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

July 3rd, 2010
10:39 pm

I think a month long suspension would be appropriate punishment. Maybe revoking his July 2010 raise would be appropriate too. There is a lot of hate on this board.

Dre

July 3rd, 2010
10:40 pm

Dr. Evil, That “look at the red panties fall from sky” piece had my whole family asking “what in the world are you laughing at?” That was hysterical.

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

July 3rd, 2010
10:42 pm

I certainly agree we would never see CMR in such a distressing situation. Let’s take a step back and support this man and his family. Give it some time. Everybody makes mistakes. I have. Have you?

RGB

July 3rd, 2010
10:42 pm

Keepin’ the stereotype stereotypin’…..

Savannah Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
10:44 pm

I agree he has done an admirable job up to this point. However, in his position as the face of the UGA Athletic department, he demonstrated extremely poor judgment and should resign. The power apparently went to his head and he felt the Vodkas made him invisible.

Perhaps he could have survived the DUI alone if he had been just over the limit and forthcoming. It’s the rest of the story that has doomed him. He is smarter than this incident and probably has his future secured. We do not know what provoked this behavior and should not stereotype. He screwed up; most of us do at one time or another. He has embarrassed himself, his family, his friends, and all of us in Bulldog nation, but once a Dawg, always a Dawg, and we should wish him well.

Moving on, I also was a Greg McGarity fan years ago and think he would be outstanding.

Curious George

July 3rd, 2010
10:45 pm

How big of a tip do you think Damon Evans left his hardworking bartender and restaurant servers on that fateful night?

LilJoe

July 3rd, 2010
10:45 pm

Damon was lucky he wasn’t doing no wacky tobacky like me.

tony

July 3rd, 2010
10:46 pm

If they fire that young man uga will go down the toilet.

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

July 3rd, 2010
10:46 pm

We have a proud program which can stand up to this challenge. We have a history of the best announcers, coaches, and administrative staff in the country. Every school in the SEC is jealous of us. Damon deserves a second chance even if the court of public opinion rules against him.

savannahdawg

July 3rd, 2010
10:48 pm

At least the panties were red! Not blue & orange!!!!

Mark Whatley

July 3rd, 2010
10:48 pm

Three martinis: $24
One pair of red panties (Wal-Mart): $1.99
UGA with more egg on its face: Priceless.

GWJ

July 3rd, 2010
10:51 pm

VERY well stated. Greg McGarity needs to come back “home”. ASAP!

Gordon

July 3rd, 2010
10:52 pm

Why would he get a severance, even if he doesn’t resign? Is there nothing a person can do to just be fired anymore? Fire him and pay him through that day.

.

July 3rd, 2010
10:55 pm

Winfield J. Abbe,

Yet, you read Bill’s UGA sports blog and even make comments on the blog. Did you read what Bill’s blog is named? Here it is since your head so far up your azz: “About UGA: The Junkyard Blawg
Lifelong Bulldog Bill King offers a fan’s perspective on UGA sports. Share your views!”
Now go away, you POS!

Winfield J. Abbe

July 3rd, 2010
11:03 pm

Dr. Renee Kaswan invented a billion dollar drug. She was treated like garbage by UGA. This discovery is much more significant than commercial football entertainment. UGA treated her like garbage. Gutless cowards should be prohibited from posting. This is documented in “Between the Hedges”

Red Panty Honor Society Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
11:06 pm

Well, it’s out. The Honorable Society of Red Panty Trophy Collectors is no longer secret. Only a few elite GaDawg alums are members of this society, and to be so honored one must prove to be a life-time collector of red panties that belong to someone other than your wife or your significant other. Those of us who have worked hard to sustain this honorable sophomoric activity are mourning over its denigration by our formerly esteemed leader. It’s one thing to be stupid. It’s another thing to be caught with Red Panties down between your legs.

Winfield J. Abbe

July 3rd, 2010
11:23 pm

Evans and Adams should both be fired and the entire secret and corrupt UGA commercial sports business must be evicted from state property forever, It has nothing to do with so-called higher education anyway.
Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

Rylight

July 3rd, 2010
11:26 pm

He give a new meaning to the term “between the hedges.”

Kennard

July 3rd, 2010
11:37 pm

What kind of ruckus will the fans come up with when teams get into the ” Red Zone?”

Bama Dawg

July 3rd, 2010
11:37 pm

Damn, you guys know how to jump on someone when they are down. Even though he is a Georgia man, he deserves a second chance. Don’t throw rocks if you live in a glass house. I will be the first to say what he did was stupid and this too will pass. He needs to be punished but nor fired…GO DAWGS!!

