Maybe Mark Richt needs to add a driver’s ed teacher to his staff

Another Bulldog traffic arrest.

Another Bulldog traffic arrest.

Well, we’re making progress. Of sorts.

At least Washaun Ealey, arrested early today on misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene after hitting a parked truck in a campus deck, had a real license, albeit suspended. He wasn’t driving on a learner’s permit like some of his arrested teammates. And he wasn’t riding a scooter out of an alley.

Sorry, I know I should take any arrest by a UGA football player more seriously. But, really, the continuing ridiculous saga of the Bulldogs’ traffic court problems has become something of a joke. A not very funny joke.

The stupidest thing Ealey did was leave the scene after parking service attendants confronted him about the collision and told him to wait for police to arrive. It’s hard to figure how he thought he’d skate on that. Had he not noticed that UGA football players are not immune to arrest?

No alchohol was involved, thank goodness, so I’m not sure whether a couple of traffic misdemeanors rises to the level of missing any playing time or not in Mark Richt’s rule book. In this case, though, it probably ought to. Caleb King already was likely to be the starter in the opening game, so perhaps Ealey spending at least a half on the bench — or maybe the whole game — might help him to understand that as a Georgia Bulldog he’s in the spotlight. And he needs to act accordingly.

SIDELINING LORAN

Loran Smith deserves to be part of the broadcast. (Georgiadogs.com)

Loran Smith deserves to be part of the broadcast. (Georgiadogs.com)

The news that Bulldogs radio network fixture Loran Smith is being replaced by Chuck Dowdle as sideline reporter during the football broadcasts shouldn’t really have surprised anyone. When the broadcast team was revamped last year in the wake of Larry Munson’s retirement a lot of folks thought ISP might take the opportunity to shift Loran out of the role in which he’d become more of a punch line than an asset and limit him to the pregame show. A year later, they’ve finally done that.

Make no mistake, Loran deserves to be part of the broadcast. As I wrote last year, no one questions that he is probably the most loyal citizen of the Bulldog Nation. He seems to know just about everyone and is topped probably only by the legendary Dan Magill in his knowledge of UGA athletics history. And his Bulldog bona fides are stellar. I mean, a couple of the Uga mascots have even been named after him!

But when Munson would throw it down to Smith with a “Whaddyagot, Loran?” you never knew what to expect except that only occasionally would it have any relevance to what was happening on the field. One of the most beloved stories among Georgia fans concerns the mid-game sideline report from Smith that then-Georgia defensive end Charles Grant likes boiled peanuts — a revelation that was met with silence from Munson, followed by, “Third and six.”

Bit by bit, Dowdle, now retired as WSB sports director, has been assuming Loran’s former jobs … first co-hosting the weekly coach’s TV show and then last year doing the postgame locker room interviews. Now the sideline reporting.

But with four hours of pregame show to fill before the kickoff, there still should be plenty of time for Loran’s rambling interviews with past players and sports celebs and his reminiscences about his many years of involvement with UGA. Listening to Loran is an integral part of tailgating in Athens. And most Dogs fans wouldn’t want it any other way.

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338 comments Add your comment

David

August 27th, 2010
11:09 am

We hit-and-run this state!

daslicksta

August 27th, 2010
11:10 am

It is sad that these kids (8 of them) have been arrested so far for various offenses before the season has started. Apparently more needs to be taught that driver’s ed, maybe so lifestyle thinking classes and one on what happens if you don’t think before you act as well….just playing football doesn’t give you a free pass to do what you want to without paying the price..

Denver Dawg

August 27th, 2010
11:16 am

I’m a proud Dawg alum, but even I am oh-so-sick of all the arrests. What are these meatheads thinking??? Scare ‘em straight, or send ‘em packing…

Washuan Ealey

August 27th, 2010
11:20 am

I run this cell!!!

G Time

August 27th, 2010
11:21 am

I’d put him at a 1 quarter suspension since no alcohol was involved just to show Richt takes this seriously.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
11:22 am

David even a Dog fan has to admit that was funny!

JT

August 27th, 2010
11:23 am

I’m a loyal Bulldog and all, but I have to admit David’s zinger is pretty dang funny. Even if the continuing arrests are not. Good one.

South Jax Dawg

August 27th, 2010
11:23 am

No need to suspend him for more than one game, if any at all. Players on other teams have done far worse and received less. It’s time to win football games, dadgummit!

