Evans shouldn’t wait to be fired by UGA

Damon Evans wants to keep his job. Surely he must realize that's impossible. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Damon Evans wants to keep his job. Surely he must realize that's impossible. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

The odds already were long against Damon Evans keeping his job as UGA’s athletics director after his DUI arrest this week. But the damning and embarrassing details that surfaced with the release Friday of the Georgia State Patrol incident report pretty well seal the deal.

According to the state trooper who made the arrest, Evans repeatedly invoked his position at UGA to try to avoid being taken into custody, which alone would make it difficult for President Michael Adams to justify keeping Evans at the head of the school’s athletics program. Throw in the widely quoted report of Evans crying uncontrollably and his companion’s red panties in his lap and, well, no institution wants a drunken punchline as its public face, no matter how well he otherwise might have done his job.

Evans, who we now know was less than forthcoming at his press conference the other day, said he wants to keep his job, but if he somehow thinks he’s going to come out of this still as Georgia’s AD, he’s thinking about as clearly as he was when he got into that car with Courtney Fuhrmann.

That’s why, if he really wants to do what’s best for the school where he played football and graduated as well as for himself, Evans won’t wait for Adams to fire him. He’ll resign. Without delay.

And if Evans doesn’t step down right away, Adams doesn’t need to wait for the DUI case to make its way through the courts before acting. It doesn’t really matter whether Evans is convicted of those misdemeanors. He might have been a great financial administrator of the nation’s second most profitable college football program, but that’s only part of the job. The AD also represents the university’s athletics interests to the public, and in that capacity Evans clearly no longer will be able to function effectively.

So one way or the other — through Evans resigning or Adams going ahead and terminating him — this situation needs to be resolved as quickly as possible and an interim AD named, presumably from the UGA Athletic Association staff.

Greg McGarity ought to be considered as the new AD at UGA. (University of Florida)

Greg McGarity ought to be considered as the new AD at UGA. (University of Florida)

Moving ahead in finding a new athletics director, maybe it’s time for UGA finally to call home Greg McGarity, an Athens native who grew up as one of Dan Magill’s tennis brats, graduated from UGA, worked for quite a few years for the UGA Athletic Association and is currently the senior associate athletics director at the ultra successful University of Florida, where he’s worked since 1992.

Quite a few folks in Athens thought McGarity should have had the UGA job back when Evans got it. After what’s transpired this week, it looks like they were right.

What’s happened to Evans is a tragedy for the man himself and especially for his family, even if it’s of his own making. I’m not here to condemn him morally. What we’re talking about is what’s best for the University of Georgia.

Whether Adams hires someone with UGA ties like McGarity or decides to lure an athletics director from another school, one thing is clear: There should be no foot-dragging in bringing the Damon Evans era to an end.

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ruscole

July 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

Well said, Mr. King. The sooner the better, for everyone involved.

bill king is a........

July 3rd, 2010
11:00 am

bill, i have to agree. he should go ahead and step down. we already are on the receiving end of alot of shots taken at us because of the off the field troubles our players get into. And now our damn AD get a freakin DUI. My lord!!! i really hate it for him and his family. but we all have to pay the consequences for our actions and damon is no different than any of the rest of us

Dawgs2010

July 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

He cannot resign. It would put any type of severence pay in hazard. He is hoping for a buyout or something before he leaves.

Personally, I think he is the scum of he earth. His family will never recover from this. They probably had a mortage and a nice big house in Oconee County. Good Schools….Probably Private Schools.

Those kids had everything laid out for them for years to come. They are going to have to move away with their heads lowered in shame. With the loss of the income he was making, they will most likely go to public schools and have to downsize their living arrangements.

The wife will forever be humiliated. No more power dinners and Christmas parties.

It is over.

steve

July 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

He’s going to loose his job and hie wife!!!!

Hal

July 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

I hate to say it,because I was a big Damon fan. It’s not easy replacing VinceDooley, especially during all that turmoil. But he seemed to transition it well. Mend the fences and UGA has flourished. So I say this to Damon, thanks a lot buddy. You really screwed up mine and just about everyone elses dream frigging job. And now you do need to step down. And if not then yes, you should be fired. You’re still a dawg, we’ve all screwed up royally at least once so I do wish you the best just not in such a lofty position. Good luck and go dawgs!

