having sex with a public defender in a car in an abandoned subdivision about two years ago.
Do you know where that judge went to school? He is a graduate of Terry College at UGA and the UGA law school., even a former Air Force Colonel! People have been brainwashed by the lies about this sordid, disgusting institution.
By the way, both of them resigned and, so far as I know, no punishment has been dispensed to them although there were over 200 cases before this judge and public defender after this incident and they violated all meaningless ethical rules with impunity. This is what the dumbed down public gets for allowing corrupt judicial officials to police themselves.
In the corrupt state of Georgia, all citizens are considered suspects and criminals before the fact; but judges and lawyers are virtually never called to account for their crimes against citizens and society, mostly in secret.

Krogunner

July 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Fire Damon Evans and maybe he can take CMR with him. Maybe a new AD will go out and get a coach that can take us to the next level and compete with Florida.

GaGator

July 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

You are so right Krogunner, you need some one from a winning (National Championships)
program. I also think Adams should be fired along with Evans and put Richt on a very short leash.

Red Panties

July 3rd, 2010
8:46 am

Adams must be taking lessions in leadership from obama. obama thought
it was more important to stay in DC and do what he does best, blame other people and give speeches. The crisis began on April 20th and obama
finally had time to visit the site May 28th. You don’t want to know all the “social” events he had plenty of time to attend.

Oh, I forgot obama doesn’t get involved in a crisis
until Rahm Emanuel figures out to use it to gain more government control. In Rahm’s unforgettable words, “ you never want a crisis to go to waste.”

Now a bomb explodes in Athens and Adam’s thinks it’s more important
to remain on vacation than to return to Athens and take charge of this bomb shell.
Ok Mike, you don’t need to come back to Athens to do half your job, just let your fingers do the walking, call Damon and tell him you are outa here MF.

More important than firing Evans, Adams needs to be in Athens having his staff
compile of candidates for AD. Adams needs to be there making calls to see who is available that he SHOULD know personally. But that’s just me.

ngadawg

July 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

I would wager ALL of the skeletons will be falling all over themselves to get out of the closet at this point! You are kidding yourselves if you believe this is a one time matter……….history doth tend to repeat itself. Go back to what was hushed up not long after he took the job. Guess things that happen in Athens stay in Athens. LOL! Loyal Dawg fan and alum…..but this is a total disgrace that they should have seen coming. Have spent my last dime on that University unless he is gone!

dagnabit

July 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

Ask the folks in the governor’s office if a DUI is grounds for firing Damon.

bamadawg

July 3rd, 2010
9:32 am

So, now we learn we have the Tiger Woods of AD’s at UGA…

Best Buy/Geek Squad 40k employee

July 3rd, 2010
9:35 am

Winfield J. Abbe – What’s wrong there pudding cakes, UGA wouldn’t hire your L O S E R azz? Get outta here, gaygoober!

Gt4ever

July 3rd, 2010
9:41 am

Well, I mean……. Dr Abbe says it all….. It started a very long time ago, sir. His name was Vince Dooley, corrupt to the core, win at all cost attitude. That mentality has permeated UGA for years and years…..

Geek orgy

July 3rd, 2010
9:48 am

Yea….and Bobby Dodd is a ‘winner’.? Blah ha ha ha. Wake you hypocritical BSers. Good ole Dodd was gambling fool who lost all his money, and if it was not for some big hearted GT people, Bobby would have been a homeless, drunken fool. Put that in your pipe, and smoke it

Roy from Hahira

July 3rd, 2010
9:49 am

Sung to the tune of “Pants on the Ground”…

Panties in your lap, Panties in your lap, Lookin’ like a fool with panties in your lap

Gt4ever

July 3rd, 2010
9:51 am

Geek orgy
Your a total IDIOT! Count the number of NCAA infractions that Bobby Dodd had and compare, MORON! I’m not even talking about the Jan Kemp debacle, that you Dawg fans seem to have selective memory. Good Grief, go back and drink another PBR….

Evans’ contract calls for firing for felony or crime of moral turpitude (w/contract)

July 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Geek orgt

July 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Gt4ever – Great come back, jack azz. Dodd was total scum. Lets count the number total number of infractions that GT has the last 20 years if thta is the gaygame you typically play? IDIOT! Good grief, roll over and rub your boyfriend’s shoulders, again….

Spike

July 3rd, 2010
10:45 am

Where do I fax my resume for UGA AD?

oldfart

July 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

Uh, Geek. Trying to deflect this embarrassment by attacking with innuendos on a long dead rival doesn’t cut it. Shall we dredge up Wally Butts’ drunken womanizing or the real reasons Dooley chose not to run for governor?

You cannot erase the fact that this police report is such a total embarrassment to the University that Evans has to go and as I stated elsewhere if you think the report is damning wait for the dashboard camera video to hit the airwaves. He is done at the college level. As a fellow human being and being imperfect myself I hope he gets a chance for redemption elsewhere but I just can’t see any school that wants to be perceived as an institute of higher learning hiring him as an administrator.

reuniondawg

July 3rd, 2010
11:08 am

He needs to be relived of his duties as Athletic Director. We cannot have an AD who does not practice what he preaches. He can no longer do a PSA against drinking and driving. He can no longer be a effective leader for our student athletes as they will be able to challenge his integrity and know that they one up him in that category. He simply screwed up while in a high stake position that depends on all of its players making smart decisions and limiting their risk/exposure at all times.

Billy

July 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

So Bill’s solution is to basically sweep it under the rug. How did I know that was coming? Yes, forgo your undeserved salary increase the the financially strapped university never should have given you in the first place. Then a year or two down the road, when no one is looking, you get it back. Seems entirely fair and consistent win at all cost M. Adams lives by.

