Today’s Dawgs don’t misbehave more, they just live in a fishbowl

Dontavius Jackson's booking mugshots.

Dontavius Jackson's booking mugshots.

Like me, you’re probably really tired of reading police reports related to college athletics.

Whether it’s serious misbehavior like the brawl in Knoxville or the latest UGA-related DUI charge, or annoying minor infractions involving fireworks, scooters or learner’s permits, it’s gotten exceedingly tiresome.

But let’s not get all sanctimonious and start railing about the good ole days and how these things didn’t happen back … whenever.

It’s always happened. It just didn’t always result in police charges. And even when it did, it rarely resulted in media coverage. Stupid college kids aren’t any more stupid nowadays. They just live in an era when everyone is under a lot more scrutiny than they used to be.

When I was at UGA, I got to know a guy who had been one of the athletic department go-fers back in the 1960s when Vince Dooley picked up his first couple of SEC championships. The tales he told about the off-field shenanigans that some of the star football players got into make today’s transgressions sound like kindergarten stuff.

You just didn’t read about it back then.

But we’re in a different era now, and today’s Bulldogs have to come to terms with that fact. So far this offseason, I think Mark Richt’s response to the seven arrests of varying seriousness has been on the mark. A couple of players have been kicked off the team, as they should have been.

In the latest incident, Richt’s penalties so far (pending further investigation) are exactly what I expected, with Tavarres King suspended for a minimum of one game for underage possession of alcohol and Dontavius Jackson suspended for six games for his wayward journey through campus under the influence. One more misstep by Jackson and it’ll be time for him to join Zach Mettenberger and Montez Robinson.

And if, like me, you were wondering why Branden Smith, Jackson’s teammate who was in the car but had not been drinking, wasn’t behind the wheel as the designated driver, well, he got served with a license suspension notice.

Which bring us back to that continuing, embarrassing problem the Bulldogs seem to have with driver’s permits. Here’s a suggestion: When the team checks in for preseason practice, require everyone on the team to present a valid driver’s license (not a learner’s permit) before issuing their playing equipment.

No license, no helmet.

That might get the message across, don’t you think?

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216 comments Add your comment

Dawgs2010

July 13th, 2010
11:17 am

Pitiful! First?

Dawgs2010

July 13th, 2010
11:18 am

First! I am the king of the world! No pun intended.

Really?

July 13th, 2010
11:18 am

Dawg Stephen

July 13th, 2010
11:25 am

Well put Bill. I think the drivers thing should be mandatory, and these guys need to think about the privilege it is to play and have a scholarship to UGA. Shoot, everywhere across the country they need to realize it. Good post. Keep up good work

We_Run_This_Country

July 13th, 2010
11:26 am

Pass the Kool-Aid that Saint Richt is handing out….don’t ask questions, just drink…a la JonesTown.

bardawg

July 13th, 2010
11:27 am

Delbert D.

July 13th, 2010
11:27 am

That would be a great first step. However, some may not have driver’s licenses due to earlier transgressions before coming to school at Georgia. That would have to be figured out.

Dawg House

July 13th, 2010
11:31 am

I cannot wait until practice starts. Tighten their leashes and wear em’ out so they sleep like babies at sunset.

53 days til we tee it up between the hedges!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!

Delbert D.

July 13th, 2010
11:32 am

Jim Jones didn’t use Kool-Aid for the mass murder; it was Flavor Aid.

SOGADOG

July 13th, 2010
11:34 am

Excellent point. The UGA Police force was a bunch of Barney Fifes when I was up there and I am sure they are more gung ho than ever. The attention heaped on recruits and players makes them targets and trophys for the cops. Stricter enforcement is a factor in this issue of athletes getting in trouble.

The 1980 team that won the SEC and National Championship had their share of trouble the summer before the 1980 season. Those guys stole a pig from the UGA college of agriculture and had nice Bar B Q. Dooley had them work for the University through the summer to pay off the pig. Those guys bonded together and went on a great run winning the NC. Today, those guys would be arrested, their pictures and arrest reports plastered across the AJC and TV. PETA would have huge protest, the media would be up in arms and law enforcement would make a big deal out of it. Yes times have changed.

Alphare

July 13th, 2010
11:34 am

Somebody suggested to have the whole team punished if one teammate misbehaves(early morning running), I totally agree on that idea.