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

July 3rd, 2010
11:19 am

What is Adams waiting on? Fire his behind, too!

CSA

July 3rd, 2010
11:26 am

Many fans held some hopes, however delusional they might have been, that Damon could triumphantly overcome this situation and resume his successful tenure at Georgia. There is simply no way this can happen after the release of the police report, and it’s only going to get worse as the days go on. I assume Adams, the powers-to-be, and attorneys are working on a buyout for Evans so they can get rid of him and keep his mouth shut.

I was as shocked as any other UGA fan to have heard the story, but at this point can’t wait until Georgia moves on with the situation and the anticipation for the 2010 football season once again is the main point of focus among Dawg Nation.

FlaDawg

July 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

Sad but true! I am a fan of the job that Damon had done but he’s thrown away and chance to continure in that capacity. It’s time to step down…sooner than later!

OEJ

July 3rd, 2010
11:37 am

I want to know why is this taking so long to happen. A few have said that they liked Evans, I did too. After this, there is no way he can remain at that position, especially after that police report was released. To be blunt he ###### up, and its his fault. He was man enough to say he was wrong, he should be man enough to resign. Me personally, I forgive him but, I mean does he really expect a second chance

CDawg

July 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

I think Evans was hoping the full details would not be in the police report and is now hoping for a buy-out. His press conference, in which he essentially pulled a John Edwards type of half admission coupled with a B.S. apology, left me without any sympathy for him, just his family.

But can someone please explain why Dr. Adams allowed him to hold a press conference at the University in the president’s absence, with all of the coaches in tow (other than Richt), a day before the police report was to be released?

Must be one heck of a vacation. For someone who is supposedly politically savvy, this was truly stupid.

Evans is not the only one who should be held accountable.

45ACP

July 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

Damon said it best “you drink, you drive, you lose”.
He will lose a half million dollar a year salary and probably a wife and family life.
Very poor decision making on his part.
He should do the right thing now and resign.

Bo in North Carolina

July 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

I’ll bet UGA placed a moral turpitude clause in his contract that covers behavior such as this.

elvisaintdead

July 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

Nice piece, Bill.
Brightsiding this whole thing, at least the floozie was wearing red (and not, say, ORANGE) knickers….

Susan

July 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

As a member of the “Dawg” Nation, if Adams doesn’t fire Evans in the next 24 hours, then Adams needs to get fired. You can’t be seen on the Jumbotron professing against drinking and driving and get a DUI plus getting caught with “her” panties down. I use to think that Evans was intelligent and good as the AD. I wonder if Evans and Vince have spoken since the arrest, It’s time to bring back Vince Dooley as the interim AD. Wouldn’t Adams choke on having to do that. We could always make Richt the interim AD and call up Nick Saban or Herbie to be the head “Dawg”. Personally, UGA could use a lot of new blood including Adams position. I think Adams is a real a$$hole anyway.

Buckhead Bulldog

July 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

Will Adams be able to control McGarity as his personal puppet? Would McGarity want to work for the overbearing bucket of lard? Doubtful!

Barack Da'Blue Obammer

July 3rd, 2010
11:53 am

The incriminating evidence was in Evans lap (red panties) and that spells the death knell for Damon’s career at UGA. He demonstrated an incredible lack of judgement and does not deserve to keep his job. I agree with King, McGarity would make an outstanding AD for Georgia and Adams should approach Greg for the job immediately.

Guys – stop talking about a resignation, it’s not going to happen! If he resigns he forfeits all severance compensation. That would be suicidal and even more stupid than driving around drunk with red panties in his lap.

Dr Evil

July 3rd, 2010
11:54 am

Geez humpers, even I’m not evil enough to think this stuff up.

April – Quarterback competing for starting job arrested for underage consumption. Coach lets him compete for job (some have said he was the best in Spring ball) but then the lewd behavior comes out and St. Richt has to cut him loose.

