SEC: Damon Evans

SEC lunch links

June, 28, 2013
It's Friday, and we'll check in on what's making news in the SEC before diving into the weekend:

SEC lunch links

July, 8, 2011
Happy Friday to everybody. How about a few links?:

Lunchtime links

July, 5, 2011
We are back from the Fourth and here with some SEC links as you return to the real world.

Georgia players face legal trouble

July, 11, 2010
A pair of Georgia players find themselves facing disciplinary action following alcohol-related arrests early Saturday morning.

Reserve running back Dontavius Jackson was charged with six misdemeanors, including drunken driving. Starting receiver Tavarres King was charged with underage possession of alcohol. University of Georgia Athletic Association policy mandates at least a one-game suspension for a football player arrested on an alcohol-related charge.

King had been one of Georgia's most promising up-and-coming receivers throughout the spring and offseason.

These arrests come less than a week after Georgia athletic director Damon Evans resigned his position in the wake of DUI charges against him. And for anybody wondering why Georgia president Michael Adams made the decision he did, that Evans could no longer effectively lead the Georgia athletic department, this kind of thing is the very reason.

Can you imagine Evans trying to stand up now and denounce this kind of behavior? His words would ring a tad hollow.

In short, Adams made the only decision he could.

Lunchtime links: Games for the Gators

July, 8, 2010
Checking on what's making headlines around the SEC:

Lunchtime links: Tweaking transfer rules

July, 7, 2010
Making the rounds in the SEC:

Evans' ouster won't impact Richt

July, 6, 2010
Now that Damon Evans is officially out at Georgia as athletic director, his settlement has been revealed and the search for his successor is underway, the next question becomes: What does it all mean for Mark Richt?

In the short term, it probably takes some of the glare off Richt. Of course, that all changes when Sept. 4 rolls around.

While it’s true that football coaches don’t usually like change at the top, in Richt’s case, I don’t think it really matters. Evans wasn’t the athletic director that hired Richt in the first place.

Granted, Richt will be as interested as anyone in the Bulldog Nation to see who his new boss is going to be. But whoever it is, the pressure-cooker on Richt isn’t going to be turned up any more or any less.

His survival hinges on winning football games and the right games (as in Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, etc.) and getting back to the SEC championship game.

It’s no different than any other head coach in the SEC.

And while this shakeup in the Georgia athletic department has everybody buzzing, Richt’s future will be determined more by how redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray performs and a retooled defense under the tutelage of first-year coordinator Todd Grantham holds up.

The biggest variable may well be recruiting, and judging by what the 2011 class looks like so far for the Bulldogs, the hope surrounding this program would seem to outweigh the concern.

Ultimately, I still say there’s a better chance Richt wins an SEC championship in the next two or three years than there is that he loses his job.

As for Georgia's search for Evans' successor, Greg McGarity is a name to keep in mind. He's Florida executive senior associate athletics director for internal affairs and was a candidate when Evans was hired. McGarity went to school at Georgia and played tennis for the Bulldogs.

Police report out on Evans' arrest

July, 2, 2010
The police report is out on the DUI arrest of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans, and I doubt very seriously that it's going to help his fight to keep his job.

According to the report, Evans tried to bargain with the arresting officer and said, "I am not trying to bribe you, but is there anything you can do without arresting me?"

Even more embarrassing for Evans was the part in the report about the officer finding a red pair of women's panties between Evan's legs. The other passenger in the car, 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann, was also arrested for disorderly conduct. Evans told the officer that Fuhrmann was nothing more than a friend, according to the report. But the officer said that Fuhrmann later told him that the two had been seeing each other for "only a week or so."

"Just to let you know, it will be erased because he is the athletic director of UGA and he has that power," Fuhrmann told the officer, according to the report.

Lunchtime links: Evans should be fired

July, 2, 2010
Heading into the July 4 weekend, a few SEC links to munch on:

Will Evans' apologies be enough?

July, 2, 2010
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.

Lunchtime links: Georgia AD arrested

July, 1, 2010
A few SEC links for your viewing pleasure:

Lunchtime links: Chizik likes where Tigers sit

May, 28, 2010
A Friday stroll around the SEC:

Richt in it for the long haul at Georgia

March, 5, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. -- If the walls are genuinely closing in on Georgia coach Mark Richt, as some outside the program and even some Georgia fans fear, he doesn’t show it.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesMark Richt overhauled his defensive staff this past offseason for the first time since he's been at Georgia.
He’s the same guy he was when the Bulldogs won the SEC championship in 2002, the same guy he was when they won the conference title in 2005 and the same guy responsible for five top-10 finishes and three BCS bowl appearances.

“You have to focus on what’s important,” said Richt, who’s well aware that some have branded him as perhaps the next head coach in the SEC on the proverbial hot seat. “You can only focus on what you can control, and that’s what I’m doing. I have a vision and a picture of where I want us to be, and I know what it looks like. We’ve just got to get there.”

