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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SAMMY DAVIS, JR

July 3rd, 2010
8:48 pm

U R Right –Your CAPS LOCK is on.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 3rd, 2010
8:49 pm

Sammy Davis, Jr. was a better entertainer than fat Elvis.

Bill King

July 3rd, 2010
8:59 pm

Wait a minute, wait a minute – you’re not Bill King… I’m Bill King. And, I’m a Gator (deeeeep in enemy territory). You keep them dawgy-paws off the good folks working for The University of Florida. Maybe you could recruit Michael Vick… he knows a lot about dogs (?)

Russ the Mascot

July 3rd, 2010
9:00 pm

Well if they won’t consider keeping me…….then they sure as heck had better not keep Evans!!!

Mrs. Evans

July 3rd, 2010
9:01 pm

I was home with the children. Like always doing my job as a parent and loving wife. My husband has literally lost his mind!

Sorry

July 3rd, 2010
9:10 pm

I’m afraid to break it to you Mrs. Evans, but I don’t think this was the first time.

NOTSO FAST

July 3rd, 2010
9:24 pm

Not a matter of throwing stones, it’s a matter of a man in an leadership position that through his action, lost any possibility of being able to lead. He has to go.

Mike T.

July 3rd, 2010
9:25 pm

Why hasn’t he at least been suspended? I think this is a big enough deal
for Adams to interupt his vacation. Come back and give Evans his walking papers. I mean football season starts in 60 days and UGA should have an AD in place.

Legend of Len Barker

July 3rd, 2010
9:26 pm

What’s taking Adams so long?

He certainly didn’t hesitate in trying to get the Dean of Journalism fired a few years ago for alleged sexist comment at a party (and waged a multi-year war that ended in the now-former Dean’s favor financially). This is much more serious and involves actual lawbreaking.

Quit being a hypocrite about bad behavior Adams and fire Evans. Soon.

Hayseed Dixie

July 3rd, 2010
9:27 pm

I wonder, after all of this nonsense, if Mark Richt is having the same thoughts that the many sensible UGA alums *must* be having on Fall Saturdays:

“What the h— am I *doing* here with these *idiots*?”

The Cynical White Boy

July 3rd, 2010
9:28 pm

It’s nice that Bradley and King are able to see the handwriting on the wall, but in the end, this is up to Leeburn. After all, it’s HIS atheltice association and not ours.

Personally, I’m waiting to see Ms. Cynthia Tucker fire off a column about how all of this is the fault of George Bush and all of us are just trying to keep the brother down.

BatchDawg985

July 3rd, 2010
9:30 pm

1eyedJack

July 3rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Damon my man, it’s back to the salad days. Call me. I can tell you how to work wonders with Rahman noodles, vienna sausages, Spam, Pork & Beans, hot dogs and Saltine crackers. And don’t forget Chef Boyardee. Um um yummy.

HEY 1eyedJack,

How about sending me some of your recipe suggestions. I am in the process of writing a cookbook exclusively for dedicated bachelors. I think I’m going to call it Bachelor Cooking – From Scratch. Sounds to me like you have some great recipe possibilities!!!

I’m hoping that sales from the cookbook will allow me to expand my living facilities. Right now, my office, kitchen, bath and toilet are all confined to one room. I need to spread out a little bit. Ha, who needs a wife?

The Ghost of Wally Butts

July 3rd, 2010
9:33 pm

I could smell blood when Ed Tolley refused to be Damon’s lawyer in the matter.

I’d bet money Tolley knew what was in that police report before we did.

I’d bet just as much money that the version Damon told his wife left out the part about the red “bloomers”.

TDone

July 3rd, 2010
9:36 pm

You know, the non-UGA fans in the audience should not take part of the schadenfreude in all of this, except for one thing. If this situation were reversed, can you imagine what the Muttlanders would be saying about Tech, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, etc…?

2011 Football Schedule:

Alabama Red Elephants vs. UGA Red Panties

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. UGA Red Panties

Syracuse Orange vs. UGA Red Panties

Duke Blue Devils vs. UGA Red Panties

Stanford Cardinal vs. UGA Red Panties

Tulsa Golden Hurricacane vs. UGA Red Panties

Delaware Blue Hens vs. UGA Red Panties

Miami (OH) Redhawks vs. UGA Red Panties

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. UGA Red Panties

Cleveland Browns vs. UGA Red Panties

St. Louis Blues vs. UGA Red Panties

Cinncinati Reds vs. UGA Red Panties

dd

July 3rd, 2010
9:38 pm

Hey, it could be worse.