May – Stud quarterback/diva recruit caught on school property being serviced by a girl. Up for suspension. His Dad, the Reverend Lemay (must be a reverend like Jesse and Al) doesn’t want to talk about it after he previously had multiple pressers to add drama to his son’s recruitment.

June – Married AD arrested for DUI with girl and holding her red panties “sobbing uncontrollably”.

What’s in store for us in July – Richt and Adams spooning each other at a Midtown cafe?

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Karma is in a foul mood after the endzone dances, blackouts, one-fingered salutes, Grambling helmets, and on and on.

UGA laughingstock of the nation!

Blindog

July 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

Tiger Woods called and said hide the golf clubs ,now!!

daslicksta

July 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

Well, looks like Damon could not learn a lesson from Tiger Woods; he has shamed himself, his school and job, but more importantly, his wife and children. How do you explain daddy is a horndog? Fire him without a payout and dare him to go to court over it…

1eyedJack

July 3rd, 2010
11:58 am

I’m as big a homer as there is, but this is indefensible. McGarity is still a Dawg at heart, surely, and would jump at the chance to “go home again”. Fresh ideas from a proven program.

DawginOH

July 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

Great post as always, Bill. This is a great opportunity for some closet cleaning in Athens: fire Adams AND Evans. Bring on the McGarity era!

hop

July 3rd, 2010
12:00 pm

when is dr.adams going to be reviewed with all of the problems uga has experienced since ADAMS has been president.

the harrick deal was the first of many terrible hires than add the tragic handling of vince dooley, who is the best coach and AD georgia has ever had.

now , we have evans who vince did develop but he told adams to wait a few more years,but no adams is too smart to listen to anybody else especially coach dooley.

it is high time that someone light a fuse under the do nothing board of regents to do another complete review of dr.adams.
the embrassment to the university since he has been there warrants complete review!

SEC fan

July 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

Buckhead Bulldog -

I agree with you. Logically, McGarity is too smart to put up with Adams unless his loyalty/ambition/emotion trumps logic.

Seriously, for UGA to prosper this isn’t just a get rid of Evans and all is then fixed. The foundation is rotten. Adams and Leeburn need to go as well.

Barack Da'Blue Obammer

July 3rd, 2010
12:02 pm

Dr. Evil… we live in liberal times where the hypocrisy level has reached mach 11 and the Internet is up everyone’s arse. Fifteen years ago the Mettenberger situation would have never gone in the direction it did. The guy patted some chick on the tush… give me a break, what is America coming to.

LeMay – That’s not UGA’s problem. The kid has only given us a verbal, which means he isn’t wearing a dawg uniform just yet. The coaches can’t control every kid’s actions.

Evans – No question a PR disaster for UGA. However, when the Dawgs go 10-2 and beat Tech again and stomp the Hillbillies from Tennessee, all this will be water under the bridge.

1eyedJack

July 3rd, 2010
12:07 pm

If not McGarity, then make Coach Richt interim while we conduct a thorough and exhausting search.

Dr. Evil

July 3rd, 2010
12:14 pm

Barack Da’Blue Obammer -

Somehow I don’t think this will all be water under the bridge.

If I had kids considering UGA, I’d sure think twice about guiding them there. After reading a few posts on behavior that’s been tacitly overlooked in Athens for years things are a cesspool there – rotten fromn the head down. How can Adams tacitly go along with Leebern’s open infidelity? Look at all the issues Adams has caused (Harrick, Dooley, Herschel, etc).

On the bright side, I’ve just secretly managed to corner the market on red thongs. I just hope Munson can be in Jacksonvilee after UF scores TD after TD saying “look at the panties falling form the sky!”

Herb

July 3rd, 2010
12:19 pm

Maybe he did not have a hankie in his pocket and was using her panties to wipe away the flow of tears. Picture what the Trooper witnessed, the AD of UGA driving in a careless manner, down busy Roswell Road at night, with red panties in his lap.Huh

Barack Da'Blue Obammer

July 3rd, 2010
12:22 pm

Dr. Evil –

Yeah and things in Gainesville are just picture perfect. Urban Oscar Meyer goes on a crying jag because his love affair with Tebow is now over, which broke his poor little heart. The Gators lose 75% of their coaching staff, because their coach says that his family and his health come first, but they all knew they come third. Urban Cryer threatens to kick a local reporters arse on camera. Oh yeah, things are just rosy down in Gainesville, LMAO!!!

