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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collegeballfan

July 13th, 2010
4:19 pm

I am afraid it is not over for Tavarres King. Unless stories change he knowingly gave the keys to his car to someone under the influence. I really do not believe he will survive this.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
4:23 pm

New saying “dawg daze”, English, know it, love it, use it.

the truth hurts

July 13th, 2010
4:27 pm

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Boring

July 13th, 2010
4:35 pm

Yawn, who even said anything about them. Not arguing with a Bama or LSU or whoever fan. Seems to me you’re a jort fan, so whats your record against all those teams you mentioned? Did they even have a team in Florida (the state so great, you have your very own tag on Fark) before the 90’s bro?

AltamahaDawg

July 13th, 2010
4:36 pm

Didn’t realize there was a law that said a person was responsible to know the blood alcohol level a person they give their keys too. Now if he they injure somebody, you might be liable in lawsuit, but I do not believe that is a law.

UGA

July 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

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UGA

July 13th, 2010
4:40 pm

UGA

The whole Gator team was knows your Mom.

You speaks real good, now I am positive you went to Flori-duh! Moron. Your Mom left now too so you will be picked up real soon little guy.

AltamahaDawg

July 13th, 2010
4:47 pm

The problem Dawg House is that these things occur during the summer, when they are not (by the divine wisdom of the NCAA) under the supervision of the coaches. They can’t make them run steps when one of them gets into trouble unless its a month later, and I don’t think that really an effective deterrent.

Dirty Dawg

July 13th, 2010
4:56 pm

Don’t know but it sure seems like the Athens ‘po-lease’ don’t cut these kids much slack. OK, the driving recklessly and the leaving the scene ain’t exactly ‘boys will be boys’, but shoot, they don’t miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity to call a coach or somebody to come and get ‘em.

Fact is, there ain’t a single kid that has attended a University of Anywhere – possible exception of Bob Jones – that hasn’t been guilty of underage drinking, and I’m including Saint Tebow. Hell, Ray Goff’s primary job while at Georgia was to make sure Matt Robinson stayed out of bar fights and got back to the dorm in one piece.

At the same time, this was just about as stupid a deal – particularly in the timing of it – as is possible, but at least it wasn’t ‘armed robbery’ and/or ganging up on a guy and beating and kicking him senseless.

BabsTolstoy

July 13th, 2010
5:04 pm

Finebaum’s column today says Runner Up Richt is toast. That means three years before you dawgs get your head out of your behind, one to fire Runner Up and two more letting the new guy get his act together, that is assuming the new guy is not some sort of Lane Kiffin knock off. Ouch. Well at least Tennessee is down too. But man o’ man the gators are really going to wax that behind now. Probably do alot of mercy substitutions late to build depth. Enjoy.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
5:11 pm

Finebaum and you are both experts.

klemkudtlhpr

July 13th, 2010
5:16 pm

AMEN, brothers.

dawg daze

July 13th, 2010
5:22 pm

scott w, the bulldog crowd has a black eye for recent off field issues of both players and faculty. One of your recruits is telling you he has poor decision making skills concerning social activities and yet the dawgs cling to hope his suspension is reduced so you will not look quiet as bad for continuing to allow his scholarship offer to remain in good standing. That seems to indicated a win at any cost attitude.

As someone already posted, you reap what you sow.

Lane Kiffin seeks opponent for Georgia Dome game: any Volunteers?

July 13th, 2010
5:27 pm

Still waiting on an answer asked twice on AJC yesterday. Tavarres King was charged with underage possession and got a game suspension. Has any other SEC/ACC school suspended a player for a similar charge for one game or more? Please document. I suspect most of the players charged with this at other schools did not even have to sit out a game.

Scott W.

July 13th, 2010
5:29 pm

I know the Gator boards are all a twitter with the nature of LeMay’s transgressions. The kid has been suspended and is now going to a private school, plus you don’t even know what occurred it wasn’t printed. So you can get on hear and spew your sanctimonious bullcrap…wait a minute are you Mark Bradley?

Monticello Dawg

July 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

Dawg Daze, if we are thinking about the same situation regarding a high level recruit, and the scuttlebutt is correct about what he did, do you actually believe, that in today’s society a majority of recruits have not also done that, albeit not on school property? If you eliminated scholarship offers for every young man that has participated in that sort of extracurricular activity, you have cut out huge chunks of the recruiting crop. If you think Meyer, Saban, Johnson, Miles, ANY COACH is pulling offers for that reason, let me get you in on some ocean front property in Arizona for a steal.

