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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bwell

January 12th, 2011
1:54 pm

It is what it is! Is it true that another player is lost or kicked off the team? (Williams)

Mad Dawg 20/20

January 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

Anyone else who wants to tuck dawg tail and run needs to run. This separates the fair weather dawgs from the full blooded dawgs. CMR and UGA has to much at risk in the 2011 season to put up with players or coach’s or schedulers who’s hearts are not in it though the tough times.

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
1:59 pm

And why would we be concerned about “punishing” Dowtin. It’s a voluntary college game for goodness sakes. If he didn’t want to be here, show him the door. Richt doesn’t gain anything to clog up a scholarship. Why wouldn’t you want him to be somebody else’s problem.

You guys hate when Richt gets involved with players lives, but critisize him when he washes his hands of them.

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
2:01 pm

UGA fans are a bunch of babies,

Sorry gerbil boy, never been in prison.

You sound like a soap dropping expert though Elton.

Mobile Dawg

January 12th, 2011
2:05 pm

Richt could use to look at a play out of Saban’s book. When Saban went to Bama he had meetings with his players explaining his philosophy, his process, laid out his expectations, asked them to buy in and give him a chance, and told the one’s who didn’t they would be showed the door.

When the season started about 25% of those sitting in the room that first day were gone. Richt should give that same speech to players and coaches alike, IMO. I just don’t know if he can pull off the changes that are needed. I want to be positive but being pragmatic, looking at the past, and using my experience, it’s hard to change directions with the same leadership and the same players. Good luck coach….

Dr. Morpheus

January 12th, 2011
2:06 pm

Explain it how you will, Georgia has underperformed since Stafford’s sophomore season and just plain gone downhill the past three years. Next year is critical as we see whether CMR can turn the program around. One interesting fact- rivals and scout both rate our upcoming recruiting classes well below Alabama, LSU and Auburn… but well ahead of Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. If we can’t beat Florida and win the East next year, CMR will be history.

PHIL

January 12th, 2011
2:10 pm

Several points

a. Fran Tarkenton is a jerk and a moron. He knows, has done no more good for and is no more involved in UGA athletic than the average idiot who thinks he knows how to coach football that posts to these blogs. He obviously didn’t know it was more important for Evans that appearance was more important than substance.

b. Every player that has been involved with anything serious WHATSOEVER is no longer on the team. I want to see articles bashing the Big Orange for not even suspending players for a game when at UGA a similar offense is punished with banishment. I want to see articles bashing those like LSU who pick up the players UGA dismissed. I want someone with some common sense to write an article here that says there is a difference between being arrested for not having a middle name, not having enough money to pay a speeding ticket, drinking a beer at 20 years old, scooter infractions and then doing things that get you dismissed from the team. I want to see an article on how those things never officially occur in other college football towns. I want to see an article on how Cam Newton performed ethically while in Gainesville and how hypocritical UGA fans are that say we should have recruited him while simultaneously nashing their teeth when some kid her gets caught driving a scooter down a one way alley.

c. Who has time in their life to go on another teams blog and write stupid stuff? What kind of loser is that?

d.@ UGA fans are a bunch of babies. Your coach is a joke. He never won anything until he got hooked up with the Auburn board of Trustees who bought him the number 1 players in AL, AR, MS and LA last year, not to mention the number 1 JUCO player in the country. He was handpicked by those guys because they knew him as someone they could manipulate and he would look the other way while they do their dirty work. Tuberville wouldn’t. I bet you were one of the ones screaming “Why did we hire THIS guy!?” Who are you gonna pull for 3 years from now when Auburn doesn’t even have a football team? Moron.

Johnny Cash

January 12th, 2011
2:12 pm

What momma would name her son Fran???

Like It IS

January 12th, 2011
2:15 pm

Arthur was a thug Damon disciple (I know him), and was ‘involved’ with some of the junk Damon was doing too. NOBODY on the 1st or 2nd floor of he Butts-Mehre building liked him either–and to be quite honest, he has always been in-competent to be able to do the job. Just part of the moron Evans buddy system. (Not to mention his wife is a bat. Before you throw rocks at me for that statement–meet her–or ask anyone else that knows her.) Once they get Crumley and Alan Thomas out of there, most of the crap will have been cleaned up off the bathroom floor.

