Are latest departures from UGA a good thing?

Marcus Dowtin was known for not being a happy camper in Athens. (AJC file)

Marcus Dowtin was known for not being a happy camper in Athens. (AJC file)

A housecleaning of sorts appears to be under way in Athens.

A week after we learned that new athletic director Greg McGarity was taking some of the head coach’s administrative duties off Mark Richt’s plate so he can concentrate fully on football, another couple of departures have been announced.

First, inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin was granted an unconditional release from his scholarship to transfer elsewhere. And now associate athletic director Arthur Johnson is leaving UGA to return to the University of Texas.

Dowtin’s departure will hurt the already depleted linebacking corps, but it’s not really a surprise. He had the reputation of having an attitude problem, which apparently resulted in a clash with a coach that led to him not playing in the Liberty Bowl despite making the trip to Memphis. And then there was the second-degree assault charge back home in Maryland last May that he managed to get resolved but didn’t bother to tell Richt about, with the head coach only getting clued in last week.

There’s been no word on whether Dowtin decided to leave on his own, it was a mutual decision or he was shoved out the door. But you get the feeling nobody was begging him to stay. If this is a sign of a new zero-tolerance policy for players who aren’t fully committed to what’s best for the program, then it should be viewed as a good thing.

Arthur Johnson is going back to his old job in Texas. (Georgiadogs.com)

Arthur Johnson is going back to his old job in Texas. (Georgiadogs.com)

As for Johnson, who was responsible for scheduling and oversight of facilities and event management among other things, what’s most notable about him leaving is that he’s returning to the exact same job he had at UT before joing UGA in 2005. So it’s not a move for career advancement.

While everyone is making nice and portraying his departure as amicable, the fact that he was former AD Damon Evans’ roommate at UGA and closely identified with the Evans regime and its now-abandoned let’s-go-way-out-west scheduling philosophy naturally raises suspicions that McGarity is beginning to move to assemble his own team at Butts-Mehre.

So what do you think of these departures? The Dogs were already thin at linebacker, so the loss of Dowtin won’t make things any easier for Todd Grantham, though they might help off the field. And you’ll recall that when Evans took over as AD at UGA, he cleaned house in a much more drastic fashion than McGarity has done so far.

Is all of this a sign of things getting back on course in Athens or just folks bailing out of a declining program?

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Dawgs92

January 12th, 2011
10:42 am

42-34 - Dawgs STILL Run This State!

January 12th, 2011
10:43 am

VERY depressing the way Coach Bobo and other UGA coaches under-utilize all this NFL-caliber talent and top 10 recruiting classes.

Dawg_Mike

January 12th, 2011
10:44 am

These are good things. We have Jarvis Jones and Richard Samuel ready to HIT someone.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
10:44 am

“Are latest departures from UGA a good thing?”

Wow. Just wow.

Yoda

January 12th, 2011
10:44 am

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
10:44 am

It all remains to be seen. This bunch can use some kind of cleansing.

Whether or not this is the correct kind of washing remains to be seen.

Dawgs92

January 12th, 2011
10:46 am

If troublemaker Dowtin didn’t want to be here, then good riddance.

Don’t know the facts on Johnson… McGarity should be able to assemble his own team…and I imagine we’ll see some additional changes. Maybe he wanted to assess Johnson and it ended up not working out…

sprouse27

January 12th, 2011
10:49 am

I’m still not seeing anything significant in the way of changes in Athens. This is all small pototoes stuff. Bottomline is that if nothing changes, then nothing changes. And with a 6-7 record and a deeply flawed bowl performance, there are some things that NEED to change.

Dawgfan89

January 12th, 2011
10:51 am

I think it’s a good thing that dowtin is leaving! we dont want anybody at UGA that dosent want to be there,yes we are thin at inside LB but we have recruted well enough to let some of these young guys get in here and get some quality PT so i’m not worried about it!

