Fan talk: Bashing Cornelius Washington, roster attrition and more!

2012 uga media guideLike many of you I had some time off this week, but let’s get back in gear with a look at the cover of this year’s UGA football media guide, which is now available for perusing online. And if you’re one of those folks who still want a printed hard copy, you can order one from the Georgia Athletic Association. Just send a check for $18 to: UGA Media Guide, P.O. Box 1472, Athens, GA 30603-1472.

Now, let’s get to some Junkyard Mail. …

Terry Perkins writes: Bill, did you see Cornelius Washington’s comments on Facebook bashing the UGA fans who were criticizing Isaiah Crowell after his arrest? I couldn’t believe his disrespectful attitude toward the fans any more than I could his blind support of his former teammate, the accused felon. Do you think Washington is typical of the sort of players Mark Richt has brought to Athens, and if so does that at all disturb you?

Terry is referring to Washington’s Facebook post in which he said fans “think you know so much, but in reality you know nothing” about the players and their struggles. He said, “99% of you don’t give a crap about us outside of football. When we’re doing well you’re all in our faces, when things get tough and we need encouragement you’re nowhere to be found. You’re fake and I despise you for it. We shall band together guys, we’ve been working hard and we only need each other. NONE of those outsiders will contribute to our survival as a team or as individuals, you can guarantee that.”

Predictably, the reaction among fans on various social media sites was rather critical of Washington, with many echoing the rather heated sentiments that fan Bobby Nettles of East Atlanta posted on his Facebook page. In extremely blunt language, Nettles noted, among other things, that UGA football players have many advantages that fans never had and  advised Washington and his teammages that “Your little boy brains need to catch up to your full grown man bodies … You’re blessed with health, superior athletic ability, and keen minds … every advantage possible. Free school, a huge support system, the adulation of fans everywhere … and somehow, we just don’t understand?”

Before we use one ill-considered Facebook post as an indictment of UGA players in general and Washington in particular, let’s keep in mind we’re talking about something posted by a college student who was reacting in anger to what he perceived as unfair criticism of a teammate. It’s one of the dangers of today’s “instant” communication that a tweet or FB posting or email is sent before you’ve had a chance to think it over.

Fortunately, after doing so Washington has apologized. In a recent Facebook post, he addresses the “Dawg Nation” and says, “I am at fault because no matter how I felt I should never have let those feeling[s] get control of my better judgment. I should have kept it to myself and let the entire situation die down. My biggest regret about the whole thing is that it has cause[d] so much disruption amongst the team. I forgot for a minute that I am here to get an education and play football and that pretty much is the extent of my responsibilities. I am not here to complain about the fanatics and for that I do apologize. I am a leader and I care about the guys that I lead. Believe me, I do know and understand that my teammate made a very bad decision and had to face the consequences, but I[‘d] rather support him than be negative toward him. I[‘d] rather help him succeed because I saw all the work that he had put in since spring and I was looking forward to seeing him play! The bottom line is that he has moved on and I’m happy he has found a place to continue his career, but the best thing for UGA football is to let this go and move forward positively. I would like to ask all the fans and supporters out there to help us with this by letting it go also. We have to continue to work hard and do our very best to get to Miami like we planned and I want all of you along for the ride.”

In the wake of that post, Nettles has responded in kind on his Facebook page: “In the face of scathing criticism from myself and others the young man stood tall and took responsibility. If you liked my rant pertaining to Mr. Washington, you should LOVE this. Well done young man, and I apologize if my rant got a little bugged eyed nutty.I hope you have a great season and I’ll be barking with the rest of the pack …”

Mark Richt's roster is getting alarmingly thin. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Mark Richt's roster is getting alarmingly thin. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Dr. Dawg write: Bill, I’m really alarmed at the roster attrition that’s decimating our football team! We were already way below the limit of 85 players on scholarship, and now we hear that in addition to Cootie Harrow not making grades, Brandon Burrows is transferring in order to get more playing time in a defense more suited to him and we have another player waiting to hear from the NCAA clearinghouse. Plus, of course, the guys suspended for the early games. And who knows what sort of injuries will hit once camp starts in August. I’m concerned we’re going to wind up playing walk-ons a lot more than ought to be the case with a team contending for the conference championship. Are you as worried as I am?

