Evans' e-mails, messages released

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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.

Georgia athletic director Damon Evans speaks during a news conference in Athens, Ga., Thursday, July 1, 2010.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Georgia athletic director Damon Evans speaks during a news conference in Athens, Ga., Thursday, July 1, 2010.

His last appointment was at 3 p.m. that day in Athens, Ga. -- 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 graduate, 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 meetings in Destin, Fla.

- Dontavius Jackson , one of two Georgia players arrested on alcohol-related charges last week, is transferring from the university after spring semester.

Jackson, a backup running back, had four carries for 38 yards in 2009.

- Georgia strong safety Shawn Williams' home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night in his hometown of Damascus, Ga.

Fundraising efforts have been established to assist in expenses necessary to replace the belongings lost in the fire. After consultation with the NCAA, donations must be deposited into a special account at the Bank of Early (County): Bank of Early, P.O. Box 527, Blakely, Ga., 39823. Attn: Andy Smith.

DISCRIMINATION SUIT: Four white players recruited by Savannah State's former coach say in a lawsuit the historically black college denied them scholarships because of their race.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta says coach Robby Wells offered scholarships to the players before he was fired in January. It says Savannah State pulled the scholarship offers after Wells left.

Savannah State's attorney, Joe Steffen , says the school has no record of scholarship offers to any of the players.

Damon Evans: Records show the ex-Georgia athletic director met Lakeside graduate Courtney Fuhrmann five weeks before the two were arrested on the evening of June 30. The two exchanged 18 messages during a one-month period.

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