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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Ms. Bulldawg

July 3rd, 2010
6:08 pm

I, for one, am ready to join the protesters who gather at the Arch on an almost daily basis. My sign will read “Adams must GO!” Anyone want to join me?

elviskl

July 3rd, 2010
6:10 pm

if i could only get my wife to take her panties off, no matter the color

findthemorons

July 3rd, 2010
6:14 pm

No way, no how can this former success story can keep his job. The one constant here however is Adams. Will he really fire Evans? Does Evans have what it takes to eliminate this problem? I not so sure. Will this become the humanity event of the year with the makeover of Evens? My only remaining question is doesn’t all men ride around with red underwear on their lap and breakdown and cry, beg, and use your position as the AD at UGA to get out of a DUI. That’s right, there is only one AD at UGA at a time.

Tim

July 3rd, 2010
6:24 pm

What I find interesting is that UGA fans generally have a good laugh at other schools in similar situations. It doesn’t feel so great that everyone else is having a big laugh at your expense.

catlady

July 3rd, 2010
6:26 pm

I am guessing Dr. I’m in Charge Here Adams is going to try to hide behind the board and say he had to wait until he could convene them when he gets back from his trip. And then he could say the board does not agree to let Evans go.

Does Evans have (as the rest of us state employees do, a morals clause that would terminate his contract without the severance?

clemcudtlhopr

July 3rd, 2010
6:31 pm

Make Adams fire him, then take it to the courts. That is the way, the people in this f in country are now!

Buckhead Bulldog

July 3rd, 2010
6:37 pm

catlady- this link was already posted earlier…read it. It will answer the question you keep asking about his contract.

http://www.redandblack.com/2010/07/03/evans-contract-calls-for-firing-for-felony-or-crime-of-moral-turpitude-wcontract/

And yes, in my opinion, the sooner Adams is relieved of his postion at UGA, the sooner UGA will improve across the board

Ed

July 3rd, 2010
6:38 pm

“they haven’t won a title in 30 years”

Really? Do ‘81, ‘82, ‘02 and ‘05 count, Get Real?

Donna

July 3rd, 2010
6:39 pm

Please take immediate action President Adams. As an educator and an alumni of UGA it behooves the children of Ga. to see that UGA officials will implement ‘zero tolerance.’
Actions speak much louder than words.It’s not ‘zero’ + 1…pass. Do the right thing and be an example for our children.My son attended Terry College and I am proud of his accomplishments.I know that if Evans is allowed to work with our students in any capacity than it will always be a disgrace for UGA.
Don’t allow the lawyers and money to win over integrity and honesty…our children are watching!

TROTTINGHOME

July 3rd, 2010
6:53 pm

What a skunk …picking his predecessor before he gets fired…truly you are not the one I will pick for my eulogy.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 3rd, 2010
6:55 pm

SORRY GUYS THIS COULD BE A DUMB ?, WHY DOES UGA USE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC WHEN IT WAS USED BY THE YANKEES AGAINST THE SOUTH IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHRON INDEPENDENCE?

ONELOVE GA
GO DAWGS!

DawginBama

July 3rd, 2010
6:56 pm

Be somewhat patient dog fans. Evans had a contract and Adams is actually being smart for once. Give the lawyers the weekend to make sure he can be fired for cause and owed nothing as well as make sure there are no loopholes where Evans could sue for not receiving a buyout. This happens when dealing with a position that receives a contract. If this were someone lower down the food chain like a trainer or such, they would have just terminated employment as GA is a right to work state, but with a contract involved, having lawyers take a good thorough look is the smart move.

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 3rd, 2010
7:04 pm

Dognation looking real stupid! Adams has to be next to go.

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Red Panties

July 3rd, 2010
7:07 pm

I suggested yesterday that UGA look to a winning program( National Championships) and
the irony of looking to an asst AD at the University of Florida is just to rich. But I must admit it is one good idea. I’ve got one more idea, you should proably go after Florida’s vice President and really get UGA moving in the right direction and then put Richt on a short leash.

I saw this in a Florida paper—-cute:

Mike Bianchi SPORTS COMMENTARY
7:58 p.m. EDT, July 2, 2010

Did you see where University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans was arrested for DUI? And did you see his police mugshot? Geez, I thought I was looking at Uga VII. If only legendary Georgia radio voice Larry Munson were around to announce Evans’ escapades. I can just hear Munson now: “Damon Evans is on beer No. 5, he’s on No. 10, 15, 20 — Damon Evans – 25, 30, 35, Drink Damon! 40, 45, 50 – Damon Evans! Damon Evans! Damon Evans!” …

OMG, I wonder what this guy will say when he learns about the red
panties

Red Panties

July 3rd, 2010
7:10 pm

Florida VP to replace Adams that is. Adams has zero leadership and should have demanded Evans resignation or been fired as soon as the police report hit the inter-net.

Lifelong Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
7:22 pm

I was against his hiring, but he showed himself to be a capable administrator. What the University SHOULD do is bring Vince Dooley back on an interim basis until they can get a permanent replacement. That way Adams can save a little face for the way he treated Dooley when he showed him the door last time.