Junior Samples

August 27th, 2010
11:24 am

running back can’t drive
he should study instead, yes?
sad, now arrested

B Broch 1

August 27th, 2010
11:27 am

Thuga continues to roll, and it’s not even sideline party time yet.

savannahdawg

August 27th, 2010
11:34 am

I know this is not CMR’s fault. You can only do so much. But when does the stupid stop! Do you not see players around you getting into trouble for the same things??? You never leave the scene of an accident, which he did because of his suspended license. Why didn’t he take care of his license before now?

And don’t give me this “everybody makes mistakes crap.” How many players in front of you have already made the same mistake? Why are you not paying attention and acting like a responsible young adult?

When does the stupid stop!!!

GT Student

August 27th, 2010
11:35 am

This doesn’t really surprise me. That’s all I’m going to say.

Muriel

August 27th, 2010
11:38 am

This kind of embarrassing crap will go on forever as long as Richt continues to recruit morons and thugs.

There’s a reason UGA is known far and wide as The Cesspool of the South.

And the home of the infamous red panties.

collegeballfan

August 27th, 2010
11:38 am

“The stupidest thing Ealey did was leave the scene…”

NO! The stupidest thing was driving the car without a valid driving license.

Richt needs to stop this crap that has been going on for a few years.

Suspend the kid for the season. (And the bright side is it gives him an extra year of eligibility after King leaves.)

here we go again...

August 27th, 2010
11:38 am

no depth on the offensive line
untested defense
no depth on defense
no depth at quarterback
no experience at quarterback
players getting arrested.

and once again, it aint CMR’s fault. none of it is, folks. he’s not to blame for anything.

but hey, we got eight million tight ends and that means that we are going to win the SEC.

Mitch Cumstein

August 27th, 2010
11:42 am

I think it is CMR’s fault. There should be a grad assistant whose only job is to be certain all players have valid driver’s license and advise them and the coaches of who does not! Furthermore sais assistants should baby sit all plyers who are jeapordizing the team and season. Yes, this typical boneheaded move puts these players future as well as the future of the program at great risk.

Trey

August 27th, 2010
11:43 am

I know this is not CMR’s fault.

Yes it is. Richt has been turning a blind eye to this stuff for years. He’s so desperate to win that he’ll do anything to get there. He learned well when he was a Criminole coach.

Time for Richt to move on before he embarrasses the people of this state any more.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
11:45 am

GT Student that was a classy response thanks! Muriel rather the home of the Red Panties that the Home of the North Ave Tickle Pile or the Joke By Coke.Or the North Ave Taliban Training School, Nerd Central , Advanced World of Warfare Academy, or Southeast Star Fleet Proving Grounds.

Ashley

August 27th, 2010
11:45 am

BREAKING NEWS: Richt suspends Ealey for the coin toss of the first game.

Frank Lane

August 27th, 2010
11:45 am

My comment is that Chuck Dowdle seems to know less about sports and football in general than anyone else. He is just surface coating. We need a really insightful sidekick like an ex-player or ex-coach. For example, “the reason X is missing so many tackles might be that he is playing the position a little wider than it is designed for. Just a few inches can make a difference, in both angle of attack and susceptiblity to blocking.”

Right On Time

August 27th, 2010
11:46 am

Sick and tired of this crap!!!!

The rate at which these players end up on
police blotters is embarassing to them, the school, the alumni, etc. Though, maybe
not the coaches. I’m sure it is a pain in the butt for them to deal with, however,
they are the ones who can impact this behavior.

Lots of college students get in trouble, granted. This long ago passed the
point of stupidity. How many times does a teammates have to be arrested for a
driving violation before these fools get it? What time did it occur? The booking
was at 5 AM.

UGA players to do list:

1. Quit being stupid
2. Do not drive without a valid license
3. Do not drive without insurance
4. Quit being stupid
5. Be in your room by 12:00 (I dont care about the rest of the student body, you are different)
6. If there is a fight…run. Prove your manhood on the field.
7. Dont even think about touching a girl that is not your girlfriend.
8. Do not destroy public property.
9. Avoid scooters. (Walk, cab or bus)
10. PLEASE STOP BEING STUPID

RanDawg

August 27th, 2010
11:48 am

-I realize the responsibility of all this rest with Ealey,but can’t SOMEONE on staff make sure that these players have valid driver’s lic’s. and follow up with them on court dates,personal issues,etc.?? Is that against NCAA rules ?….If not,we’re really missing the boat here!!

