Richt shares thoughts on Evans’ arrest, resignation

ATHENS — Georgia football coach Mark Richt met with a few reporters in the atrium of the Butts-Mehre building late this afternoon and talked publicly for the first time about the arrest and resignation of  Damon Evans. Richt expressed sadness for Evans and his family, endorsed the selection of Frank Crumley as interim athletics director and expressed confidence that UGA President Michael Adams will make a wise decision on Evans’ permanent successor.

Following are excerpts from the conversation with Richt.

His general feelings about what has happened:

“I do feel for Damon and his family. I’ve been working with Damon for almost 10 years now. I had a very good working relationship with Damon and a very good personal relationship, too, with him and his family. I’m definitely sad for everyone from that regard.

“Moving forward, I think President  Adams has done a really very fine job of handling the situation the way he did. I think having Frank Crumley as the interim AD right now makes the most sense. Frank is a very, very sharp guy. We’ve got a lot of sharp people in our association. Everybody is very, very capable of doing their job or basically continuing to do their job because I don’t see anything that is really going to change in the way we go about our day-to-day business.  I’ve got a lot of faith in Frank’s ability to lead. . . .

“We’re just going to go on with life and take care of business. Our football staff and our football team –- I think everyone is saddened by the news of losing Damon because he has done a bunch of wonderful things for us. He has been an outstanding athletic director. But we all know we’ve got a job to do and an exciting season ahead of us, and we are very excited about moving forward. And this situation, as sad as it was, we don’t believe it will hinder us from going where we want to go and doing the things that we want to do. So we’re focusing on that right now.”

Asked if he has spoken with Evans:

“Actually, we exchanged voice mails.  Seems like every time I called him he wasn’t able to pick up, and vice versa. Nothing that I would want to divulge, nothing earth-shattering, but just talking about the situation as best you can through a series of a couple of messages we left for each other.”

On a permanent successor to Evans:

“I do have a lot of confidence in President Adams’ ability to hire a new person who will get the job done and get the job done well. I know Georgia is one of the finest universities in this country, and our athletic program has got to be one of the top five in America in my opinion. So it is a job that a lot of people would be interested in, a lot of quality people. And whoever the president decides on, I’ll support that person and we’ll be ready to move forward.”

His initial reaction upon hearing the news of Evans’ arrest:

“I didn’t really know how to react.  Because when you’re not there and when you don’t know everything that happened, you hear DUI and that’s certainly a very serious thing.  But I really didn’t try to make — I didn’t and still  won’t  make any kind of judgment on it, but I knew it was serious. I knew that.”

On whether the negative attention on Georgia could adversely affect recruiting:

“I don’t think so. Georgia is an awesome place; it’s a beautiful campus; we’re in a wonderful city; we’ve got tremendous academics here; we’ve got a great athletic program. I think people see that and people want to be a part of that, so I don’t think it’s going to become a problem that way.”

And on speculation about how a new AD might affect Mark Richt’s future:

“I don’t worry about those things, I really don’t. My focus is to do my job, and my focus is to be obedient to my Lord and Savior. That’s kind of what I do. And if that is good enough, great.”

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East Atlanta

July 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

'94 Dawg

July 7th, 2010
5:35 pm

Richt is the man!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!! 30-24

Paul Johnson has Moobies....

July 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

KEN

July 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

KEN

July 7th, 2010
5:36 pm

Hey Dogtards

July 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

Someone ought to inform Mr. Richt what tremendous academics are. Uga may have great academics compared to LSU and Auburn, but its average at best compared with all the schools nation wide.

I didn’t go to GT either, just telling it like it is. Uga has some great programs, but the school itself as a whole isn’t much to write home about.

Bill Belichick

July 7th, 2010
5:37 pm

Lucky we have this coach.

WestOfAthens

July 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

Well spoken, or well quoted. Whichever is more accurate.

HBTD

'94 Dawg

July 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

Hey Dawgtard…check out the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. The scores are HIGH. Why are you even on this blog? Go back to Lanier Tech

SouthJaxBeachBulldawg

July 7th, 2010
5:40 pm

This just goes to show you what kind of class act CMR is and WHY he will be at UGA for an awfully, long, long time! As much as I have had my problems with Michael Adams I do admire for the way he handled this in an expedient fashion.

superDawg

July 7th, 2010
5:40 pm

Thanks coach you do a great job.

Frank Castellana

July 7th, 2010
5:40 pm

I am so sorry that all this happened. Damon Evans did a great job. I am praying for him and his family. Coach Richt, is so special to Georgia and to my family. We pray for him and thank God everyday for the walk he walks.

Bill Belichick

July 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

Dogtards, anyone who posts with a name like yours, his opinion can’t be taken too seriously on academics.

Big Ed

July 7th, 2010
5:41 pm

Say what you will, but you have to admit that CMR is a stand up guy and a class act!!!

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 7th, 2010
5:42 pm

DAMN CMR IS GREAT!!!

Felix the Cat

July 7th, 2010
5:42 pm

Mr Dogtards.. I can understand how you picked your name…You are an idiot……And your comments reinforce mine…

To Hell With Georgia

July 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

To Hell With Georgia.

Larry

July 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

Mark Richt is truly a class act. Any parent should be proud to have their son play for him and/or simply be around him.

