Evans out at UGA

University expected to make it official today

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Damon Evans is out as the University of Georgia's athletic director, according to sources close to the UGA athletic department.

Damon Evans speaks during a news conference in Athens, Ga, Thursday, July 1, 2010. A state trooper pulled Evans over late Wednesday night for driving erratically. Police said Evans smelled of alcohol and was given a field sobriety test. He was taken to Atlanta's city jail on charges of DUI and failure to maintain a lane.  John Bazemore/Associated Press
John Bazemore/Associated Press
Damon Evans speaks during a news conference in Athens, Ga, Thursday, July 1, 2010. A state trooper pulled Evans over late Wednesday night for driving erratically. Police said Evans smelled of alcohol and was given a field sobriety test. He was taken to Atlanta's city jail on charges of DUI and failure to maintain a lane.

Official word could come this morning, when the executive committee of the UGA Athletic Asso­ciation scheduled a called teleconference meeting on Evans' status.

Evans met Sunday with Ed Tolley, a lawyer who represents UGA . Tolley declined comment on the substance of the meeting.

The meeting comes after days of speculation over whether Evans, 40, should remain in his high-profile job after his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol Wednesday night in Atlanta.

The athletic association is the nonprofit corporation that runs UGA's lucrative intercollegiate athletic program, and UGA President Michael Adams is the chairman of the corporation's board and its executive committee. Although Evans is a UGA employee, his contract is between him and the athletic association, whose board approves contracts for the association's top employees.

At stake in today's meeting is some part of Evans' new multimillion-dollar contract with the athletic department, which took effect Thursday, just minutes after his arrest.

The new five-year contract, approved by the athletic association board in February, gave Evans a $110,000 raise to $550,000 per year, plus automatic annual raises and longevity bonuses.

The contract calls for Evans to "act at all times in a manner consistent with good sportsmanship and with the appropriate moral, ethical and academic standards of the university."

The contract also says Evans can be fired if he fails to correct lapses in carrying out his duties after written notice from the UGA president notifying him of such shortcomings.

Language in the contract also spells out that Evans can be fired if he is convicted of a felony
crime or a crime of moral turpitude.

Evans apologized for his actions at a Thursday news conference, and said he wanted to keep his job.

"To all the people out there in Bulldog Land, it's going to take a while for me to win your trust back, and it should. And I don't know if I ever will," said Evans, who has a wife and two children. "But what I can say is, I will do everything in my power to make you believe in me once again."

Some in the Bulldog nation were willing to give Evans a second chance, but that was before details of the arrest emerged.

Possible candidates to replace Evans on an interim or permanent basis include Carla Williams, senior associate athletic director; Frank Crumley, executive associate athletic director; and Claude Felton, associate athletic director for sports communications.

Greg McGarity, a Georgia grad­uate and Florida's executive senior associate athletic director, was a candidate when Evans was hired and again could be in the running to be named AD permanently.

A Gainesville native, Evans played football at UGA and returned to Athens in 1998 as associate athletic director under then-athletic director Vince Dooley.

When Adams refused to renew Dooley's contract, Evans took over the AD job in 2004 at the age of 34. Evans is still one of the nation's youngest athletic directors. Before Dooley left, he recommended to Adams that Evans be named AD to succeed him.

As athletic director, Evans oversees a program of 21 NCAA sports, more than 200 staff members and a budget of nearly $85 million.
In terms of profitability, UGA has consistently ranked among the top four or five athletic departments in the nation under Evans' leadership.

But UGA ranked only 20th in overall athletic success last year, according to a nationwide ranking called the Director's Cup, the lowest ranking since 1997, when UGA was 28th.

Evans is only the fourth AD since 1963, following Joel Eaves, Reid Parker and Dooley.

HIS ARREST

University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans, a 40-year-old married father of two, was arrested Wednesday in Atlanta and charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain his lane. He refused a field sobriety test. Evans' passenger, 28-year-old Lakeside High graduate Courtney Fuhrmann, was charged with disorderly conduct.


DEVELOPMENTS


- On Thursday, Evans publicly apologized to his family, Bulldogs fans and university administrators. "I do feel like my actions have put a black cloud over our storied program," Evans said. University President Michael Adams released a statement but gave little clue about the rep ercussions of Evans' actions.
- The police report released Friday revealed Evans pleaded with a Georgia State Patrol officer not to arrest him: "I am not trying to bribe you," he said, "but is there anything you can do without arresting me?"
what's next: A statement by the school announcing Evans is out as athletic director is expected this morning after a meeting of the athletic association's board of directors executive committee.

