Five months later, a very different Athletic Board meeting

The same board that five months ago approved a new five-year, $3.25-million contract for Damon Evans will convene at 11 a.m. today to hear details of his resignation.

This morning’s meeting, via conference call, of the UGA Athletic Board’s executive committee is expected to reveal Evans’ resignation settlement and perhaps the game plan for choosing his successor as Georgia’s athletics director. I’ll be listening in on the call from the Butts-Mehre building and will post updates on Twitter (@ajcuga), so please follow me there.

Meanwhile, I keep thinking about that meeting barely five months ago -– Feb. 3 -– at which the Athletic Board expressed its enthusiastic approval of Evans’ job performance by giving him a new five-year contract and a $110,000-a-year raise.

At that meeting, UGA President Michael Adams said of Evans:  “He’s already become a nationally recognized figure in athletics, and we are fortunate to have him. . . . 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.”

And on that day, a grateful Evans told the board after it emerged from executive session and announced the new contract: “I’m touched deeply by it.”

In a hallway outside the meeting room a few minutes later, he told me: “We’ve got a lot left to do. 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. 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.”

Everything was upbeat at that meeting, which also saw the board approve Evans’ recommendation to spend $21.3 million on renovating Stegeman Coliseum and creating an entry plaza behind the north stands of Sanford Stadium.

No one in attendance on the afternoon of Feb. 3 could have imagined where things would stand on the morning of July 5.

Keep up with today’s meeting: @ajcuga on Twitter.

130 comments Add your comment

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 5th, 2010
6:40 am

SORRY GUYS THIS COULD BE A DUMB ?, WHY DOES UGA USE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC WHEN IT WAS USED BY THE YANKEES AGAINST THE SOUTH IN THE WAR FOR SOUTHRON INDEPENDENCE?

ONELOVE GA
GO DAWGS!

oledawg

July 5th, 2010
7:16 am

You won’t get too many comments on this sad state of affairs. We all hurt.

hop

July 5th, 2010
7:28 am

this board was asleep at the wheel,since they bought anything and everything adams/evans said.

there were signs but adams decided to push them aside!

this was not the first time evans was involved with another person!

Hey hop

July 5th, 2010
7:34 am

Hey hop. Seems like you have all of the inside information. How about sharing something of substance instead of just I told you so.

Pookadoprelanderschitzel

July 5th, 2010
7:45 am

Love is a many splendored thing … and it’s tough not to go for it when it’s available. That said, if you don’t imbibe, you don’t get caught, Damon.

trey

July 5th, 2010
7:56 am

Hop sounds like one of the little north ave taliban posing as a dawg insider.

Evans doesn’t deserve any kind of financial settlement. That’s like rewarding bad behavior. But his contract probably is written in such a way to get it. I hope the stories about Carla Williams being his successor are just idle speculation.

DodgerDAWG

July 5th, 2010
8:04 am

Who else could it be other than Williams with Adams making the choice. Nothing against Williams, she is an excellent choice with a quiet record of success, but Adams will go for her not because of her performance but for history one more time with the first female AD of the SEC. Adams does not care about sports ot UGA only getting his name in the spotlight

voice of reason

July 5th, 2010
8:05 am

When is somebody going to look at Adams? I mean come on, with comments like “we are fortunate to have him. . . . I think he’s done an extraordinary job. . . . And there’s not been a whiff of impropriety during that six-year period.” Adams is asleep at the wheel or he is an exceptional con artist. Apparently, more than a few were in the know about the pattern of behavior from the philandering and imbibing AD from Athens who “didn’t want to use his influence” to shirk the law. How can you be president of a university and not have a “whiff” of this kind of behavior from your AD? This is far far from over my friends. Somebody is going to talk about a past incident that got covered up, and the bloody trail will will lead right to Adams door step. Why else would Damon be so brazen as to think he could just flash his uGa AD badge to pick up a get outta jail free card? Was Damon really the shinning star super intelligent AD of the future we were led to believe or just a shoestring puppet of an egotistical blowhard control freak university president?

Atticus

July 5th, 2010
8:07 am

Adams is a cancer. Damon should’ve never been given that job. Top 5 AD job and it’s given to a yes man that hadn’t earned it. This is the result. Hate to say it but this wasn’t the first incident. It is a sad story (for his wife and kids) but no surprise.

georgia87

July 5th, 2010
8:11 am

This should be carefully thought out. For all the stupidity shown by Evans this weekend, he has run an incredibly profitable AD over the last 7 years. We are not looking for a pretty face or a figurehead, we are looking for a businessman/woman who will have charge over a budget of over $50 million and has to have athletic sense in hiring coaches. Evans’ coaching hires can be criticized, but the finances are impeccable. Let’s not rush into something stupid just because we are embarrassed.

rocky_topper

July 5th, 2010
8:15 am

Firing him? Just because he pulled off his red panties? That’s a little extreme IMO!