Remarkable

July 7th, 2010
5:44 pm

Thanks Mark for putting it all into perspective. We can beat up on a guy that made a serious mistake or we can plan to beat up on some football teams that we will see in a couple of months. No AD is going to stop a great program like the one MR is building at UGA. I thank God for a man like that at the school I’m sending my son to. Find an AD with the kind of character Mark Richt has and we will all be proud of him for years to come.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 7th, 2010
5:44 pm

You got to be happy with a guy like Richt being your coach!! God Bless him and GO DAWGS!!!!!!!

Crimedog

July 7th, 2010
5:46 pm

I read where someone wished that Adams was CEO of BP. Wel, I wish that too. But, the former CEO of BP answered for his incompetence. Adams apparently answers to no one.

Red Rover

July 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

Just wish all our fans were as classy as Richt.
It’s the hard times that really show peoples character and some of us have been down right classless.
Rise above it!!

Tom Davis

July 7th, 2010
5:47 pm

HELL YES FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Billy Bob

July 7th, 2010
5:48 pm

A lot of words, but didn’t really say much.

Souljaboy

July 7th, 2010
5:48 pm

If Richt is such a class act, why do so many of his “boys” go to jail?

Paddy

July 7th, 2010
5:50 pm

Coach, well said. Now, go sign a couple more D-Linemen! You are the man for this job no doubt! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!

richt rules

July 7th, 2010
5:51 pm

Thank GOD for CMR— The best!!

Best of Atlanta

July 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

.
Nesbitt for Heisman

chamblee54

July 7th, 2010
5:53 pm

“and my focus is to be obedient to my Lord and Savior”. Mr. Richt is talking about his disgraced ex boss…a drunkard and adulterer, with lousy taste in panties. This is not a good time to drag in your religion.

Tuck Fech

July 7th, 2010
5:54 pm

“F” Souljaboy and all the Haters!

GO DAWGS!

StevieDawg

July 7th, 2010
5:54 pm

Last I checked, UGA was ranked 58 by US News and World Report. The magazine ranks over 1400 colleges. 58/1400 = 95% percentile. Thanks for your help, “Hey Dogtards.”

richt rules

July 7th, 2010
5:54 pm

Chamblee- you are a complete JOKE!! GO DAWGS!!!

Bill

July 7th, 2010
5:55 pm

POAD

July 7th, 2010
5:56 pm

Well, Richt was not going to throw Damon even further under the bus. Richt is a respectable and respectful man so I would expect him not to say anything that may get damon into more trouble. Richt just wants football to get here and not have off field problem come up and bite his team on the butt.
MRS. EVANS GATA (get after them assets) like a Big Dawg.

Tuck Fech

July 7th, 2010
5:56 pm

Best of Atlanta “Tech will always be the SECOND favorite team in its own city” Athlon Sports

How Bout Them DAWGS!

CGA

July 7th, 2010
5:58 pm

FYI People – I don’t know where you’re getting your SAT statistics, but Georgia Tech incoming freshman beat UGA incoming freshman in all area of the exam – reading, math, and writing.

According to the latest data I found available in 2008:

Reading : UGA 650 TECH – 690
Math: UGA 660

richt rules

July 7th, 2010
5:58 pm

who is this nesbitt?

Mike

July 7th, 2010
5:58 pm

Spoken like someone who didn’t have the academics to get into UGA, Dogtards, Plenty of sour grapes, here. I will put my UGA degree up against yours from Clayton State, any time …

Jackets!

July 7th, 2010
5:59 pm

CMR is a class act but something is wrong and he cant just keep ignoring it. The discipline problems obviously start at the top.

POAD

July 7th, 2010
6:01 pm

Mike what is your degree from UGA in? Housing and Urban Development, PE, Secondary Education, or How to get Drunk in an hour and puke on your date and your shoes?

Dawg 1

July 7th, 2010
6:04 pm

Not even going to read what I am sure is some garbage in front of this post. You just have to love CMR. He means it – he does the best he can and does his best to do right for the Lord.

Jo

July 7th, 2010
6:04 pm

Adams is still running the AD. Not sure in this case that Richt is being totally honest.

POAD

July 7th, 2010
6:04 pm

Just poking fun Mike. UGA is hard to get in because of how many young KID want to go to a PARTY SCHOOL , Spend/Waste mom and & dad’s money being drunk and stoned for as long as the party last.

Concrete Pete

July 7th, 2010
6:06 pm

John

July 7th, 2010
6:06 pm

Hey “Chamblee54″ – Richt isn’t “dragging his religion” into anything. He is, as are all genuine born-again believers, answering questions based on his Biblical world-view. It is relevant to the subject matter and (rightfully so) is a proper response given defining quality of his life. Agree or disagree, he is being consistent with his identity as a follower of Jesus Christ. So back off!!!

richt rules

July 7th, 2010
6:07 pm

POAD You sound a little bitter about UGA. We do rule!!!

Morgan Kemp

July 7th, 2010
6:07 pm

Head Coach Mark Richt is a CLASS ACT! The University of Georgia benefits from having this great man as Coach. Thank you Coach Richt and we look forward to an outstanding upcoming season!!

GaTech1980

July 7th, 2010
6:09 pm

You Bulldogs have a great coach in Mark Richt. As a Georgian, I’m proud he represents our State.

richt rules

July 7th, 2010
6:09 pm

30-24— 8 out of 9 baby!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

dog789xyz

July 7th, 2010
6:10 pm

CMR is a class act, a good person. Too bad he can’t coach, motivate or judge talent. UGA needs to quit settling for OK and pretty good. Everything is in place except leadership and coaching.