Drive this

July 13th, 2010
5:47 pm

What does a driver’s license have to do with football? The key is if you do not have a driver’s license, don’t drive. you would jump out of a plane with no parachute – well, most of us.

Damon Evans

July 13th, 2010
6:03 pm

Mark Richt is “Good People” !

Damon Evans

July 13th, 2010
6:04 pm

“Good People” wear Red Panties !

Delbert D.

July 13th, 2010
6:19 pm

“Why does someone not driving get served with a driving suspended notice?? Can someone elaborate, because that’s a new one on me.”

The way the report read to me is that the driver had a suspended learner’s permit. Therefore, the owner of the car was responsible for “supervising” the the driver.

1eyedJack

July 13th, 2010
6:22 pm

Why would someone need or be able to pass with Vance Cuff’s ID?

I think there’s a joke in there somewhere but I’ve forgotten it.

BAMADAWG

July 13th, 2010
7:00 pm

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dawg daze

July 13th, 2010
7:25 pm

snogging or shagging does not matter. Breaking a code of conduct rule as a junior in high school could be considered an indicator of things to come. Dogs would look pretty silly (again) if another code is broken by someone with a past. Might never happen. Then again, you never know.

bjohndawg

July 13th, 2010
7:36 pm

It should be simple…” If you are caught and convicted of DUI or DUW, you ass is off the team. If you are MIP….one game suspension. If you do it a second time, you ass is off the team.

I understand underage drinking, I did a crap load of it myself. I dont fault them for that. But clearly not an excuse for drinking and driving. And when you represent your school, you have to follow the rules. It could be worse. If they were at BYU, they could not kiss a coed. And forget a Lonesome Dove kind of Poke. That gets you kicked out of school and the team.

Boys….just say no to the tasty liquor and beer till you complete your playing days. Is that so hard to ask.

Habersham Dawg

July 13th, 2010
7:51 pm

There are two things that can get a man in trouble….A whiskey glass and a woman’s ass. At 18, 19, and 20, both are going to happen.

Long Offseason

July 13th, 2010
8:46 pm

I agree, buy it’s not just college, It goes for anyone in the spotlight. Pro athletes, movie stars, politicians or who ever. The media can and will make a mountain out of a mo-hill. The thing I dont get is why UGA is looked down upon so much for mostly driving violations and under age drinking as to where some other schools seem to have much more serious crimes. Assault, bar room brawls, armed robbery and such. I mean come on, not that I condone under age drinking but yeah kids are going to party. Most all of us did it. It’s about having fun, But armed robbery and what not, I dont understand.

Burroughston Broch

July 13th, 2010
9:47 pm

Today’s Dawgs don’t misbehave more, they just live in a fishbowl – horsefeathers. And UGA wonders why it isn’t respected?

sturm7

July 13th, 2010
10:06 pm

Good post bill, I would also like to point out that CMR played his college ball at Miami….AKA THE U. He’s probably seen stuff that would chill the blood of most fans and readers. I agree that his actions have been spot on considering the crimes committed by his players and GO DAWGS!

AltamahaDawg

July 13th, 2010
10:17 pm

What’s not respected is the guy who for whatever reason feels compelled to post something but appearantly doesn’t have anything of substance to add.

Mobile Dawg

July 13th, 2010
11:29 pm

Tell ya what Bill, when I was in school we “studied hard during the week”, “played harder on the weekends”, by the grace of God only, I’ve never spent a night behind bars in my life, yet. I earned every dime of what it cost for my degree. Blind luck plays a tremendous part on who you are and what you are. Just look at Evans as an example. What “if” he had not gotten caught, what if he had gotten caught five years ago. I always considered myself a responsible partier, knew my limits, but, I was still lucky. Kids today don’t know the difference, and don’t “appreciate” the opportunity they have. Our society is the problem, not the kids…..

There are caughts and non caughts in the world of yesterday and today. Difference is we live in a world of instant communication. There are a lot of hipocrites and dumba$$e$ on this blog….We have far larger problems today than what goes on with UGA football. Let’s legalize 30 Million Illegal immigrants, give them the right to vote, give them health care, food stamps, etc., we won’t have to worry about our beloved college football then. Wake up America….These are kids, who are they looking to for an example…….Sad….Hey Ole Dawg, where are you? I’m still galootin occasionally, mostly at home, and around the occasional oil slicks on the beach….MD….Sic’em Dawgs…..

KJ

July 13th, 2010
11:34 pm

“Today’s Dawgs don’t misbehave more, they just live in a fishbowl – horsefeathers. And UGA wonders why it isn’t respected?”

