Evans’ settlement: 3 months salary plus previously earned $100,000 bonus

(Updated 12:20 p.m.)

ATHENS -–The UGA Athletic Association board of directors’ executive committee this morning approved a settlement that will pay departing athletics director Damon Evans three months salary as severance, plus a $100,000 longevity bonus earned under his previous contract.

UGA President Michael Adams told the board that Evans submitted his resignation, “which I have accepted,” on Sunday.

The meeting, by teleconference, lasted about 15 minutes, most of that in executive — closed — session.

“As I said on Thursday morning, when I first learned of the situation, this is not an example of the kind of leadership that I expect our senior administrators to set,” Adams told the committee.

“We acknowledge the many positive accomplishments of [Evans'] tenure, including an increased focus on the academic success of student-athletes, the overall financial strength of the athletic department and the hiring of many very good people as head coaches and senior leaders in the athletic department.”

Adams said he would not answer questions from the media about the matter and the future leadership of the athletics department until a 2 p.m. news conference on Tuesday.

According to the separation agreement signed by Evans and Adams on Sunday, the Athletic Association agreed to continue to pay Evans his salary for the next three months, totaling about $137,500. In addition, he is to be paid a $100,000 longevity bonus called for in his previous contract on Aug. 1.

In the agreement, Evans “releases and forever discharges” the university, the Athletic Association and the state “from any and all claims.” He also agreed to a confidentiality provision regarding “all matters leading up to this Release Agreement,” and both parties — Evans and UGA — agreed to make “no statements . . . which are disparaging, critical or negative toward each other or any of their agents, employees or students.”

The agreement also stipulates that Evans “will receive a reference mutually agreed-to by the President of the University and Evans.”

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256 comments Add your comment

surfdawg

July 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Reality Check

July 5th, 2010
11:00 am

We all tend to respond the same way to success, what separates men of character is how they respond to failure. Mr. Evans has a lot of failure in his life right now, hopefully, he responds to the challenge and rights his realtionship with his God, family and community. All joking aside, I will be praying for him.

Mr. G

July 5th, 2010
11:01 am

Saint Simons

July 5th, 2010
11:02 am

Its time for UGA to clean up its act!!!!!!!

Tom

July 5th, 2010
11:05 am

Its time for UGA to clean up its act!!!!!!!

That would take a can of Comet the size of the Westin.

Dawg Tired

July 5th, 2010
11:07 am

Saint Simons was stupid a year ago and as Ron White says, “There ain’t no cure for stupid.”

Fair and Balanced

July 5th, 2010
11:08 am

Reality Check: Evans responded to success by excessive drinking and apparent womanizing. As Lincoln said, your character is most shown by how you respond to success – not to failure. NOW that he has failed in response to success is a chance to respond to failure – as you said. Time for a dose of correction and a lesson that will lead to better character. He himself though is not a failure unless he fails to learn and move forward with his life after repentance. Indeed, we must pray for him.

Tech Sucks

July 5th, 2010
11:10 am

St. Simons, Tech still sucks at football.

Richt is 8-1 against the Nerds.

joann

July 5th, 2010
11:11 am

I personally do not feel sorry for Mike Evans. He has disgraced his wife, Ugaand the fans. All he had to do was remember his Vows and his Oath to UGa. If I was his wife, I would be at the lawyers office while he is doing the news conference, I bet he wishes he had never seen that bimbo or her red panties,

Tom

July 5th, 2010
11:12 am

With the current circumstances as they are, maybe the Board will take this opportunity to vote to remove the name of that other notorious womanizing drunk adjacent to that of the great Harry Mehre from the front of the building.

Or, maybe not.

Michael

July 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Here is still a great leader and will rebound. God bless you man

FNFAL

July 5th, 2010
11:13 am

Yeah, I suppose you could pray for him. That, or give him a few million dollars.

savannadawg

July 5th, 2010
11:14 am

It’s too bad. I thought Damon did a good job but the profile job your in isn’t available to just anyone. It truly is a wonderful position one should never take lightly nor abused. I hope for you the best and hope you bounce back from this. So long. Now as we start looking at the future I just read a kind of disturbing report of the type of man Michael Adams is. On Dawgpost they look at some of the candidates for possible hire. We’ll in one of the paragraphs it pretty much says that Adams will be looking for a YES man. Someone he can control without any so called push back. Well if that is true then Adams is a coward and scared of independant thinking. That in it self would be enough for me to fire him also!

Jim Hill

July 5th, 2010
11:16 am

As sad as the situtation is concening David Evans, I agree on the fact that he must leave the
University. In the AJC article this morning it implied that Evans would be negotiate a seperation
settlement with the University. My question is why is there any negotiations? Will the university
pay him a partial years salary???Due to the clause in his contract about behavior, it seems to me
that the university could have just fired him and said goodby. Why would he expect any extra money?