- From wire reports

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/04/10 - 01:02 pm
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I like the part where Evans

I like the part where Evans said Courtney Fuhrmann was only a friend. I wonder if he holds the panties of all his women friends?

fontana
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fontana 07/04/10 - 01:30 pm
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If they let Evans stay I hope

If they let Evans stay I hope fans will wear red panties over their heads at every game. After UGA got rid of Mettenberger I think the same should be done with the hypocrite Evans. UGA is starting to look like some of the ridiculous SC Universities every day.

Southern Sailor
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Southern Sailor 07/04/10 - 01:35 pm
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Not feeling the old Dawg

Not feeling the old Dawg pride

chascush
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chascush 07/04/10 - 01:41 pm
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It is sad that a man with

It is sad that a man with such a bright future would do something so dumb. He needs to go and take Adams with him.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/04/10 - 02:49 pm
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What Evans did was of his own

What Evans did was of his own personal doing and shouldn't reflect on the University. The only reason that it would is because people will stretch it and make it out to reflect on UGA. If you have a co-worker who steals from your job, does that mean that ALL of the workers are crooks? Of course not. Evans got drunk, he met some skank, he got caught red-pantied....uh, I mean red-handed by the police, and he tried to use his position to get out of it. That was HIM doing it, not the school. Now, that being said, Evans needs to quit or be fired. He needs to take care of his own problems, and not become more of a problem for the school. As far as the students of UGA or an opposing team waving red panties to a game, I'm okay with that, especially if they were red AND black!

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rmwhitley 07/04/10 - 03:00 pm
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Tiger, you can relax now.
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Tiger, you can relax now. Someone else carries on for you.

maninthamirror
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maninthamirror 07/04/10 - 03:49 pm
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Good deal, too bad he didn't

Good deal, too bad he didn't have the "nads" to resign!

KSL
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KSL 07/04/10 - 04:33 pm
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I like the AD's over my sons

I like the AD's over my sons to be positive role models. Evans just doesn't measure up to that. He should already be gone.

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seenitB4 07/04/10 - 05:30 pm
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Let's see now....loss of

Let's see now....loss of job...possible loss of marriage...I wonder if this little night out was worth it......doubt it.

KSL
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KSL 07/04/10 - 06:10 pm
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I just wish his wife was more

I just wish his wife was more like Tiger's wife. According to the overly mouthy lady friend, it was a whole week.

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1313 07/04/10 - 06:12 pm
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Reminds me of the mouse that

Reminds me of the mouse that was playing on the railroad tracks and a train came by and cut half his tail off. He went back the next day to look for it and the train ran over him. Moral: Lost his *** over a piece of tail.

mahalo ke akua
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mahalo ke akua 07/04/10 - 07:07 pm
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I hope he gets another

I hope he gets another chance. Everyone makes mistakes. I'm sure he is paying the price from his decision and will continue paying the price for a long time.

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charliemanson 07/04/10 - 07:56 pm
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I like the part where Evans

I like the part where Evans said Courtney Fuhrmann was only a friend. I wonder if he holds the panties of all his women friends?
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RM1: a nice check = holding a lot of "hot babes" panties.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/04/10 - 07:57 pm
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I bet the "skin mags" such as

I bet the "skin mags" such as Playboy is already trying to ink a deal with Ms. Fuhrmann to extend her 15 minutes of shame.

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corgimom 07/04/10 - 08:39 pm
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"Evans got drunk, he met some

"Evans got drunk, he met some skank, he got caught red-pantied"

Au contraire.

He met some skank, Evans got drunk, he got caught red-pantied.

There's a difference.

It wasn't a momentary lapse in judgment.

If he wants to act like a single man, let him do the decent thing and become one.

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corgimom 07/04/10 - 08:40 pm
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Yeah, Charlie, it's not as if

Yeah, Charlie, it's not as if she has a sterling reputation any more, so she doesn't need to worry about that.

And of course, they will photograph her holding red lingerie.

maninthamirror
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maninthamirror 07/04/10 - 08:52 pm
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I hope he gets to keep the

I hope he gets to keep the panties--when his wifey gets through with him, that is probably all he will have left!