Chad

July 3rd, 2010
7:23 pm

You can see how hungover he is from the picture in this blog.

Red Panties

July 3rd, 2010
7:24 pm

Friday night, both Leno and Lettrman had re-runs. That means they and their writers have
four days to work on this humiliating episode. You can bet they will not have just a 1 liner,
he!!, they could do 15-20 minutes with this material. I think they come back live Tuesday night, so Wednesday will be the brunt of many, many jokes.

oscar myer

July 3rd, 2010
7:30 pm

Who shot J.R.?

Jack Bates

July 3rd, 2010
7:31 pm

Very well put my friend. This is exactly what the situation calls for….quick, corrective action.

UGA ALUM

July 3rd, 2010
7:33 pm

As much as it pains me to say it, he needs to step down. You know, I believe that anyone can make a mistake and all of you guys who are damning others probably need to take a look at yourselves first.

However, the fact that Damon used his position to get out of the DUI, and the fact that he actually had the nerve to even utter the fact that he was the UGA AD means he needs to go. His fling with the red panties chick (I love that post stating that at least they were not orange btw) is between him and his wife, but he put the DOGS in it when he opened his mouth.

We never know if that trooper would have given him a citation and called him a cab before Damon actually tried to bribe him with his “I AM GOD” statement, throwing his position around. Damon was doing a great job, and it’s a shame this his judgement off the job was so poor. Best believe this was not the first time that he had done this.

Blind Homers Club

July 3rd, 2010
7:33 pm

Some of you fans are just delusional. Damon KNOWS he is gone period. He is just waiting on that nice severance package from Daddy Adams to keep his mouth shut. Damon knows a lot of crap that goes on at UGA . Its time to Clean the ENTIRE house at UGA – Adams, Regents and Coaches. I told you so !!!!!!

Dawg1

July 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Thanks Bill and I agree he has got to go. Anyone that thinks this has to do with race is stupid and looking for excuses. The Man screwed up. Red, yellow, Black or white he screwed it…when he got drunk and drove off with his girl and got a dui and a little red in his lap. See you late Damon YOUR FIRED!

God bless his wife and kids. I’d kick his butt out.

UGA

July 3rd, 2010
7:43 pm

Anyone who is mentioned in the same breath as the Bulldog Historian Dan McGill is an ideal candidate to replace an embarassment like Damon Evans.

messin with sasquatch

July 3rd, 2010
7:48 pm

definitely ironic that the lady had RED panties on. oh the perils of alcohol…….and thats all i have to say about that.

UGAstudent

July 3rd, 2010
7:50 pm

“Damon Red Panties Evans AD at University of Georgia.”
Don’t that make all you Fans,Grads, Regents, Professors, Coaches and Governor Happy as Hell!!!!!!!!

It makes “ME Sick”.

Bob

July 3rd, 2010
7:51 pm

We may need to start wearing the black jerseys for all home games. The color red has been shamed and will be a running joke for years thanks to the dickhead that wanted more than just a DUI charge. He wanted to humiliate and destroy a career and show he had the power to do so.

minnesota dawg

July 3rd, 2010
7:52 pm

I agree Bill, well said. When you take a job that is so public like the AD, it’s essential that you not give the University a bad name. He should resign and work on his marriage. With God’s help, he will be the better for it. Damon, do what’s best for everyone and resign. We will pray and support you all the way!

Law Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
7:52 pm

Damon Evans = Affirmative Action at Work

randy

July 3rd, 2010
7:56 pm

You’re right on with the addition of one thing – ADAMS NEEDS TO GO OUT WITH HIM!!!!

Red Panties with a black G

July 3rd, 2010
8:02 pm

Those were some expensive Georgia sports wear ! But remenber dawg fans she is just a friend. Big Boys Dont Cry!

Grandpa Right (once of Cochran)

July 3rd, 2010
8:05 pm

Adams has to act authoritatively, but wisely, also. I don’t particularly care for him, but there are potentially great consequences of Evan’s termination, both financially and culturally. I would assume that his legal resources are working through the holiday weekend to determine the consequences of getting rid of him. He cannot survive this.

Unfortunately, the race-baiters will probably turn out to support Evans as well. Adam’s advisors are probably considering those consequences as well, and planning a gameplan when these charlatans turn out.

Someone else mentioned the older Don Leebern’s (Leebern Jr.)open immorality as well. If he loves UGA instead of just loving status, he needs to slip quietly from any official role with UGA. Fortunately Don III doesn’t seem to have inherited all of his father’s character flaws and can fill Don Jr.’s role on these Boards; Yoculan has retired, maybe it is time for Don to retire with her. Don III has strong credentials and ties of his own.

It may be far-fetched, but Billy Payne could be a savior for his beloved alma mater. Holding the AD position for a long period of time is probably a step down for him, but he would be a wonderful caretaker for an interim period of time to repair the damage and to seek the best successor to lead our athletic department. Let’s hope that one of the reason’s Adams has not acted is that he is speaking with Payne first.

