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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277 comments Add your comment

Jonathan Hill

July 4th, 2010
10:28 am

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danny boy

July 4th, 2010
10:30 am

When’s the racial profiling card gonna come into play?

Dave from GT

July 4th, 2010
10:31 am

It is interesting that the panties were red.

It is interesting that he is black.

What happens after the butt sniffing is over?

Sill not gonna win the SEC East this football season!

Probably gonna lose the last regular season football game!

Sounds like you all need to look for more VD!

Pago Pago DAWG

July 4th, 2010
10:34 am

Word on the street…if UGA fires this guy then jesse jackson, michael jackson, maynard jackson and al sharton will be in Athens the next day!

82Dawg

July 4th, 2010
10:36 am

Dave from GT …typical Tech fan..not making any sense what so ever

82Dawg

July 4th, 2010
10:37 am

Gt4ever …good post.. I totally agree!

Eric

July 4th, 2010
11:07 am

I think this is a very sad situation for all parties involved. I am not sure Damon Evans should have been fired but can we truly face reality. UGA is not going to win the SEC or National Championship anytime soon. All of yall are a bunch of drunks anyway so why get rid of your leader.

GT all the way!!!!!!!!

Dave from GT

July 4th, 2010
11:43 am

82, give it some time, you’ll get it in a couple of years.

Ashamed Bulldog

July 4th, 2010
11:43 am

Shouldn’t Ms. Fuhrmann have been wearing..I mean not wearing..red and black panties?

ScottYoung

July 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

Dr. Adams secured his job by lying to UGA officials (read “Behind The Hedges”; claimed he was out of town during interview process. Holed up at an Athens hotel, got briefed everyday on interviews by insiders [Leeburn?], consequently knew all the answers when interviewed last. In typical Adams style, he later charged hotel to UGA when he claimed to be on business eleswhere).
Before embarassing himself and UGA, Damon was doing a good job as AD. But one of Adams’ primary reasons for hiring someone as inexperienced was his status as a minority and how that would contribute to Adams’ desired progressive resume (remember the Total Student Index?).
Is it too much to ask for leaders who put The University ahead of their own egos and resumes unlike Adams and now Damon.
President Adams also generated national embarassment for the nation’s oldest public state university with his hires of Jim Harrick and son.
It is past time for a fresh start at the top. We deserve a better leader at the helm of our great univeristy,
Scott Young – Class of ‘79

Tide Rising

July 4th, 2010
12:40 pm

He didn’t resign despite the embarrassing details in the report because people today have no honor. No shame. 30 years ago if you were caught in an embarrassing position like this the honorable and expected position to take was to gracefully resign. Not so anymore. On top of the whole situation being a very sad and unfortunate incident is the fact that this lack of shame is symptomatic of the society in which we now live.

Losers

July 4th, 2010
1:12 pm

30-24(w/980000 !) is the typical UGA reaction to everything….HOW CAN THE OTHER SEC SCHOOLS BE JEALOUS OF SUCH A JOKE SCHOOL???? When people like 30-24 realize they’re not all that, then we won’t be the laughing stocks Hollywood makes this great state out to be.

Florida Dawg

July 4th, 2010
1:27 pm

It appears that Evans would need to be fired to collect $2.9 million.
2.9 million plus the millions he has already made should carry him for the rest of his life and his family too.
Whoever drew up that contract should be fired with him.

Florida Dawg

July 4th, 2010
1:58 pm

After reading the cops report…I was wondering why a cop would ask a woman “how long has she been seeing this guy” (Evans)?…and put that comment in a police report.
Any of you attorneys out there know why this would be in a DUI police report?
I certainly understand the red panties…that might be the reason Damon couldn’t drive straight.
Red panties and a few drinks might make a BMW drift just a little.

J Jones

July 4th, 2010
3:12 pm

It is time for Evans to go Now. Not later. He has already proved his worth. First he was caught red handed driving Drunk. He also had a ladies panties on his lap. It is not secret when there is a pair of panties around, something has already happened, or about to happen. I really hurt for his family because he has shown them just how much he really cares for them. Not very much I think. Let him go. Turn him loose. and don’t give him any layoff pay. period.

never forget

July 4th, 2010
3:20 pm

red zone

between the hedges

GATA

What is BuLLdaugs take?

Roy D. Mercer

July 4th, 2010
4:09 pm

I just got a call from President Adams about the position of AD. I told him that my first act would be to name the field at Sanford Stadium, Dooley Field and he hung up on me.

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Bones

July 4th, 2010
6:07 pm

If it hasn’t been said yet , he should be fired for conduct unbecomming!

Richard

July 4th, 2010
7:40 pm

Another case of letting the little head do the thinking.

Richard

July 4th, 2010
11:12 pm

Florida Dawg:Police wanted to know how long he had known her because he suspected she might be a prostitute.only thing that could make DM’s situation worse would be if she was an “hourly”worker.

lynnbo

July 5th, 2010
11:43 am

Ga Tech Fans want to thank UGA for providing us with so much fun….wear your red panties on your head to show your support for Evans…..

Dostoyevskiy

July 5th, 2010
10:52 pm

Ahh, excuze me Mr. AD, could you hold my panties until we get home? I’m sure your wife won’t mind.

robdawg08

July 10th, 2010
11:42 pm

So he didn’t resign so that he could get a severance package ? He didn’t deserve any money severance. He has shamed UGA. He was a closet drunk and fornicator. Freaking loser.

robdawg08

July 10th, 2010
11:46 pm

AJC should interview Evans wife to get her perspective…

robdawg08

July 10th, 2010
11:49 pm

What university,company,etc. in their right mind pays someone hundreds of thousands of dollars severance after they made you the laughing stock of America ? I wouldn’t have given his ass 10 cents.