Damon Evans gets new five-year contract, big raise (UPDATED)

Athens — A new contract for athletics director Damon Evans. A facelift for Stegeman Coliseum. And a new plaza for Sanford Stadium.

Those will be the results of actions taken Wednesday by the board of directors of the University of Georgia Athletic Association.

The board, at its regular quarterly meeting, voted to give Evans a new five-year contract with a big boost in pay and to spend $21.3 million on new construction projects.

The details:

– In executive session with Evans out of the room, the board approved a new contract that will mean a $110,000 raise for Evans effective July 1 — from his current $440,000 salary to $550,000. The contract calls for Evans to receive additional $20,000 raises in each subsequent year, putting his salary at $630,000 in the final year of the deal.  Also, he will receive a $250,000 longevity bonus if he remains in the job when the contract expires on July 1, 2015.

– The board voted to proceed with a project that will renovate and widen the concourses of Stegeman Coliseum, adding restrooms and concessions stands and giving the 46-year-old building a modern glass facade on two sides.

– And the board voted to create a 45,000-square-foot entry plaza in the Reed Alley area behind the north stands of Sanford Stadium — a project designed to add amenities on football game days and enhance that part of campus year-round.

While approving the $21.3-million expenditure on the two construction projects, the board did not decide how to pay for them. The board’s finance committee will weigh whether to pay for the projects from the Athletic Association’s cash reserves, which are projected to reach $60 million by the end of this fiscal year, or to seek financing at attractive interest rates.

“The great thing is, we can move forward because we know we have the money there, $60 million sitting in that reserve fund,” Evans said.

The action on a new contract for Evans came with 17 months remaining on his current deal.

“I’m touched deeply by it,” Evans told the board after it emerged from executive session.

The new contract will replace the final year of the old deal, which was to have raised Evans’ salary to $460,000 on July 1. On that date, he will receive a $100,000 longevity bonus due under the old contract.

Evans, who grew up in Gainesville and played football at Georgia, has been UGA’s athletics director since July 1, 2004.

“He’s already become a nationally recognized figure in athletics, and we are fortunate to have him,” UGA President Michael Adams said Wednesday.

“I think he’s done an extraordinary job. … And there’s not been a whiff of impropriety during that six-year period. If you’re the president of an institution, that means a whole lot.”

Adams said the average salary of athletics directors in the SEC last year was $532,000.

Evans, 40, exuded enthusiasm about the new contract.

“We’ve got a lot left to do,” he said. “I want to see us grow in so many different phases. … I want to see us recognized as the elite program, and I sincerely mean that.

“I’m fortunate,” Evans added. “Who wouldn’t want to be the athletic director at the University of Georgia? … An old country guy from Gainesville, Georgia — who would have ever thought? It is just a blessing.”

Evans also was pleased by the board’s vote on the construction projects, which he said are designed to enhance the fan experience at events.  Neither will add seats.

University architects said the plaza will be completed by the start of the 2010 football season and the coliseum renovation by the start of the 2010-11 basketball and gymnastics seasons.

The coliseum will look significantly different on the north and south sides. The outer walls will be moved out as far as the roof overhangs the current structure, adding more than 10,000 square feet of concourse space. The glass-clad exterior “will have a dramatic effect,” UGA campus architect Danny Sniff said.

The Reed Alley plaza is designed to be part of Sanford Stadium on game days, adding restrooms and concessions stands, but also to be left open to campus on other days.

“It’s a combination,” Evans said, “of something that is good for the university throughout the entire year and for those six or seven Saturdays will give our patrons a better experience.”

114 comments Add your comment

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

February 3rd, 2010
5:46 pm

Good for him, I guess the economy isn’t that bad in Athens

JDW

February 3rd, 2010
5:57 pm

He is underpaid…only TX made more off sports last year.

I'm Not A Front Runner I'm a Winner

February 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm

Geez Damon is going make ALMOST as much as the new DC

Bremen Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
6:04 pm

What, how close is his pay compaired to other AD’s.

Peadawg

February 3rd, 2010
6:04 pm

WTF, I work there. Where the hell is my raise?

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February 3rd, 2010
6:09 pm

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jdawg

February 3rd, 2010
6:15 pm

if we can afford the airplane to fly him around to game and SEC meetings…pretty good salary…having a company plane and tickets and expense account….

Circus Act

February 3rd, 2010
6:17 pm

Just another overpaid clown !