The obvious follow-up: How close are you to getting there?

“We’re not far off at all,” said Richt, wearing the same easy smile he arrived with nearly a decade ago.

Before we go any further, let’s offer a short footnote: If you coach in the SEC long enough -- which invariably means you’ve won pretty consistently at a high level -- there’s always going to be a cycle or cycles where it appears that the walls might be closing in.

Richt accepts that. What he doesn’t accept is that Georgia has somehow fallen behind the Big Boys in this conference and can’t catch back up.

At the same time, he also doesn’t accept what happened last season when the Bulldogs lost five games, committed an SEC-high 105 penalties, finished 10th in the SEC in scoring defense and finished 118th nationally (out of 120 teams) in turnover ratio.

“Just look at the turnover ratio alone,” Richt said. “If we get our penalties and turnovers squared away, we win two or three more games. We were very poor in both, and that’s my fault as head coach. But if we clean that up, we’re in a whole lot better shape.

“Some of it is circumstantial. But we just have to do a better job of practicing in such a way that habits we’re creating aren’t going to cause penalties. That’s what we’re fixing to do the rest of this spring and carry it over into the fall.”

For the first time in his career, Richt overhauled his defensive staff this past offseason, which included firing longtime friend and colleague Willie Martinez as defensive coordinator. After a lengthy search, Richt replaced Martinez with former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

The fans had been calling for Martinez’s ouster for the last two years. But Richt said it wasn’t a move he felt pressured to make.

“Not at all,” he said. “It’s just something I felt like we had to do to get us where we all want to be.”

Georgia athletic director Damon Evans recently told Jeff Schultz of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t view this as a crossroads season for Richt and the program.

And, truthfully, calling it a crossroads season for a guy who’s won 10 or more games in six of his nine seasons in the SEC probably is a bit much.

But when you sit down with Georgia fans, they make one thing abundantly clear: Particularly this coming season with the Eastern Division being so wide open, they expect the Bulldogs to be right there in the middle of the race come November.

So does Richt, and so do these players.

Senior linebacker Darryl Gamble thinks part of the problem on defense the last two seasons has been too many people playing for themselves and not the team.

“We had a lot of guys that weren’t into it like they needed to be and had more individual-type guys that didn’t have the team mindset that we were going out and dominating as a team,” Gamble said. “I think coach Grantham is bringing us together more, and you’re not going to see as many individuals out there.

“We have the talent to play the kind of defense around here they always have at Georgia. That’s not the problem. We just have to do it. That’s not on coach Richt or any of the coaches.

“There were times last year when we should have made the plays … but we just choked.”

The impact Alabama’s Nick Saban and Florida’s Urban Meyer have had not only on Georgia, but the entire league, hasn’t been lost on Richt.

He concedes that the stakes have been raised in this conference with Alabama and Florida winning three of the last four national championships. Of course, the one crown they didn’t win in that span was won by LSU.

“The bottom line is you want to win,” Richt said. “You’re hired to play championship-level football. That’s the goal, and that’s what you’re pushing for. You’ve got to beat the competition around you. Right now, Alabama and Florida have risen above everybody else. What we have to do is knock them off.

“If other teams were winning the national championships outside our league, it may not be as painful for the fans. But when you see the people in your league and your division winning a national championship, you want a piece of that – and we do.”

Richt is entering his 10th season at Georgia, which makes him the dean of SEC head coaches at one school.

Making it 10 years at the same school in today’s SEC is an accomplishment unto itself. Richt has seen head coaches come and go in this league at a dizzying pace.

The old saying goes: The only thing that doesn’t change about SEC football is that the faces at the top keep changing.

Well, Richt’s goal hasn’t changed since the day he decided to move his family from Tallahassee, Fla., to Athens, Ga.

“I want to finish my career here. That’s the goal I had the day I got here,” said Richt, one of only seven head coaches in history who’s won 90 or more Division I games in his first nine seasons.

“We weren’t going to leave [Florida State] unless it was a special place, a place we could win at the highest level and a place we could raise our family and be there the rest of our career, mine and my wife’s.

“Georgia is that place for me, and I plan on being here.”

Lunchtime links: Emotions spilling over

November, 24, 2009
Making the rounds in the SEC:

  • Don't look for any more gimmicky uniforms such as black helmets or black jerseys from Georgia anytime soon, says Georgia athletic director Damon Evans.

  • South Carolina's Eric Norwood enjoys watching C.J. Spiller play, but Norwood doesn't want Spiller having a big day on the Gamecocks.

Lunchtime links: Tough odds for Majors

February, 19, 2009

Posted by's Chris Low

We take a gander at what others are writing and saying about the SEC:

  • Columnist John Adams of the Knoxville News-Sentinel writes that former Tennessee coach John Majors is an underdog to be elected to the College Hall of Fame as a coach. Majors has already been inducted as a player.
  • Georgia athletic director Damon Evans fires back at Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin in an interview with David Hale of The Macon Telegraph.



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