[...] folks already surmising that Damon Evans’ departure is bad news for Mark Richt, but based on this quote… Meanwhile, I keep thinking about that meeting barely five months ago -– Feb. 3 -– at [...]

[...] folks already surmising that Damon Evans’ departure is bad news for Mark Richt, but based on this quote… Meanwhile, I keep thinking about that meeting barely five months ago -– Feb. 3 -– at [...]

voice of reason

July 5th, 2010
8:21 am

You guys don’t really think the uGa athletic department finances are in such good condition because of the financial wizardry of the previous AD do you? Georgia’s athletic department is in good shape only and solely due the outrageous amount of money donated to the athletic department by its’ fans. A blithering idiot can make a balance sheet look good when your intake exceeds your expenses by that large of a margin.

Me

July 5th, 2010
8:23 am

With Adams and Richt still there, UGA will remain far from elite.

steve

July 5th, 2010
8:26 am

They to check on the other people at the ath. department. His best friend and Damon would get white girls to come to their rooms on road trips (everyone knew this). Hate to see this happen at UGA but it is probably not the first time at any univ. Good lluckk to the ones who are left over. Do not think McGarity will come and be Adams puppet. He needs to stay at Fla and be a winner. Carla is a great lady, but she has been changed by the establishment (she may get it).

hal combo

July 5th, 2010
8:27 am

What I really hate is now all you Ga yahoos have your excuse when the football team falls apart again this year!

Rick

July 5th, 2010
8:30 am

Me, you’re crazy. Adams I may agree needs to go, but Richt is the man they need. The teams have had some down years, but I believe he has the right support coaches in place now. Things are going to turn around. Find it interested that Richt has yet to be heard from about any of this Evans debacle.

DodgerDAWG

July 5th, 2010
8:30 am

Let’s see how sorry Mr. Evans is for his “grave, grave mistake” and for his actions that “have put a black cloud over our storied program”. I suggest any settlement that he receives for “resigning” be donated to the John Fontaine, Jr. Center for Alcohol Awareness and Education.

Winfield J. Abbe

July 5th, 2010
8:36 am

If the lawyers for Evans haven’t doubled or tripled their demands for money from the UGA Athletic Assn. they should be disbarred. This is a chance of a lifetime. This is the chance any lawyer waits a lifetime to happen. The UGAA obviously wants to settle quick. They also have an almost unlimited supply of dinero from stupid contributers who continue to support their secret, corrupt, illegal propaganda business entertainment enterprise. Evans has the physical attributes to hold them up for a long time. He could get enough money out of them to pay his great great great grandchildren. How often does their lawyer work on Sundae? After all he missed Sundae skool and the lesson on ethics, morality and conscience. His hourly rates likely doubled or tripled or more; who knows they are all sekret like all the activities of this cesspool organization.
He also likely doubles them again for working on the forth of Guly.
Mr. Evans: Get on the phone immediately to your lawyer. It is much easier to make the demand for more dinero now, than to claim duress later. Call that Harvard professor D. He will break their bank for you. Remember he is the one who helped OJ get off the murder charge.If the lawyers for Evans haven’t doubled or tripled their demands for money from the UGA Athletic Assn. they should be disbarred. This is a chance of a lifetime. This is the chance any lawyer waits a lifetime to happen. The UGAA obviously wants to settle quick. They also have an almost unlimited supply of dinero from stupid contributers who continue to support their secret, corrupt, illegal propaganda business entertainment enterprise. Evans has the physical attributes to hold them up for a long time. He could get enough money out of them to pay his great great great grandchildren. How often does their lawyer work on Sundae? After all he missed Sundae skool and the lesson on ethics, morality and conscience. His hourly rates likely doubled or tripled or more; who knows they are all sekret like all the activities of this cesspool organization.
He also likely doubles them again for working on the forth of Guly.
Mr. Evans: Get on the phone immediately to your lawyer. It is much easier to make the demand for more dinero now, than to claim duress later. Call that Harvard professor D. He will break their bank for you.
You can kill two birds with one stone: You will never have to work again and you can destroy this cesspool of an organization which has so damaged the duped citizens and taxpayers of GEorgia for so long. Have a good day you’all.
You can kill two birds with one stone: You will never have to work again and you can destroy this cesspool of an organization which has so damaged and brainwashed the duped citizens and taxpayers of GEorgia for so long. Have a good day you’all. “The great masses of the people …will more easily fall victimss to a big lie than a small one.” Adolph Hitler

saban

July 5th, 2010
8:42 am

I understand the panties had a georgia logo on them.

Can anyone verify this for me?