Citizen Georgia

July 3rd, 2010
12:25 pm

Well, most of us have been out on the town in Atlanta. The women and men in our fair city, prey on each other. Mr. Evans was on his way to this girls apartment or home to have sex. Her panities were off as a prelude to sex. This young lady was impressed that she was going to have sex with the Athletic Director of the University of Georgia. Everyone of you who are commenting on this issue would have done the same thing, this includes the women. Most of us have on may occasions, we just havn’t got caught. “He who is without sin, may cast the first stone.”

AltamahaDawg

July 3rd, 2010
12:26 pm

I was one that thought we should have hired McGarity. Even if not him, it seemed to me the hiring of Evans, just because he was Dooley’s choice wasn’t as exhaustive of a search as there should have been. BUT I can’t sit here and say “ah ha”. By any accounts Evans did an admirable job, and was a valued representative of UGA in several capacities. I don’t think this episode is exactly something that folks can sit around and I say “It finally comes out after only 20 short years”.

BTW, the Evans era was over the minute that report came out. The exact timing of some official announcement of what we all already know to be true isn’t as important as how its framed and what the plan is going forward.

Davis

July 3rd, 2010
12:38 pm

I will go ahead and admit, before everyone else sounds off, most will think I am a ‘lunatic’, but I assure you I am not. I have long been dismayed and discouraged at the reality of sports being elevated to the realm of a God, and sports personalities lauded, praised and hailed as the second coming! It is sad, when sports and the money, which is the bottom line and numeral uno in the first place, trumps academics, ethics and morals. These people who are presented with more money, power and prestige than they could ever dream up, feel themselves invincible, “nothing is going to happen to ME.” I was always amused at the hypocrisy and stupidity of the old ad, “Don’t drink and drive”. When you consume too much alcohol it removes any sense of reasoning and your ability to make anything nearing a sensible choice. Do they not teach that at UGA? A pitiful world we live in, when a man that had so much going for him, pilots a 2009 BMW in such drunken and stupored circumstances. Didn’t we just lose Jordan Griner, under the same carelessness of a drunken driver? It’s time to address morals and ethics and less ‘dawg nation’, whatever that is supposed to mean, I guess that is UGA English Grammar 000, especially on this 4th of July, when we should be so thankful and aware of our independence. Wake up people, it is already getting too late!

Bill King

July 3rd, 2010
12:40 pm

Citizen Georgia:

What anyone else would have done in the same situation is irrelevant. Evans did it, he got caught, the details came out and he has become a joke. UGA can’t have a joke as its athletics director.

oldfart

July 3rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Hey Citizen, here’s some Bible back at ya’:

For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

Hairy Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

He’s gotta go. The booze is one thing. The woman in the car is quite another.

1eyedJack

July 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

From the movie “Hang ‘em High”

Francis Elroy Duffy, Prisoner: You’re now looking, for the last time, at the mortal body of Francis Elroy Duffy, born to John and Edna Duffy, good, God-fearing folk. Who raised me up to be a good man and a good Christian, and I was a good Christian, a good husband to my beloved wife, good father to my children, who I leave behind, hoping that they, and all you, will learn this here lesson which I leave you with. When you take the devil into your mouth, you’re doomed! For he is lying there in wait for you inside that bottle of whiskey. Waiting for you to take him into your mouth. Waiting to get down into your guts where he can do his devil’s work. Liquor is the most foul, evil thing in this here world. It destroyed good men like myself. It’ll destroy you too. Beer is not much better – it’s slower, cheaper. So take these words of advice. And remember, you heard them from a poor sinner, got no more cause to lie, ’cause he’s going to meet his Maker. Now he’s ready. Well that’s all I’ve got to say.

