E-mails show little communication between Evans, Fuhrmann

UGA ex-AD heard from friends after DUI arrest

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 6:01 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:05 PM
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 ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Georgia athletic director Damon Evans did not have any official university business the evening of June 30, the night he was stopped in Atlanta, arrested and charged with DUI.

Damon Evans, in May, watching the NCAA Tennis National Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.   Morris News Service
Morris News Service
Damon Evans, in May, watching the NCAA Tennis National Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

 His last appointment was at 3 p.m. that day in Athens - leaving his calendar free until 8:30 the next morning, when he was scheduled to meet with Georgia football coach Mark Richt, according to documents obtained Tuesday under an open records request by the Athens Banner-Herald.

The records also show that Evans met his passenger Courtney Fuhrmann, a former Columbia County resident and Lakeside High grad,  more than five weeks before that night, according to an e-mail the 28-year-old woman sent Evans.

"Wanted to thank you all again for last night," Fuhrmann wrote in a May 21 e-mail to Evans at 11:25 a.m. "We had a great time and it is always refreshing meeting what is the phrase of the night - 'good people.' Hope everyone made it home safe. Look us up next time you are in town if you like. Take care and look forward to a great football season."

Evans and Fuhrmann exchanged two text messages in the next two hours, according to cell phone records on a bill dated between May 7 and June 6.

They exchanged a total of 18 messages during this one-month period, including others on the evening of May 26 and the mornings of May 28 and June 3, when Evans was at the Southeastern Conference spring meetings in Destin, Fla. More recent phone records were not yet available.

Evans' calendar on May 20, the day before the e-mail from Fuhrmann, listed a final appointment at 3 p.m.

On the day of his arrest, his schedule included a staff breakfast at 8 a.m., a tennis appreciation lunch and meetings with senior athletic administrators.

Evans resigned last week in the fallout of the DUI arrest.

In a news conference the day after his arrest, Evans called Fuhrmann "just a friend," but Furhmann told police that she had been seeing Evans "only a week or so," according to the Georgia State Patrol arrest report, which noted that the trooper observed her red panties in Evans' lap.

The May 21 e-mail is the only one between the two that the university found in response to the open records request.

Among documents also obtained were e-mails to Evans after his arrest, ranging from friends, colleagues and UGA fans offering support and prayers to others telling Evans that he should resign or deserved to be fired.

Former Georgia senior university administrators Arnett Mace and Hank Huckaby, Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards, former Georgia football player Amp Arnold and current gymnast Hilary Mauro were among those expressing support to Evans.

More came from the head athletic administrators at Ohio State, Vanderbilt and UCLA.

"Hang in there," wrote Gene Williams, athletic director at Ohio State. "These are times when you need those of us in the business to be there for you and I am!! Be strong and grow from this."

Wrote David Williams, vice chancellor at Vanderbilt: "Sorry to hear of your situation that happened last night. I know you are having a rough time but remember you have friends all over the country and please count me as one of those people. We all make mistakes but the measure of a person is what they do next and how they rebound from that mistake."

From Dan Guerrero, athletic director at UCLA: "Stand strong my friend and hang onto your faith."

Other athletic administrators from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, North Texas, Southern Illinois, North Carolina Central and Santa Clara wrote encouraging words.

E-mails to Evans were overwhelmingly positive Thursday and Friday following the arrest, but more messages were sent to him asking him to resign following the details of the arrest report on Friday afternoon.

"After reading the police report you should dig deep for some of your remaining dignity and resign," was the e-mail from someone who did not identify themselves.

From a man in Alabama: "You have disgraced a great institution and the athletic department. You are not worthy of leading young athletes."

Another e-mail writer offered the use of "my 2 lake houses in rural Alabama on Lake Wedowee if you need a place for your family to get away from everyone. Hang in there."

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csrareader
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csrareader 07/14/10 - 05:45 am
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Why is this still news? As

Why is this still news? As the article states, the man has resigned. He is no longer a public figure, and the lady in question was never a public figure. Is the Augusta Chronicle moving toward the "National Enquirer" model of reporting?

missaugusta07
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missaugusta07 07/14/10 - 05:57 am
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stupid

stupid

Jillian
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Jillian 07/14/10 - 08:08 am
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I think the public needs to

I think the public needs to know how many other idiot's supported this idiot.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/14/10 - 08:09 am
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I agree. I hope The

I agree. I hope The Chronicle does not waste the ink and paper to print this tomorrow.

csrareader
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csrareader 07/14/10 - 09:04 am
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Jilian, I personally don't

Jilian, I personally don't care who supported the "idiot." It's none of my business. If someone sent him a supportive email, it was certainly within their rights to express an opinion. We've now moved from punishing Mr. Evans to attempting to embarrass anyone who sent a note of encouragement. Come on, Chronicle writers, you can do better.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/14/10 - 09:53 am
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my email and text messages

my email and text messages make for more interesting news than this.

wlightnin42
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wlightnin42 07/14/10 - 10:56 am
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I don't care who you are, if

I don't care who you are, if you drink and drive your stupid. Way to many deaths from Drunk drivers and he did right by resigning. No this shouldn't mess his whole life up; but when your in his light, there are alot of young people looking up to you.

gacarolinagirl
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gacarolinagirl 07/14/10 - 03:34 pm
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Continuing this story line

Continuing this story line only brings more pain and humiliation to his wife and children. Why not do some research on the contenders for the job that is now open for an Athletic Director?

hayden.stacey
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hayden.stacey 07/15/10 - 09:18 am
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Who cares? This is old news.

Who cares? This is old news. Plus, that email does not sound scandalous. Maybe this was just a ride home gone wrong.?.

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