1970 Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
6:22 pm

Circus, You would know a lot about clowns I guess. Why don’t
you buzz on back to the hive before we find the Raid or a fly
swatter.

UGASlobberknocker

February 3rd, 2010
6:22 pm

Coach Dooley should get a commission since it was his management that created the current excellent financial condition of the program. I bet Coach never made over 200k as AD. Evans has done a good job but never forget he was handed a sweet situation.

Now if we coukld just get rid of Mikey Adams..pls NCAA.. hire the pompous a$$ and get him out of our town.

Dog Man 98

February 3rd, 2010
6:26 pm

What a joke.
OK, you may have to pay the coaches big money to produce…but, Evans? This is worse than AIG! What has he done. Can him and let the football, basketball and baseball programs have the money. They are the ones that produce the revenues.

Actually, I guess it is the football program produces the revenue. Give it all to Mark Richt…at least he EARNS his salary.

This is a disgrace!

Dawg Fan 74

February 3rd, 2010
6:28 pm

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!

This clown has done NOTHING!

What a joke!

Big L

February 3rd, 2010
6:32 pm

This has to be a misprint.
Surely Evans could not be paid that much.
How many other UGA employees did not get a raise this year?
How many Georgians did not get a raise?
What has Evans done?
Richt is still the man!… but, Evans can leave any time!

Ga Teacher

February 3rd, 2010
6:34 pm

Wow, I guess the state budget is just fine for AD’s, the rest of us are getting no raise and having to take furlough days (i.e., salary reductions – the work isn’t furloughed!)

DawgNation

February 3rd, 2010
6:37 pm

With all the teachers having to lose part of their salaries due to Sonny’s furloughs you would think that the state would have put this on hold till he did something to earn it. He is after all a State employee subject to the same insane pay cuts the Governor has imposed.

DawgNation

February 3rd, 2010
6:38 pm

I hear you Ga Teacher and understand your position fully.

Logic

February 3rd, 2010
6:39 pm

Actually, he is paid with private funds through the Athletic Department…from the sports revenue; nevertheless, this is a disgrace. He is already paid too much!

DawgNation

February 3rd, 2010
6:40 pm

I was wondering how can a signed contract agreed upon by both the State and the teachers could be broken on a whim and a fat check and lucrative contract for an AD that has done nothing as of yet can be presented?

Todd - Dacula

February 3rd, 2010
6:40 pm

Damon Evans is the CEO of the Program. A smart guy; UGA’s Sports Programs is in great hands with him at the helm.

I smell a hint… perhaps a few of you wish for someone who use sun tan lotion.

DawgNation

February 3rd, 2010
6:41 pm

Thanks Logic for the info. I say quit giving to the Athletic Department till these furloughs are done with.

dawgmom

February 3rd, 2010
6:41 pm

What a joke!! ‘Nuff said.

The Other St. Simons

February 3rd, 2010
6:41 pm

They took Da’Rick’s money and gave it to Evans.

Neutral Observer

February 3rd, 2010
6:43 pm

Just look at all the Damon Evans haters… go guzzle another PBR and slap your wives around while wearing your never-been-washed ‘G’ ballcaps. Y’all obviously know nothing about the business of college athletics. I wonder why you REALLY hate him so much? I bet putting Dooley’s ignorant old behind back in the position and pay him a couple million would make you much happier huh?

Asheville Dawg

February 3rd, 2010
6:44 pm

I feel your pain Ga Teacher. Did Evans have any furlough days this past year? Last I checked the men’s basketball program, while vastly improved, should be considered. And football was 8-5, that’s worth a 25% raise?

DawgNation

February 3rd, 2010
6:45 pm

Todd. It didn’t take long for someone to play that card. I could care less what color his skin is. I leave that up to people like you. Mr Evans has since the day he was announced the AD has my support but I don’t agree with a pay raise while teachers, which included the coaching staff, are given pay cuts when a signed contract was agreed on by both parties.

Logic

February 3rd, 2010
6:45 pm

I was wondering how long before someone injected race…and Todd did not disappoint.
If you disagree with the raise and the high salary you must be a racist.
Great logic.

Voice of Reason

February 3rd, 2010
6:47 pm

Some of you need to know of which you speak. First of all, he is an excellent administrator, groomed and mentored by Vince Dooley for the job. Next, he runs the most successful program financially in the SEC, and the second most successful in the country. His salary comes not from the University or State of Georgia per se, but from the athletic department income. This department contributes GREATLY to the general fund of the University and on occasion has enabled certain projects outside the athletic department to be helped financially.
Why don’t some of you jerks try and find out facts before you open you angry minds.

