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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Hobnail Boot

January 12th, 2011
11:51 am

Like you said only time will tell. You didn’t mention one more stop on his resume. Was he not at a coach somewhere else? Look, Auburn had a nice team this year with Newton, Fairley and Dyer but can they sustain it year after year? No because Saban will own them year after year. They beat them this year but at the end of the day Saban is the better coach and will get players every year.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:52 am

“You have to get rid of these bad apples if you want to stop these players from getting arrested.”

No, you could also do something called discipline. You know, scare the living crap out of your players so that they fear the coaching staff.

CUNK ROGERS

January 12th, 2011
11:54 am

UGA fans are a bunch of babies: What do you do for a living……that’s what I thought….your in elementary school out on a “snow day”. School will be back in session soon my little pal. Go take a nap!

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:54 am

“You didn’t mention one more stop on his resume. Was he not at a coach somewhere else?”

Yeah, he had a terrible time at a school called Iowa State. Not exactly a great football school.

“Auburn had a nice team this year with Newton, Fairley and Dyer but can they sustain it year after year?”

Well, considering Chizik recruited the number 4 class of last year and has just moved Auburn into the top ten this year. Auburn took two Bama recruits away and one from UGA.

“No because Saban will own them year after year. ”

Saban is 4-5 all-time against Auburn. Try again.

“They beat them this year but at the end of the day Saban is the better coach and will get players every year.”

LOL, keep telling yourself that.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
11:55 am

“What do you do for a living……that’s what I thought….your in elementary school out on a “snow day”.”

You dawg fans are about as good at predicting what other people do for a living as you are at football. TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!

“Go take a nap!”

Comeback fail.

J Clay

January 12th, 2011
11:55 am

I would prefer Richt to come out and say this is a zero tolerance policy….rather than no comment….Make the current players and recruits know that we mean business in terms of discipline from now on (if that is what happened of course)…

But am I glad he is gone? yes and I hope C King is the next to go

1eyedJack

January 12th, 2011
11:58 am

If Dowtin was the malignancy on this team then good riddance. Stephon Anthony or James Vaughters, are you out there? I’m sure we can find another Assistant AD. The woods should be full of ‘em.

CUNK ROGERS

January 12th, 2011
12:00 pm

UGA fans are a bunch of babies: Please keep your little tirade going. It’s very amusing and just goes to shows not only are you elementary, you were held back a few years at that. Alabama kids, you gotta love um! Your a fiesty litttle guy!

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
12:02 pm

2011 predictions:

1.) “UGA fans are a bunch of babies” still won’t get laid
2.) “UGA fans are a bunch of babies” still won’t get laid
3.) “UGA fans are a bunch of babies” still won’t get laid

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
12:04 pm

“UGA fans are a bunch of babies” will continue to hide in his mother’s basement in his peanut butter fort

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
12:05 pm

“UGA fans are a bunch of babies” will continue to try and drive in the HOV lane in Atlanta with his blow up doll date in the front seat.

CUNK ROGERS

January 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

DawginLex, he is way to young to be promoting sex. Once he reaches the age, him momma will have “THE TALK” with him… Right now, he needs to concentrate on lego’s and tonka toys.

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

“UGA fans are a bunch of babies” will continue to bash UGA because:

1.) He could not get into UGA
2.) His only girlfriend ever was stolen by a UGA student
3.) His roommate at Tech “Ahmed” told him to write this stuff

Thor

January 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

Remember Dawg fans, It seems that greatness come in cycles in the SEC, Alabama been through it, Lousiana Monroe, Auburn has been through it, remember South Fla. a couple of yrs ago, and the USC twice. It the Chickens turn now to excel. If it’s broken the Dawgs will fix it.

CUNK ROGERS

January 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

He would have a bb gun but he would shoot his eye out………

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
12:08 pm

“UGA fans are a bunch of babies” secretly likes all the arrests at UGA in hopes of getting a real man for a cellmate. That is why he only posts at certain times of the day when he gets free yard time and can use the prison library computer.

Sandman053

January 12th, 2011
12:08 pm

Thor excellent point. Go Dawgs!

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

gotta go back to work boys.

The fries are burning.

:) :) :)

Dirty Dawg

January 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

Hey ‘bunch of babies’…those of us that have followed ‘the skinny’ on your AU pay-for-play program, know that Cheeze-it didn’t exactly ‘recruit’ young Mr. Dyer – the BOTs simply ‘out-bid’ Arkansas for his services – just as they did for Cam and the Louisiana kid, and Nick ‘The Bruiser’ Fairley.

Problem is Richt won’t go along with that kind of ‘recruiting’ – kinda like Tuberville and you see where he is now – but then neither will McGarity, so Leeburn and his ‘ilk’ may just have to take their whiskey/beer/wine money, go back to Columbus and take Suzanne with him.

1eyedJack

January 12th, 2011
12:16 pm

UGA fans are a bunch of babies, we would all think better of you if you were somewhere else.