Brian F.

July 5th, 2010
11:18 am

Bye Damon !!!

Truth will not out

July 5th, 2010
11:18 am

How much money will he get to keep all he knows buried?

monalisa

July 5th, 2010
11:18 am

I am praying for Damon and his family. None of us are without sin.

UGAgrad71

July 5th, 2010
11:18 am

So much to give and to offer, wasted and gone. Life offers the test first and experience is what we make of it. Damon is a broken man right now. He must demonstrate now what he lacked on June 30, character and resolve. To retain him would be a slap in the face of any pretense of order and integrity by the athetic board. Het him move on, and rebuild his life, but not at UGA.

GaTruth

July 5th, 2010
11:19 am

Tech fans love to imply that UGA has some wide-spread integrity issues. Our guys must be going to class and doing the work as the UGA athletic group outscored the weenies in recent academic qualification ratings. Beat them when we should, beat them when we shouldn’t, beat them in life. GOOOOOOOOOO Pepper Rogers!!!!

father garducci

July 5th, 2010
11:20 am

I believe this is the same process they use in selecting a Pope. If red smoke is seen Damon like the devil is a goner, white smoke we have a new AD….

mason

July 5th, 2010
11:23 am

Saint Simons = Stinger = RambleOn

30-24!!!

So glad it STILL hurts soooo bad

Adios Tiger Evans, I mean Damon Woods, I mean, well never mind.

Dr. Phil

July 5th, 2010
11:23 am

Adams must be in the villa in Costa Rica that he bought with Foundation money and treats as his own, or is he at the villa in Italy. Way to ruin his vacation, State Patrol and AJC!

Deepdiver565

July 5th, 2010
11:24 am

It would be great if Evans wanted to get back at UGA and aired its dirty laundry about paying players and having sham classes exposed to the world.

LoyalDog

July 5th, 2010
11:24 am

I wonder if they’ll discuss other candidates today also. There are a some quality, competent people currently on the administration staff – Arthur Johnson, who’s worked at Texas and Cal, is well thought of across the country as an up and comer and Carla Williams is well credentialed and has a steady unflappable demeanor. There are others in the administration that are not very well qualified for their current positions and really need to go.

Damon, maybe at Adam’s behest, let some talented people go when he took over from Coach Dooley. No doubt there was some dead wood there at the time, primarily because of Coach Dooley’s loyality to folks who’d been around awhile but Damon’s cuts went beyond that. There hasn’t been a lot of independent thinking in the Butts-Mehre building for some time now and I think that’s exactly how President Adams wants it.

I’ve had to interact with President Adams directly from time to time and his arrogance is overwhelming. It’s easy for some to trot out the “you only care about sports not academics” line but that is not the case. My wife and I, as well as two of our children, are alums and proud of the progress UGA has made academically. We support athletics financially but we also give significant money to the Terry College of Business (which is doing an outstanding job of educating students). The academic progress at UGA is more a product of the HOPE scholarship than Michael Adams, though he and the “yes men” on his staff would never admit that.

I have friends on the Board of Regents but I just don’t understand their support of Adams. He is a detriment, not an asset, to UGA. You can rest assured the next AD will be someone Adams thinks he can control.

One last point, the recent AJC article about how much (or how little) is spent on football at UGA should be telling. There is almost an animosity between the administration and the football program. Our coaches salaries are competitive but we are spendthrifts in so many other things like lack of clerical support for coaches. New assistant coaches are shocked when they get here to find out the entire staff must share one administrative assistant.

SSIgator

July 5th, 2010
11:25 am

Doesn’t matter how much money he gets. His soon to be ex-wife will get it all anyway.

Carolina Gator Lover

July 5th, 2010
11:25 am

father garducci, you are all wrong. If REP PANTIES are seen Damom like the devil is a goner…..

TROTTINGHOME

July 5th, 2010
11:27 am

adios u mutter trucking ex-AD

John

July 5th, 2010
11:27 am

an ajc article yesterday brought a good point….did UGA have any clue what Damon had done when they let him hold his press conference. I cannot imagine they did. UGA fans should feel more disrespected about that press confernce than anything. I mean he sat on stage and made it seem like an average DUI arrest, all the while knowing that a damning ploice report was just hours from being released. Or maybe he is pompous enough to believe that his poor behavior would all be swept under the rug and he could continue his high-profile life. Either way I think he is a joke of a man and I hope UGA doesn’t give him a penny.

