ATHENS — Damon Evans will no longer serve as the athletics director at Georgia, according to multiple news reports.
It is unclear whether he will resign or will be fired, but an announcement is expected today. An Associated Press report cited an unnamed source familiar with the decision, speaking on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made.
The Executive Committee of the Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors is set to meet via conference call this morning to discuss Evans’ future.
Evans did not immediately resign in the wake of Wednesday night’s DUI arrest and subsequent embarrassing details involving a female passenger that came out in the police report. Instead, Evans said Thursday he hoped to keep his job, forcing the University to make a complicated decision.
“My desire is to keep my job,” Evans said at a news conference Thursday. “I want to be here at the University of Georgia. I love this institution. This is my alma mater. I believe that we have a lot of unfinished business here at the University of Georgia, and I will do everything in my power to be a part of this institution, but at the same time respect whatever comes my way.”
If Evans is fired from the University without cause, he could potentially be paid $2.95 million, according to terms of a revised contract that came into force Thursday.
Section 5.01 (b) (3) of the contract states that Evans can be terminated for “conviction of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude.” If Evans is convicted of the DUI charges, that alone would not be cause for termination because a DUI under Georgia law is not considered a felony crime.
If Evans does resign, the university will owe Evans nothing.