Had Damon Evans been the general manager of, say, the Atlanta Braves, he might have kept his job. Because a professional sports team exists for two reasons — to sell tickets and win games. Nobody gets a diploma from the University of the Atlanta Braves.
But Damon Evans was not a general manager of a professional team. He was, to borrow a phrase attributed to him on the infamous police report that clinched his apparent ouster, the athletics director of the University of Georgia. And there’s your difference. A awful lot of people have paid money to receive the diploma that graces their wall, and those people want that piece of paper to mean something.