BP85

July 5th, 2010
8:42 am

There have been numerous “whiffs of improprieties” during Evans’ tenure. Either Adams is too embarrassed to admit he made a foolish hire or he is too stupid to see it.
There are plenty of qualified, seasoned candidates to take over as the next UGA AD, but I’m afraid Adams will once again be more interested in finding someone he can keep under his thumb and maintain control of than finding the best person for the job.

Paddy

July 5th, 2010
8:43 am

ConfererateDawg……….beause”Ole times there have been forgotten”. It has been in all the papers and folks in Georgia love that song. They go crazy at football games when the band strikes it up. The Cival War produced many strange bedfellows!

Hopefully

July 5th, 2010
8:44 am

there won’t be a slew of women in red panties coming forward to stake their claim in the “I was with Damon Evans” saga ala Tiger Woods.

[...] Board meeting this morning will announce resignation of Georgia AD Damon Evans, reports Tim Tucker of the AJC. [...]

Columbus Dawg

July 5th, 2010
8:47 am

This domination of all UGA Football by this story is old already. Speaking of football, I see where Richt is already talking out of both sides of his mouth concerning the Defense. He wants try his best to temper expectations because of first year implementation of a new scheme, while at the same time saying that we have the players to run it. This is just one of the reasons pundits are saying Richt is on the hot seat. People want to point to 2011 as a great year while saying 2010 will be improved, but not championship caliber. The problem with this thinking, for Richt anyway, is that UGA loses a lot of offensive players after this season. Murray will not have the supporting cast in 2011 that he has this year. I have seen most preseason predictions, and most would agree that UGA will probably win 10 games this year, and that’s including a bowl win. 9-3 regular season seems to be the average prediction among pundits who are not total idiots or UF biased or whatever. I know that people say that there are plenty of programs that would love a 10 game win average and all but under the circumstances it just ain’t enough at Georgia anymore. Several factors point to why UGA has not done any better at getting to the big game, but unfortunately for Richt most of them also point to him for not addressing the issues that have held UGA back. Lack of offensive line recruitment, failing to address the defensive issues(for years), and the lack of having the quarterback position shored up in crucial years, are all big reasons why UGA has not lived up to the goals the University has set for it’s football program. If UGA does not win big this year with all of the Offensive players we have in 2010, then how is it going to achieve big things in 2011 without the linemen, A.J., and the two great fullbacks that will be gone in 2011. This will be what Richt will point to in trying to temper expectations for the 2011 season, and on and on. The people who are putting the big money into the University are getting really tired of the excuses. This is why there are so many predicting hot seat for Richt. There are just not that many seasons left for him to keep trying to point ahead to. Richt needs to know the importance of getting to Atlanta this year, but it seems that he continues to “Dream” of years to come.

TDone

July 5th, 2010
8:49 am

As Johnnie Taylor said so eloquently, “The downfall of too many men is the upkeep of too many women.”

jdawgs34

July 5th, 2010
8:49 am

I am not surprised, but this is Adams baby, and makes Dooley look great. Again, as I have said many times before, only my ticket contribution given. No donation to ARCH, he got rid of the other one, but guess what…they borrow from it all the time. How about the money borrowed for a party, how about a home that is furnished and not used. Again, this is Adams…if I got fired there would be no money…

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 5th, 2010
8:53 am

THAT WASNT OVERLY HELPFUL PADDY

1eyedJack

July 5th, 2010
8:53 am

ATLER

I disagree. She could have been brown, yellow , black or tan. The song would remain the same. We just wouldn’t be bringing race into the debate.

EDUCATOR

July 5th, 2010
8:56 am

To ALTER,
As an African American, I have to DISAGREE with you! The University of Georgia had to fire Evans wheter it was a black, white or even purple woman in his car. Race has nothing to do with this. He made a STUPID decision that cost him his job! Futhermore, all respect for him has been lost. You’ve seen the mug shot? Read the Police Report: Crying,red panties, throwing his title around. After reading the report, I think he is really lucky they are allowing him to resign and giving him a settlement.

The University had to distance itself from this situation.
As an administrator in the field of education I totally understand the rationale behind this move. As AD, how would Evans ever again be able to issue consequences to athletes breaking the drinking policies at UGA?

This is very simple, if you break the law you must be ready to face any and all possible outcomes.

collegeballfan

July 5th, 2010
8:57 am

There was a time when one could gain admission to UGA with a fishing license. Then Adams came along. Now one needs top academic credentials gain admission to UGA. Adams has built UGA into one of the top universities in the southeast. Academically UGA used to be in the back row of the SEC. Now UGA sits in the front row.

But if the only important thing in your life is how the UGA football team is doing, then……………………………….

