Well, one thing we know for sure about Zach Mettenberger: He won’t be transferring to Valdosta State, as some had speculated, since he’s banished from the town that calls itself Winnersville.
Monday’s news that the former UGA quarterback had pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery stemming from the spring break bar incident in the Valdosta area frankly came as no big surprise. As I said on the day news of Mettenberger being kicked off the Bulldogs first broke, the fact that Mark Richt had taken such drastic action pointed to more than just underage drinking. And, for once, the most prevalent rumor on the grapevine — which I first heard literally minutes after the news of Mett’s dismissal — pretty much was on the money.
A couple of other thoughts on the Mettenberger situation: He indicated in his statement taking “responsibility” for his actions that he hopes to get “a second chance to compete at another university.” That should put an end to the hopes some fans had that he could return to UGA. But despite being tainted by a transgression of a sexual nature and a very public demonstration of poor judgment, that NFL-caliber arm he has and his showing in Georgia’s spring game probably will mean Mettenberger’s wish will come true. There’s talk (how credible, I don’t know) that Tommy Tuberville is interested in bringing Mettenberger to Texas Tech.
And it’s been gratifying to see that most UGA fans speaking out on the subject accept that Richt kicking Mettenberger off the team was absolutely the right thing to do. I have, however, seen a couple of postings here and there from folks who don’t think there was anything wrong with Mettenberger grabbing a young woman’s breasts and buttocks against her will and who believe it’s ridiculous that he was punished for what they seem to think should be categorized as just being a guy.
Obviously these yahoos don’t have daughters.
RIDICULOUSLY EARLY BOWL PREDICTIONS
Moving on, CollegeFootballNews.com calls its bowl picks for the coming season “ridiculously early,” but really it’s only taking things one more step than all the prognosticators who already are picking Florida in the SEC East and Alabama to repeat as SEC champ. Besides, as CFN says, “it’s always goofy fun to look at the possibilities.”
Notable for UGA fans is that CFN sees the Dogs beating Florida this season and winding up playing Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 3 as one of the BCS at-large picks, with the “Florida/Georgia loser” facing Penn State in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Says CFN of the Dogs: “Georgia has the right schedule and the returning talent to slip through to win the East over a rebuilding Florida. The Orange would snap up the Dawgs getting the first pick of at-large teams (after the Rose).”
CFN sees Alabama as an SEC champion carrying a couple of losses and winding up in the Sugar Bowl against Nebraska, though it notes “this could very, very easily be Florida, Georgia or LSU if Alabama winds up playing for the national title”— which they think would happen only if Bama has just one loss. If, as they expect, the Tide has two losses, CFN predicts Ohio State and TCU meeting in the BCS Championship game.
So … Dogs fans should root for Bama?