After the red panties, asking the wrong question

I know it’s hard to switch off the Mark Richt Hot Seat channel, so I shouldn’t be surprised at the number of media folks already surmising that Damon Evans’ departure is bad news for Mark Richt, but based on this quote

Meanwhile, I keep thinking about that meeting barely five months ago -– Feb. 3 -– at which the Athletic Board expressed its enthusiastic approval of Evans’ job performance by giving him a new five-year contract and a $110,000-a-year raise.

At that meeting, UGA President Michael Adams said of Evans:  “He’s already become a nationally recognized figure in athletics, and we are fortunate to have him. . . . I think he’s done an extraordinary job. . . . And there’s not been a whiff of impropriety during that six-year period. If you’re the president of an institution, that means a whole lot.”

… shouldn’t the question being raised about now instead be about Michael Adams’ judgment?  How come nobody speculates about the temperature of his seat?

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21 responses to “After the red panties, asking the wrong question

  1. Normaltown Mike

    Adams praising Evans’ “job” is about like Fidel Castro describing Raul’s great track record as Minister of Defense in Cuba. Maybe he’s done a great job, maybe he hasn’t, who can tell?
    -It’s a plum job that due to the demographics and economics of the host state can only be compared to a few other programs (Texas and Florida come to mind).

    I also question how/if Damon kept this on the down-low from Adams. I’ve heard 2nd hand from too many people that this was well known at the upper end of the alumni community. As one of my neighbors said “I’m the last grape on the grapevine and if I knew…..”

  2. Brandon

    Michael Adams is a POS.

  3. MWO

    At least the panties weren’t orange!

  4. anon

    Adams seat is not hot because it is filled with Don Leeburn’s cooling booze.

  5. Dawg N Suds

    Here is the quote in its entirety:

    At that meeting, UGA President Michael Adams said of Evans: “He’s already become a nationally recognized figure in athletics especially now , and we are fortunate to have him do everything I tell him to do. . . . I think he’s done an extraordinary job covering my a$$. . . . And there’s not been a whiff of impropriety during that six-year period unless you sniff the arrest reports, . If you’re the incompent president of an institution, that means a whole lot.”

  6. Dawg N Suds

    Here is the quote in its entirety:

    At that meeting, UGA President Michael Adams said of Evans: “He’s already become a nationally recognized figure in athletics especially now, and we are fortunate to have him do everything I tell him to do. I think he’s done an extraordinary job covering my a$$. And there’s not been a whiff of impropriety during that six-year period unless you sniff the arrest reports. If you’re the incompetent president of an institution, that means a whole lot.”

  7. Paul's Johnson

    Where does the greatest power and influence regarding Classic City athletics reside? I don’t think it resided with your outgoing AD. And I don’t see your current President hiring a strong, independent minded AD, either. Just an opinion. What does all this mean for Richt? Neither good or bad, as long as he keeps winning.

  8. “How come nobody speculates about the temperature of his seat?”

    Gee I dunno… Maybe because he’s done an amazing job as President and it is only the UGA blogs where it is cool and trendy to march in lockstep in bashing the guy?

    In his first 10 years he more than tripled the endowment. He helped return our football program to national prominence. He’s been a great asset to our school, and yet the sports blogs continue to trash him.

    • Deloitte & Touche would disagree. Michael Adams serves Michael Adams…always has, always will.

      I wonder what role he played in “returning our football program to national prominence”.

    • Reptillicide

      It’s not just the sports blogs. The faculty do not like him either. His respect for the undergraduates is minimal as well.

      Nobody likes him.

    • JC in Powder Springs

      I don’t know Adams from Adam, but I tend to think if an abundance of students, faculty, and alumni, as well as most pets, don’t like somebody, there’s got to be some reason behind the dislike.

      Perhaps Adams is still traumatized from those baboons attacking the car when he was a kid.

      • Seriously

        The reason? Adams puts academics ahead of athletics and drunken debauchery. That makes him rather unpopular in dogland.

        • Will (the other one)

          If he put academics first, why do so many in the faculty dislike him?
          When the people you allegedly “put first” don’t like you, you’re really doing it wrong.

    • Mayor Of Dawgtown

      Read the book ” Behind the Hedges” MB. That’s the real lowdown on Mike Adams. He is still the President of UGA because of one person ( it’s not Don Leeburn), Gov. Sonny Perdue. He’s the guy who appoints the members of the Board of Regents. Purdue goes out of office in January of 2011. Adams would be well advised to retire or get another job by then.

    • 81Dog

      Thanks for the commercial, Mrs. Adams. Mike Adams taking credit for all the good things at UGA the last 10+ years is like a rooster taking credit for the sunrise.

    • Brandon

      He is nothing but a shameless career opportunist, wetted finger is always to the wind, every move is politically motivated, I don’t think he has any principles, at least I’ve never seen him demonstrate any. I was in school when he first came. He used to do these “Open mike with Mike” sessions with the students, I have never heard more bulls#@t answers to honest questions in my life and that is pretty big statement considering I’ve been watching politics pretty closely since the early 90′s. Then he pulled the basketball team out of the NCAA tournament and when they went over to his house to talk to him about it he called the cops on them. I’ll never forgive him doing that, nice kids like Jarvis and Jonas Hayes. He deserves no credit for academics/endowment etc., Knapp is the one who cleaned up the school and put things on the right track, Adams has just swooped in and benefited from Knapp doing the dirty work.

    • anon

      Sorry, boss. UGA went into campaign, which they would have done regardless of who the president was.

      If Adams hadn’t been president, they would have quadrupled the endowment.

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