We could be tech or florida.

I don’t have a problem firing him as long as UGA athletes that get arrested aren’t given a second chance either.

Look Alive

July 3rd, 2010
9:39 pm

Pres adams should either cut his vacation short or fly back to athens for a day to end this mess that cannot be a good influence on our recruiting effort. the longer it drags out the worse it looks for UGA. to hell with the race card, if anybody claims race is the reason for his dismissal then they are probably racists themselves and would defend him because of his race as the do our U.S president (talk about a real loser). damon turned his back on his family. the university and the fans for booze and a floozy. get this over now.

boots

July 3rd, 2010
9:39 pm

Any time something like this happens, the details always make things sound worse. Few people, when they are caught doing something wrong, will step forward and volunteer all the bad news up front. Evans did NOT do this and showed he is not only a womanizer, drunk, and poor representative of the university, but he is also a coward. He has embarrassed his family, his friends and the University. HE NEEDS TO GO. Adams needs to get his fat butt back from vacation sooner rather than later and clean up this mess he made. ADAMS: THIS IS YOUR PICK, SO GET BACK FROM VACATION AND CLEAN UP YOUR MESS. FIRE EVANS NOW.

gtfanfrom1951

July 3rd, 2010
9:41 pm

The AD is just like football team, basketball team…ect….

Bill is a moron

July 3rd, 2010
9:44 pm

No one cares what you think, bill King. You’re a pathetic bandwagon fan with no real connection to the University…. like 98% of the fanbase.

Look Alive

July 3rd, 2010
9:44 pm

dd athletes are young men and women subject to making a mistake due to age or lack of experience but damon is nearing middle age and is married but more important he is the head if the athletic program and his actions should be more accountable than that of young students. think about it

WestOfAthens

July 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

My comment is short and sweet: For every action, there is a reaction: DAMON EVANS, YOU MUST RESIGN

Jim Harrick

July 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

Enter your comments hereLike Get Real Said: UGA positions itself other than what it is. They have had over 50 arrests since 2001, they haven’t won a title in 30 years, and have had cheating coaches (See sleazy basketball coach) and now an A.D. Who gets drunk, drives drunk, and cheats on his wife and embarrasses his family.

They are all idiots.

Get real

That’s just standard operational procedure for UGA, except it usually starts with 20 of their so called “student athletes.” Not sure what all the uproar is about. This is just how we are at UGA. Always have been, always will be…good old cheating cracker trash…

El Eddo

July 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

Why not condemn him morally? You don’t think what he did was morally wrong? It wasn’t morally right, was it?

Granted, how many famous people and others have done this and gotten away with it? How many of us have done the drink driving part in Athens? Should we ask Greg McGarrity if he’s ever driven with a few too many under his belt through the streets of Athens? How ’bout you, Bill? I admit it, I did on more than one occasion (what an understatement) back in the day when the drinking age was 18 — I just never got caught. But the drinking caught up with me, I lost my career, my job and a lot of other stuff, and I’m glad I did because I haven’t had a drink in 21 years and I got it all back because I faced the music. Now Damon has a chance to get real with himself, and he’ll have a heckuva retirement to soften the blow….

I agree, Greg McGarity is areal Bulldog and a great guy, bring him back!

Eatin' Cheese

July 3rd, 2010
9:45 pm

Damon my man—there is no crying in Division 1 sports. I can forgive you for everything else–actually I am envious—but the crying like a little girl is indefensible.

DAWGS don’t cry–get out of here you big wuss.

Reality Check

July 3rd, 2010
9:47 pm

To answer CONFEDERATE DAWG’s question: Because UGA fans are idiots who don’t know any better. Their mascot is also ripped off from Yale and their logo is ripped off from Green Bay.

Herschel is my Hero

July 3rd, 2010
9:47 pm

Dr. Adams,

I am glad you have gotten some time off for a nice three week vacation during the stressful summertime in Athens. I know it is hard being the president of the University, and you certainly deserve to be away from Athens. In fact, stay away more often.