Good for McGarity! Go Dawgs!

shankit

January 12th, 2011
2:16 pm

Clean house, get rid of all the distractions,
AD, Assistant, AD, thugs, and A. J.
Then the Dawgs can become a team again.
Need to get rid of all these blogs as well,
nothing but a source for mangy dogs, lizards,
war buzzards and elefants to roll their toilet paper
against the Dawgs.

Va'jayjay Jackson

January 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

I think these are both positive developments. Dowtin was inconsistent at best and if the stories are true about him being a head case, then adios and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

McGarity’s got to build his own team. I think there are others that need to go as well. A lot of this is window dressing… we need to see more changes with this football program, starting with a Top 5 recruiting class!!!

Murphy

January 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

Business and Corporations are only as good and successfull as the people that work there.Same with UGA-You must have good -committed employee’s to be a success.Hope all these decisions are going to make us a better program.Onlt time will tell.

shankit

January 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

left out them coon hound dogs in Knocks Ville.

JB

January 12th, 2011
2:26 pm

It’s early, very early, but staff wise, anybody that earns a paycheck associated with that program better be getting their Resume updated. Second, we will be like Tennessee depth wise, because when the new staff gets in place, the rules will be tougher ( McGarity will make sure the new guy knows about our problems off the field) and some won’t adhere and there will be fall out. Lot’s of new faces the next two years. Lot’s.

bereal

January 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

Given the fact that these players are not kids but young adults consider this:
1. they want respect just like the next man or woman.
2. you cant tell them to act like a man but respond to coaches like kids.
3. kids dont have college admittance to institutions of higher learning and play on NCAA teams.
4. if you teach negative behaviors thinking it is in the privacy of a practice an get a negative reaction then you reap what you sow.
5. some players will play that game and some wont. remember coaches hide their bad behavior by letting it appear to be the players.

Part of being a man or woman is the ability to make decisions. While not always to everyones liking a decision nonetheless. Its easy to comment on an opportunity you never had or will. I say good luck to anyone who has a goal of moving forward in the right direction.

“What is in the heart comes out of the mouth”…Gods speed to the players and staff who have made a decision.

Hard Truth Soldier

January 12th, 2011
2:32 pm

Here’s the problem with this program. You have two many undisciplined players, you have coaches worrying about replacing players when the coaches should be coaching up the players who are coning in 4 and 5 star players. Richard Samuels came in here as one of the most sought after players in the country and yet was used so sparingly this year it’s embarassing. Washun Ealey who owns virtually every High School record in Georgia has been at best sub par. Marlon Brown has been at best a fourth option on the field, and looks totally lost at times. Your defensive players look weak, misguided, out of shape, and soft. For years now we’ve watched Baccari Rambo not lock up when he tackles and constantly give up 3,4,and 5 extra yards consistantly this is clearly a coaching problem.Georgia has to make some hard choices this year, and it want matter if Jay Rome, Isiah Crowell, Damien Swann, C

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
2:35 pm

DawginLex

I’m sure your parents took it pretty hard, sort of like you did in prison, when you came out of the closet to them.

Hard Truth Soldier

January 12th, 2011
2:36 pm

Christian LeMay, and Ray Drew come here. It comes down to coaching, and right now Georgia coaches aren’t getting it done.

JDAWG

January 12th, 2011
2:37 pm

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
2:45 pm

Auburn has a higher rated “well above” UGA right based on 1 player, LB. And LSU is ahead by a 5-star OL. Other than that, neither have done any better…yet.
And Alabama is about to max out, we’ll see where it all shakes out. I think UGA still has some spots to climb. Of cource so will UF.

I would think that logically (if recruiting rankings are the key) the UGA/UF game this next season will come down to the past recruiting classes, the guys already in the depth chart, not this class of freshman. But them having the turnover could reset that. And of cource…the differnce makers….yet TBD.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
2:47 pm

“Auburn has a higher rated “well above” UGA right based on 1 player, LB.”

Check out how many 4 star rated players are coming in.

