It took Damon Evans a few days, but he did the right thing Sunday when he turned in his resignation as Georgia’s athletics director.
Whether Evans resigned on his own or was convinced to step down is up for debate, considering he said Thursday he wanted to keep his job. But that’s not really the point. All that matters is that he is no longer in a job he would have no credibility to perform moving forward.
Evans was arrested late Wednesday night on a charge of driving under the influence. To make matters worse, Evans had a 28-year-old woman — who was not his wife — in the car, and both were arrested. He said they were just friends, but she said they had been seeing each other for “only a week or so.”
Oh, and there was the little part about her panties laying in his lap.
So that’s the man Georgia wanted leading its athletics department? No way.
“University of Georgia athletics director Damon Evans submitted his resignation, which I have accepted,” Georgia president Michael Adams said in a statement Monday. “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.”
That seems about right.
Evans’ relationship with the woman — Courtney Fuhrmann — certainly sounds shady, and if he has been cheating on his wife, that’s reprehensible and irresponsible. The DUI is even worse — at least in terms of Evans’ job.
If he is indeed dating Fuhrmann and cheating on his wife, that’s a personal issue and doesn’t really affect his position at Georgia, other than to show he has some judgment issues. Some people would also say he has some moral issues, as well, but that’s up to each person’s interpretation. And Evans’ wife and family will have to deal with those issues.
The DUI, on the other hand, kills Evans’ ability to do his job in the future.
Georgia has had its share of off-the-field troubles in recent years, and Evans even did a public service announcement during Georgia football games about the dangers of drinking and driving.
He looks like a hypocrite now and would so in the future, as well, if he tried to punish players or coaches at Georgia who get in trouble. There is no way he would have had any credibility to try to deal with any personnel issues if he had remained at Georgia.
It’s true that everyone makes mistakes in their personal lives, and Evans certainly made a few Wednesday night in Atlanta.
In the end, those mistakes turned out to be just too much for Evans to overcome and keep his job, and that will be better for everyone involved moving forward.
Contact Daniel Shirley at 744-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org