SeaDawg

July 4th, 2010
12:21 am

That Chick he was with looks like a dude with a wig.

Sobelsohn

July 4th, 2010
12:26 am

Wait until the patrol car video comes out. That will be great.

frasa

July 4th, 2010
12:29 am

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAHHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHH

frasa

July 4th, 2010
12:30 am

Jambo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

v8 cat

July 4th, 2010
12:31 am

“Crying uncontrolably”! A lot of us would if we just blew a $550,000 per year job; not to mention possibly a marriage. As a Tech fan you would think I would be enjoying this embarrassment for UGA, but I am not for two reasons. I have thought since D-Rad was hired at Tech, we had the better AD so it was and advantage for us to have Evans stay at UGA, eventhough from all reports he did a good job. The other reason is the story is so sad for him and his family, and I think it could possiibly happen to many of us that are casting stones. It is a wake-up call and a lesson in how to live your life, and how costly a mistake in judgement can be. Evans may recover from this , but his life will never be the same.

UGA alum in VA

July 4th, 2010
12:33 am

Fire them both!! No more $ to UGA from me until…….there’s a new regime in place.

Mr, Wonderful

July 4th, 2010
1:05 am

Fire him and no $$$ let him take UGA to court. He’s a loser & will lose in court as well.

Mr, Wonderful

July 4th, 2010
1:14 am

Ps – Ted Striker you are a fool!

Baldemar Huerta

July 4th, 2010
2:07 am

uga has always been a hotbed of drunken morons.

Ron

July 4th, 2010
2:10 am

what I can’t wait for is all the red panties being thrown at games! HA

wiley

July 4th, 2010
2:52 am

But Bill UGA already has a joke of a football team. All those 5 star recruits and no MNC in the last 30 years? Oh well at least GT hasn’t won one since then….oh wait 1990. Wow back to the drawing board for the dogs.

dawg149

July 4th, 2010
3:00 am

What can you say? Damn, man had the tiger by the tail, and blew it, just simply blew it. I feel for you, and your family, Damon, but what’s done is done. Graciously bow out, and you’ll be remembered for that, and how you shouldered the blame, drag this out, and you’ll be ripped a new one. You are a good Bulldog who made a mistake, and should pay for it, but tarnishing the institution you claim to love, in the process, ……let it go, and save EVERYBODY the heartache…….

Juice

July 4th, 2010
3:06 am

I don’t know what Evan’s is waiting for . Surely he must understand that there is no way he can hold on to such a high profile position after this mess that he got himself into….Show some dignity and resign asap Damon …..Not condoning his actions , but many have fallen prey to alcohol and adultery.He he were an average Joe Blow , he would only have to deal with a suspended license , fines and the wrath of his wife……But Mr. Evans is directly responsible for 100’s of student athletes and should always project himself as a role model..In the position he holds there are no second chances.

Karma

July 4th, 2010
3:38 am

Mark Richt = New AD, Todd Grantham = New Head Coach.

aw

July 4th, 2010
5:13 am

TOO BAD SO SAD…WHATS NEXT…GOO YOU HAIRY DAWGS…

Evans only had red panties between his legs

July 4th, 2010
5:40 am

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Evans only had red panties between his legs

July 4th, 2010
5:48 am

Too bad red panties was all Damon Evans had between his legs. Crying after you have been caught like a fool. Once the zipper is down and the deed done, you have to pay the piper. Just look at the actions and comments of the red panties girl to see the low life Evans was pursuing like a dog in heat (pardon the pun). Anyone who thinks with anything but his head is going to end up dead (dead wrong). Sounds like Evan’s hormones were doing the thinking and controlling and not his brain. DUI was bad enough but the red panties, attempted bribery and uncontrolled emotions after he realized he might lose his job seals the deal. Monday or Tuesday, there will be an announcement Damon Evans has resigned with one year severance pay for his faithful service to UGA. I would like to be able to hear what the members of the UGA Athletic Committee are saying right now. When the video is released it will have more Utube hits than we can count. All the crying from Evans, the young woman’s continual thinking power is above the law, the GSP officer doing his job … makes for a good story. What happened to the red panties? Were they kept for evidence?

georgiadawg70

July 4th, 2010
6:32 am

I think he should be disicplined as Metzenberger was. He should be banned from the opening game a Sanford Stadium. However, if it is determined after an invistigation that he touched the breast and buttocks of the lady in question then he should be fired. What’s fair is fair.

