Evans: Richt Out There Doing His Job

NEW YORK CITY – Damon Evans is willing to help Mark Richt all he can in the search for a new defensive coordinator, he told Dawg Post in an exclusive interview.

Evans spoke to Dawg Post at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night at the Bulldogs' basketball game with St. John's. Evans said he wanted to "focus on basketball" while in New York, but added a few tidbits regarding the coaching search which has been underway for the last week.

"Mark has made a decision, and now my focus is to help Mark in any way that I can to get the best possible coaches," Evans said.

Still, Evans was noncommittal when it comes to a timetable regarding the hiring of the new coach. He said that is the responsibility of head coach Mark Richt.

"That's on Mark. I have not talked with him recently," he said. "I know that he's out there doing his job, and I have the utmost confidence that he will."

When asked about when he heard or knew that Richt had decided to fire Willie Martinez, John Jancek and Jon Fabris, Evans said that he had been in touch regularly with Richt regarding the decision.

"I am always in constant communication with Mark, and I knew that he was evaluating things (with the former assistant coaches). I know it was tough decision when he decided to make personnel changes. I was aware of what was going on, and now I am going to support him like I always have."

Evans said Georgia will be competitive with regard to salary structure and dismissed the notion that the Bulldogs "underpay" football assistant coaches.

"It is interesting that people would say that when our coach is the seventh-highest paid coach in the country and our assistant pool is 15th-higest in the country. We are going to be competitive like we always have, and we are going to do what it takes to get the right people. I think when you are paying salaries it is a case-by-case basis and you pay on the credentials that individual has."

Evans did not discuss any coaching candidates by name.

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