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.’
— Damon Evans delivers his parting words to Bulldog Nation
While I agree with Jason Kirk that Evans's reference to "a serious mistake in judgment" ought to have been rendered in the plural rather than in the singular, I will credit our former athletic director with sounding the right note at the close of his career at Georgia, as he did publicly for all but the last week of his tenure.
This end was necessary for the good of the University, but its necessity doesn't make it any less sad. Damon Evans brought this on himself, yet I still wish him well. I hope he learns from these grave personal and professional mistakes, and that he is able to get his life back on track.
Albeit for different reasons, we should all keep Damon Evans, his wife Kerri, and, most especially, their children Cameron and Kennedy in our prayers.
(For what it's worth, I had to Google the names of the Evanses' children, and, when I did, I discovered that Damon Evans's biography page is still up at GeorgiaDogs.com
. Someone may want to get on changing that.)