Bill King (the GATOR)

July 4th, 2010
7:50 am

TDone (July 3rd, 2010 9:36 pm) made me think of things past and things to come. When UGA pulled that stunt in Jacksonville where they left the field after practice then came back in different uniforms (all black) it didn’t work to their advantage and didn’t impress the Gators at all. But, hey, maybe they should try it again. This time the team could change into RED PANTIES. I bet that would cause everyone to lose their focus. If UGA then won the game the team could dedicate the win to Evans.

Red and Black

July 4th, 2010
7:50 am

At least his companion had the right colored underwear – RED. I wonder if she had a black dress on because she created Evans’ funeral.

satchmo

July 4th, 2010
8:23 am

Time to move on he has resigned. Let the healing begin. Anyone in a high profile position take heed, you are empowered, to serve and not to use your position for personal gain, and any human flaws or thoughts you may have will lead to your disgrace.

Losers

July 4th, 2010
8:27 am

Like I’ve been trying to tell you…UGA is just ilke the Vince McMahon entrance musice….”No chance, cause that’s what you got……” You haven’t done anything in 30 years and you won’t do anything for the next several…Damon Evans is proof of just how many stupid people UGA takes….Get Real is awesome. Yes, I talk trash and I back it up! Proof enough is the fact that 1980 was a fluke. Nobody cares about the SEC titles and all, where did it get you? A Sugar Bowl win or 2 against alsorans? Yep…..so when you can back up your talk of winning so many wonderful years….Peach Bowl, Weedwacker Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Sugar Bowl here and there…..when was your last champ….oh yeah! Here’s another fact, Herschel Walker wasn’t even the best running back in the state in 1980, it was William Andrews. Maybe this arrest will FINALLY SHUT….no, it won’t; dang it!

Carlton Powell

July 4th, 2010
8:37 am

At first glance, trying to get Greg McGarity to take the AD job sounds good. Having known Greg and family since I was 8 years old, I have told him, and would continue to tell him, DO NOT associate yourself with the UGA AA. He has a wonderful life in Gainesville, and is on track to more than likely be AD at UF, if not some other similar program. Greg knows the deal. Greg DOES NOT need the likes of Mike Adams, et al. But, THEY probably NEED him, so we’ll see. I just hope he stays at UF, it’s a better gig anyway. Greg is a wonderful person; a straight shooter; and works for one of the best AD’s in the business. Wish the situation was different, because I’d sure like to have him back in Athens.

Shreveport Sam

July 4th, 2010
9:10 am

You know, years ago Elvis started a trend by giving out scarfs at his live concerts. Maybe that’s all Damon Evans was guilty of here, he simply wanted to procure those red drawers in order to show the DawgNation that he loves to “hunker down!”

Bob K.

July 4th, 2010
9:28 am

I am not a big religious type..but at 6 minutes prior to his new contract going into effect…”God will not be mocked!”

He has shown he is a good man. Too young for the job when he received it. He lost his moral compass when coach Dooley left…Damon might have faired better with more maturity. We are able to forgive but the actions have consequences. Yeah, he had to go. Good luck and choices to you in the future.

from a brother sinner,

Bob K.

Davis

July 4th, 2010
10:02 am

v8 cat and Bob K., thanks for those very sensible and balanced comments. I wrote a comment, much earlier on this blog, that addressed the need for academics, morals, and ethics to even get a mention and proper place in the institutions of higher learning, not only at UGA, but most everywhere. It has been interesting to read the comments of some that have addressed the business and money making equation of the sports culture at schools. Do we need to reset our compass? We surely do. I don’t want to come across as holier than thou, or religious either, but I do have faith in God. I implore the guardians of our pitiful and languishing educational system to examine the priorities and where it is leading.

Harry Mehre

July 4th, 2010
10:11 am

Now, let’s get the name of that OTHER womanizing drunk away from mine on that #$@%! building!

Gt4ever

July 4th, 2010
10:20 am

V8 cat

You are 100 percent right, let the first one without sin cast the first stone…… I do believe we have a lot of perfect people casting stones. I for one am saddened by what this is doing to his family, yes he made his own bed, he made a mistake. A mistake that most anyone on this blog could have made….

TommyJack

July 4th, 2010
10:25 am

My pick for new GA A.D. would be Lane Kiffin. He would bring honor back to the dawgs. Bwahahaha

Dr. Evil

July 4th, 2010
10:27 am

Rylight – He give a new meaning to the term “between the hedges.”

Well played sir, well played.