SuperB

February 3rd, 2010
6:48 pm

Still playing Florida in—FLORIDA! How stupid is this?

I am more interested in winning FB games, not in hobnobbing with a bunch of old drunks on a golf weekend every year. Apparently, Evans is not.

KINGDAWG

February 3rd, 2010
6:48 pm

Depending on the day, the UGA athletic department will claim they are a private organization on other days( if being sued) that they are a state entity. Which would you guess they are today??

Todd - Dacula

February 3rd, 2010
6:48 pm

DawgNation:

I am just playing it face up, not hiding behind the hidden comments. Thats what he makes, PERIOD. HE’s running the department and appears to be doing a great job. The next time you are give a raise, lets see if you turn it down; think not. The Athletic Board gave the raise, Damon did not see them at the liguor store and hold them up for the raise.

I smell you…. Dawg!

Billy

February 3rd, 2010
6:50 pm

Just because the Athletic Dept. is making money doesn’t mean they need to spend it all on salaries. University System of Georgia employees are seeing their salaries drop through mandated furloughs and UGA sees fit to overspend for a DC and give the AD a 30% pay raise. USG employees are going on their second year of salary freeze in addition to furloughs. How about paying a reasonably high salary to your DC, like 500K, and recongnize that we all have to sacrifice right now. I know it’s heresy to the rabid dawg (sic) fans out there, but you don’t have to overspend in desperation while the rest of the university struggles.

Neutral Observer

February 3rd, 2010
6:50 pm

President Adam’s said it… under Evans’ watch: 1. Winning in every program but hoops 2. Excellent graduation rates 3. No NCAA investigations
This is a BUSINESS folks and there is a reason that the SEC signed a multi-BILLION dollar deal to start televising ALL SEC sports (not just football). Want the whole nation watching UGA athletics that are losing and have a bunch of NCAA mud all over them every year?

Big Dog 88

February 3rd, 2010
6:56 pm

Dear Voice of Reason,

Did the taxpayers or the Athletic Department build the stadium?
Does the taxpayers or the Athletic Department pay for all of the extra security needed during football games?
Does the taxpayers or the Athletic Department provide for a University, professors, classrooms etc. that make the University?
Just because of SEC teams do likewise does not make it right.
Give me a list of the top 10 things Evans has done…
It is obviously the coaches and players that produce the revenue…not Evans.

UGA Alumn

February 3rd, 2010
6:57 pm

I am disgusted by the racial comments. I have meet Damon Evans and he is a great man of integrity and a UGA Alumn. He has done an excellent job. UGA has many other sports than just football and we have won many championships during his tenure and our graduation rates are #1 in the SEC. You racists rednecks are an embarrasment to the true Bulldawg Nation!

Dawg Fan 74

February 3rd, 2010
7:01 pm

Dear UGA Alumn,

Apparently UGA did not teach you to read. Where are the racist comments?

Someone disagrees with a raise and you ASSUME it is because of his race. You are obviously not very bright.

george

February 3rd, 2010
7:04 pm

is there a penalty for leaving early or just an incentive for staying? just a longevity incentive seems rather one sided. as some schools are struggling to raise the revenue to subsidize all those non-revenue sports, georgia fans and boosters-and great work by the sec on tv contracts-have made georgia one of the very top programs in the country. he is paid on a par with his peers as are teachers. he does not have guaranteed lifetime employment, excellent benefits and defined benefit retirement. he also is not taking taxpayer or shareholder money to run institutions into the ground like wachovia’s and other bank “robbers” did. wachovia paid the guy who killed then bank 25 million as shareholders, including many retirees, saw their holdings all value.

UGA Alumn

February 3rd, 2010
7:06 pm

Dawg Fan 74: My entire comment wasn’t based on the couple racial comments. Its disgusting that it was even brought up in the first place but I do assume that it is the motive behind a few and if the shoe doesn’t fit then don’t wear it!

PWL

February 3rd, 2010
7:07 pm

Does every blog on the AJC have to be reduced to race?

Can we just stick to the facts!

UGA Alumn

February 3rd, 2010
7:10 pm

PWL: Your absolutely right! The Hoop Dawgs are on, gotta go!

