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

St. Richt

May 4th, 2010
1:41 pm

ugaaccountant, that Tech game should be a breeze just like it was the first time Paul Johnson came to Athens. Chalk it up.

St. Richt

May 4th, 2010
1:42 pm

What a great column – sums up the Georgia program well. A mug shot from a recent arrest and then a preseason prediction of playing in a BCS bowl. Typical.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
1:42 pm

Im getting out of Rehab to watch the dogs go 14-0!!

ugaaccountant

May 4th, 2010
1:43 pm

Hey look St. Richt, you’ve found yet another blog where you can slander the UGA program. Just yesterday you acted like there was no place you could comment on the Mettenberger situation and yet here you’ve found another blog. It’s seriously time for the AJC to stop belaboring this played out story. It would have been ok had we just had the discussion on his next destination, but certain opposing fans have to keep their trolling posts stuck on the same situation every day.

Lost dog

May 4th, 2010
1:44 pm

The kid made a mistake and now he has to pay for it, end of story. I hope he gets his life together. As for the Bulldogs, I just hope the team plays with intensity each and every game. I want, and expect to see steady improvement on O and D, then we shall see where we wind up at the end of the year. UGA has a chance to have a really good season, but could just as easily have a poor season.

ugaaccountant

May 4th, 2010
1:45 pm

Coach Johnson lost all credibility when he told his players to “punch UGA fans in the mouth”.

LCDawg

May 4th, 2010
1:48 pm

“Suzie”, you sound like a loser guy if not your a pathetic “girl”

Sam

May 4th, 2010
1:49 pm

Arlo asks: 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.

SAM: It was determined they were not players. I think the one football player was acting to stop the situation.

Garry says: Who is footing the bill for these people th attend UGA and play ball? Georgians are! As such, no Georgian should have pay for anyone who breaks the law to attend UGA on a scholarship!

SAM: Garry, I believe the scholarships come from donations made to a fund specifically for athletes.

Get real

May 4th, 2010
1:51 pm

He grabbed a girl at a bar. a 20 year old girl.

WHAT WAS A 20 YEAR OLD GIRL DOING AT A BAR WHEN THE LEGAL AGE IS 21???

I bet nobody’s filing charges against her!!!

Paul Johnson

May 4th, 2010
1:53 pm

Sam – making things up? I never saw where it was determined those cab thugs were not UGA players. Where’d you see that?

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
1:54 pm

Sam……….the football program makes a multi million dollar profit every year. Its my understanding that the scholarships come from those profits. Or is it from both? Just asking.

lawzoo

May 4th, 2010
1:55 pm

Way Too Early? Yeah. Actually….. Way Too Stupid.

ga. in the Orange Bowl? After beating uf? Finishing higher than third in the SEC East?

The football team will be lucky to be on par with ‘em Diamond Dawgs arf, arf !!

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
1:56 pm

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
1:57 pm

“Athens-Clarke County police Monday cleared the Georgia football team of involvement in an alleged March 28 attack on a married couple in an Athens taxi”.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:05 pm

yeah whatever here is the truck that I drive with my poodle in my lap:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1158327737&ref=name

Ben

May 4th, 2010
2:07 pm

Okay honest question here…….???? If your underage and drunk with a fake ID and then become a victim of some kind of crime then your off the hook??? I mean breaking the law is breaking the law right???? She wasn’t charged with anything….

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
2:08 pm

actually, I dont drive that truck. Its one of 4 I recently purchased. Dont be jealous that I spent more money on one truck than you will ever make in your lifetime.

TuckDAWG

May 4th, 2010
2:08 pm

All you UGA haters are DORKS probably from around North AVE! why don’t you go to your own blogs and stay off of ours losers how many times have you bees beat us the last 10 yrs hahahahaahahahahahahahah keep trying maybe you will be relevant one day. GATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:10 pm

I am sorry “Yeah whatever”….I am ashamed to say I do only work at McDonalds part time. If you bring your trucks by I will clean them for you for extra cash….I sure need it. I also, will pull out my false teeth for even more cash

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
2:13 pm

First…you are a fake Patrick….Second I dont do gays….third, I would not let you near my trucks

Hey St. Richt

May 4th, 2010
2:15 pm

IF CFN picked Georgia to beat Florida every year since they began playing football………….they’d have been right more times than not.

