Embattled Evans has job for now

Damon Evans, woman with him arrested Wednesday night
Damon Evans charged with DUI

ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans apologized to his family, Bulldog fans and university administrators at a media briefing Thursday evening, but his future as AD remains in doubt after his arrest in Atlanta on a DUI charge Wednesday night.

"I do feel like my actions have put a black cloud over our storied program," Evans said.

Evans has not offered to resign, and does not know what disciplinary action Georgia president Michael Adams might impose.

"My desire is to keep my job," Evans said.

But as of Thursday evening, he didn't know what his future job status would be.

"I don't know what's coming my way," he said.

A statement Adams released Thursday gave little clue about Evans' future.

"Drinking and driving is a serious matter, and I was extremely disappointed to hear of the arrest," Adams said in his statement. "Certainly this is not an example of the kind of leadership that I expect our senior administrators to set."

But Adams will wait to decide what disciplinary or other actions he might take.

"I was notified of this matter while away on vacation and will reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel," Adams said in his release.

A Georgia State Patrol trooper arrested Evans shortly before midnight after the trooper stopped the Georgia grad at Roswell Road and Chastain Drive.

The trooper smelled alcohol and administered a field sobriety test. Evans refused to take a breath test and was booked into the City of Atlanta Pre-trial Detention Center, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain his lane.

A passenger in the BMW, Lakeside High graduate Courtney Fuhrmann, was charged with disorderly conduct after she ignored a trooper's warning to return to the vehicle while he was administering sobriety tests, according to a spokesman for the patrol.

Evans described Fuhrmann, 28, as "just a friend."

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

Georgia's AD didn't follow his own advice
UGA president releases statement regarding athletic director

Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams released the following statement today upon hearing about the arrest of Damon Evans, UGA director of athletics, in Atlanta.

"UGA Athletic Director Damon Evans informed me early this morning of his arrest and provided me an account of the events of last night. Drinking and driving is a serious matter, and I was extremely disappointed to hear of the arrest. Certainly this is not an example of the kind of leadership that I expect our senior administrators to set. I have high regard for Damon personally; I care deeply about him and his family and know him to be a man of integrity. He has sincerely apologized to me for the embarrassment this has brought upon the university. I was notified of this matter while away on vacation and will reserve further action pending a full review by staff and legal counsel."

Passenger was a Lakeside grad

Courtney Fuhrmann, the 28-year-old woman who was a passenger in Damon Evans' car, grew up in Martinez and is a graduate of Lakeside High School.

She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Wednesday night after the University of Georgia athletic director was arrested for drunken driving.

According to her profile on LinkedIn, Fuhrmann lives in Atlanta and is employed at Chrisley Asset Management. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern with a degree in journalism. She previously worked as a real estate agent and a mortgage loan officer.

In high school, she was an honor student and played on the basketball team and was voted "most outgoing" by her senior class.

"I honestly don't want to talk to any press," Fuhrmann told The Associated Press. "I'm not answering anything at this point."

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