Friday, July 2, 2010
Will Evans' apologies be enough?
By ESPN.com staff
Georgia athletic director Damon Evans apologized profusely Thursday following his arrest late Wednesday night in Atlanta on DUI charges.
At the end of the day, I'm not sure his apologies will be enough, particularly if he's found guilty or enters into some type of plea agreement.
The part of Georgia president Michael Adams' statement that jumped out at me was the part about resolving further action "pending a full review by staff and legal counsel."
Sounds like Adams will allow the legal process to run its course before deciding what to do with Evans, which is only fair.
The unfortunate thing here is that Evans has done a good job to this point in his role as athletic director.
But just like coaches, it's always going to be "What have you done for me lately?" in the realm of leadership in sports.
And in this case, Evans showed exceedingly poor judgment in a number of different ways, which will only bring embarrassment to Georgia for some time.
I admire his resolve in wanting to go forward as Georgia's athletic director. But when you step back and look at the situation, I just don't see how he will ever be able to effectively manage, discipline and lead the Bulldogs' coaches, athletes and staff members again with this whole ordeal hanging over his head.
But, then, that's Adams' decision to make.