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
10:52 am

UGA is becoming the SEC’s version of Michigan. A program that used to be attractive but no longer is.

Captain Kangaroo

January 12th, 2011
10:53 am

Well, I have read on these blogs nothing but criticism of UGA in regards to player behavior, and how they should do something about it. But, now the criticism will be that UGA is getting rid of players that they need, and that will end up at schools like Auburn or LSU.

UGAG is gitting the ncaa death penalty, he he ha ha

January 12th, 2011
10:55 am

The most common phrase heard in the uga football program is “Eject, Eject, Eject, this pig is going down.”

martin the calvinist

January 12th, 2011
10:55 am

McGarity has a right to build his own athletic staff, what it’ll look like and what it’s results will be is to be determined but I think he probably needs too. I listened to the Tarkenton clip and he sound a bit angry. He did have some valid points but sounded angry. I don’t think we are a program in decline yet. One more year and maybe my opinion will change.

If Dowtin was the trouble maker as it seems to be reported, it’ll be a good thing in the long run. We have another scholarship available for a linebacker so we can have another body at least, experience wise it’ll hurt until late in the season when it shouldn’t if proper coaching is being applied.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
10:56 am

Nick Saban at Alabama = 1 SEC Championship and 1 BCS National title.

Gene Chizik at Auburn = 1 SEC Championship and 1 BCS National title.

Les Miles at LSU = 1 SEC Championship and 1 BCS National title.

Mark Richt at UGA = 2 SEC Championship and 0 BCS National titles.

The SEC has three coaches with national titles under their belts in a 6 year strand. I would include Urban but he quit and is no longer relevant in the SEC.

Mark Richt has been at UGA since 2000, right? Saban, Miles and Chizik have been at their schools in less time and all three have accomplished more. No one gave Chizik a chance and yet he is 8-0 all-time in bowl games as head coach or assistant head coach.

JayD

January 12th, 2011
10:57 am

For everyone talking about top 10 recruiting classes….. Hop on the Rivals site, and re-examine the UGA classes. You will be suprised…..very underwhelming. I think these departures are great. Out with the old – in with the new.

dga

January 12th, 2011
11:05 am

It’s great that we seem to be getting rid of guys that don’t want to be here, but then again, why is Caleb King still on the team? I would have been kicking him to the curb before Dowtin.

dawgfan

January 12th, 2011
11:07 am

UGA fans are a bunch of babies, thank you for the startling revelation that Richt has not won a national title. That is a very unique observation that we UGA fans are totally unfamiliar with. I look forward to your next post on the color of the sky or whether or not water is wet.

Please shut up. Thanks.

SouthSide Dawg

January 12th, 2011
11:08 am

My bet is that McGarity’s cleansing is healthy for the program and that Dowtin’s deal is more of a dismissal. Even though the fans are bashing Richt and company, I believe we’ll all be proud of the program again sooner rather than later…. with Richt still in place. The past three years seem like a “downward spiral” but this group will turn it around and you’ll see an upward spiral over the next three what with some minor personnel changes, a nice recruiting class, and hopefully a better attitude by the fanbase (winning will help). The fans could sure help the program by not being so negative all the time. The sky falling! the sky is falling! No it’s not. UGA will be back on top soon enough.

Mtn Dawg

January 12th, 2011
11:09 am

These are adjustments that will only help UGA regain its elite status on and off the field. Dowtin’s departure may prove productive for our recruiting efforts. A depleted linebacker corp may look very appealing to some talented high school recruits who may have been looking elsewhere. for playing time.

crapsandwich

January 12th, 2011
11:14 am

Arthur, just remember you will ALWAYS be a dawg. Best of luck to you and you wife. Always thought you were a great guy.