However, you might not have heard, but one of your biggest appointments has gotten himself in to a big mess and drug the university down with it. In fact, he was arrested, tried to bribe the policeman using his position at the university, and he could have killed people while driving around, late at night, drunk. It also was not good to be undressing a young lady (not his wife, Dr. Adams) while driving drunk.

It might be tough for you to interrupt your vacation, but there is a large PR nightmare unfolding in Athens, and the UGA brand and the influence of many mentors on our students and student athletes is suffering. Dr. Adams, please find some time to put down the drinks and sun tan oil, fly back from the Virgin Islands for a few days, and get to work. You have a lot to do. Then, you can leave town for another few months once things settle down.

Regards,

Your alumni base

Irving Johansen

July 3rd, 2010
9:49 pm

Heyyyy, Harry Caray here……Damon…This Bud’s for you!! Heyyyy “family friend??? unless we’re in West Virginia, I don’t have my cousin’s panties in my lap!!!!! Have another Bud DAMON

FLADAWG

July 3rd, 2010
9:51 pm

Adams should have fired him as soon as the arrest report was made public, what a hypocrite! If the student athletes are going to be held to a high standard, the AD should be held to a higher standard. All the coaches and student athletes, past and present should request his firing.

GoGaBulldawgs

July 3rd, 2010
9:53 pm

FIRE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WestOfAthens

July 3rd, 2010
9:53 pm

Why aim any anger towards Adams?

Not his fault, and anything associated is simply poor judgement

Cuz

July 3rd, 2010
9:54 pm

Turn out the lights. The party’s over.

Really?

July 3rd, 2010
9:54 pm

My God you UGA people are insanely pathetic….every negative stereotype associated with the Soutb, just give it a second, and you’ll fulfill it. Thanks!!!

Native Atlantan

Tech Fan

July 3rd, 2010
9:56 pm

Did the red panties have the Bulldog logo on them

AndyC

July 3rd, 2010
10:01 pm

At first I thought that Evans might survive this but then the police report was released. That was the nail in the coffin. It made him look like an absolute fool. No one can take him seriously now. He will not resign because he would probably be giving up a lot of money. There will be negotiations over the next week or so and they will come to an agreement for Evans to go away with a stack of cash and zero integrity. I hope he gets a lot because he will never work for a major school again. He will be lucky to get a job as a high school athletic director. Good riddance.

Look Alive

July 3rd, 2010
10:05 pm

chef how did elvis get in this blog but since you brought it up sammy could not carry elvis”s jock strap even though i think he might want to and even though elvis was on the large side at the end of his career he was still vastly more attractive to the females than the nearly ugly sammy was. sammy was not a bad entertainer but definitely not up to the elvis standard. sammy’s style was too limited and most of his music sounded alike. no offense to you as you have a right to your opinion but i don’t think many people will agree with you. anyways have a great 4th

Buckhead Bulldog

July 3rd, 2010
10:09 pm

Hayseed Dixie – Actually, you wrote @ 9:27 exactly what I was thinking. Even though most of your post are hateful garbage, I happen to agree with that particular post you wrote. What the hell is running through CMR’s head at this moment? He is way too classy for these shenanigans.

Lacey

July 3rd, 2010
10:09 pm

As part of the alumni, it is going to be a huge disgrace if Evans is not fired immediately! If this is delayed, watch out for the donors to stop giving! Stop this nonsense and fire Evans, Michael Adams!

Buckhead Bulldog

July 3rd, 2010
10:12 pm

WestOfAthens

July 3rd, 2010
9:53 pm

You are kidding, I hope?

76-Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
10:13 pm

If Evans had only gotten a DUI I would be willing to give him a pass if he was sincere with his apology.I have known too many people in very important positions who got DUI’s and instead of losing a great employee the company gave them a second chance and the employee became a better representative of the company and a better husband, wife, father or mother whichever it was.Two or three beers will give .08 or a DUI.
He has been a great AD, bridging the good ol’ boy group with others that has been a noticeable benefit at UGA. But, what I can’t forgive is him being caught with his girl friend and her RED panties . This would reflect on the integrity,ethics, morals and all the character traits of every UGA alumni and student associated with UGA that feel these traits are important in ones life and their family values. Someone will get a great AD but Evans time at UGA is over and there shouldn’t even be any deliberation by Michael Adams. If Adams does not dismiss Evans on character trait issues then Adams need to go.

charlie

July 3rd, 2010
10:13 pm

Spme folks in the know in Athens are not surprsed by this at all….he just finally got caght

barney fife

July 3rd, 2010
10:16 pm

This is a disaster of biblical proportion and Adams didn’t see fit to come back from vacation? Why are any of us surprised by Evans or Adams and their actions?

sweet charlotte

July 3rd, 2010
10:21 pm

And why in heck would Damon think he’s entitled to a buyout? Put him on the street with nothing!