Lee

January 12th, 2011
12:21 pm

Tell you what, give me a squad full of 3 star recruits who will give you 110% for four full years over those 4-5 star recruits who act like prima donnas, think of only themselves, and will bolt for the NFL after their junior year. They call it a football TEAM for a reason.

BirdDog

January 12th, 2011
12:23 pm

Here’s a 2011 prediction: “UGA fans are a bunch of babies” will not move out of his parent’s basement.

7576DAWG

January 12th, 2011
12:35 pm

If Dowtin was a discipline problem and he didn’t show the coaches total respect then he is a cancer that needs to be weeded out. The players have got to realize that they are kids and that they can disagree with things that the coaches do and say but they will do it in a respectful way. CMR say’s if the players will buy into what we are trying to do then everything will be OK.
The difference between me and CMR is when I would say that to the players , I would not give them a choice. and CMR needs to assert himself more as the man in charge. ” If THEY WILL BUY INTO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO” , hell don’t give them a choice ,it’s either CMR’s way or the highway. STOP TREATING THESE KIDS AS EQUALS. THEY HAVE A LOT TO LEARN.

Wandering Dawg

January 12th, 2011
12:36 pm

Good riddance to Dowtin, and good riddance to A.J. Green.. On balance, they were both more trouble than they were worth.

Dawg 39

January 12th, 2011
12:37 pm

With new D coaches some D players are not going to be happy / comfortable. Let the dissatisfied ones go & try to recruits who want to play for the new coaches.
As to recruiting, 2005 was a bust, only 12 made it to Athens. 2006 was a great recruiting class. However all recruiting classes since 2006 have been fairly good but nothing to brag about. The Dawgs problems stem as much from that as from any other factor. The Dawgs need another class like the one from 2006. Having people like Tarkenton trash the program this close to the national signing day is not the way to get the “Dream Team”.

FRAN'S MOM

January 12th, 2011
12:41 pm

Leave now all you thugs so we won’t be considered the cess pool of the SEC, leave that up to AU! McGarity will get this fixed soon enough, look out the DAWGS will be back!! Count on it!!

a new well of koolaide has been found

January 12th, 2011
12:46 pm

When Fran Tarkenton…NFL Hall of Famer and for those of you who were born after 1980…was Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Brett Farve and Mike Vick all rolled into one…says there is a big problem at UGA…THERE’S A BIG ******** PROBLEM AT UGA.

Yet the koolaiders stil hang on…..amazing.
“you just wait…Field Goal Jesus will rise again!!!!!”

IRISH DAWG

January 12th, 2011
12:50 pm

AUBURN WILL BE THE CRY BABIES THIS YEAR, WHEN AUBURN GOES 6-6 OR 7-5, WITH 24 SENIORS GONE . CAM NEWTON AND FAIRLEY GONE 5 PLAYERS ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE GONE AND NO EXPERIENCE AT QUARTERBACK ENJOY YOUR 1 YEAR WONDER!!!!!

Paul Midler

January 12th, 2011
12:51 pm

I saw get rid of King too.I’m tired of all the problems.

jjjj

January 12th, 2011
12:52 pm

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Dan Mullen for UGA

January 12th, 2011
12:57 pm

Good bye and don’t let the door hit you in the arse!!

Dan Mullen for UGA

January 12th, 2011
12:58 pm

Oh yeah and take King with you!!

Dan Mullen for UGA

January 12th, 2011
1:00 pm

I hate to say it, but I’m truly glad AJ left early for the NFL. It will make it easier for me to come in next year when it becomes painfully obvious to my buddy Mcgarity that they are nothing without AJ!

edumacated

January 12th, 2011
1:04 pm

I’ve been one of the guys calling for problem children to get kicked off of the team just like a lot of you. Now I’m starting to wonder if another group of coaches would have been able to keep the same group of players out of trouble. How many “bad apples” do we have to chunk before we start to wonder about who’s growing them?

scott

January 12th, 2011
1:23 pm

if mark richt does not get it together this year look for weis to be next georgia coach with grantham to remain def cord..go dogs…..

Bulldog_greg24

January 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

No problem with UGA releasing him, but Richt needs to quit giving them unconditional releases. This is the second player he has allowed to do this and it may end up biting us. If Dowtin was that disruptive then he should be forced to sit for a year or play at a lower level. An unconditional release is like a reward for bad behavior. I believe the Williams kid is also being given an unconditional release and could line up for UK or TN next season.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
1:27 pm

DawginLex

I’m so sorry you were molested in prison.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
1:29 pm

“AUBURN WILL BE THE CRY BABIES THIS YEAR, WHEN AUBURN GOES 6-6 ”

Right, and UGA will beat UF and win the SEC Least. Keep on predicting the future, losers!!!!!!

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
1:29 pm

“Dan Mullen for UGA ”

Why would Dan Mullen leave a winning football program to go to a losing one?