ca dawg

January 12th, 2011
11:15 am

no idea about johnson. i hate to lose dowtin’s production–he was definitely our second best ILB last year, and has always played physically and tackled well in space–but i know he constantly butted heads with coaches (jancek first and then grantham and belin). if he was as disruptive as it seems, then it’s best for everyone that he find a new school. we can recruit more good linebackers. i wish him the best, but i’m excited about jarvis jones and richard samuel moving into our ILB rotation. i think we’ll be at least as strong at that position than we were last year, even after losing dent and dowtin.

go dawgs!

ca dawg

January 12th, 2011
11:18 am

FWIW, fletcher page is reporting on dawgpost that a source close to the team said that dowtin is “at the heart of our problem.” obviously the rumors about him being hard to deal with were not false…

Tom

January 12th, 2011
11:20 am

I good departure would be Richt leaving.

Sandman053

January 12th, 2011
11:25 am

Well Richt isn’t leaving…we have a coach for another season. Maybe this is all for the best. Didn’t know the AAD that left, but I wish him luck. I think McGarity has some good things in store for us.

Dale

January 12th, 2011
11:25 am

Just like Stafford and Moreno leaving were going to be good.

McDawg

January 12th, 2011
11:26 am

It’s a new dawn; it’s a new day

What??

January 12th, 2011
11:28 am

I am completely fine with kicking some of these idiots off the team. Richt has to start coming down hard on these guys to regain control and respect from the players (if he can do that). Chemistry is so important on a team and it’s better to subtract on the talent side if it removes a problem ego from the equation.

Richtard Simmons

January 12th, 2011
11:30 am

south side dog – I’d bet you believe in santa claus and the tooth fairy

UGA...a Bunch of Crybabies Retort

January 12th, 2011
11:31 am

UGA fans are a bunch of babies
January 12th, 2011
10:56 am

Nick Saban at Alabama = 1 SEC Championship and 1 BCS National title.

Gene Chizik at Auburn = 1 SEC Championship and 1 BCS National title.

Les Miles at LSU = 1 SEC Championship and 1 BCS National title.

Mark Richt at UGA = 2 SEC Championship and 0 BCS National titles.

The SEC has three coaches with national titles under their belts in a 6 year strand. I would include Urban but he quit and is no longer relevant in the SEC.

Mark Richt has been at UGA since 2000, right? Saban, Miles and Chizik have been at their schools in less time and all three have accomplished more. No one gave Chizik a chance and yet he is 8-0 all-time in bowl games as head coach or assistant head coach

***********

You’re an idiot. Tim Tebow and Cam Newton (arguably two of the best players in the past 100 years of college football just so happened to play for two of these teams). You’re a fool.

Hey jackwagon…do you think if either one of those two players had played at UGA that we wouldn’t have hoisted a trophy. You have no gray matter whatsoever.

Bright Idea

January 12th, 2011
11:31 am

If Johnson had been doing what he was hired to do, drive, Evans would never have been caught.

Hobnail Boot

January 12th, 2011
11:32 am

Should send King with them.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:36 am

“ou’re an idiot. Tim Tebow and Cam Newton (arguably two of the best players in the past 100 years of college football just so happened to play for two of these teams). You’re a fool.”

Gotta love angry pathetic dawg fans.

“Hey jackwagon…do you think if either one of those two players had played at UGA that we wouldn’t have hoisted a trophy. ”

No, because you’re genius coaching staff would have used Newton as a tight end and Tebow as a kicker. Oh, and Bobo would have gone for field goals instead of td’s.

“You have no gray matter whatsoever.”

Grey matter (or Gray matter) is a major component of the central nervous system, consisting of neuronal cell bodies, neuropil (dendrites and both unmyelinated axons and myelinated axons), glial cells (astroglia and oligodendrocytes) and capillaries. Grey matter contains neural cell bodies, in contrast to white matter, which does not and mostly contains myelinated axon tracts.[1] The color difference arises mainly from the whiteness of myelin. In living tissue, grey matter actually has a grey-brown color which comes from capillary blood vessels and neuronal cell bodies.

