Fans: Evans' departure in best interest of UGA

It was the only possible outcome.

That's what several UGA fans said Sunday about Damon Evans' apparent departure as athletic director.

"It's sad because he's done a good job, but we all make choices and we have to live with them, and this is one he couldn't get over," said Garland Huff, 60, an athletic trainer at Marist School who was eating at Taco Mac Perimeter. "This is probably the best decision for Georgia."

Tommy Fournier, 31, has spent a lot of Saturdays at Sanford Stadium, where he saw Evans deliver a video message against drinking and driving.

"He was promoting not driving drunk -- if you drink, don't drive -- and that's exactly what he did," said Fournier, a salesman for a construction data firm. "I know everybody makes mistakes, but this was inevitable. I think it was a good move."

Details that emerged from the police report sealed Evans' fate, Fournier said. At one point, Evans pleaded with the arresting officer: "I am not trying to bribe you, but I am the athletic director of the University of Georgia," the Georgia State Patrol report states.

"He thought he was above the law," Fournier said. "That's not teaching the players anything positive."

Fournier's boss, Michael Parker, said Evans "deserved everything he got."

"The hypocrisy is unbelievable," said Parker, 47.

Ali Emami, a 2003 UGA grad, said the episode has hurt the program, and he worried about the effect on recruiting.

He hoped the quick resolution would minimize the damage.

"It's great that they moved quickly from a PR standpoint, because, hopefully, people will forget about it and something else will get in the news," said Emami, 31, who works in financial services. "It's still going to hurt us, but it's more efficient to get it out of the way."