Last and certainly not least, pray for Damon’s wife and kids. They are about to lose much- their home, their status, and their respect for their husband/father, if not his personal presence in the home. This man has thrown away the world- this is literally a tragedy of Biblical proportions. If you have faith, pray for his family, for they will sufer the consequences of his sin.

Mr. Wiggles

July 3rd, 2010
8:11 pm

You all need to calm down about the friend. She said that she had been seeing Mr. Evans for only a week or so. I can understand with all her drinking she got bloated and had to take off the red panties because of the tight fit. It was a nice gesture for Mr. Damon to hold them for her.

FLA DAWG

July 3rd, 2010
8:14 pm

Evans continued reluctance to resign only proves his lack of concern for The University of Georgia. He should be fired immediately.

Jack Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
8:14 pm

without question, Mr. Evans needs to resign his position and save Dr. Adams the futher embarrassing of dealing with this sitution. The sooner the better. How on earth someone with all the best things in life can throw it away is beyound me. After all is said and done I believe UGA will conltinue to be recognized as a leading college and promote the well being of it”s students.

JACKIE

July 3rd, 2010
8:17 pm

BILL, I AM SURE “CITIZEN GEORGIA” WAS TALKING ABOUT SMOOTH “KEITH STONE”, WHO IS SURELY NOT A JOKE BUT HE SURE KNOWS HOW TO CLIMB A TREE.

UGA_GUY

July 3rd, 2010
8:20 pm

Why is this guys DUI such a big deal? DUI is NOT something to be dealt with lightly, but at the same time this guy shouldn’t lose his job. Think of all the other stupid things people involved in UGA sports have done. SN-Bobby cox(braves) beat the hell out of his wife….did cox lose his job? This guy from UGA has shamed all black students and athletes! Is that not enough?! (The first and only highest paid BLACK AD in SEC) C’mon don’t crucify the guy! Punish him to the full extent of the law, but don’t take his job!

Debogarsky

July 3rd, 2010
8:26 pm

Just wait until the patrol car video comes out – it will be unbelievable.

KZGuy

July 3rd, 2010
8:27 pm

Get real folks! Adams is going no where. Vince will be be staying in his garden. Evans will get a nice settlement and A new AD will be hired from outside the Bulldog nation. Book it.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 3rd, 2010
8:27 pm

Gotta be a minority hire for a minorty fire…How about former lady gym dog coach, married to a super booster…

Hidalgo

July 3rd, 2010
8:28 pm

Evans is a real Red rover.

JACKIE

July 3rd, 2010
8:28 pm

UG A-GUY WHY DO I SUSPECT YOU WEAR RED PANTIES?

Sandyspringsjacket

July 3rd, 2010
8:29 pm

Hey THUGA nation lay off Damon, he was just showing his Drunkyard Dawg pedigree. After all he has a degree from THUGA and was a football jock too. Bulldawg nation continues to amuse the rest of the south with unjustified lofty self image: Kemp, Harrick, Dooley vs. Adams duel, 50+ arrests between FB and BB in the last 9 years, gymnastic queen sleeps with major donor, UGA dies (and the poor pooch is rolling over and over in his grave), Damon caught RED HANDED. What’s next? I can not wait for the new season premere of ” As the CessPool Drains”.

What’s the good word: THWG, pxss on them Dawgs.
Looks like they don’t need much help; they pxss on themselves regularly!

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 3rd, 2010
8:32 pm

RED HANDED, YOU THINK THAT UP ALL BY YOURSELF SANDY SPRINGS? VERY WITTY

U R Right

July 3rd, 2010
8:35 pm

MY FLESH IS WEAK,AND THUS I SIN. JUDGE ME NOT,LEST YOU BE JUDGED. I ADMIT MY VICES AND SHORTCOMINGS, AND THOUGH THEY BE DIFFERENT FROM YOURS,THE IDEA THAT I AM SOMEHOW DIFFERENT IN MY STRENGTH OR WILLPOWER IS SOMEWHAT BAFFELING TO ME. I FALL FAR SHORT OF THE MARK. LOOK CLOSELY,AND YOU 2 WILL SEE,JUST HOW TROUBLING THIS DEMON IS TO ME. IMPERFECT MAN………..

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 3rd, 2010
8:36 pm

Grandpa Right: Biblical proportions?

Pillars of salt, parting of seas, rising on the Third day… Yeah, Damon’s actions rank right there.

Most retarded post EVER.

Here’s your sign.

Sic' 'em Dogs

July 3rd, 2010
8:44 pm

Just another black eye on Adams’ career….a loser before UGA, a loser at UGA, and he will be a loser when he is eventually canned at UGA. As soon as Purdue leaves office, Adams’ political dominoes will click down through the BoR and will finally click on him. Tick tock, Mr. Adams! Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow

http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/articles/2010/03/28/ncaa_should_use_a_presidential_veto_here/

SAMMY DAVIS, JR

July 3rd, 2010
8:45 pm

Dawgs2010 is right: Damon cannot (will not) step down because he has a big house, big cars, and will need a lot of $$$ to pay his lawyer fees (probably more than one). He will wait on a buyout. Him & Adams are probably working on a buyout while I type.

FLA DAWG

July 3rd, 2010
8:47 pm

Rylight,

Good One!