Evans on Signing Day, DC salary, remaining coaching hire, etc.

Athens – At each meeting of the UGA Athletic Association’s board of directors, Damon Evans briefs the board on recent developments in the department. Here’s what Evans, the athletics director, told the board about a range of topics at this week’s meeting:

– On Signing Day: “You never know how the kids will turn out. They could have all the  stars in the world, but you never know until they get here. . . . At the end of the day, in my humble opinion, you can rate them, but it depends on what they do when they get here. So we’ll wait and see what happens.”

– On hiring a defensive coordinator: “Mark [Richt] went through a very extensive process of trying to find a defensive coordinator. Went a roundabout way but found a guy we feel very confident in from the Dallas Cowboys, Todd Grantham. . . . There seems to be a lot of excitement growing around Todd and his new defensive scheme.”

— On Grantham’s $750,000 salary: “I know you saw the reports of the salary we paid -– at the 750 mark with him. Times are a changing in the sport of football. I think at one point in time you saw the escalating salaries for head coaches. Now I see that starting to happen with the assistant coaches. We’ll still try to do what’s appropriate and be mindful of what’s going on. But that’s what at the time we felt we needed to do to get the person to come in and fill that position.”

–  On the ripple effects of the defensive-coordinator search: “And yes, a lot of people did get raises around the country, I’m going to go ahead and say that.”

— On the remaining opening on the football coaching staff: “We still have one position to fill, which Frank [executive associate athletics director Frank Crumley] is working with Mark on right now. So hopefully that position will be filled here soon and we can move forward on into spring ball.”

— On the state of the men’s basketball program: “I’m excited about what’s going on with the basketball program. . . . By no means are we where we want to be, but the thing is, you see the student-athletes are having fun and they seem to be responding to Mark Fox and his staff. We’ve had some significant wins, mainly beating Georgia Tech here. For those of you who were able to attend that game, it’s always good to beat Tech. And we had a good top-10 win over Tennessee.”

— On what’s ahead: “I’m excited about the upcoming sports seasons because we continue to have an opportunity to win some national championships.”

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69 comments Add your comment

Louie

February 4th, 2010
9:23 pm

Enter your comments here
HOT DAMN,1ST

Louie

February 4th, 2010
9:25 pm

Damon smoked his first doobie today by making these comments.

You gotta be kidding me !!!!!!!!!!!!!

STILL L M F A O

Coach Paul Johnson

February 4th, 2010
9:28 pm

Georgia’s Georgia Dog, we’ve got bigger fish to fry than worrying about 30-24!

Louie

February 4th, 2010
9:31 pm

Sounds like Obama speech writer prepared his speach,my god.

Drinking that red and black cool aid,hopes the num-mutt nation has a drink as well.

His best job down the road comes when the wheels come off.

Stay tuned. Worst days are ahead.

STILL L M F A O

Louie

February 4th, 2010
9:33 pm

Come on doggies , we will let you talk.

Where art thou?

Louie

February 4th, 2010
9:33 pm

Anyone heard fom jackhammer?

Louie

February 4th, 2010
9:34 pm

Gotta go, so long mutters.

Moe Tate

February 4th, 2010
10:38 pm

Louie- You’re an idiot. But, you already knew that.

West Ga Dawg

February 4th, 2010
11:07 pm

Why don’t you negative cry babies find you another team to pull for if you are so unhappy with the Dawgs. Most of you complaining probably never played football and couldn’t bust a grape.We have a Great Coach leading our program and if you don’t like him start cheering for the North Avenue Trade School.You Wusses will fit better in their program.

Reality

February 4th, 2010
11:12 pm

UGA – a high school east of atlanta that is on no one’s map. Louisville > UGA. Tenn > UGA. At least there is women’s gym dogs.

Buddy El

February 4th, 2010
11:33 pm

Louie: You can;t be laughing your ass off because you are 100% ass.

tuba

February 4th, 2010
11:34 pm

this one time…at band camp…

Buddy El

February 4th, 2010
11:34 pm

Damn well said West Ga Dawg

WOOF!

February 4th, 2010
11:47 pm

This makes me LMAO! All the haters cant comment on there on blog?They have to come here, they cant help it we are like the Howard Stern radio show . Love us or hate us you will never leave us.You just add to the fan base in one way or another.Only thing you have accomplished is give us more publicity!Now that makes me LMAO!!!!

?

February 5th, 2010
12:13 am

on an ajc blog??? woof??

?

February 5th, 2010
12:17 am

HERES YOUR PUBLICITY

70 tons of trash, toilet bowl shaped stadium, rednecks barking, jan kemp written all over your only crystal ball…. not even close to FLA and DEF NOT TO BAMA…. just has the education institute one third its size to make feel relevant

dd

February 5th, 2010
12:26 am

Why does tech have so many ugly women?