Yes, I am. It appears with the recent departures that UGA’s roster has dipped below 70 scholarship players, not counting the walk-ons awarded battlefield promotions. To put that into rather alarming perspective, that’s less than the scholarship limits imposed on Southern Cal as part of its NCAA probation! While the reasons for the many departures from the program have varied from academics and arrests to injury problems, disagreements with the coaching staff and frustration over lack of playing time — making it difficult to identify an underlying cause — there’s no denying that the trend is disturbing. And once full-contact drills start, Mark Richt might find it difficult to field the sort of two-deep roster he’d like to have. In the past, similar problems saw Richt cut back on contact in practice, only to regret it later when his players got pushed around a bit by opponents. So that problem could rear its head again. And while most fans have applauded Richt’s determination to have starters playing special teams, that’s also likely to increase the chance of injuries and make the lack of quality depth a factor. The UGA staff has indicated they might sign as many as 30 players in the next class to try and bolster the team’s ranks, and increasingly that looks like something they’re absolutely going to have to do.

Josh Cuevas writes: Bill, Now that the Isaiah Crowell situation has had a chance to sink in, how about an objective post mortem on his time at UGA? … I remember few athletes who came to Athens with such immense expectations and then actually showed themselves to be worthy, athletically, of the accolades as true freshmen. Yet by the time the news broke last week of Crowell’s arrest, very few Bulldog fans, justifiably, thought twice about showing him the door. With the flashes of brilliance juxtaposed against the suspensions, the time he took himself to the sidelines when he was needed on the field, and ultimately the arrest, it’s a strange and sad end to what was once unlimited potential. I hope the young man can do something productive with his life, but his story, in retrospect, will likely go down as one of the sadder cases in the annuls of Georgia football.

That’s a fact, Josh. During those brief times last season when Crowell was completely healthy and stayed in the game, he looked like a definite game-breaker. Unfortunately, he appeared to lack the toughness that is an essential for long-term success as an SEC back. Whether he could have developed that this season, we’ll never know. At least we can fully understand now why UGA continued to recruit five- and four-star backs even after having Crowell named the AP’s SEC freshman of the year.

Jonathan Brian Perren writes: Bill, I wanted to ask with the upcoming playoff and selection committee choosing the 4 teams for 2014 what do you think the number of universities will be that will try to beef up their nonconference schedules against weaker teams from a BCS conference to try to take schools from the FCS schools like the SEC likes to do out of their schedules? To me it looks a lot better to play a weaker team from a BCS conference in the PAC 12 such as Oregon State or Cal, Big 12 (Kansas or Iowa State), and Big East (San Diego State or Temple) or even an independent like BYU than to have a Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, or Georgia Southern on the schedule. I know Clemson is going to be on the schedule in the future but my understanding is that it will be every 6 years not a yearly game. What is your take and how many AD’s do you see trying to schedule this way to please a playoff selection committee beyond 2014?

If strength of schedule really does become a determining factor in the playoff, I think you’ll definitely see a turnabout in scheduling philosophy, and Greg McGarity has indicated he’s holding off on future scheduling right now until he can see how this works out. Does Georgia need to play the sort of killer schedule that it had in 2009? No. But having a Clemson or kickoff classic type opponent on the schedule, say, every other year isn’t too much to expect. And, yes, I think you’re likely to see fewer FCS teams taking those cupcake spots and more teams from the likes of the Sun Belt and MAC conferences. Of course, Georgia Southern and other FCS schools are talking about moving up to the top division, so they still might show up on SEC schedules.

Phillip Joiner writes: Bill, The following are the running backs coaches of the Mark Richt era, the players they had under their purview who contributed,  and their on and off the field performance:

Tony Pierce (2001-2002): Verron Haynes , Mike Gilliam, Musa Smith, Michael Cooper, Tony Milton, J.T. Wall, Ronnie Powell. Wall and Haynes got shots in the NFL and Smith became a 1,000-yard-plus back.

Ken Rucker (2003-2004): Cooper, Gilliam, Milton, Powell along with Tyson Browning, Kregg Lumpkin, Danny Ware, Brannan Southerland and Thomas Brown. Browning was used well as a scatback and returner, while Ware, Lumpkin and Brown all made NFL rosters

Kirby Smart (2005): Smart continued to develop the careers of Lumpkin, Ware and Brown.

