published Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Evans' exit is official

Disgraced AD gets $237,500 payoff

Damon Evans will receive a $237,500 settlement under a separation agreement and release endorsed Monday morning by the executive committee of the University of Georgia Athletic Association's board of directors.

University president Michael Adams announced the terms on a conference call but did not take questions regarding Evans, who was arrested last Wednesday on a DUI charge and was accompanied by 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann, who was arrested for disorderly conduct. He did not address the future leadership of the athletic department but plans to this afternoon at a regularly scheduled media briefing.

Adams did confirm that Evans offered his resignation as athletic director Sunday, which he accepted.

"As I said on Thursday morning, when I first learned of the situation, this is not an example of the type of leadership I expect our senior administrators to set," Adams said.

Evans, 40, began serving as athletic director on July 1, 2004, when he succeeded Vince Dooley, and officially steps down today under terms of the agreement.

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    Damon Evans speaks at a news conference in Athens, Ga., Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, where he was named the University of Georgia's next athletic director. Evans, 34, will be the first black athletic director in the Southeastern Conference. (AP Photo/Athens Banner-Herald, Allen Sullivan)

The settlement includes a $100,000 longevity bonus for his prior service in accordance with the terms of his contract, which he will receive Aug. 1, as well as three months salary as severance. Last Thursday began a new contract for Evans at $550,000 annually.

"We acknowledge the many positive accomplishments of his tenure," Adams said, "including the increased focus of academic success for 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."

Evans issued a statement Monday afternoon in which he apologized again to Georgia officials, student-athletes and fans.

"It had been my hope since taking the job in 2004 that I would have a long career at UGA," he said, "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.'"

Continue reading by following these links to related stories:

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Livn4life said...

When we do STUPID things, there should be negative consequences. When someone does something this stupid and receives a huge amount of compensation upon his voluntary exit, we send a very inconsistent and maybe even dangerous message. That is sad. While I feel for Mr. Evans, I especially hurt for his wife and children.

July 6, 2010 at 7:32 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Wow, a $237K severance package? That's more payout for this playboy than the high-integrity cop who arrested him will make in the next 4 years. Notice that the 3-months severance is based on his 25% higher salary, too. Hey, a contract is a contract...

But a "longevity bonus" for being in the job 6 years? (Of course, that's a continuous 72 months without disgracing himself or his employer.) That's insane. Who are the people on these university boards of trustees who agree to absurd contract definitions of "longevity" and "incentives" for chancellors, coaches, and guys like this (whatever he does - I can't figure it out)? I'll bet they don't have those sweetheart clauses in contracts for their own corporate employees, unless they're members of the immediate family.

Some punishment! If you or I did something to embarrass our employer like this, we would be out on our backside with an escort to the door and not even two weeks' severance. Read the next sentence carefully: Athletes get a free pass for life, with rare exceptions. This was a perfect-storm case. If any one of these "along-withs" had been missing in this case, Evans would not have lost his job: 1) DUI along with preachy anti-DUI video, 2) obnoxious younger woman not his wife along with panties in his lap, 3) trying to finagle a deal with the officer along with sobbing like a little girl.

Watch and see. Six months from now, after a stint in some as-yet-unspecified rehab, this joker will be back in a lower-profile job making nearly as much money, because the good ol' boys in the never-never-land of athletics take care of each other - womb to tomb. Evans and his ilk have never done a real day's work in their lives, and they never will, because all they have learned is to carry a football (or whatever) and smile and put the moves on people.

A final word: What's to keep the next highly compensated athletic figure in this position from thinking a little quicker and saying, "Hey, officer, remember Damon Evans' case? I've figured it out in my head, and I can offer you $237,000 if you'll just put me in the back of your car and drive me home. Wait with me till the bank opens in the morning and we all walk away with our worlds intact. No harm, no foul." What would he have to lose? His reputation? - ha! What would the cop weigh in his decision to go along or not?

July 6, 2010 at 8:39 a.m.
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