By FITSNews || University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans has resigned from his position less than a week after being charged with driving under the influence.
Evans – who was only 34 years old when he was hired in 2004 – submitted his resignation Sunday after being arrested late Wednesday in Atlanta. A woman who was in the vehicle with Evans at the time of his arrest, Courtney Fuhrmann, was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Evans said Fuhrmann was “just a friend,” although the incident report paints a different picture of their relationship.
“It had been my hope since taking the job in 2004 that I would have a long career at UGA,” Evans said. “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.”
Evan’s was the SEC’s first black athletic director. He will received three months of severance pay (roughly $120,000) as well as a $100,000 “longevity bonus.”
Georgia suffered through one of its worst years ever in 2009, losing five football games for the first time since 1996 and finishing dead last in the SEC East in basketball for the second year in a row.
UPDATE: Here are two pics of Courtney Fuhrmann, the woman arrested with former Georgia athletic director Damon Evans.