Tony Ball (2006-2008): Coached Lumpkin, Ware, Brown and Southerland as well as Fred Munzenmaier, Shaun Chapas, Knowshon Moreno, coached the first few uneventful years of Richard Samuel, Caleb King and Carlton Thomas.

Bryan McClendon (2009-present): Samuel is switched to linebacker. King is dismissed from team. Washaun Ealey is dismissed from team. Thomas leaves team. Isaiah Crowell is dismissed from team. Ken Malcome gets suspended, quits team, comes back to team.

Busts like Albert Hollis (who never contributed) and players who didn’t pan out like Dontavious Jackson are not included in the above compilation. There seems to be an obvious and shockingly alarming rate of failures under the watch of Bryan McClendon. Does this not merit a closer look by the head coach and athletic director? Thanks Bill! I’m 35 years old, and the Buffalo game will be my 125th as a Dawg in attendance!

When you’re talking about individual cases, whether it’s Ealey or King or Crowell, it’s tough to pin the blame for their failings on their coach, as I noted last week. But when you look at the overall situation with running backs over the past three seasons, it does seem fair to ask whether perhaps McClendon’s value to the program as a recruiter is overshadowing his lack of success as a position coach. It’s a discussion that probably needs to be taking place at Butts-Mehre.

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311 comments Add your comment

Jdawg

July 7th, 2012
10:43 pm

P-Man

July 7th, 2012
10:46 pm

Thanks for the post, Bill. I always enjoy reading your columns.

Fridawg

July 7th, 2012
10:50 pm

First? I took time to read the article. Anyway, Hollis was no bust. He’s a DGD who suffered a terrible injury. One of my favorite moments in Sanford is when he finally got to take the field.

dbc

July 7th, 2012
10:51 pm

Well done. Hurt feelings, everyone vented, apologized and it really is time to move on. I respect CR for facing up to the criticism and responding like a man. Same for the fan who wrote it. It’s high time this football team and its fans get some positive juice flowing and cut all the rest of the crap. Hopefully this is the start of a very special season.

SSG Desert Dawg

July 7th, 2012
10:51 pm

Glad to see C. Washington take responsibility for his remarks. Fans do need to understand that some of these kids did have rough lives before they EARNED their opportunity to play for UGA. While they have been blessed with a tremendous opportunity and privilege, it is difficult to shut out what you have known your entire life. That being said, these kids must learn to become men on an accelerated time table. If they make poor decisions, they must learn from them quickly, and mistakes cannot be made repeatedly. Athens is not Columbia, SC…out players do not have that luxury…I would know, live long Dawg fan, but USCe alumni. Go Dawgs!

Fridawg

July 7th, 2012
10:58 pm

The attrition issue could be HUGE. Hopefully we’ll stay healthy. The Washington mess just proves that people (players and fans) say stupid things online.

P. Bull Terrier

July 7th, 2012
11:33 pm

Washington’s apology makes it clear that he is apologizing for saying what he thinks, not for what he believes. I’m sure he isn’t alone on the team in believing that the UGA program begins and ends with the group of players who wear the jersey today and that no one outside of the guys on the field has ever contributed anything to the success of the UGA program. Most of that attitude can be attributed to backgrounds of many of the players, the attitude of teenagers today, and individual ignorance.

Whatever the case, I’m really starting to wonder why I waste my time and money supporting a bunch of guys like Washington, Crowell, King, Ealey, etc., etc,,,,,

dawggirl

July 7th, 2012
11:37 pm

I’m behind on my Dawg news apparently, as I had not heard of these comments by CW. I’m sorry, and I’m a diehard Dawg fan, but I can completely understand his comments and I am not angry at all. One comment of his in particular really rang true to me: ““99% of you don’t give a crap about us outside of football.” He is absolutely correct. We all criticize their play, their decisions, their comments, their academics, but we don’t care if they are happy as long as they are winning.