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
1:30 pm

Bill, it’s not your job to report but there are some outlets that have a more complete story on Johnson if folks want to know. One thing of relevance is that he was Damon’s point man on Football scheduling. Obviously that’s an area that did not have a seamless transition. His Wife is from Tx as well. They all said what you would expect but there are quotes out there that indicate this is a non-issue.

As such, I’m sure scoop Bradley is going to be all over this huge story, in about a week.

t

January 12th, 2011
1:32 pm

Have to trust McGarity because no one disliked the University of Georgia more than Damon Evans.

Rudy

January 12th, 2011
1:38 pm

Did the coaching staff leave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

58 dog

January 12th, 2011
1:39 pm

Uunconditional release from Georgia is not punishment. He gets to leave a downwardly spiraling program and start anew There’s a chance he’s picked up by an SEC team that competes with us.
A real coach would have placed him at the bottom of the of the depth chart and make him work his way back. If he wants to leave let him quit and sit a year. All Richt is doing is leaving the door open for any disgruntled player to abandon this sinking ship for greener pastures.

Add this action to his absurd comments on Jan 4 should show most fans how inept the guy has become. As our competitors are loading their coaaching staffs with NFL trained assistants we’re left with a basicdally a high school coach as a OC, a wide receiver as a running backs coach and QB four years removed from graduation as the S&C coach.( by the way our basketball team has an NFL trained strength coach who doubles as a nutritionist, look what he done with that squad, hey Fox could you lend him out after the season.)

How do you tell if you have a good coaching staff? You count the number of days the light are off in the offices while the coaches are being wooed by other teams. As far as I know the lights have been on all the time at Butts- Mehre..

I don’t necessarily put all the blame on Richt. He works for an Athletic department while the 2nd most profitable in the NCAA is run like a country club. The complacency and cronyism over there has to affect a coach’s zeal.

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We’ll suffer through another season then I hope we’ll offer the farm to B. Van the man.

Little Man Syndrome

January 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

Auburn=Second in state and class! Keep thumping your chest little man.

Dekalb CEO Vernon Davis

January 12th, 2011
1:44 pm

Looks like UGA may have been using my hiring methods in the athletic department. No wonder nothing was getting taken care of in Athens! Sounds just like City of Atlanta, Fulton Co and my personal favorite, Dekalb Co.

Why you people want to work all the time?

Dekalb CEO Vernon Jones

January 12th, 2011
1:45 pm

It must be a conspiracy, spellin my name wrong!

Carlton

January 12th, 2011
1:47 pm

Good, get Dowtin outta here. It’s funny how all the players that we had who “had attitude problems” showed what happens when you have those this past year-either got arrested or underperformed on the field. I’d rather UGA clean the trash out of the program and allow room for players who actually WANT to play for us rather than feel entitled to play every game.

As far as the Associate AD goes, it doesn’t really make a difference. McGarity is highly respected as a man and for what he does so he’ll be able to replace him easily.

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
1:48 pm

It’s a good question edumacated. Recruiting the exact same players and a disproportionate amount show up in the paper. Have had for a while stiffer penalties and clearly a climate of hyper-scrutiny from media, fans, etc. Obviously there is more to it than punishments, threats, fear. I am starting to wonder what role the administration plays in this. I’m wondering if it wasn’t almost a situation where Evans was almost more concerned about proving that he wouldn’t stop the publicity or give preferential treatment so he could wave that flag, more than the actual prevention of it. (I don’t know about you, but I always thought IF nobody knew about a scooter bust, it never happened) I have had a former player tell me that Evans was real big on the show. meeting and more meetings. And they eventually just tuned it out. Then his demise makes you wonder if he wasn’t just putting up smoke screens the whole time.

We’ll see. One thing I know for sure. They don’t drive better or hate beer in every other college town. And nobody on the football staff here or anywhere else doesn’t try to stop this stuff if they could. Job one for McGarity in the off season if you ask me is to figure this out.

Mobile Dawg

January 12th, 2011
1:51 pm

The soft culture that now permeates Athens will take a while to change keeping the same regime in place. I’m on record hoping we would have a change at the top; if it’s not going to happen we can only hope that they can put the house back in order.

The negativity as some would call it is natural, normal. If CMR had been more proactive in handling the problems some of us have seen clearly for at least the last 3 years now the negativity would not have reached the level it has. I can be pretty tolerant, however I can’t stomach the poor performance, lack of discipline, and lack of effort we’ve seen by the entire organization, coaches and players.

I also think C King should have been dismissed. He’s been a problem on and off the field. I think it’s going to be a slow crawl rebuilding our program, however, I will support CMR if I see positive results. For those who think they see us now going in the right direction have another sip of the kool aid. Me, I will wait for concrete evidence. Good day Dawgs….

still a dawg fan

January 12th, 2011
1:53 pm

It’s not a big loss. Anyone who played on our defense this past season is no big loss.