One of life’s all time mysteries.

gadawg

February 5th, 2010
12:39 am

West GA dawg is on the money all you griping complaining snuff dipping so called DAWG fans get the hell off of this blog and go take a bath and brush your tooth. Georgia doesn’t need fans such as you.

patrick

February 5th, 2010
1:15 am

State of the program??????????

UNDER Richt

Vs. SEC foes: 43-22
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Vs. Top 25 foes: 29-18
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Vs. Top 25 foes away from home: 18-12
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Vs. Top 10 foes: 8-6
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In postseason games (bowls and championships): 9-3
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In games decided by a touchdown or less: 34-14
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Record at home: 47-9
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Record on the road: 27-6
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Losses to unranked teams: 6
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Top 25 finishes: 8
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Top 10 finishes: 6
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Fact:………UGA was 12-1 in 2002 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Fla was 12-1 in 2006 (prior to bowl selections)
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Fact ………Not UGAs fault there were 2 unbeatens that year. “unlucky”
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Fact……….Not Flas credit that there was only one unbeaten in 2006. “Lucky”
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Fact:………Luck not merit had more to do with Fla getting invited to the BCS than whether Fla was more deserving to go to a NC with identical records.
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Fact:………No SEC team has ever lost a NC game and if UGA would have been invited nothing indicates that it would have been different
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Fact……….UGA has 2 SEC titles..same as Fla in last 9 years and equal amount of total wins over all.
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Fact……….UGA has been ranked more times top ten in last 9 years than any SEC team.
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Fact……….UGA 90 wins in 9 years no other SEC team has more.
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Fact………..UGA has 2 SEC titles…same as Fla
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Fact………..UGA has won 4 str8 bowls….more than any other SEC team.
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Fact……..UGA has won 11 of last 13 bowls…more than any team tied with LSU and more than FLA
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Fact…… UGA has won 8 or more games in last 13 years…more than any other team.
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Fact…… UGA has been ranked more times in top ten than any SEC team over last 9 years.
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Fact…….UGA is clearly as good or better than any SEC team over last 9 years. Only a fool or a fan of the mythical BCSNC selection process (non playoff) would think otherwise.
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Fact…….Coach Mark Richt in 9 seasons at UGA:
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Fact…….UGA had same record when they won the SEC title in 2002 as Fla did in 2006/8 when they won the SEC title. But UGA had the misfortune (luck) to have that record in a year that had 2 other teams with undefeated records.
Hardly an indictment on UGA but rather on the NC selection process.
6 times finished in the top 10
2 times finished in the top 3
3 SEC Championship Appearances
2 SEC Titles
3 BCS Bowls
2 Sugar Bowl wins
90-27 record over 8 seasons – 79% winning percentage (one of only 7 in the history of college ball to have ever accomplished this)
4 str8 bowl wins
7-2 in bowls (big games)
Mark Richt coached QB coach for Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke = 2 Heismans; Head Coach for David Greene = all time winningest college QB until Colt McCoy this year); and coached Matthew Stafford = very rich #1 draft pick)
No Probations
He has my respect.
Period.

I would say the program is doin OK.

m

February 5th, 2010
1:15 am

For Georgia I’d say: A new day is Donnan, yet again.

bull

February 5th, 2010
3:15 am

Leave your Samurai swords at your parents house before you come to Athens next year Nerds

College Football is Changing - For the Worse

February 5th, 2010
3:47 am

I’m so sick of so many street thugs and dumb athletes acting like brats that I’m ready to throw in the towel with college football. Haven’t watched an NBA game in years, did not sit in one seat at Turner field for past three years, did not give the Georgia Athletics Association my $5,000 last year. Didn’t go to one single game at Sanford Stadium. Look at the players … their hair, the burns, the tatoos, the attitudes, the criminals, the back alley hurt anyone that gets in your way attitude. Even my grandson (20 years old) didn’t even want to go to the Georgia game when he had free tickets in hand. Yep, the Georgia program is changing … changing for the worse. The old guard is starting to leave the ship and the replacements won’t give their money and support like those in the past. If not for tv revenues, college football would be in deep trouble. Georgia, not even in the top ten in recruiting. Georgia not even ranked in top twenty. Georgia 8-5 and lucky to be there. Georgia waiting three years two long to make coaching changes. Georgia with an extensive list of law-breakers. Georgia with coaches who have lost their passion and fire. Georgia becoming the whipping boy of the SEC east. Yessir, the Georgia football program is changing … changing for the worse and I hate to see it happen.

benadawg

February 5th, 2010
4:41 am

I did spend money, i love georgia, if you don’t then get out of my space. negative people are everywhere and they are going to bring down this country….