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sassygirl8 07/04/10 - 10:32 pm
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wow that is aweful. everyone

wow that is aweful. everyone makes mistakes. noone is perfect. maybe that former lakeside hs girl he was with can support him. friends my foot. i bet they were lovers.

KSL
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KSL 07/04/10 - 10:53 pm
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For a week, as she said.

For a week, as she said.

KSL
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KSL 07/04/10 - 11:02 pm
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fontana, you have to admit

fontana, you have to admit that sc schools have had some problems, but this AD takes the cake. Live with it, dude.

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Dixieman 07/05/10 - 06:32 am
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Sad, sad, sad. Incident had

Sad, sad, sad. Incident had NOTHING to do with his job. His DUI and companionship should be dealt with by the courts and his wife, not his employer!! Too puritan.

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emanuel kant 07/05/10 - 07:16 am
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Since when does someone loose

Since when does someone loose their job!!! over a dui !!!he is not a bus driver ...amazing how folks listen and looove drunks and drug addicts like rush and beck....4 times married prescrption thief ...and cause this sensationalism over a dui ....go to any club in aug on a friday night and plenty of small government proponents and god fearing rep...in there fornicating drinking and chasing girls half their age..despite being married !!if i was that white woman i would ...take that police dept to court....why was her name released and the red panty ...story !!!!southern racsism NOTHING else..woman dating black man is not news worthy...anymore in 2010.....they do it all the time......proof thousands of mixed babies....in the csra get over your self ..........

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InChristLove 07/05/10 - 07:44 am
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emanuel kant - Mr. Evans

emanuel kant - Mr. Evans signed a contract and that contract calls for Evans to "act at all times in a manner consistent with good sportsmanship and with the appropriate moral, ethical and academic standards of the university." I think the key element here is appropriate moral and ethical standard, that is why they can fire him. The "white woman" as you call her, got her name published because she was acting disorderly and was arrested. If she had kept her mouth shut she probably would have been released and her name never published. Southern racism has nothing to do with this, it was a pure case of stupidity on both of their parts.

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emanuel kant 07/05/10 - 07:58 am
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right....and the police told

right....and the police told the truth...they always do....him i dont care ..her that was all about race .....that is nothing new white girl gets punishment ..for taking panties of for blck man...if it was a 65 year old white repup....married the panty story would have never surfaced.bad bad girl...lol 85% of augusta young woman under 30 have gone there..at least once ....yall better get used to it........keep it up ..womans subjegation....to what ...the establishment wants...is on the verge of blowing up in the right wings faces..country over 50% female ...alea jacta est........

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 07/05/10 - 08:07 am
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maninthamirror - What is

maninthamirror - What is there about this Damon Evans' story to remind you of President Obama, except they are both black men? Never mind. I think we all see your "black beans" connection. Must be a little scary what is looking back at you in that mirror.

maninthamirror
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maninthamirror 07/05/10 - 08:12 am
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Hit the road Jack and don't

Hit the road Jack and don't you come back no mo, no mo, no mo, no mo, hit the road Jack! HEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!

redapples
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redapples 07/05/10 - 08:57 am
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What a costly lapse in

What a costly lapse in judgment...

lsmith
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lsmith 07/05/10 - 09:01 am
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Kant: 85 percent huh? Don't
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Kant: 85 percent huh? Don't make me laugh. I wonder what the percentage is going the other way around? Answer, it don't even register on any scale, because few of us want to go there. I'll leave it up to you for reasoning Why? Duh....

emanuel kant
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emanuel kant 07/05/10 - 09:56 am
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..well...go to the clubs on

..well...go to the clubs on the week end...and watch americas white woman have fun plenty of them from evans ...too.......laugh dont laugh....who cares

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justus4 07/05/10 - 09:58 am
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Having read the online police
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Having read the online police report, this stop was troubling. As stated, the po po was traveling North, while Evans was traveling South. Thats means the officer saw Evans' BMW drift over the white line while he was passing from the OPPOSITE direction! What excellent vision! Where are the video images!? Yeah, yeah, we know...they got lost. Here's the problem: This is a classic example of what happens to minority men in fancy cars, ESPECIALLY with a female of the opposite race in the passenger seat. It's call DWB> It's designed objective is exactly what is happening to Evans...he'll be turned into a caricature and it follows him forever. Yep, he should've listen to mama, "you've got to be smarter and stronger" if success is in your future.

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