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Evans out at UGA

By Joey Donia - bio | email

ATHENS, GA (WALB) - Damon Evans has resigned as Georgia's athletic director.

Evans was arrested for DUI on Wednesday last week in Atlanta after a traffic stop for failure to maintain a lane.

28 year old Courtney Furhman was in the car with Evans and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Evans is a married father of two and called Furhman just a friend. According to the police report Evans had a pair of women's underwear between his legs when he was pulled over.

The police report also states that Evans identified himself to the officer as the Athletic Director of UGA and pleaded to be let off with a warning.

Evans issued the following statement on Monday:

"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.'"

The UGA Athletic Association accepted the resignation Monday and official announcement came  from UGA President Michael Adams.

Adams said he won't answer questions from the media until a press conference tomorrow afternoon but he did provide a brief statement.

"As I said on Thursday morning when I first learned of this situation, This is not an example of the type of leadership that I expect our senior leadership to set. I have high regard for Damon personally I care deeply for him and his family" said Adams.

Evans will receive roughly $237,000 in bonus and severance pay as part of the agreement. Adams said he will address the future leadership of Georgia's athletic department at tomorrow's press conference.



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