On Mettenberger and way-out bowl predictions

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

Zach Mettenberger hopes for a second chance somewhere other than UGA. (wsbtv.com)

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?

359 comments Add your comment

GHS

May 4th, 2010
10:57 am

First lets go dawgs

bill_in_atl

May 4th, 2010
10:57 am

I’m sad for Mett, but it may be better not to have a controversy. It seems Mett was looking to cause trouble in that regard to me, but I’m just a fan so maybe I’m wrong about it.

TuckDAWG

May 4th, 2010
10:58 am

Good article bill Mett should definatley been booted you can touch what you are told not to touch the kids lucky he only got what he did i wish him the best wherever he ends up as long as its not in the SEC

Ted Striker

May 4th, 2010
10:58 am

Good column.

TuckDAWG

May 4th, 2010
10:59 am

Sorry to early i meant you can’t touch what you have benn told not to touch

TuckDAWG

May 4th, 2010
11:00 am

Not syaing he wont turn out all right im sure he will learn from this but he needs to do it somewhere other than UGA

droopydawg

May 4th, 2010
11:04 am

Great point about Mettenberger. There is a fine line between flirting/drunken college shenanigans and sexual assault, but there is a line and he crossed it. Say what you will about Richt’s power of forgiveness, but he knows the difference in severity between typical college kids drinking and this type of reprehensible conduct.

North Georgia Observer

May 4th, 2010
11:04 am

Wow finally a pub that picks UGA over Fl. How hard did you have to look for this one Billy? They Pups will be wetting all over themselves.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
11:05 am

I also did something like this but unfortunately I am….well I turned into Patrick.

CatsFly

May 4th, 2010
11:05 am

Being picked to win is just as important to me as winning over Fl. After all, its the hype that makes us Dawgs salivate.

RxDawg

May 4th, 2010
11:07 am

Well the truth finally comes out. We all knew there had to be more to the story then getting drunk (underage) at a bar. People are going to try and lump this with the Ben Roth.. story. They are very different. What Roth alledgedly did was far worse. Either way, I kind of feel for Mett. He threw away a huge opportunity because he fondeled a girl that obviously did not invite it. It’s sad. But it’s not enough that I hope his life is ruined for this. Maybe he will rebound and make something of hisself somewhere. This is a very public, very embarrassing story for him. The odds are very much against poor Zach right now and I feel pitty.

Patrick's buddy

May 4th, 2010
11:11 am

Look at him he looks like a punk. I guess he took Richts talk on having long hair to heart, cept he forgot about the penalities part. Or did he think the penalities applied only to the football field?

dawggrl

May 4th, 2010
11:12 am

As a girl, I have had plenty of people grab me where they shouldn’t if I am out at a bar. That said, I have to wonder the severity of what he did other than just ‘grabbing boobs and buttocks.’ There is always an a-hole that thinks he can play grab-a** at any establishment but I have never heard of someone pressing charges before so it must have been really over the top. That said, I wish him the best of luck and I hope that he really has learned a valuable lesson from all of this.

Band Kid

May 4th, 2010
11:12 am

Nice article Bill.

I’m very dissapointed in Mett for his actions, but it takes a man to own up, and for that I give him some credit. I think with guidance and a fresh start he’ll find a way back. Just hope he keeps out of trouble from now own.

Will

May 4th, 2010
11:13 am

Why would anyone be surprised to learn that the Bulldogs are projected to play in a BCS bowl?

The mess with defensive coaches has been fixed. The schedule is much easier. The biggest obstacle on the schedule has a coach that is a basket case and lost boatloads of players to the NFL. The defense returns ten of eleven starters and the offense has boatloads of top ranked redshirts ready to play. The quarterback position has improved from a good quarterback to one of the top ranked recruited quarterbacks in America.

There is absolutely no excuse why UGA cannot be a BCS bowl team this year.

Innocent Bystander

May 4th, 2010
11:23 am

Will I think you mean the offense returns ten of eleven starters.

Suzie

May 4th, 2010
11:28 am

Rat skank hangs loose in BAR – where did she think she was? Sunday School? btw, what was SHE wearing? Jeans tight enough to strike a match? Tank top w/ no under garmets? Moral to story Bee -ouch: If you don’t want to slip, stay out of slippery places!

