The four years Damon Evans had spent since being forced to resign as athletic director at Georgia had been among the most difficult of his life. He moved his family twice as he changed jobs, going up to Boston for one and then settling outside Charlotte, N.C., for another.
So when Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson called the then-44-year-old Evans in the fall of 2014 asking whether he wanted to join his staff as the department’s chief financial officer and his second-in-command, Evans said he initially thought about turning the offer down.
Evans then recalled talking to his wife, Kerri.
“I told her, ‘Ker, I got a call about this job up at Maryland, but I’m...