Mitch Cumstein

August 27th, 2010
11:48 am

Also, this behavior will not cease with harsher punishment, just look at society and the ramifications of armed robbery and/or other serious offenses. You’d think that the punishments would be a deterrent, but these idiots can’t think 15 minutes into the future. “Ooh, LaJeffrey, lets steal that car and be rollin’ downtown”. Forget the fact that you’ll be incarcerated in 30 minutes.

The only solution is to recruit a higher class of athlete that has the moral conviction to keep his nose clean!

How Low Can You Go? (I Bet Lower)

August 27th, 2010
11:50 am

Ealey may be back…Ealey may NOT be back. Driving @ 3am on a suspended license, then hitting a parked car and being told by witnesses to not leave because THE POLICE ARE ON THEIR WAY, then driving off anyway is a SERIES of serious lapses in judgment – of course that seems to be the “in” thing at the UGAG Athletic Dept these days.

Richt should kick him off the team (after he bails him out of jail). That’s the ONLY WAY you send a message that this kind of s#i! isn’t going to be tolerated at UGAG anymore. The fact that Ealey would even do something like cruise around at 3am on a suspended license specifically means he thought he could get away with it. There is NO FEAR of consequences for actions off the field in that program…There really needs to be.

Why is UGAG constantly trying to defend its crown of most football players arrested per year against the likes of the U of FLA Gators or the Tenn Vols? Quite frankly, it’s an embarrassment for THIS STATE that one of its 2 flagship public colleges is constantly in the news for all of the wrong reasons. The AJC knows it too and won’t even permit comments on a blog about the arrest!

Will Richt kick him off the team? No, and EVERYONE ALREADY KNOWS IT…And that’s WHY this won’t be the last time this kind of thing rears its ugly head at UGAG. ESPN was plastering this story all over the airwaves this morning. How pathetic that this kind of thing is tolerated and “punished” with 1/2 game suspensions. Your program is only as strong as the one at the top making all of the decisions. And yet another FAILURE by him to take these illegal activities seriously says all that needs to be said. More will follow…

Rad Penties

August 27th, 2010
11:51 am

Now that his shaky empire is crumbling around him, will Richt do the right thing and resign? Inquiring minds want to know.

Student Driver

August 27th, 2010
11:51 am

I embarrass THIS STATE!

Adit

August 27th, 2010
11:54 am

Ealey was just interviewed coming out of jail. He’s turning in his playbook and going home. Bad old coach Richt hasn’t been tucking him in at night and reading him stories like he used to.

how2fish

August 27th, 2010
11:55 am

Mitch Cumstein riddle me this…you want us to get a better class of player…everyone one of these guys are sought after by multiple schools..everyone of them. How Low Can You Go? (I Bet Lower) where did you stand when Spikes tried to blind Early and had to give himself a half game suspension? Pound sand …and fella looks like your commenting all over yourself as we speak.

Dagny

August 27th, 2010
11:56 am

Will Ealey be able to run as fast with an ankle monitoring bracelet on?

Robert Hall of Georgia Tech

August 27th, 2010
11:56 am

Suspended Liscense????? That ain’t s****!!!

If you are going to get arrested, do it for beating the living daylights out of your girlfriend!! LIKE ME!!!

Born 2 Bark

August 27th, 2010
11:57 am

@muriel, I’m very embarrassed when our players get in trouble, but it’s worthy to note that CMR isn’t the only school recruiting the kids who get into trouble. Some of these kids have offers from 40 schools when they commit. He and other coaches have no idea what will happen with a kid despite their best efforts to keep them out of trouble. Richt has pulled offers from several kids i.e Dexter Moody, at the first sign of character issues before they even get to Athens. Players arrested for serious issues have been thrown off the team and UGA actually has players miss games when they get in trouble. I’m just saying, CMR is not soft on discipline. He’s doing what he can, our players have to make the right choices.

How Low Can You Go? (I Bet Lower)

August 27th, 2010
11:59 am

3 yards and a cloud of handcuffs!!

Red Panties Rick

August 27th, 2010
11:59 am

It all comes down to leadership, and y’all are deluding yourselves to think it’s not Mark Richt’s fault. If the head coach doesn’t set the tone and expectations for his players, who will? Certainly not the UGA athletic director, as we witnessed in the not so distant past.Till the blinders come off the past will keep repeating itself.

