Georgia president Michael Adams attended Thursday's men's basketball game and declined to comment, but a university official indicated there will be a press conference this afternoon.
Damon Evans, 34, is a former Bulldog football player who is currently the
school's senior associate athletic director in charge of internal
affairs. He is in charge of the Athletic Association's $40-plus million
budget and also oversees both the school's basketball programs.
He will become the first black athletic director in the Southeastern
Conference. He will also be one of the youngest athletic directors in
the country but has privately expressed confidence he is ready to fill
Evans watched from the stands as the Bulldogs defeated South Alabama
65-63 in Stegeman Coliseum, but he also declined to comment on the
search. He said he will not speak on the subject until the "process is
Adams started the search for a new athletic director in June after
rejecting current athletics director Vince Dooley's request for a
contract extension. A search committee is believed to have forwarded
three candidates - Evans, Fowler and Hyman - to Adams for the final
selection. Evans has already received Dooley's blessing to take the
North Carolina State athletic director Lee Fowler privately stated he
had pulled his name from consideration, and TCU athletic director Eric
Hyman released a statement saying virtually the same thing.
"Recently, I was contacted by the University of Georgia regarding
athletic director's position," Hyman said. "I was flattered to be
considered. However, after talking with a representative from Georgia, I
have notified our chancellor I am no longer a candidate for the
Earlier this year, Evans was named one of the top 101 most influential
minorities in sports by Sports Illustrated. He ranked No. 100, one spot
ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
A native of Oakwood, he was an all-state wide receiver and the MVP of
his basketball team at Gainesville High School. He lettered at Georgia
from 1989-1992 and was one of only two players on the vaunted 1992 team
to have started a game in each of his four seasons.
He was the assistant commissioner for eligibility and compliance at
the SEC office before being hired by Dooley in 1998. He quickly moved up
the ladder at Georgia. In 2000, he was promoted to his current position
as second-in-command only to Dooley. He has also worked at the
University of Missouri.
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