Ray Goof

February 5th, 2010
5:20 am

Patrick….. Mark Richt won those 2 fraud SEC Titles with Jim Donnan team. Mark Richt has not won a SEC Title with his class or never ever sniffed a chance to play for a National Title. Choke! the offical drink of the georgia bulldawgs.

jerry

February 5th, 2010
5:40 am

New Georgia D

Don’t give me no sh-t ’bout no re-hab
All I wanna do is smash and grab

replaces:

Yo,hoe, check out this ditty
bend like a willow, soft as a titty

Win P

February 5th, 2010
5:41 am

It’s time to take what UGA has and END the last 20 year fiasco with Florida.

Louie Jr.

February 5th, 2010
6:05 am

Louie- You are becoming a legend on these boards. With a little more practice, you will be able to rival your breathren Yellow Fuzz, St. Simons, and the notorious “m”. You seem to be a little immature in how easily you get suckered, but if you keep trying, keep your eye on the prize, and never waver in your quest, you too could be crowned the King of Geeks.

You are sooooo much fun to toy with.
Go for it!

GTDog

February 5th, 2010
6:23 am

Patrick, always a pleasure to see your posts, I like numbers. But it’s time to cut it about halfway through, it’s getting a little too long. The first 8 to 10 lines state your case just fine.

And “m”! Long time no see! I missed you for awhile after that November game! You were missing for what…(30+24=54)…54 days or so? Great to have you back! How’s sis doing?

MESSENGER

February 5th, 2010
6:34 am

Offense ain’t very good to say the least.

GATruth

February 5th, 2010
6:34 am

Louie – Where did you go? Did your mom have your bath ready?
Ray Goof – Then why didn’t Donnan win 10 games with them?
Jerry – Huh? Put down the crack pipe and pull your pants up. This is a sports page not Def/Grady Recording

What is funny is how so many supposed Dawg fans get on her and bitch like a sophomore prom date when the only high-school or college football action they saw was from the stands or te inside of a gym locker. Give the people running the program credit for knowing more than you, having a greater vested interest in its success. Let’s face it, Damon Evans is NOT Obama – he’s not intentionally trying to destroy UGA football like BO is trying to destroy our country.

ghldawg

February 5th, 2010
8:16 am

Off the subject…did anyone else see a twitter that the Gators DC left to go with Chan Gailey to Buffalo already…rumor or fact?

amelia isl.mike

February 5th, 2010
8:20 am

Techies—-its the same ole story w/ you guys… Jealousy will get you nowhere. Until you go 500 at least w/ us you shouldnt talk crap. If you only beat Ga once every ten years you dont have much ground to stand on..But talk , talk…just keep losing to that terrible Dawg program.
Too funny….

amelia isl.mike

February 5th, 2010
8:21 am

Fact on the Fla d.c.—-stuck around till the recruits signed and hauled ass. Urban deceitful trickery……

Mt. Pleasant Daeg

February 5th, 2010
8:53 am

Evans has NOT been good for Coach Richt.

The money and financial package Evans authorized for a DC, wasn’t enough to get Foster, Chavis, or Smart.

This REALLY hurt Georgia football in negative p.r. and contributed to a lackluster recruiting class.

If Evans doesn’t authorize some big bucks for the new LB coach, you have to wonder, is he trying to hang Richt to dry to turn the public againt Richt?

The staff has been one of the most UNDERPAID in the SEC.

Evans is to blame for not competing.

richt, with a world class staff, would have had 3 National Championships by now. He’s earned that. Too bad he has a CHEAP AD like Evans.

Mt. Pleasant Daeg

February 5th, 2010
8:57 am

Evans has also NOT been good for Richt by scheduling some of the toughest OUT OF CONFERENCE games year after year.

Florida schedules Florida Intl, Charleston Southern, and Troy.

Evans schedules for Richt top 10 teams like Boise St., Oklahoma St, Ga Tech, etc.

It’s good brand awareness in those states, but Evans has cost Georgia a National Championship with the out-of-conference scheduling.

ghldawg

February 5th, 2010
9:04 am

Why isn’t this Florida DC mess all over the news?!?

DTC

February 5th, 2010
9:07 am

The single most obvious point of the jealousy that GT fans hold with the quality of the UGA program is the fact that they hang out on the UGA blogs and vent their hatred for UGA. Obviously, I have observed some UGA fans venting negatively on the GT sites, but nowhere to the extent in the numbers or to the extent of their dislike of GT, that there is with GT fans on the UGA sites.
I used to be a UGA & GT fan, a fan of the teams of the state of GA, but after observing the excessive negative blogging by GT fans, I am no longer a fan of GT – and they claim to be the more intellectual of the two college systems. Hatred for someone, just because you hate them, is the most obvious sign of ignorance. Seems to me that GT is the most ignorant of the two college systems of so-called “higher learning”.