SouthGaBrave

August 27th, 2010
12:00 pm

Mitch — It’s a double edged sword. Vandy and Duke recruit alot of the “higher class of athlete” that you are talking about……..but what happens on the field. Alumni don’t brag about “Boy, we sure did have a clean arrest record this offseason”. A team full of choir boys would bring about 3 wins a season. To win 10+, you have to take chances on kids with pure talent and potentially un-pure morals.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

August 27th, 2010
12:00 pm

“I run…from the cops!”

“I hit & run in this state!”

“I run…from the state police!”

“See Ealey. See Ealey run. See Ealey run from the cops. Run Ealey Run!!!”

glenn harrell

August 27th, 2010
12:02 pm

well no alcohlol involved,i believe he is one of the best backs weve had in years,and i am going back well before walker played in the 80’s.go dawgs

boulder_dawg

August 27th, 2010
12:04 pm

unreal. the hit and run thing is bad enough, but can cmr designate a “sports manager” to check these kids’ licenses? no one should EVER be stupid enough to drive with a suspended license. you have got to have a screw loose to put yourself in a position to go to jail for absolutely no reason save for sheer laziness.

that said, how many games does washan miss now? two? i hope it isn’t more than that. we’ll need him in against ark for sure.

poop.

RxDawg

August 27th, 2010
12:04 pm

If DaRick can beat an off duty cop into the hospital and not get suspended at all, can we give Ealy a pass for a traffic acident?

Judge and Jury

August 27th, 2010
12:04 pm

“The only solution is to recruit a higher class of athlete that has the moral conviction to keep his nose clean!”

But Richt will never do that. He prefers the illiterate, unprincipled bozos he’s been recruiting for years, going back to his days at FSU. At least FSU won, but Richt doesn’t have half the football brains of Bobby Bowdoin.

RxDawg

August 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

Washuan Ealey “I run this cell”
August 27th, 2010
11:20 am

That’s the best burn I’ve seen yet. Bravo good sir.

boulder_dawg

August 27th, 2010
12:07 pm

oh crap now i’ve actually read some of the details. if these are true then yeah, he’s probably off the team.

not good. not good at all.

Clarabelle

August 27th, 2010
12:08 pm

To win 10+, you have to take chances on kids with pure talent and potentially un-pure morals.

But that’s what Richt has been doing, and he still can’t win the big games.

I’ve had enough of Richt.

Mitch Cumstein

August 27th, 2010
12:08 pm

This is all true, but what the hell is going on in Athens that we can’t get under control? What happens in Knoxville? (well bad example) How about Auburn? Chapel Hill? Tuscaloosa, for God’s sake? I’ll wear jorts and a Tek shirt to work and church if we can stop the nonsense!!!!!!

mark

August 27th, 2010
12:09 pm

Someone at the University of Georgia needs to take a stand and establish some very basic operating standards of conduct and discipline for the Football Team. I think these kinds of missteps are a reflection of not establishing a clear code of conduct upfront with the players. If this is not resolved immediately, I think the Board of Trustees should fire President Michael Adams and replace him with a President that will take this important responsibility seriously.

A question. . .

August 27th, 2010
12:10 pm

Someone mentioned to me that Jimmy Williamson’s daddy is an Auburn grad. Is this true? He seems to be getting his name in the paper a bunch for these arrests of good UGA kids for silly small incidents. . .

RxDawg

August 27th, 2010
12:10 pm

Right On Time

love the list

Hmmmm

August 27th, 2010
12:11 pm

Billy Boy,

Are you alright?? Did you stop drinking the Kool-Aid???? Cause, if i am not mistakesn, this article was actually objective!!! I didn’t even know you had that work in the old Vocab.

Bo

August 27th, 2010
12:11 pm

I think the kid needs a 1 game suspension and I love Washaun.

How in the heck can all of these kids can have suspended licences? They’re 19 years old! I’ve had mine for 22 years and haven’t even come close to losing it. I don’t drive like an old lady either (get the hell outta the fast lane if you aren’t going 75).

nonsense

August 27th, 2010
12:12 pm

Either kick Ealey off the team or kick his a$$ the old fashion way. Enough of this.

Fleming Island Dog

August 27th, 2010
12:12 pm

Oh my God Rad Penties you don’t take care of a speeding ticket and your license is suspended and you bump a car is listed right under empire crumbling in the dictionary. Ealey is the first ever to drive with a license suspended god thing he didn’t jay walk or it would be an automatic expulsion. I understand the SWAT team had to knock twice before they got an answer at his door then found him hiding under his bed. Give me a break.