There’s this new-fangled thing called “the internet”, you may want to check it out, then get back to us.

And I’m pretty sure there have been roughly 90 times in the last 9 years when UGA commanded plenty of respect from the opposing team, but, thanks for playing!

Mobile Dawg

July 13th, 2010
11:36 pm

KJ, one of us is a dumba$$ as I posted above, it me or you? What’s your point?

The UGA Mentaltity

July 14th, 2010
12:37 am

Everyone is picking on us! They are just jealous because we win the national championship in every sport…well the preseason national championship. We cant ever do anything wrong…no matter what the evidence says…we are ok and everything is just fine. Sarcasm off*

Dirty Dawg

July 14th, 2010
1:47 am

Hey Mobile Dawg…on the one hand you say there are a lot of hypocrites and dumba$$es around here, then you spew forth with a statement like ‘Legalizing 30 million…givin’ ‘em the vote…healthcare and food stamps.’ Do you know just how many stupid, and wrong, things are in that sentence? No estimates of how many ‘illegals’ there are in this country set the number any higher than 15 million…plus nobody’s planning on giving them the ‘right to vote’ until they – if ever – become citizens, which would take a decade or so at least…and the reason you come up with some sort of ‘guest worker’ program to deal with ever how many are here is so they can be ‘legally’ taxed in order to contribute to any health, education and/or food that they may consume. So tell me, just what kind of hypocritical dumba$$ do you ‘wake up’ as?

12-2

July 14th, 2010
5:06 am

Branden Smith. So what happens to Branden Smith. He is in the Chevrolet Avalanche where there were a grand total of 12 charges against the 7 in the car. Branden Smith had his driver’s license suspended because of all the 7 in the car, only Branden Smith could have purchased the alcohol. This is because Branden Smith had 21 year old plus 8 more months past the legal age Vance Ervin Cuff Driver’s License on his person. Branden Smith is part of this TROUBLED 2009 Recruiting Class of Coach Richt.

Branden Smith SERVED WITH A DRIVER’S LICENSE SUSPENSION at the scene because he had 21 years 8 months old VANCE ERVIN CUFF’s Driver’s License on his person.

12-2

July 14th, 2010
5:07 am

VANCE ERVIN CUFF essentially PURCHASED the alcohol for the 7, 6 of whom were arrested at the scene for underage drinking.

Branden Smith actually purchased the alcohol, and he used VANCE ERVIN CUFF’s Driver’s License to do so.

Dontavius Jackson was driving because TAVARRES KING asked him to drive TAVARRES KING’S Chevrolet Avalanche. It is Tavarres King’s vehicle. Duped and conned into driving by Tavarres King, who is obviously SMARTER than Dontavius Jackson.

Whatever suspension from football games therefore Dontavius Jackson receives from Coach Richt, ALSO MUST APPLY to TAVARRES KING.

And, we have NOT heard the last of this Branden Smith and NOT heard the last of this VANCE ERVIN CUFF.

CUFF is a senior and he provided his license to Branden Smith, which caused ALL THESE ARRESTS and suspended license notices.

dagnabit

July 14th, 2010
6:00 am

It sounds like breaking the law is okay with dirty dawg if you are a bulldawg football player. You feel that way Bill?

Gen Neyland

July 14th, 2010
7:26 am

The Age of Aquarius has been replaced by the Age of Zero Tolerance. DUI mishaps can cause death and that’s a fact. It isn’t to be viewed and treated with kiddie gloves like the days of old…I for one, am with sending the culprits caught a severe life lesson. It’s better than being charged with vehicular manslaughter or worse. Geez, a 2 ton missle being operated by the DWI alcohol impaired has nothing good to be said of it and to try and defend it with excuses tells me those doing so have never lost a family member due to alcohol related automobile crashes…We have so I stand pat on busting hard on the people that drive drunk…

dawgfan

July 14th, 2010
8:13 am

The arrests are what they are. Incredibly embarassing to the players and their familes, but as a UGA alum I don’t feel like it has a single solitary freaking thing to do with me. That’s what I have a problem with. I have a problem with condescending AJC columns that tell us all how embarassed we should or should not be by all of this. I have never met a single solitary player on the current roster of UGA football. I was not the one that drove drunk or touched a girl when she didn’t want me to or jay walked or whatever the hell these guys are getting in trouble for. I didn’t do any of those things. I just cheer for UGA football and want them to win on Saturdays. And because of that I’m supposed to be embarassed by all of this? Laughable. These are grown men responsible for their own actions, which is another subject all together. I always cringe whenever I hear these guys referred to as “kids.” I think this coddling is part of the problem. Kids will be kids, right? Well, the law says otherwise. The law says they are adults responsible for their own actions. I sure as hell have no responsibility for it because I put on a red shirt every fall Saturday and cheer for them at a football game, any more than I am responsible for the UGA biology major that gets busted for DUI. The AJC (cough…Bradley…cough…Shultz…) needs to get over itself.