Bill King

July 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

Billy:
Check the latest blog.

Tide Rising

July 3rd, 2010
1:30 pm

Bill,

You have no choice. If Bama fired Mike Price for less serious transgressions in which no laws were broken then Adams has to fire Evans as in yesterday to avoid further embarrassment to a fine school like UGA. His conduct is not worthy of a program like UGA and he has to go. Otherwise if he is kept other programs and rival fans will look at Georgia as the laughingstock of the SEC. Can’t you just see UF and Auburn and UT fans placing red panties on the tops of poles and showing them at games to further humiliate UGA?

GATORSTUD

July 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

With the beat downs the gators have put on the bullpups the last few years, i’m surpirsed he isn’t doing heroin. a little drinking and driving, cheating on the wife, bribing a cop and crying his eyes out are all understandable under the circumstances.

Geek Orgy

July 3rd, 2010
2:02 pm

oldfart- I wasn’t ‘deflecting’, stupid azz. I was making a factual statement.

BIG BEE

July 3rd, 2010
2:58 pm

Hey BIGTIME, look again, not Atl. or Fulton Police made this pinch, but Ga. State Trooper. Why don’t you try to find out if he was CPJ body guard at games? Run Stupid, run.

BIG BEE

July 3rd, 2010
3:04 pm

GREEK, just goes to show that you should not talk about things that you know nothing about. ‘course that leaves you with NOTHING to talk about.

CantonAU

July 3rd, 2010
3:12 pm

Honestly, that ill advised press conference probably did more harm than good. Now that the details of the arrest are out, it makes Mr. Evans look defiant if anything. He must have been too drunk to realize his behavior or thought the police wouldn’t release the report. Heck, I don’t know what he was thinking but whomever allowed the press conference needs to be reprimanded as well!

“Just a Friend” my foot. I won’t believe it if the Georgia people don’t demand him gone by Sunday evening. What’s with this president, anyway? Vacation? The school is obviously in a crisis- get your booty back and handle it, IMMEDIATELY. I can’t believe the proud Georgia folk are tolerating this mess one bit.

I'm just saying....

July 3rd, 2010
3:26 pm

No Zoom…Georgia Southern is where the stupid people go who can’t afford to go to ugump…intelligence and ugump have nothing in common…just look at the AD

2HLLWGA

July 3rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Every game that UGA plays in any sport will have red panties thrown on the field. UGA needs to do the right thing and fire him.

JDW

July 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

Given the political correctness run amuck of today Evans probably won’t be able to keep his job. This is just the modern day equivalent of hunting witches. Today’s witch’s make mistakes and are crucified at the altar of hypocrisy by the holier than thou mobs. BTW Mark Bradley, do you want us to really believe that you have never driven a car when you might have had just one too many? How about the rest of you? Is it a smart thing to do…of course not. You should pay the penalty, suffer a bit of embarrassment and learn from your mistake. You should not have to commit career Hari Kari. But no in today’s world we just can’t have that sort of behavior from an AD, now if you want to be a Republican President that is a horse of a different color.

uga student

July 3rd, 2010
5:09 pm

More embarrassing than the fact that we now know our admins are human, is the fact that I come on here and see old men slinging the mud and bringing down the names of their own university that he supports.

Do you men, or little boys rather from the way you are acting, realize how DUMB you sound? So childish…

The fact is, you folks that state “I am not donating anymore” probably don’t donate to begin with, and if you do, you should use the brain given to you and realize that Damon Evans trashed the University, and the University did not trash him. Now, if in the upcoming days our admins decide to keep him, then yes, you can be upset enough to stop your donations. But, to say you are stopping donations because a single man made a decision that you are letting define the whole school for you, is very small minded. I seriously doubt my medical school acceptance will be denied because Damon Evans brought down the quality of my education.

You can keep your money if you can’t think for yourself.

For all the folks supporting other schools, your rivalry disgusts me, and if you can’t think for yourself, and you believe your school is flawless and without blame, then you have wasted many years of life not learning to be rational.

These comments disgusts me, and I am not not embarrassed to wear red and black because I know that one man’s decisions in a higher position than my graduate studies, does not define who I am as a student. Call me a mutt, call me inbred, call me what you may, but when you continue to act like a bunch of child bullies on a playground, I will be sure to call you to my office when it is time for your pap smear. Grow up, because we sure are doing a better job than you are.

uga student

July 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

I’m just saying….
July 3rd, 2010
3:26 pm

And you think the AD has anything to do with our intelligence? You have got to be kidding me.

UGA fan in TN

July 3rd, 2010
5:57 pm

What a sad day for Georgia. Damon and UGA have been a big running joke on sports talk radio shows in Nashville for the past 3 days. Adams needs to end this ASAP, and put distance between the University and Evans. To do so makes this much more of a Damon Evans issue and less of a UGA issue. The longer he remains the AD, the bigger the “black cloud” becomes. I agree this is an opportinity for him to improve as a person. He will have to do that somewhere else. He has lost his ability to effectively lead at UGA.
Damon please resign and save UGA and it’s fans further shame. Your work here is done.

Mark

July 3rd, 2010
9:54 pm

Damon, was the tryst with the Fuhrmann chick really worth a half million a year? You could’ve done a whole lot better than that. Live and learn. Looks like more Fuhrmann-type chicks for you down the road. maybe. unless you become born again. then who knows.

UGA fans are so ...

July 3rd, 2010
10:31 pm

To compare this case to Gwinnett County Commissioner Charles Bannister is absurd. Mr. Bannister denied driving under the influence. Your boy Damon all but confessed to a DUI. Besides, Mr. Bannister had no one in the car with him. As we all know, Damon had a woman that was NOT his wife. Someone in Gwinnett had it out for Mr. Bannister, but Damon did this all by himself.