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
2:58 pm

Auburn has a higher rated “well above” UGA right based on 1 player, LB

“Check out how many 4 star rated players are coming in”
***********************************************************************

I doubt you can even count to 4 Elton.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
3:25 pm

DawginLex

I know you just got out of prison but seriously, seek help. You’re only embarrassing yourself as well as many other dawg fans. Your team is terrible, your coaching staff is a laughing stock and no one respects UGA.

UGA is now a bottom tier football program.

Mobile Dawg

January 12th, 2011
3:28 pm

Alt, did you read hard truth soldier? Recruiting athletes doesn’t seem to have been the problem. It’s what we “don’t” do with them when they get here. When are you people going to see the light? It’s been “Coaching”, or “lack of”. Will that turn around with Richt’s rear end on fire? I guess time will tell. If it does, should his lazy you know what donate his “salary” back?

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
3:39 pm

UGA fans are a bunch of babies,

UGA has their issues but nothing compared to you gerbil boy.

I bet you won’t be blogging when Auburn pays back the goods on their tainted title and goes back to being a middle of the road b!tch to Bama and Georgia again. How you forget that we owned you for 4 out of the past 5 years.

Of course, Elton, you like being someone’s b!tch don’t you?

The only thing embarrassing on this blog is you. Your mother probably wishes she had put you up for adoption.

dawgdip

January 12th, 2011
3:44 pm

FYI Guess which coach had 4 losing seasons between 2001 and 2006 and is still doing quite well at the same school. That coach is Joe Paternio at Penn State. I remember quite well how many fans were calling for him to resign. Bet they are glad he chose to stick around. It is possible for an existing coach to correct problems and get his program back on track.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
3:44 pm

“I bet you won’t be blogging when Auburn pays back the goods on their tainted title and goes back to being a middle of the road b!tch to Bama and Georgia again. How you forget that we owned you for 4 out of the past 5 years. ”

I gotta song for you, 6-7er.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycbgHM1mI0k

“Of course, Elton, you like being someone’s b!tch don’t you? ”

And that, loser, is how I know you’re gay.

“The only thing embarrassing on this blog is you. Your mother probably wishes she had put you up for adoption.”

Says the loser who just got out of jail. My mom????? That’s all you got, 6-7er?

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
3:45 pm

“That coach is Joe Paternio at Penn State.”

JoPa actually won 2 national titles. CMR has not. Big difference.

SSIgator

January 12th, 2011
4:00 pm

DawginLex -

Did you miss me while I was out of the country for a few months? While I would point out from time to time some of the problems with UGA I never thought of them as babies – whiners yes, but not babies. It looks like the KoolAid well is just about dry for you guys. Now is your chance though. The Zooker will be available after this next season. Don’t think he could do any worse than the current group. He was even 2-1 vs UGA.

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
4:03 pm

SSI,

I missed you about like toenail fungus. :)

Remains to be seen if Richt will survive.

bigdsel

January 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

UGA fans are a bunch of babies,
if you want to claim Assistant coaching stats, Then Richt won 2 national championships(Florida St) and 2 Sec championships.

SSIgator

January 12th, 2011
4:09 pm

DawginLex -

From what I have read it looks like you guys are split about 50/50 on should he stay one more year or should he leave now. Hey, I hope he stays a looooong time. If I was being paid almost three million to study football you couldn’t blow me out of there with dynamite. Great gig if you can find one like it.

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
4:10 pm

UGA fans are a bunch of babies,

Why don’t you and your boyyfriend go get a hot dog at the Varsity tonght since you love them so much.

I’ll go home to my wife and children.

Later elton

ATLdawg

January 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

“UGA fans are a bunch of babies” is really Paul Johnson disguised as an Auburn fan. My god…did you spend all day on our blog?? I would feel like a looser if i had been posting on auburn’s blog all day. I don’t care enough about them to waste my energy. Get a life and tell your mom I’ll be a little late for dinner. Take up a hobby besides watching porn on your computer all night.

DawginLex

January 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

SSI,

It is about 60/40 actually in his favor.

I say 10 wins or he is gone.