Thanks.

Habersham Dawg

July 14th, 2010
8:19 am

12-2, your venemous hatred of UGA and the poor decision made by the young men who are now in trouble must have you walking around with your chest thrown out and your head held high as you tell yourself that your mean-spirited prejudices have proven true. I really find it insightful how you attribute motives to all the young men involved.

‘Dontavius Jackson was driving because TAVARRES KING asked him to drive TAVARRES KING’S Chevrolet Avalanche. It is Tavarres King’s vehicle. Duped and conned into driving by Tavarres King, who is obviously SMARTER than Dontavius Jackson’

Since Tavarras can’t respond to your attack against him, I will. Although if he could do so face to face, he would be polite and restrained in his response. Tavarras did not dupe anyone or take advantage of anyone. He found himself too intoxicated to drive and asked if someone else could. The problem was that everyone who was willing to drive were all too intoxicated to have the judgement to hire a taxi to get them home.

To attribute nefarious motives or deceitfulness on the part of Tavarras is wrong and slanderous and if you were mature enough to understand, you would have to be ashamed of your accusations.

Dawghater

July 14th, 2010
8:31 am

Typcially UGA logic. It’s not that the UGA kids are worse than in the past, it’s just they get caught more often! So that makes it OK? Hey Bill, try looking at society as a whole. Many transgressions today are more frequently caught today vs. in prior years. How about trying getting the kids to change their behavior. However, it’s probably they are getting singled out in Athens. It’s the laws fault not the kids fault. Yea, we get it!

schmeckdawg

July 14th, 2010
8:51 am

How in the hell does a kid (Branden Smith) who is sitting in a car doing NOTHING get hit with a violation of any type?

Ron Weirsi

July 14th, 2010
8:53 am

UGA folks can brag all you want to about beating Tech in football most years, and that’s perfectly fair. What’s also fair is to point out that with a history of Jan Kemp (Vince Dooley days), Jim Harrick, and now Damon Evans, the UGA Athletic Department is truly “The Cesspool of the South,” and is richly deserving of that title. No one outside of Georgia has any respect for your University or your Athletic Department, and that is a fact. It has been said many times: “Tech people are proud of their school, Georgia people are proud of their football team.” What a legacy to be proud of!

UGA fans can now return to your mobile home parks and resume waiting for your unemployment checks.  :-)

meh

July 14th, 2010
8:55 am

these kids are all like 18 or 19. why don’t any of them have a driver’s license?

Terry

July 14th, 2010
8:58 am

I have to point out that almost all of the UGA football payers except for some of the seniors are under 21, the legal drinking age in Georgia. Are they all carrying fake IDs, or are the bars knowingly selling alcohol to underage students?

Either way, it’s time to end underage drinking, even if it means suspending every player to make the point that breaking the law is unacceptable.

Aunt Hill

July 14th, 2010
9:01 am

These kids are all like 18 or 19. why don’t any of them have a driver’s license?

Because they’re all morons. And thugs, don’t forget that. :-)

Dumbo

July 14th, 2010
9:20 am

BK….you need to tell Tucker enough already on Evans….only a really shallow journalist would keep digging on this past story…the Man’s life is toast…what is Tucker looking for….details for the divorce lawyers?

Cuz

July 14th, 2010
9:35 am

meh, some of them may have grown up in circumstances where the family did not have a car and had to use the High School Boosters Club Limo to get to practice. No need for a license.

This is much ado about nothing. College kids make poor choices. College kids get in trouble. The sun comes up, the sun goes down.

chazzo

July 14th, 2010
9:46 am

These young men and Damon Evans made mistakes and are paying for them. Dontavious will have t do community service and probation, maybe even serve some time in addition to missing half the season. Evans lost his job will pay heavy fines, do probation and community service, suffer consequences in his family and professional life. I would say there are no other students or professionals at UGA that would recieve punishments equivalent to these. they are in a fishbowl, and it is a fishbowl full of pirhanas.

GaDawg

July 14th, 2010
9:51 am

Wersi, Uhm, like Joe Hamilton, your felony filled acedemic department,the student terrorist and your latest, the punk who beat his girl friend, RIIIIGGHHTT, you must be so proud. Now finish cutting the grass around my Mobile home