Yellow Fuzz

February 5th, 2010
9:38 am

Where did 1eyeJacked go?

Yellow Fuzz

February 5th, 2010
10:41 am

The following article reminds me of the preacher going to great lengths at a funeral to make the family believe the guy didn’t go to Hell.

Big picture needed when it comes to UGA’s recruiting
10:51 am February 4, 2010, by Bill King

Richard Samuel’s move to linebacker is welcome news. (Georgiadogs.com)
Some final thoughts on signing day.

First, you don’t shake up a program by getting rid of nearly half the coaches without expecting some fallout like this. Yes, it would have been great to add some depth at wide receiver and cornerback, but it’s not like the cupboard was exactly bare after those Top 10 recruiting classes Mark Richt has had in recent years. If the Dogs are going to suffer any from this subpar recruiting season, it’ll probably be a year or so down the road. And, who knows, if Richt bounces back in terms of recruiting next year, this hiccup might not matter much at all.

Secondly, this class might not be as impressive on first appearance as Richt’s others, but it’s not too shabby. Had Da’Rick Rogers not bolted, this likely would have been graded a Top 10 class by at least some of the recruiting analysts.

And as has been pointed out by MrSEC and others, if you average those much-hyped star ratings for the players, Georgia’s class actually ranks very nicely. Using Rivals.com’s numbers, with a point assigned for every star, Georgia finishes second in the SEC with an average of 3.68 points per player, behind only Florida’s 3.89.

Does that actually mean anything? Well, probably as much as the star ratings themselves. But those fans looking for a silver lining at least have something to latch onto.

One more point about Da’Rick. You hear a lot of whispers about what really went into his defection and off-field concerns about him, but in the wake of his putting on the orange cap, all that sounds like the same sort of sour grapes that emanated from the other side last year when Marlon Brown pulled a similar 180 and signed with the Dogs. Let’s not stoop to that level. The kid had a change of heart. Leave it at that.

Oh, and the Georgia players promising to make him pay on the playing field ought to have kept such thoughts among themselves. If he burns one of them on a long scoring play, those taunts are going to look pretty silly.

What else can we take from Wednesday? Well, he’s not a signee since he was already on the team, but a lot of fans think the Dogs’ defense got a big addition with the announcement that running back Richard Samuel is switching to linebacker, as had been rumored for months. Samuel, who played LB in high school, will bring a lot of speed to that position, something Georgia needed.

As for Logan Gray deciding to stick at quarterback for spring drills, that’s not really surprising, although I’m in the camp that feels he’s basically delaying the inevitable and probably would be better off if he went ahead and switched positions and got in more work there. Still, there’s something to be said for having at least one quarterback who actually has taken snaps in some games. And there’s always the chance that Gray will rise to the occasion and prove us naysayers wrong.

I wouldn’t lay any money on that, but the competition surely won’t hurt Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger and might prove a plus.

Pup Fan

February 5th, 2010
10:41 am

Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
10:42 am

Top SC QB (Golson) to sign with Tar Heels today.

GT Rick

February 5th, 2010
10:47 am

I thought the same thing yellow fuzz!

HAD

February 5th, 2010
10:52 am

Yellow Fuzz: Right on! And Bill King is one of the most one sided journalist the AJC has. Second only to Mark “Bobo” Bradley and Jeff “Grantham” Shultz

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
10:58 am

The word I’m getting out of North Carolina is that Butch Davis’ staff has been in Boone NC learning their offense. Supposedly, the Golson kid is Armanti Edward reincarnated. I also believe that their redshirt qb (Brenner) is a gunslinger in his own right. Looks like the long-suffereing offense of the tar heels is about to give some support to their top-ranked 2010 defense. Look out Tech et. al.

SEC East Headlines – 2/5/10 « MrSEC.com

February 5th, 2010
10:58 am

[...] director Damon Evans — who might be the most high-profile AD in the conference — opened up about signing day, Todd Grantham’s salary and more. 7.  This writer believes Georgia’s signing class is better than advertised.8.  [...]

ChokeByChoke

February 5th, 2010
11:02 am

we won the Shreveport bowl and then recruited accordingly.

obomaisaclown

February 5th, 2010
11:40 am

More star players left the state than stayed, that is a problem period.

Big time?? Not

February 5th, 2010
11:43 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs, four cokes

Steiner

February 5th, 2010
12:03 pm

To: College Football is Changing – For the Worse
Hey, you must have headache today….Things can’t be that bad….Let me prescribe for you a lukewarm enemal and you might get back in the real world….

Buzzkill

February 5th, 2010
12:14 pm

GT fan here….I am so pathetic that I go to UGA blogs and read other pathetic GT fans’ insults in hopes that I feel better about myself. That is all.