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Monday, July 5, 2010 - 5:29am

Evans Out As UGA Athletics Head

Updated: 4 years ago.
Damon Evans' resignation as UGA's athletics director was accepted by the school Monday morning. (photo courtesy University of Georgia)

Damon Evans is out as University of Georgia athletic director. The fallout comes only days after Evans' arrest on a DUI charge Wednesday night in Atlanta.

UGA President Michael Adams confirmed Evans' departure this morning following a conference call of the university's Athletic Association Board of Directors Executive Committee.

Adams said Evans offered his resignation Sunday, which was accepted by Adams and the executive board this morning. In accordance with his contract, Evans gets a $100,000 longevity bounus. He will also get three months salary as severance from the university.

Evans became UGA's athletic director in 2004 at the age of 34. He was still one of the nation's youngest AD's.

Adams had this to say in his statement on Evans' departure:

“This is not an example of the type 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.", Adams said. "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 good people as head coaches and senior leaders in the athletic department.”

Evans' arrest Wednesday was followed by embarrassing details in a police report released Thursday.

According to the police report, Evans said, "I am not trying to bribe you but I am the athletic director of the University of Georgia." He also asked the officer if there was "anything you can do without arresting me."

Evans apologized in a news conference Thursday saying he wanted to stay at UGA.

The police report gives details of the incident.

Evans' passenger was 28 year old Courtney Fuhrmann. She was arrested for disorderly conduct.

In the report, the trooper noted Evans had a pair of red panties between his legs and asked the athletic director "what her panties were doing in his side of the seat. He stated, ‘She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home.' "

Evans told the trooper "there was nothing there" between him and the woman "because he had a wife and family."

An excerpt of the report shows Evans, a father of two, tried to get off on a warning:

"I don't want to use who I am, but I would just ask that you take me to the a motel." The subject also stated, "we go through life and we all drink and jump in a car." He stated, "I felt that I was good, but maybe not." ... The subject again asked if I would let him go to a motel and stated, "I will agree with you by saying this, drinking and driving is never good." While transporting the subject to the City of Atlanta Jail, Ms. Fuhrmann was talking to Mr. Evans and stated that she was mad because he was going to get off and she was not. Mr. Evans asked me if there was anything that he could do to get a warning and I told him I don't issue warnings for DUI."... While standing the sally port of the jail, Ms. Fuhrmann stated, 'I promise you one thing, he will get off."

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