M

July 5th, 2010
11:28 am

Hey not Herschel Walker,
What if that was your Daughter or Mama out there dishing out the strange.

POAD

July 5th, 2010
11:28 am

Who is already Drunk at the Board Meeting? Good now lets get down to paying Damon to keep his mouth shut.

BANKS

July 5th, 2010
11:29 am

New Tech motto, “If we can’t beat them, we may as well make fun of them.”

TROTTINGHOME

July 5th, 2010
11:29 am

loyaldog….this business is not always about liking someone (thank god)…at the end of the day can you sit down with a person and have a laugh…most can obviously do that.

Dawgs2010

July 5th, 2010
11:29 am

The image of that skank’s face and actions on the side of the road that fateful night will forever be burned into his brain.

What a NIGHTMARE!

There is also a good chance he may NEVER even sleep with his own wife.

I’d put him on suicide watch. This is a major fall. You can’t recover from this.

What Shame!

Exec.

July 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Athletic Board goes into executive session?????????? What??? What could they be talking about. Maybe the Oil Leak, jobs or taxes. I thought this was Sports. Just fire him and play ball. It’s just a game. Hearing “this” will make you want to drink.

jdawgs34

July 5th, 2010
11:31 am

I used a plumber in Ala this past weekend, and his quote was that all the money they paid Saban’s had been worth every penny. Here is a guy who goes to the games and supports even higher salaries than we pay. Folks it’s just college football and in the deep south some might as well get over it. Adams needs to go, and the Regents need to listen. The next governor may help a little when Sunny is out..

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

July 5th, 2010
11:32 am

It is proof that the sex drive in humans is indeed strong when in the midst of the Tiger Woods’ situation (and Evans resembles Woods) to say nothing of all the other recent and past sexual scandals, that a well educated, well paid man such as Evans would fall to such poor decision making. That said, there is simply no excuse for a grown man making such a “mistake.”

I recoil whenever I hear a celebrity or other notable person say that they made a mistake. Obviously, their mistake was in getting caught. For instance, as many times (now documented) that Tiger cheated on his wife, it was never referred to as a “mistake” until he was caught. Then, the “mistake” was applied retroactively. Puleeese!!!

Go Falcons!!!

red&black 4 ever

July 5th, 2010
11:32 am

Right Dr. Phil!

Adams should be canned too! Remember that audit back in ‘03? The attorney general did nothing about it! (I won’t be voting for that guy)

Ted M

July 5th, 2010
11:33 am

wow only 3 months and 100k. I thought it would be a lot more then that. Evans needs to get job quick. His beautiful wife will get the 100k in the divorce settlement.

Ted M

July 5th, 2010
11:33 am

plus a whole lot more

ugaclassof2004

July 5th, 2010
11:33 am

LoyalDog

You hit the nail on the head, especially in regards to the HOPE scholarship being a huge part of UGA’s success the last 15 years.

UGAdawg71

July 5th, 2010
11:33 am

Claude Felton is the best choice !!!

Pookadoprelanderschitzel

July 5th, 2010
11:34 am

$237,500. Not a bad sum to walk away with after this fiasco.

tompro97

July 5th, 2010
11:35 am

Well, now it’s time to get rid of Adams and Leeburn. UGA has been suffering under them for far too long. Amazing who and what money can buy!!!

MIke T.

July 5th, 2010
11:35 am

.Deepdiver565

It would be great if Evans wanted to get back at UGA and aired its dirty laundry about paying players and having sham classes exposed to the world.

All that would do, is further make him,
look bad, after all he was the AD. Why does Damon Evans need to get back at UGA about? They have done nothing to him,he brought all this on himself.They don’t have much choice but to let him go.

World Be Free

July 5th, 2010
11:35 am

It’s amazing how many people can forgive this guy. I am thankful that nobody got hurt because of this idiot. Life is just one big Mulligan to some people-do it right the first time!

JT

July 5th, 2010
11:35 am

He probably never thought about the record revealing everything that happened.

GODAWGS!

July 5th, 2010
11:35 am

Bring back Vince Dooley!

ISEEU

July 5th, 2010
11:35 am

The DUI was doable-Low class woman, the red panties in his lap and the weeping meltdown as he was being cuffed was his undoing! Another fool….

Dawgs2010

July 5th, 2010
11:36 am

$237,500 is chump change compared to what he was going to make. He will need every bit of that for his divorce.

POAD

July 5th, 2010
11:36 am

Wow, Damon’s WIFE got relly screwed. Damon will spend all that money on DUI fines, fees, and Lawyers. Don’t forget the cost to pay someone to drive him around for a year. Mrs. Evans you better file today and GATA. Get After Those Assets.