Dude, you are one dumb dawg.

Hobnail Boot

January 12th, 2011
11:37 am

Saban = Legit
Miles = Playing with Saban players
Chizik = One hit wonder, had Cam and Fairley and that was enough. Lets see what he does next year.
Richt = I am ready for a change

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:37 am

“Please shut up. Thanks.”

Uh, no.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:38 am

“Chizik = One hit wonder, had Cam and Fairley and that was enough. Lets see what he does next year.”

Who got the offensive MVP in the game? Michael Dyer. Who recruited him? Gene Chizik.

You were saying?

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:39 am

Will UGA win back to back Fulmer trophies this year? Only time will tell.

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
11:39 am

I think this is not even news in most years. A player transfers and a staffer takes another job. We’re trying to read the tea leaves over anything now. But since the question was posed….would either of those men have had any positive bearing on winning 4 more games next year? I’m guessing not.

Sandman053

January 12th, 2011
11:40 am

AltamahaDawg I think the Jenkins kid is going to be the difference maker. Go Dawgs!

Hobnail Boot

January 12th, 2011
11:41 am

What has Chizik done prior to Auburn? Come on man.

Hobnail Boot

January 12th, 2011
11:41 am

Like you said only time will tell

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:43 am

2011 UGA predictions:

1: UGA will proclaim themselves pre-season SEC East Champs.
2: 13 players will get arrested breaking the 2010 record.
3: UGA fans will cry about Nick Fairley being a cheater after he is drafted number 1.
4: UGA will go 6-6 in the regular season.
5: UGA will lose once again to UF.
6: CMR will will resign.
7: UGA will try to bring in Kirby Smart only to be turned down.
8: Mike Bobo will cost UGA more than 3 games.
9: Aaron Murray will get sacked 15 times in the UGA/AU game.
10: UGA will finish third in the SEC Least.

Al

January 12th, 2011
11:43 am

If Dowtin had a clash with the coaching staff then yes he should be gone. I think that has been part of the problem all along, that the inmates are running the assylum. If a player can tell the coachs what they will and will not do and there are no reprocusisons, then that completely undermines the entire team. I am sure Dowtin was given the speach that a new day has dawned in Athens and he can either get with the program or get out. It was his choice and he decided he knew more than the coachs and left on his own. Maybe some others should follow suit or at least sit up and take notice.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:44 am

“What has Chizik done prior to Auburn? Come on man.”

Go undefeated at Auburn in 2004.
Go undefeated at Texas in 2005.
8-0 all time in bowl games as head coach or assistant head coach.

You were saying?

Oh Jeez!

January 12th, 2011
11:46 am

UGA fans are a bunch of babies…..
I hate to say it but your right. We would have totally screwed up with Cam and Tebow. Our Coaches are NOT getting the job done.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:46 am

One more UGA prediction for 2011.

UGA will be the official school of Huggies baby diapers.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:47 am

Oh Jeez!

When CMR admitted that he wanted Cam as a tight end, he lost all coaching credibility with me.

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
11:49 am

I hope we get him. Need somebody. But the point is, there are such things as difference makers.

sogadog

January 12th, 2011
11:50 am

Getting rid of Dowtin was the right thing to do. You have to get rid of these bad apples if you want to stop these players from getting arrested. If a player is not 100% committed then he has to go. The kid got arrested for assault and hid this fact from CMR. Kick his butt off the team and anyone else who wants to be a criminal or goof off with their school work and football.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:51 am

The problem with UGA is the coaching, not the players. I love it when dawg/bama fans refer to Chizik as “cheesedick” yet the guy just coached his team to 14-0. Cam was not that big of a factor in the title game yet people keep saying that Cam is all Auburn had. I’d rather have Chizik as a head coach than CMR any day of the week. Period.

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
11:51 am

I’m sure that losing credibility with you was such a huge cliff to fall off of.