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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Dawgbreath

July 15th, 2010
6:20 am

UGA must have a large fishbowl as down UT and UF. Those 3 programs must have bail bondsmen on retainer. To say it’s just a fishbowl is naive. There are problems at these 3 undisciplined schools.

Burroughston Broch

July 15th, 2010
7:19 am

Today’s Dawgs don’t misbehave more, they just live in a fishbowl – horsefeathers – Part II.
And then our learned blogger regales us with a tale of similar bad behavior (or worse) that occurred during the reign of Saint Vincent but was kept inside the fishbowl. And that makes the bad behavior acceptable? It’s the same old jock-sniffing mindset, in which everything else is secondary to winning football games and getting an ego boost.
UGA is in the top league in this category, matching the exploits of Bobby Bowden and the FSU Criminoles in their heyday. However, living in the fishbowl does contribute to the income of defense attorneys and probation officers in the Athens economy. I hope that they are paid by the UGA Athletic Association and not the taxpayers.

Shreveport Sam

July 15th, 2010
8:39 am

Is it true Damon was running the red panties triple option and the cops simply caught him runnin’ a keeper?

51-33, 35-14, and 45-19

July 15th, 2010
9:20 am

Just reminding you dawgs who REALLY runs this state. My name says it all. Hey, maybe we’ll let you get past our 30 yd line this season!

Sven Ottke

July 15th, 2010
9:33 am

Are you kidding? This excuse making just makes you look even worse. You have (had) issues from the top down starting with your Pres, the AD, the coaching staff that turns it’s collective head(s) down to the players. Get over yourself.

Foghorn Leghound

July 15th, 2010
9:41 am

Yeah man. Back in the day, the AD’s at all the schools used to drive around slobberknocked with pantyless wenches. Everybody be pickin on the dogs.

For the record

July 15th, 2010
10:59 am

We own Tech and UF.
Count the entire record not just the stuff that mkes you look good.

Dawg H8R

July 15th, 2010
12:29 pm

Fishbowl? Is that what they put margaritas in?

Last call folks,unless you’re in Athens.

It is a class thing, this UGA envy ... oh yeah

July 15th, 2010
2:58 pm

I suspect that about 75% of the bloggers here would LOVE to be at UGA but they are not for any number of reasons. When they write that “UGA has not won a NC since” Adam met Eve, they are nearly correct but that crap shows their true mindset. Sports, sports, sports and NBA and NFL and stuf like that. Kids, kids, thugs, kids, teens and did I say teens/ They are dreaming about the good life like at UGA. Convertibles, chicks, great, interesting classses that lead to great and interesting careers ( another foreign word to these kids ) and where I am now and have been since age 57 ……..retired.

As a senior citizen, now age 61, UGA alum, I know that there is a huge amount of E-N-V-Y that drives the I HATE UGA blogs here. I suspect that true UGA fans and grads ( another foreign word to these teens ) do not bad mouth Florida or Alabama or Aubunr or even UT or LSU like the so called fans of these other fine schools do.

Kids …………….study in HS, work hard, then maybe you too can be a UGA Bulldog. I am and it has been so good to me and I graduated years and years before UGA was rated as it is now. Business world has been good to this humble old Bulldog. Wooof, woof!!!

FOUR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TRIM THOSE SAILS, PREPARE TO COME ABOUT !!!
PASS THE COPPERTONE, DEAR
ANOTHER ADULT BEVERAGE, DEAR?

quincy carter to michael greer

July 15th, 2010
8:28 pm

WE dawgs use fishbowls to carry cocaine.

Truth

July 16th, 2010
4:34 am

@King,

Your blogs are so entertaining. You really do live in your own little self-created world just as so many other uga fans.

Today’s uga players are no more in a ‘fish bowl’ than players from any other college. And, these players are no more ‘under a microscope’ than at any time before.

The difference is that players at uga feel that they are so superior that they can break the law and it doesn’t matter…. that the law doesn’t apply to them. Do you really think that news people follow around the players like TLC following Brittany Spears? Get real!

The news get the arrest information from the police AFTER the law has been broken.

And, the police don’t tail each uga player around, either. There aren’t enough police in Atlanta or Athens to tail each play and do their job as well.

You just live in your fantasy land like so many other uga fans. We get a great laugh at your expense with every blog.

dixiedawg

July 16th, 2010
12:55 pm

Truth I think you live in your own self-created world and just wish you were smart enough to go to UGA or any other college. You don’t see headlines when a regular student gets arrested for a fight or driving offense. With athletes it makes the front page headlines. They are being singled out for their misdeeds. And before you ask, yes I graduated from UGA with a double major and 4.0 and have a darn good job because of my educaiton at UGA. I have been a season ticket holder for 34 years and have loved every minute of it.

wreckmeister

July 16th, 2010
7:33 pm

It doesn’t matter what laws they break, how many times they get beat, or how many times they cheat, this dumba$$ homer Bill King will try to candy coat it or put some type of positive spin on it. Keep making excuses for that joke of a program.

Truth

July 16th, 2010
8:51 pm

@dixiedawg – Yeah, u got class…. you personally attack me and you don’t know me. Regarding uga players: we were talking about uga players. The blog said that uga players were in a fishbowl and I said that they are no more in a fishbowl compared to other players at other schools.

Sounds like your ‘education’ at uga was sorely lacking – at least when it comes to reading comprehension. I’m not shocked.

Burroughston Broch

July 17th, 2010
11:03 am

ThUGA says it all.

Sojourner

July 30th, 2010
6:28 am

You Dawg fans who keep repeating “30-24″ like a mantra enjoy yourselves all you want. The thing is… Tech alumni and fans have lives that don’t depend entirely on what a bunch of kids does on Saturday afternoons. College sports are fun to follow, but the biggest reason for going to college is to get an education.

UGA fans don’t seem to care about anything but football, and they don’t care if their players are enrolled in silly majors that no parents who are paying the bills would send their kids to UGA for. The very few football and basketball players who graduate have no job opportunities and end up unemployed or working in menial jobs that hardly require a college degree.

Georgia Tech is a real school with serious academic standards, and that includes scholarshipped athletes. UGA has a long history of being a party school, where parents send their kids for an easy degree, even if the degree itself is practically worthless.

Jan Kemp exposed the crap going on at UGA with athletes being enrolled in courses a ten-year-old kid could pass. That was almost three decades ago, and nothing has changed. If anything, the abuses are more blatant today. Way too many illiterate morons are being recruited, and the very high arrest rate shows clearly that Richt does not care if his players have any morals or self-discipline.

The bottom line is that most Tech fans have very good jobs and productive lives that don’t depend on Tech’s football record for their happiness in life. It would be great to beat UGA more often, but when you put scholar-athletes up against dummy-athletes, it’s usually no contest.

It’s pretty pathetic to see UGA fans who typically have never been within miles of a college classroom and who live or die with UGA’s weekly results on the football field.

So keep on posting your “30-24″ all you want, especially since you’re home with plenty of time on your hands. I wish you well, maybe you’ll get lucky and get your old job back at the Waffle House before your unemployment checks stop coming.

And look at the red panties falling from the sky!