But thank you for your continued interest in The University of Georgia.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:16 pm

yeah whatever! and 4th, I only drive my truck when my chihuaha and me are let out of rehab on weekends.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:16 pm

Hey St. Richt but wrong on 17 out of the last 20.

Gator Girl

May 4th, 2010
2:17 pm

Wow, Mettenberger looks mean! Bad Dawg, Woof Woof

observor

May 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

Mettenberger is predatory creep that deserves to be put on the sex offender registry….

Bow Wow

May 4th, 2010
2:18 pm

If the writer knew the details in March, so did Richt. So why did he let Mett participate in spring practice? It appears that this is one that Mark couldn’t fix.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:19 pm

Hey St Richt….but you are right UGA leads all time in SEC titles over Fla…head to head…Bowls…Bowl wins….total wins…all time ranking…I could go on but you are right we love UGA thats why we can comment on nothing else

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
2:20 pm

Bow Wow……….Richt needed a third QB for spring. Notice he never played with 1st string.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:22 pm

I mean if UGA was not good we would not need to come on here and try to trash them…We are just jealous at the sustained success of UGA under Richt. Top ten finishes 6 of last 9….thats twice as much as my team Fla.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:24 pm

I mean we backed into a NC when USC lost but other than that UGA has far better success than my Gaytors. 11 bowl wins in 13 years..we cant manage 50% in bowl wins.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:25 pm

I mean all we have done in last 9 years is 2 SEC titles just like your Bulldogs. We just had the good luck that USC lost its last game allowing us to back into the NC with a 12-1 record same as UGA in 2002.

TTOUGH44

May 4th, 2010
2:26 pm

METTENBERGER VS ROSTHLESBERGER? GO FIGURE!
ALL JOKING ASIDE, WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, BUT, IF WE LEARN FROM THEM THEY ARE NOT MISTAKES! I WISH BOTH OF THESE FELLAS WELL. AND, METT, ESPECIALLY, HE IS YOUNG AND WILL LEARN, BUT, HASNT OLE, ROTHY BEEN DOWN THIS KINDA ROAD BEFORE????????

CLEVON LITTLE

May 4th, 2010
2:27 pm

I’m just surprised Richt didn’t make the kid cut his hair. Dang kid, have some respect for yourself!!

JLC

May 4th, 2010
2:28 pm

Dawgs in the Orange Bowl?? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day. Thanks for joke!

Otto

May 4th, 2010
2:30 pm

It is a shame for Mett, IMO he was the best QB UGA had, hopefully he has learned and gets a 2nd chance in D1.

If there is cell phone video why was it not released? Maybe the girl did not want it released, afterall she was not charged and who knows, there maybe a civil suit too. I am not saying there is a video or not but we do not know all the facts and both sides have reason to keep it private. Maybe he was punished more than an average College Student but he should have known that being on D1 team and QB at that comes with more exposure. He has less excuses than most growing up around the program.

I understand why CMR let him go and after the suspension that would be required if he was on the team, he would be out of the QB race anyways. It is in Mett’s best interest to start over. I can see CMR recommending Mett to Tubberville too. Mett should be walking on egg shells as long as he is on probation making him as close as you can get to a sure bet in terms of off field actions. Another year under a good QB coach at the pace he has been learning would make him an even more solid QB.

Ohio St. vs TCU? I can not think of 2 more overrated teams. Atleast project Texas vs Boise St. Boise St. atleast wins their bowl games compared to TCU…..

UGA over UF? doubtful. A defense in transition and an OC that has not won the big game often. If CMR calls majority of the plays UGA may win.

Unforgiving

May 4th, 2010
2:31 pm

I think the punishment does not fit the crime.

1eyedJack

May 4th, 2010
2:33 pm

If Tech were to win the ACC and go to the Orange bowl would we still get to go and pound their pudding an extra time?

y

May 4th, 2010
2:34 pm

No way UGA makes it to a BCS bowl game this year with a freshman QB, new D line, and new defensive scheme/coordinator…not to mention the rash of injuries that will start right around fall practice. Lets get real.

Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:36 pm

Fatrick, go ahead and convince you that the all time wins is all that matters, because if you dont fire the Helen Hunt look alike Markie Mark we will pass you in 9 years.

