University gives AD severance

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Damon Evans is out as UGA athletic director
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ATHENS, Ga. --- A University of Georgia Athletic Association committee accepted Damon Evans' resignation Monday, four days after the Georgia State Patrol arrested him on a DUI charge during which Evans reminded the trooper about the powerful job he held.

Damon Evans, whose resignation as Georgia's athletic director went into effect Monday, apologized in a statement. The 40-year-old said that he has "a long road to rebuilding my reputation."   Associated Press
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Damon Evans, whose resignation as Georgia's athletic director went into effect Monday, apologized in a statement. The 40-year-old said that he has "a long road to rebuilding my reputation."

The athletic association's executive committee voted unanimously to approve the terms of Evans' departure after a 15-minute meeting Monday morning held by teleconference and closed to the public and press.

Evans submitted his resignation Sunday after a meeting with Ed Tolley, a lawyer who represents the university. Evans and University of Georgia President Michael Adams signed it Sunday, and it went into effect Monday.

The separation agreement that the committee approved includes a severance deal that will pay Evans about $237,500 -- a $100,000 longevity bonus after his six-year stint as athletic director, plus three months' salary.

Speculation immediately turned to who Evans' successor might be. Much of the talk focused on Greg McGarity, executive senior associate athletic director at the University of Florida.

Adams plans to talk about the future leadership of the athletic department today at a previously scheduled media briefing.

Anticipating a large turnout, university administrators moved the regular briefing from where it's normally held -- a small conference room in the Administration Building on North Campus -- to the spacious Mahler Auditorium in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Besides McGarity, possible candidates to replace Evans might include senior athletics administrators already at Georgia, including Carla Williams, senior associate athletic director, and Frank Crumley, executive associate athletic director.

McGarity, a native of Athens, is already the choice for many in the Bulldog Nation.

"I sure hope they consider Greg McGarity," said Dan Magill, former Georgia tennis coach and ex-sports information director who has known McGarity since he was a child.

Magill described him as an extremely competent athletic administrator at Georgia before he left to take a job at Florida.

"I think he'd be the best choice for the job," agreed Charlie Berry, of Chickamauga, president of the Chattahoochee-Northwest Georgia Bulldog Club, one of the largest Georgia booster clubs. "I sincerely hope he gets it."

Adams' Statement

Athens, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams released the following statement Monday regarding the resignation of Damon Evans.

"Yesterday, July 4, 2010, University of Georgia Athletics Director Damon Evans submitted his resignation, which I have accepted. As I said on Thursday morning when I first learned of the situation, 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.

"Under a separation agreement and release endorsed today by the executive committee of the board of directors of the University of Georgia Athletic Association, Mr. Evans will receive a $100,000 longevity bonus for his prior service, in accordance with the terms of his contract, as well as three months' salary as severance. We acknowledge the many positive accomplishments of his tenure, including an increased focus on the academic success of student-athletes, the overall financial strength of the athletic department and the hiring of many very good people as head coaches and senior leaders in the athletic department.

"I will address the future leadership of the athletic department during my regularly scheduled media briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, in Mahler Auditorium at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education."

Evans' statement

"I would like to once again offer my sincerest apology to the University of Georgia people -- the president and administration, athletic staff and coaches, fans and supporters, and especially the student-athletes. It had been my hope since taking the job in 2004 that I would have a long career at UGA. But because of a serious mistake in judgment, that won't be the case and I understand that I have a long road to rebuilding my reputation and career. I do want to thank all those who have supported me and the Athletic Association over the past six years and would encourage all those in our Association to remember that they are there for the student-athletes. Keep them first and foremost in everything you do. God bless and 'Go Dawgs.' "

Damon Evans

July 5, 2010

Read the agreement

Read the separation agreement between former Athletic Director Damon Evans and the University of Georgia.
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GiveMeTheScoop
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GiveMeTheScoop 07/06/10 - 06:38 am
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Dawgs are #1

Dawgs are #1

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 07/06/10 - 06:55 am
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isaidit - Or Sen. David

isaidit - Or Sen. David Vitter or Sen. John Ensign.

fontana
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fontana 07/06/10 - 07:22 am
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Michael Vick would make a

Michael Vick would make a good replacement, Vick has lots of experience with Dawgs, and will soon be out of a job.

resident
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resident 07/06/10 - 08:42 am
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I want to know what this

I want to know what this clown does to deserve this kind of money???? We can't pay our teachers, we have to cut essential roads repairs, we have essential school needs and a host of other programs we can't afford as a state but we can afford to pay ATHLETIC director for a STATE SCHOOL a half million salary. Don't they charge admission to the events. How about this make their pay based on that. A better use for money is for education OH THATS RIGHT we had to cut that because of no money to pay for it...BECAUSE WE ARE PAYING ADMINISTRATION TOO MUCH. HE broke the law and resigned why are we paying for this stupidity. If I lost my job I get no severance pay!!!!!!!!

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baronvonreich 07/06/10 - 11:29 am
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Just exactly how much tax

Just exactly how much tax money do some of you "obvious scholars" think funds the UGA athletic department or any athletic department of large public universities?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/06/10 - 11:50 am
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baron, good point. Evidently

baron, good point. Evidently Damon was smart enough to include the terms of his exit in his original contract. Maybe other folks on here should try it.

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LynxRHot 07/07/10 - 02:44 pm
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$237,000 for severance

$237,000 for severance ?!?!?!?! You've got to be kidding.....get a DUI and get paid that amount of money. Unbelievable. He forfeited his salary when he made his stupid decision to drive while intoxicated.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 07/07/10 - 02:44 pm
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$237,000 for severance

$237,000 for severance ?!?!?!?! You've got to be kidding.....get a DUI and get paid that amount of money. Unbelievable. He forfeited his salary when he made his stupid decision to drive while intoxicated.

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