Paddy

July 5th, 2010
8:59 am

Sorry Conferedate Dawg, best I had so early this am. But the fans do like the song, you must give me that?

sad brotha

July 5th, 2010
9:00 am

Affirmative Action… this is what you get. I know there were 20 better qualified W/Ms… what a buffoon! There is more to the Evan’s story that will now be quashed with the settlement.

Rylight

July 5th, 2010
9:02 am

Evans gives a new meaning to the phrase “between the hedges.”

JoeFann

July 5th, 2010
9:06 am

It’s a sad story all around for those of us who love UGA. Sad for Evans, a former player given his dream job and performing it well, sad for Ms. Evans and their kids, sad for current players and coaches who have been let down, sad for all the fans who hate seeing the University dragged through the mud again. I hurt for all of them, and hope Mr. Evans can focus on mending both ways and fences. I hope he can find a meaningful job in a quieter location that will not blind him with the white hot lights of a premier program. I hope that Ms. Evans can sleep through the night when her husband’s not home. But most of all, I hope that the students see that actions mean much more than words, and that poor choices have consequences, not only for themselves, but for everyone who loves them. Best wishes to all.

Go Dawgs!

Lack Intelligence

July 5th, 2010
9:07 am

1eyedJack

Have you not come to realize that those people who always make everything about race, lack the intelligence to make legitimate points about the subject matter? Race is their default position/argument.

Just peruse any blog on any subject and you will find people who make it about race. If the AJC had a story discussing the ‘Theory of Relativity’, you can bet $100.00, someone would play the race card.

LegHumper

July 5th, 2010
9:07 am

My guess is Ms Fuhrman is not the first for Damon

GT

July 5th, 2010
9:08 am

The real irony is Evans replaced Vince Dooley after civil war ,all over the state, broke out. Adams wanted Dooley gone and hired a water boy to take his place. You can’t hire someone pay him this kind of money and then expect to still run the show. You got to have someone Adam’s can delegate responsibility to. It was unfair to Damon Evans and it is unfair to Georgia, to have hired Evans at such a young age, but after a hard headed Dooley I am sure it served Adams’ purpose. If your AD has character problems what else have you missed in you athletic department. I have said quiet often the only thing stopping the Georgia football team is their immaturity. The defense was the most penalized team in the SEC last year. Constantly playing out of position to make the big hit to please a bunch of drunks in the crowd up in Athens. Adams’ has one thing right this state deserves a better state university. Changing Georgia from the backwoods school it is to a nationally respected University, which our state desperately needs, is a task few man could handle. But one leads to the other. Until this state starts taking the future of its kids above throwing a drunk on Saturday in Athens we will always have this stuff going on.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 5th, 2010
9:09 am

OHH FOR SURE IM WITH YA, IM KINDA THINKIN GA JUST SAID TO HELL WITH WHERE ITS FROM AND TOOK IT. I LOVE GA AND AFTER READING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC THOUGHT US PLAYING IT WAS KINDA IRONIC.

HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS

home&home

July 5th, 2010
9:14 am

Here you go ConfederateDawg: “…At a Georgia Tech game in the late 1900s, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal, not knowing the new Georgia fight song, kept constantly complaining about “the incessant playing of ‘John Brown’s Body.’” (While it is interesting to note that the main Georgia fight song is model after “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” that song was actually based on the 1859 song about the abolitionist known for taking over the US arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia).”

http://bands.music.uga.edu/redcoats/history/

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

July 5th, 2010
9:15 am

Before anybody else is hired, let’s find out where they stand on a$$ painting a little dog.

barneyb

July 5th, 2010
9:17 am

Adams” “Not a whiff of impropriety”….what a joke. Was he oblivious to the talk around town for years? So what is Adams’ definition of “impropriety”? this is about charcter and the man has none. Not the sort of person I would want as AD.

charlie the tuna

July 5th, 2010
9:18 am

I was thinking the same thing….why hasn’t a student painted red panties on one of the downtown bulldog statues?

Moses Waddell

July 5th, 2010
9:22 am

Tempest in a teapot. UGA is not athetics. Get a life. This too shall pass.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 5th, 2010
9:24 am

THANKS FOR THE LINK HOME AND HOME

GetwhatUpayfor

July 5th, 2010
9:27 am

Playing the race card is just a cop-out no matter the color. Just looking for a excuse. lol

dagnabit

July 5th, 2010
9:30 am

Adams was right about damon being nationally recognized . Damon will be forever connected a the red panties. I suppose the north ave. taliban caused Damon’s DUI and the red panties. Or the ignorant dawg fans think so.

charlie the tuna

July 5th, 2010
9:30 am

What moron of a University President would sanction a clause in a contract where the employee could have huge buyout in the event of a criminal, immoral, or indecent act???? Shame on all of them. Your tax dollars at work, folks.

sad brotha

July 5th, 2010
9:33 am

If Evans was white… would he have been hired? Look at his resume!