Doesn’t UGA assign player assistants? assistants should be punished too if their players misbehave.

Post rules-punishments on players’ dorms, training sites. Everywhere.

wiley

July 13th, 2010
11:35 am

Valid point Bill but it doesn’t make anything right. The license issue is such an easy fix…just dont understand why these kids cant make it to the DDS. I dont know about you guys but I haven’t had a learners permit since I was 15….it was just something I couldn’t wait to do….you know get my real license. It seem like they got the priorities mixed up…I am a Tech fan btw…and I truly think its sad to see these kids lose a free college education. I hope they can get back on track….and mind is truly a terrible thing to waste.

wiley

July 13th, 2010
11:36 am

wow I didnt type that very well…Hope you can read between the lines and get the general point.

Alphare

July 13th, 2010
11:37 am

You don’t have to be a thug to be a good player. Wooden showed everybody how, and Wooden won a good share of championships.

Athens, Georgia

July 13th, 2010
11:37 am

.
Nesbitt for Heisman
.

Dawg House

July 13th, 2010
11:40 am

Back in “the day”, we didn’t have Twitter, Facebook, blogs like this one or even the Internet. We are living in a instant-information era, that has people foaming at the mouth to know what’s happening thus very second.

Also, it doesn’t help UGA to have COMPLETE MORONS like Mark Bradley at the AJC who gets a hard on whenever any negative light is shown on Athens, and makes each incident into 5 or 6 damning headlines.

Why did the Tech DE, or whatever he was, not get the same damning coverage after he beat the crap out of his girlfriend a few weeks ago??

It’s clear that when you are THE elite program in the state, you will have as many envious haters as we do loyal fans and alum.

GO DAWGS!!!!

thUGA

July 13th, 2010
11:44 am

You’re right Bill, this has ALWAYS happened in thUGAland

4th Place SEC East Dawg

July 13th, 2010
11:46 am

Finally, someone admits this has always gone on in Athens

Yawn

July 13th, 2010
11:47 am

As the standards in Athens get lower and lower and lower,
the more we hear from the “enablers” and the “apologists.”

Dawg House

July 13th, 2010
11:47 am

When a player messes up, have the entire team run sone absolute gruling, puke inducing sprints at say, 5:00am. BUT, don’t make the player who got in trouble run the sprints. This will be much more embarrasing for the kid to watch his team pay fir his mistake. I assure you he will not get spoken to that day, and will be extemely appologetic and remoursful to his teammates after the fact.

Coachdawg 2000

July 13th, 2010
11:50 am

Back in December of ‘97. I witnessed a certain QB get his front teeth knocked out at “Nowhere bar” and flee the scene.I think you are on the money with your observation. These guys have to deal with the 24hour news cyclew like never before. There are multiple sports-only channels. They have to deal with things that are far beyond their predecessors.

Joey

July 13th, 2010
11:51 am

If I remember correctly, your offensive coordinator might have been involved in a few “shenanigans”.

cadawg

July 13th, 2010
11:52 am

good piece, bill, and i largely agree. i just wonder why OUR kids get into more trouble than the kids at other schools. they live in fishbowls, too. i’ve heard conjectures about athens cops and so on, but who really knows?

it does seem like an inordinate number of our problems are transit-related: scooters, suspended licenses, etc….those are things we should be able to figure out and get cleaned up. one way is to punish the whole team when someone gets arrested; dooley is considering just that at UT after that brawl; CMR should consider it, too.

Odel Thurman

July 13th, 2010
11:56 am

Maybe if each and every player was assigned their very own parole officer, things would be more under control in Athens.

thUGA

July 13th, 2010
11:57 am

thUGA is as thUGA does. Never changes.

Saint Simons

July 13th, 2010
11:58 am

uga at #4 on fulmercup, 4 sec teams in top 10!!!!!!!

LOL

July 13th, 2010
11:59 am

There’s only so much lipstick you can put on a pig.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

Winning salves all wounds and shortens all memories.

Nub

July 13th, 2010
12:15 pm

Amen Bill…… You bunch of stone casters ….. How bout the BoulDer in your tiny bug eye!!!!

HOUDAWG

July 13th, 2010
12:15 pm

That pretty much nails it …….. still remember a story from ‘68 where ( was told to me thru a UGA contact ) a certain All-American safety was drunk on his a$$ in South Carolina the Friday night before a home game. Some coaches and/or players went & got him back to Athens ……. and nobody ever knew a thing !

