December 18, 2003
(Athens-AP) -- University of Georgia president Michael Adams appears poised to name Vince Dooley's top assistant, Damon Evans, as Georgia's athletic director.
The two other finalists for the job of replacing the popular Dooley bowed out today.
A smiling Evans was accepting handshakes to night as he watched the Georgia basketball team beat South Alabama.
But the 34-year-old Evans, who would be the first black athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, was not ready to confirm reports that he will succeed Dooley.
Tom Jackson, University of Georgia executive vice-president for external affairs, confirmed that a news conference has been scheduled for tomorrow.
Evans, from Gainesville, played foorball for Georgia from 1988-to-92, an era that included Dooley's final season as head coach.
Evans worked at the University of Missouri and the Southeastern Conference office before returning to Georgia and moving up to his current position of senior associate athletic director.
Dooley, who has supported Evans as a candidate, had suggested that if Adams had granted his request for a contract extension, it would provide more time for Dooley to groom Evans for the position.
Another finalist, Texas Christian athletic director Eric Hyman, withdrew his name from consideration Thursday.
Two Georgia sources said they believed a third finalist, North Carolina State athletic director Lee Fowler, also had pulled out of the search process.
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