SSIgator

January 12th, 2011
4:15 pm

I guess he is gone then.

Whiskeydawg

January 12th, 2011
4:18 pm

Georgia, LSU, Alabama, and Miss. State will all beat Auburn next year. Cecil told me so. I was in line behind him at the bank.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
4:26 pm

“if you want to claim Assistant coaching stats, Then Richt won 2 national championships(Florida St) and 2 Sec championships.”

I never claimed that Chizik won championships as assistant head coaches. Instead of projecting something that isn’t there how’s about actually reading what I wrote. All I did was list his accomplishments before his head coaching career at Auburn.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
4:28 pm

“Why don’t you and your boyyfriend go get a hot dog at the Varsity tonght since you love them so much.”

Your comebacks are about as good as your grammar. Please use spell check before throwing out insults, ma’am.

“I’ll go home to my wife and children.”

Why, to give them their child support check?

“Later elton”

You are obsessed with gays, aren’t you.

UGA fans are a bunch of babies

January 12th, 2011
4:29 pm

“I would feel like a looser if i had been posting on auburn’s blog all day. ”

What is it with dawg fans and bad grammar?

“Get a life and tell your mom I’ll be a little late for dinner. Take up a hobby besides watching porn on your computer all night.”

Don’t you have pizzas to deliver?

Dumb Dawgs

January 12th, 2011
4:30 pm

Hey dawg fans,
I have a serious question for you all.

Why do you guys feel the need to trash talk other football programs when your own program is terrible?

DAWG Nayshun

January 12th, 2011
4:36 pm

I can never decide whether to read these UGA blogs or watch the first 15 minutes of The Fugitive. The insults and negativity are truly a waste of time. For me, I am going to trust that CMR, his staff, and ultimately the young men that wear the Bulldog uniform will get us out of this hole. As far as we know CMR is still a man of faith and is probably being tested by God right now. Everything that happens is for a reason. Go Dawgs!

IRISH DAWG

January 12th, 2011
4:41 pm

AUBURN 2011 AT CLEMSON , AT SOUTH CAROLINE, AT ARKANSAS, AT LSU ,AT GEORGIA PLUS AUBURN PLAYS ALABAMA AND FLORDIA 6=LOSTS

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

January 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

The Rats, the Rats, the ship, the ship, sinking, sinking, going down….abandon ship, every rat for himself!

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

January 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

Only a fool would sign with uga, where five star recruits go to lose their football careers! The ship is sinking, and it will take EVERYONE with it, players, coaches, and administrators. Run, do not walk, to the nearest exit!

Grammar Police

January 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

“6=LOSTS”

UGA leads the nation in students having to take remedial English. This blog proves it.

AltamahaDawg

January 12th, 2011
5:07 pm

Yea, I read it. Some of it was oversimplified to make a point, some of it incorrect. Pretty standard stuff.

Again, I have no idea who it is that you guys keep preaching to, that you believe is defending a 6-7 record as okay, or saying that Richt doesn’t have to make a great deal of improvement to keep his job past next season.

I haven’t read anybody saying anything remotely like that.

“you people don’t get it”..and everybody is looking over thier shoulder wondering who the hell you are talking to.

Will

January 12th, 2011
5:16 pm

You appear to believe the line put out by the Athletic Department that Dowtin was arrested for misbehavior LAST SUMMER and the athletic department did not find out about it until Liberty Bowl week!

If Dowtin had not been the fourth leading tackler on defense, he would have been dismissed from the program last August.

BJohnDawg

January 12th, 2011
5:20 pm

move them out and move on…We are told Richt coaches, team and company are still in for 2011.
No more WALLOWING. We play with who we have and coach with who we have to coach them in 2011.

Beyond that, if they dont get the desired results then we should expect change.
2010 is history
NO MORE WALLOWING!
Go DAWGS!

swampjacket

January 12th, 2011
5:21 pm

To you Chizik disciples…Congrats, but 5-19 at Iowa state, those great Auburn/SEC defenses he coached lost to GT and Reggie Ball twice, 8-5 without Cam..we’ll see where they are next year without one of the best college quarterbacks ever and the dirtiest player in the country!