Nowadays , it’d be on ESPN / FaceBook / Twitter / YouTube …….

STUDENT ATHLETE

July 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

Hey, Did anyone get arrested last night?

Dawg 39

July 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

Todays student athletes don’t misbehave more & every thing they do is open to public opinion.
To say that this happens more in Athens than in other college towns is an assumption that I have have trouble believing. It is happening everywhere as far as i can determine. Not condoning it, just trying to put it all in perspective.

Jimmy Payne

July 13th, 2010
12:53 pm

It would have been better and safer for the one with the suspended license to drive and get a ticket for that than to have someone who has been drinking drive the car.

How2fish

July 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

Bill great article what some “people” are forgetting or just too damn dumb to understand is that this went on “back in the day” at every college that plays big boy football..even at Bugville.I can tell you that in the late 70’s a couple of Bug player started a fight in a Underground bar..broke the nose of a guy a third their size , and assaulted another patron until a 3rd patron broke a bar stool over one of their heads..the patrons fled the scene..the players tried but got caught by the cops carrying their groggy buddy down the stairs…it never made the papers, TV etc.

dawg daze

July 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

Mr Bill, future dogs are getting into trouble even before they arrive in Athens and the bulldogs are still welcoming them….to wit, C. LeMay. He has not even started his senior year in high school and already is suspended and still evidently has a scholarship offer from your school. Why is that?

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
1:02 pm

He got suspended for kissing his gf at school, something you probably wouldn’t have to worry about.

Bippity Boppity Boo Boo

July 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Bill ….. DUI is very serious. You and the rest of you blind homers should really demand CMR to get tough on these young men knowingly being evasive to authorities and to keep in step with DUI punishment. Man up and quit making excuses for the program. UGA has a black eye right now and CMR just simply wont or dont know how to fix it. Wait till one of these idiots kill someone drinking and driving (God forbid) then UGA just may get slapped with a law suit against them too. Mr. Jackson should have been kicked off the team permanently period.

dawg daze

July 13th, 2010
1:05 pm

“kissing his gf”…you don’t get out much, do you?

museUponThee

July 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

all athletes live in a fishbowl. you don’t see thuggery of these numbers anywhere else at legitimate institutions of higher learning – only the cesspool in athens. and of course this redneck bill king does not have a problem with it… being a product of incest is trivial compared to some of the shenanigans at thuga

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

I get out plenty, more than someone who’d come on the UGA blog to fling poo. So kick rocks.

lawdawg

July 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

If everybody who is arrested for an alcohol related offense or a traffic offense is a thug then we live in a world of thugs.

ugaman

July 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

i hope it calms down, but it does go on elsewhere. they should be punished or kicked off. everything is out in the open these days. by the way i hope many of you dawgs do not get on the tech blogs. then again maybe they can’t fill those like their stadium.

How2fish

July 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

Jimmy Payne agree 100% however sadly hindsight is 20/20.

M Richt Coach/Bail Bonds

July 13th, 2010
1:19 pm

Just needin’ a little money on the side.

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points

July 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

Hey boys! Any arrests last night?
By the way,

(((((((((((((((((((((((41-17)))))))))))))))))))

7 out of 9
17 out of 20

How2fish

July 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

FORTY ONE POINTS to your seventeen points well I’m not sure I haven’t read any Florida papers today.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
1:22 pm

Shouldn’t you be making some jorts?

yo

July 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

hey! they signed up for that fishbowl. difference between high school hero and college thug is more scrutiny.
can’t they just go to class, workout, and study? oh no, they have to strut around downtown till all hours of the night.

SSIgator

July 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

Bill King -

“It’s always happened. It just didn’t always result in police charges. And even when it did, it rarely resulted in media coverage. Stupid college kids aren’t any more stupid nowadays. They just live in an era when everyone is under a lot more scrutiny than they used to be.”

Then don’t you think that it is time that it be taken more seriously instead of trying to justify how it is the way that it is? Not just talking about UGA, but all schools no matter what sport is involved. The lacrosse player at UVA that killed his girlfriend should have never been allowed to happen had UVA done their homework before bring the kid on board. Sad state of affairs in college athletics. Sorry Damon.

idiot savant

July 13th, 2010
1:29 pm