Evans puts Adams in no-win situation

University of Georgia president Michael Adams has had plenty of tough decisions to make during his tenure in Athens.

Now that Damon Evans, the head of his very high-profile and money-driven athletic department has been arrested for DUI, nobody should want to change places with the Georgia president.

Adams could easily solve the problem by demanding the Georgia Athletic Director tender his resignation or get fired, (and as more detail come out, he might) but let's face it, it's not that easy, and Adams is smart enough to know that.

Severing ties with Evans might be a quick fix, but Evans' little drunken romp through Buckhead on Wednesday night has already divided the Bulldog Nation, which is usual in one accord when it comes to matters regarding their beloved Dawgs.

There are also legal steps that must be taken. Remember from our civics classes, innocent until proven guilty. After all, Evans was one day into a $550,000-a-year contract when he looked in his rear view mirror and saw those blue lights flashing behind him. It certainly wasn't a Bulldog fan pulling him over just to say hi.

Many Bulldogs, and those without ties to Georgia, are having enough trouble getting past the DUI arrest and his refusal to cooperate with police, but perhaps the most distressing matter is the fact that he had a female passenger his car.

Some long-time, old-fashioned southerners, might play the race card. Evans is black, she is white. Makes no difference. It's 2010 and this should not be about race.

He betrayed the trust of a large collection of students, parents, boosters, alumni and fans. That's what this could all come down too. Oh yea, he is a married man too.

Evans should have been tucked away at home with his children, not joyriding through Atlanta after having one too many with a women, not his wife.

Little is known about Courtney Fuhrmann, the women who is 12-years younger than Evans, and who was the passenger in his car Wednesday night. One thing is certain, she too was arrested for disorderly conduct. Fuhrmann works at a Buckhead real estate firm and has a degree in journalism from Georgia Southern. I bet she never thought back when she was a student she would become part of such a huge story. Journalism students (okay, she is not in the business) are taught from day one to report the news, not make it.

Evans calls Courtney Fuhrmann "just a friend." Call me crazy, but married men aren't supposed to be out far from home alone with younger women. I bet Evans' first meeting with Mrs. Evans was a lot tougher than any meeting with Dr. Adam s will ever be.

This is also not a time for supporters from other programs to gloat and jump up and down in celebration as if their football team had just won the national title. Fans at Georgia Tech, Florida, Tennessee or whoever they cheer for better clear out the skeletons in their own school's closet before getting too much into a "I told you so mood."

Evans is apparently a great athletic director. At only 40-years-old, he has Georgia sports teams on solid ground.

In a day and age where the economy has most programs treading water just to stay afloat, Georgia doesn't have to worry about financial shortcomings. Men and women's team alike at Georgia are always in running for championships, and supporters still dig deep into their pockets each year to show their love and appreciation for the Red and Black.

But let's face it, it's football that is the driving force behind what happens in Georgia, so it is a good bet, head coach Mark Richt's opinion is going to carry plenty of weight behind whether Evans stays or goes.

Too many of Richt's athletes have come under Evans' wrath for alcohol-related offense that he all of a sudden looks like a hypocrite. Just try and dish out punishment to an athlete who gets a DUI when you have one too.

Richt is also a family man, who won't think much about Evans' little indiscretion.

Will Evans keep is job?

Only time will tell.

Let's just be glad we are not in Michael Adams' shoes because the next few weeks are going to mean plenty of sleepless nights, lots of soul searching and then a final verdict will come that could decide the future of a talented young man who himself must have a lot of growing up to do.

(Doug Gorman is sports editor of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at dgorman@news-daily.com)