The Real Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:38 pm

Wow, did you see Murray play in the G-day game. He was awesome and would have been named the starter over Mett no matter what. Heck Richt is so excited about Murray he doesn’t plan on recruiting another one for the next 2 years.

BIG DOG

May 4th, 2010
2:39 pm

METT seems like the perfect fit for UGA .CMR usually waits for players to be arrested 3or4 times before he takes action.To bad METT isn’t a starting middle linebacker or he could have 4 more arrest to use up.I guess theres no draft position to be considered.

Dawg Days

May 4th, 2010
2:39 pm

The point on Mett that everybody is missing is that he lied to Richt and said nothing happened but a brush across the backside, so he actually didn’t “own up to his transgression” to get a second chance with Richt and UGA. Not until the court proceeding did he take responsibility for his actions. I wish him well in the future, but he made his bed….

74Dawg

May 4th, 2010
2:40 pm

Guys,the story i heard was he did much worse than fondle the girl. He was trying to pull her thong off as well. In public,against her will. No excuse. Man won’t it be nice when we can just talk about football again? As far as beating Florida, coach Richt has done that a couple times,including twice in the last 5 games. I think this might be one of those years.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
2:41 pm

UGA 12 SEC titles…Fla 3

UGA 6th all time in winning percentage for bowls…Fla losing record in bowls

UGA lead head to head by 8 games

UGA has finished ranked top ten 6 times in last 9 years…Fla 3.

UGA has 11 bowl wins in last 13…Fla not even 50%

Yep other than backing into a NC solely because USC lost to UCLA on the last week of 2006 and to Ore St in 2008 UGA has a far better record while Richt has been caoch

UGA has 90 wins to Flas 90 wins but Fla needed a total collapse from UGA last year to catch up to them in wins.

Yep Fla is clearly a better program.

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
2:43 pm

SEC titles Fla 8 not 3

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
2:44 pm

under Richt

He is 24-7 against the SEC West.

He is 28-16 against the SEC East.

He is 38-4 against nonconference opponents.

He is 8-1 against Georgia Tech.

He won four of his first five games against Tennessee, but has lost three of the last four against the Vols since then.

He was born the same year as Chuck D of Public Enemy.

Ranks third in winning percentage among active college coaches that have coached for at least five years, now that Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He is 90-27, trailing only Urban Meyer (96-18) and Bob Stoops (117-29).\\yeah he is pretty damn good

Mark Richt is one of only six coaches to win two SEC football championships in their first five years coaching. He is also one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons

Coach Richt’s Red and Black outfits have never posted a losing record in conference play and six of his last eight squads have finished 6-2 or better in regular-season SEC contests.

Mark Richt’s overall success in Southeastern Conference action—including two SEC titles, three conference championship game appearances, and four finishes of no worse than tied for first place in the East, with no losing records in the process—is without parallel in Georgia football history.

y

May 4th, 2010
2:48 pm

yeah whatever…are you really trying to argue this? Ask anyone who has no bias, toward either program, who has the better program and universal opinion will be Florida. Florida over the last 20 years has emerged as a “big boy” in college football with Steve Spurrier and now with Urban Meyer. Watch espn, read the news occasionally….Florida has won 2 BCS National Championships in the last 4 years, produced numerous top draft pics, recruited top classes, had Heisman winners, and is consistently a top ranked program. UGA recruits like Florida but doesn’t produce anything close to the success that Florida has enjoyed….so how is UGA the better program again?

The Real Patrick

May 4th, 2010
2:48 pm

Why dont you include Richts record against Florida Fatrick whatever? Hell he even had a losing record against RON FREAKING ZOOK you chihuaha humping foooooooooool!!!

Lame Kiffin

May 4th, 2010
2:49 pm

Son you need to come to USC. You are exactly the type of student athlete I am looking for. You will be treated like a rock star out here in Southern California. Oh and the girls out here are HAWTER!

yeah whatever!

May 4th, 2010
2:50 pm

y…what part of 6 top ten finishes to 3 didnt you understand?

what part of 2 SEC titles each in last nine years didnt you understand?

Which part of more bowl wins?

which part of backing into a NC due to circumstances out of Fla control (USC losing) didnt you understand?