Dawg Fan 74

February 3rd, 2010
7:10 pm

Todd was the first to mention race.
He indicated that people that oppose the raise did so based solely on Evans race.

Hairy's Balls

February 3rd, 2010
7:12 pm

Evans should make more than anyone in the Athletic Dept. He should get a “cut” of the profits from the Dept., netting him millions per year. And we should also give the athletes a minimum pay of $100,000/year to play at UGA. Instead, this money pays for women’s sports (and others) that noone gives a damn about. Season ticket holders should get a “kickback” too, as “shareholders,” depending on profits!

Your 6-Figure Athletic Director Mr. Evans

February 3rd, 2010
7:14 pm

This is a friendly reminder to be sure and pay your required amounts for the privilege of having the opportunity to buy UGA football tickets.

Do pay up in a prompt manner.

Embarrassment

February 3rd, 2010
7:20 pm

Surely this must be the most embarrassing of days for UGA fans.

tenn.DAWG

February 3rd, 2010
7:24 pm

The puppet master is rewarding his yes man.

Todd - Dacula

February 3rd, 2010
7:37 pm

Dawg Fan 74, I smelt it a mile away. I just exposedn the underlying comments. Damon Evans did nothing for have a raise bestowed upon him.

Calvin Ruff Ruff

February 3rd, 2010
7:42 pm

Very sad that race has to be brought into folks, but that is a current reality. Some people (on both sides) see race before anything else. That being said, I don’t think this was the best time for a raise, but with the current contract running out UGA Athletics obviously felt it was time to re-up. He will be paid comparable to his peeers in this line of work. For those who think the guy hasn’t done ANYTHING, I beg to differ. College level ADs have some very huge duties and responsibilities to shoulder. When you are a program of this financial magnitude, the money is there. I just wish they would continue to improve the facilities, get more student athletes to graduate, and keep our quality athletes in state. I agree that the athletes are the real generators of the cash but the NCAA system is flawed in this respect. Damon’s salary is just a drop in the bucket for a program of our financial means. And while the security, state troopers, and other Athens/Clarke services are not paid for out of the Athletic budget, do you realize how much money/tax revenue the Bulldogs generate on any given Saturday? (Let’s don’t abandon the trickle down philosophy) I know I drop plenty of green on eating establishments, parking, tips, gasoline, and bottled water or other beverages that are handsomely taxed. Plain and simple, if most of you people were honest, I don’t think many of you would turn down a raise if your employer offered you one. If you don’t like this latest move, I suggest you true DAWG fans voice things where it counts. Don’t renew your season tickets, stop attending the games, don’t watch the networks for the games, don’t by any bulldog merchandise, go back to a normal car tag, and choose some other institution of higher learning to send your young ones to. I’ve already mailed in my Hartman Fund Donation so I guess I’m stuck for at least another year.

Todd - Dacula

February 3rd, 2010
7:45 pm

If we are going to stick to facts, the very 1st comment should not have been made. Damon Evan’s superiors deceided to grant him a raise. Yet Damon was attacked. Why not blame Adams and the Atheletic Board; obviously, according to a few of you, they are a bad judge of success for their employee.

If Adams and the Board errored, blame them, not Damon Evans.

I am on these blogs a lot and most tones are that of underlying racism when it comes to minorities. I am a defender of racism. It’s 2010 and things are obviously no better that when many carried the shotgun and the rebel flag in their ‘pick-me-up truck’/

GT Metrosexual

February 3rd, 2010
7:52 pm

I just finished flushing my toilet, and I thought of Louie. Where is the little sugar truck tonight, anyway?

HOG EATER

February 3rd, 2010
7:54 pm

disgusting! There are world class professors at UGA who will never make that kind of Money. I am a dawg fan but college athletics has become nothing but a NFL farm team. I say NO more Football scholarships. Some of the “student athletes” cant hardly speak english.

Louie

February 3rd, 2010
7:55 pm

Well, where do I start.

Makes sense ( in mutt world).

Run a program in reverse, get rewarded.

Ol’ Damon might be ridding on the Von richt express as it leaves Cow town, probably won’t be long.

Hope he sticks around, so does the GT nation.

adams should have watched the crash and burn this morning before throwing nickels around like man hole covers.

WHAT DID I TELL YOU LAST NIGHT, YOU WOULD CRASH AND BURN TODAY, DID I NOT?

muttsters are the laughing stock of the SEC today.

YES… STILL L M F A O