Down hill

July 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Here’s Georgia’s finish in the Directors’ Cup since 1997
2010 20th
2009 18th
2008 10th
2007 12th
2006 9th
2005 7th
2004 5th
2003 15th
2002 8th
2001 3rd
2000 12th
1999 2nd
1998 7th
1997 28th

Dr. Evil

July 3rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Barack Da’Blue Obammer -

Keep trying to salve your misery boy but don’t try it with Florida. Remember, they’re your daddy .

Let’s see how’d they do in recruitng this past year even with Meyer’s health and coaching promotions? #1 last time I checked.

How are they ranked for upcoming season? Top 5, even after losing 9 players to NFL Draft.

UGA? Unranked.

Go try and talk smack with someone you might be competitive with like UK or Vandy, not your daddy.

FWIW I’m a UA fan. I only wish we could play you this year. I could have an inventory of red panties for the next decade.

Be fair

July 3rd, 2010
1:01 pm

Ya got to give hime a buyout when you fire him, because his wife needs to get something out of this deal. Can anyone here afford a 2.5 millon dollar pair of Red Panties?

JMart

July 3rd, 2010
1:03 pm

I have to agree. I was supportive of Evans and thought he did a fine job, including finding a gem of basketball coach to lead the program. But he screwed up royally and I can’t see any reason he shouldn’t be fired. Its EXTREMELY disappointing.

The one part I take issue with is this “it looks like they were right” comment re” McGarity. What – did they know Evans was a drunk driving, cheater?

Flagboy....

July 3rd, 2010
1:05 pm

Citizen Georgia…. said…..

July 3rd, 2010
12:25 pm

This young lady was impressed that she was going to have sex with the Athletic Director of the University of Georgia. Everyone of you who are commenting on this issue would have done the same thing, this includes the women.

Citizen….I can’t speak for everyone else, But….. Even as a student at Ga. Tech, I’d have sex with Damon… Powerful, strong men are sooooo sexy…… Toodles, FLAGBOY…GT class ‘11…..

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 3rd, 2010
1:07 pm

News flash Capt. Kangaroo, UGA has always be everyone’s “drunken punchline”.

Really, this is all George W’s fault.

Please don’t fire him.
Please don’t fire him.
Please don’t fire him.
Please don’t fire him.
Please don’t fire him.

sissyuga

July 3rd, 2010
1:12 pm

With great power comes great responsibility.

Warhorse

July 3rd, 2010
1:13 pm

Gator fans are having the most fun at the expense of UGA since the only game in Athens, when someone told Spurs that no team had ever scored 50 against the Dawgs. Spurrier responded, “No kidding” and the Gators soon had 53 on the scoreboard in Athens.

But red panties, an attempted bribe of police officer, a river of tears, begging to be taken to a hotel, having his man card confiscated by the Georgia State Patrol — the only thing better is if it turrns out that he used the university credit card to entertain the bimbo at Bones and Beluga.

slow down young pups

July 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Sad day for Mr. Evans and DAWGS at large. Bill you make some great and solid points. Thanks for your inside work. Go DAWGS!

Mr. Bigglesworth

July 3rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Dr. Evil, don’t be too sure that UA and UGA won’t get to play this year.

In the meantime, why don’t you go play with your cat?

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

July 3rd, 2010
1:25 pm

Trust me folks, most Gator fans are just as appalled at this news as you are. Especially those of us living in the state of Georgia. This guy has turned out to be an embarrassment to the entire conference.
Get him gone quickly and let’s all move on to some football!

phillip

July 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

Bill, I’m a Bama fan, and don’t have a dog in the fight, but you are absolutely right. He’s got to go. And McGarity sounds like he would be a fine choice for UGA.

downsouthgabulldog

July 3rd, 2010
1:35 pm

5 min of pleasure=a lifetime of pain

Dr. Evil

July 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Mr. Bigglesworth -

Fat B@$tard has a better chance of outrunning Ingram than UGA playing UA this year. I only wish it could be “Look at all the panties falling from the sky”.

Back to you Loran.

WatsonOne

July 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

He did an admirable job but has broken the trust. Evans must go!