Winfield J. Abbe

July 3rd, 2010
10:25 pm

Dear Mr. Bill King: As I write this there are 163 posts here. At least you have the courage to use your true name and even provide a picture of yourself. That is more than most of these cowardly wimps here, who while running their mouths about Mr. Evans, do not have the guts to even provide their true names, addresses and telephone numbers, with a few possible exceptions, and behave like hooded members of the KKK of years past. Some of them are evidently in other states too. Only the Good Lord knows their true identities.
I don’t care if all of you want to watch football entertainment 24 hours a day. That is your right. But please keep in mind there are a million other human activities and some of us do not want to watch football entertainment garbage 24 hours a day as perhaps you do, so please have the courtesy of not forcing it on the rest of us.
Do you know what the population of the State of Georgia is today? About 10 million with about 75% over the age of 18. This is a lot of people, many more than represented on this prejudiced and worthless board of mostly anonymous cowards.
Some of us taxpayers are sick and tired of having what little good name there is at UGA and the other schools in Georgia, tainted and polluted by the kinds of immoral and illegal garbage as illustrated by the unethical and improper actions of the AD and others over the years. There is absolutely no reason to have a commercial football entertainment business on State of Georgia property any longer. It has nothing to do with higher education or what little of that goes on at UGA anyway. This is documented in numerous books and articles most of which you have likely not read and won’t read. UGA has enough trouble as it is, without having its name tarnished with commercial football entertainment garbage, of which there is no shortage anyway. Who do you arrogant people think you are anyway? Do you think you own the ground where all the schools and colleges and universities in Georgia sit?

Road Scholar

July 3rd, 2010
10:27 pm

I find it amusing that when a black AD gets caught in an unlawful and embarrassing situation , he needs to be fired, but when a recruit or player does it, they need to repent and do better on the playing field! Double standard?

dd

July 3rd, 2010
10:31 pm

Look alive; that’s the most idiotic reasoning I’ve ever read.

Think about it. Have a good night. See ya!!

30-24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 3rd, 2010
10:32 pm

Everyone should remember that we live in America not the USSR! Everyone is innocent until proven guilty even the Athletic Director at UGA.

Damon was chosen for the job because of his skills and experience. Give the brother a chance to clear his name. That chick might have jumped into his car at a red light for all we know.

He has done a good job so far. Give him a chance to defend his name in court. the Bulldog Nation should support Damon until we know what exactly was going on.

You would want a fair chance if you were in the same situation. If Vince Dooley was caught in the same situation, we would not be so quick to judge him. I wonder why?

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 3rd, 2010
10:32 pm

TELL THAT TO METT AND MONTEZ, WAS THERE A DOUBLE STANDARD THERE? I FIND IT AMUSING THAT PEOPLE STILL BRING UP RACE ALL THE TIME AND WE HAVE A BLACK PREZ…. WHAT A JOKE….
AND TO SAY GA IS RASCIST, WE HAD A BLACK AD MAKING HALF A MILLION DOLLARS DRIVING A BRAND NEW BMW LIVIN THE LIFE IN THE ATL. IF THATS BEIN RACIALLY MISTREATED SIGN ME UP!

30-24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 3rd, 2010
10:35 pm

What if Larry Munson were in the same situation? Would we still love and support him as a fellow member of the Bulldog Nation? Search your heart. Everybody deserves a second chance.

RGB

July 3rd, 2010
10:38 pm

The reports stated that Evans was about to get a raise just six minutes before he was stopped the the trooper.

Well duh?

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 3rd, 2010
10:38 pm

SADLY 30 24 VD LM OR CMR WOULD NEVER BE IN THAT SITUATION, TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.