Brian

May 4th, 2010
11:28 am

Well Well another day another Dawg either getting arrested or pleading guilty. When will these kids get that you can’t do what you want just because you play for UGA. The cops in these small towns may mostly be UGA fans but they sure as hell are not going to put up with crap from these kids.

Wake up people. Richt needs to get control of his program its a bunch of thugs.

Sarah

May 4th, 2010
11:33 am

These people who think that a so called “role model” should act the way he did is unbelievable.

hoopdog

May 4th, 2010
11:33 am

dawggrl, where are you hanging out that you have had “plenty of people grab me where they shouldn’t?” come on. mett had to go. even kids not from nice homes like he is from know better than to inappropriately touch women at bars. underage drinking is one thing, but this is another altogether. glad to see him go.

AltamahaDawg

May 4th, 2010
11:38 am

The only thing is that for an SEC team to be in a BSC bowl, you pretty much do need to win the SEC outright. Normally just winning your division is not going to lift you over the other national teams trying to get into just a couple of open BCS spots, and only if the SEC champ is in the NC game.

how2fish

May 4th, 2010
11:41 am

Suzie wouldn’t matter is she was stark naked..if she didnt’ want to be touched you damn well should keep your hands to yourself..Brian your a moron..Richt can’t stop anyone from doing dumb stuff..he can make sure they don’t continue to do dumb stuff as a Bulldog..and he is..Mett I’m guessing here didn’t come clean to him to start with..and paid for it.

LizDawg

May 4th, 2010
11:41 am

I predict yet another bowl loss for Coach Paul Johnson’s rambling wreck.

St. Bernard

May 4th, 2010
11:42 am

Sad for the young man. I hope he can overcome his behavior. I also would not want my 20 year old daughter to be in a bar.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
11:43 am

UGA will make us proud. They have 10 of 11 starters reurning on O including the guys who averaged 215 yards a game rushing over the last 7 games of the year. The defense will be better with a real DC there now and much returning talent there too. Look out for Houston, Rambo, and Tyson to start making plays there. We have the best punter in the nation returning, 1 of the 3 guys up for the Groza award kicking it thru the uprights, and the guy who set a record for TD returns on KO’s in the SEC. We might just make a little noise in the NC contention if we change up our turnover ratio a little.

SEC East SEC west
UGA LSU
UF Bama
USCe Ark
UK AU
UT Ole Miss
Vandy MSU
UGA will win the SEC and 11 teams from the SEC will go to bowls!

Arlo

May 4th, 2010
11:44 am

Did they ever determine if the thugs that assaulted the married couple in the cab were actually UGA football players? Seems to me a lineup is in order.

Attack of the Roethlisberger

May 4th, 2010
11:46 am

Living up to my expectations there, young jedi!! Keep up the good work!!

BG

May 4th, 2010
11:46 am

If Mett played for Urban Meyer he would still be on the team.

bill_in_atl

May 4th, 2010
11:47 am

dawggrl, I heard the touching was a little bit more aggressive and arrived to a region not mentioned in the reports. This is what I heard a long time ago. It may or may not be true, but if so that is even more reason why he needed to go. The punishment is severe and perhaps no one involved feels the need to be as graphic as possible at this point. Maybe if he DIDN’T plead guilty it would have come to that.

If it were my daughter the stated details would be plenty for me to expect his dismissal from the team.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
11:48 am

I like UGA’s chances this year. Yeah, they’re breaking in a new QB, but the running game should be there and will have a good WR corps to work with. The O-line should be improved and should give him time to throw by allowing little penetration. UGA’s O-line allowed few sacks last season. Success will be predicated by the D. Whether or not Grantham can make the adjustments necessary to effectively run the 3-4 early in the season will be the key. The schedule is favorable, and UGA tends to do well when expectations are low.

dawgster

May 4th, 2010
11:55 am

Arlo, yes, old news, it was not uga football players involved in the taxi cab incident, however a dawg player was there and did his best to intervene and prevent the behavior according to the police reports…You can chech it out if you like…

Church of the Latter Day Dude

May 4th, 2010
11:57 am

Z-Mett treats objects like women, man.

BIG BEN

May 4th, 2010
11:57 am

Mett, come to Pitt and party with me!!!!

Coach Lame Kitten

May 4th, 2010
11:58 am

Go West, young man.

You’ll fit right in with my boys.

chazzo

May 4th, 2010
11:58 am

I used to root for Bama. Then I found that they are more obnoxious than florida.

Hey, dawg fans, it may be way out, but let’s root for Georgia. I know that is a lot to ask, but screw hoping someone else plays for the crystal so we can play for Sugar.

Arnie West

May 4th, 2010
11:58 am

I bet irvin myers paid the girl to cook up some charges on ole mett. 1 2 3 4 5 dem gata dont take no jive. go gata

ugaclassof2004

May 4th, 2010
11:59 am

Talent usually proves itself, but never underestimate an a-hole’s ability to ” a*&hole himself” out of a good situation. Mettenberger had the opportunity of a lifetime, and he crapped it away because he’s a moron. I don’t feel sorry for him, he dug his own grave. He’s got some serious growing up to do.

Ben

May 4th, 2010
12:00 pm

The girl was 19 y/o and she was also drunk with a fake ID….. Hmmmmmm….. I would hope my daughter knew better…. Just seems like he lost a lot for something that happens a 1,000 time a week in college bars….

RxDawg

May 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

Oh, and kudos to Bill for actually writing a blog where we dawg fans can discuss this issue. I don’t understand the post and forget censorship happening on the beat blog.

Bulldog59

May 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

Will, all valid points. The only “question” is, how quickly can the Dogs learn and adapt to the 3-4. Getting it figured out by the second game of the season at SC, is a tall order.

dawgfan80

May 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

Mett’s physical contact with the victim was more than just a touch on the boobs & butt. It was far more sexual & inveasive in nature…there is cell phone video of it.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

UGA will have a deep and experienced offensive line, provided that another avalanche of injuries doesn’t happen again. The new quarterback will also have a wealth of skill position players around him, between A.J. Green, Washaun Ealey, Caleb King, Marlon Brown, Orson Charles, and Logan Gray. No one else in the division has that much proven talent at the skill positions—not even Florida.

SoCal Dawg

May 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

chazzo that’s what I’m saying. You think bama or the gators hope to finish 2nd or 3rd in in the SEC? Every year we don’t play for the sec champ should be a disappointment.

Techie

May 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

All this prognostication is great and all, but what everyone wants to know is what’s the take on Thanksgiving? Good luck to all this coming season!

barneyb

May 4th, 2010
12:04 pm

Yup, kids had the cell phones out on this one. Wasn’t just a pat on the nether regions….this was pretty vulgar in nature. And arguing with the bouncers & po-po didn’t help his case, either.

StayThirstyMyFriends

May 4th, 2010
12:04 pm

I would agree with the predictions if they were for the 2012 season. Not this season, though.

JMc12203

May 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

Oh brother, are we delusional today! Losses to Florida, Arkansas, Auburn and Tech does not equal SEC title game, BCS or even Capital One or Outback bowl. Try Music City. That is much closer to where they will wind up. Maybe a trip to the ATL for the Eat More Chicken bowl, but any higher than that….. it ain’t happening.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

I know this is a homer pick (so sue me), but how does Georgia not beat Florida next season? If Richt can’t beat Florida in a year where it loses its Defensive coordinator, a large percentage of its defensive starters, as well as its heralded 3 1/2 year QB, along with both main receiving options (TE and Cooper), AND at least one of its starting offensive linemen, then Georgia might as well fire Richt right now.

RxDawg

May 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

“Just seems like he lost a lot for something that happens a 1,000 time a week in college bars….”

I somewhat agree. However, there are a couple of things to consider.

1. The publicity of it. It involved a UGA QB.

2. Perhaps the severity has been understated as another blogger said. I’m thinking it had to go a little farther than a slap on the but and boob. My guess is Zach was way more drunk than any man should be and must of made an absolute A$$ of himself.

ugaclassof2004

May 4th, 2010
12:06 pm

“There is absolutely no excuse why UGA cannot be a BCS bowl team this year.”

Will what on earth are you smoking. We’re breakin in a new QB and new defensive scheme. We keep the same idiot coaches on offense. What part about this sounds like a BCS team to you? I appreciate your optimism but I think we need to lower our standards with this team.