It comes down to being understanding and supportive of them not just as players, but as human beings. I was the first one to blast IC for being stupid, but maybe I’m being hypocritical. In any case, I agree with CW also when he says we need to put this behind us. Let’s all move on.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

July 7th, 2012
11:44 pm

We still think you people should talk to McClendon and get his recruiting squared away

ARdawg

July 8th, 2012
12:03 am

IC needed a blast for his stupidity. CW is well within his right to declare his beliefs and the way he felt. He does however need to put his big boy pannies on. There’s much more room outside the UGA program than in it. C’mon CW, you are elite, you chose to play football at UGA and you chose to open your big mouth. The fans on the net are fickle and most aren’t even fans. Quit giving them more ammo

Dirty Dawg

July 8th, 2012
12:19 am

This crap about all the tweets, Facebook and the rest of this instant (anti) social media is in my mind the culprit in the process. All of us have beliefs and feelings about stuff, the problems start when somebody decides to share it – annonymous or not – and it goes viral. I will say to young Mr Washington, if you truly believe you’re a leader on this team then how in hell did you and the other leaders not straighten young Mr Crowell out – particularly since he seemed to have built himself a posse among some of these freshmen. It’s been an open story – and if I’ve heard it over and over then it’s out there – that Crowell and his buds have continued to smoke weed regularly and apparently haven’t been too worried about hiding it. Leaders would let these kids know how you’re supposed to behave and deport yourself…unless, of course, you’re all doin it cause it’s a release from all your ’struggles’. C’mon son, if you’re a leader, lead…and I don’t mean takin em to the quick shop to buy ‘blunts’.

7576DAWG

July 8th, 2012
12:32 am

The reason Washington’s remark was out of line and inappropriate was because that was three strikes against Crowell. Mark Richt will give any of his players more than enough time to learn from their mistakes but he expects them not to repeat the same mistake. But certain offenses are considered so bad that they do not get a second chance. Crowell getting caught with a gun on UGA property is an automatic dismissal. A few years ago when Mettenberger exposed a waitresses breast and may have even touched them , that may not be in the UGA handbook as an automatic dismissal but that kind of behavior can not be overlooked.
The alumni who have daughters can not forgive a sexual deviant like that. A lot of money must have changed hands to have kept Mettenberger out of prison with a felony conviction. We will suffer with him at LSU because I think he is a better QB than Murray but Mark Richt and everybody else in authority at Georgia couldn’t overlook what he did.
As a father I keep reminding all three of my kids that it only takes 1 real stupid act to change their destiny forever. These kids have got to take some responsibility on their own. Truth be know the kids that really do the bad stuff just haven’t been caught before or they were lucky or they always were bailed out by their parents and were not made to suffer any consequent’s.
The upsetting thing about Washington’s remark is he was made to say that , it’s not what he believes.

kingdaddy

July 8th, 2012
12:57 am

C.Washington
You will never make everyone happy in anything you do in life. Do what you know to be right and you wll be successful and happy with yourself. You have to disreguard what others say when they may not know the truth. You were wrong about most fans not caring. I think most are great fans who care about you and every member of the team. Hold your team togeather this year and know, we hurt when you hurt. Good Luck…

RPh DAWG

July 8th, 2012
1:19 am

Re: Comments about 2014 Championship Playoff of top 4 teams. Something we won’t have to worry about, probably will not even be in top 10….

Joe

July 8th, 2012
1:25 am

To say that Albert Hollis was a bust is wrong. His injury was devistating. I may be wrong but did he not graduate after being on the team for five years? How many of those mentioned graduated. The biggest mistake in recent years by the coaching staff was what they have done to Richard Samuel. His career has been a coaching mistake and not McClendon.

joe cox

July 8th, 2012
1:39 am

ill-considered post? its the truth! most fans do not give a crap about these guys outside of them winning games. most fans ARE fake. you think 92,000 people all have the right idea? Cornelius i applaud your support of your teammate, your brother, your friend. don’t listen to these haters. you came clean and got some peace by apologizing and thats good for your head but never doubt your gut reaction. while it might be jumping the gun (no pun intended), defending your former teammate is the only reaction a man should have when he sees his friend in trouble. can any of you reading this object? and to C Washington and to the rest of the crew: wipe all of this BS out of your frame of vision and WORK. GO DAWGS.

Natureboy809

July 8th, 2012
1:44 am

A small note- Your referral to the 2009 schedule being so tough- I am guessing that you are referring to playing at Oklahoma State. That really was not THAT tough of a game. We just sucked that year plain and simple. We lost to Kentucky at home that year for crying out loud. We have had SEVERAL teams under Richt who go out there and win that game easily. We didn’t “overschedule” that game; we under recruited for it.

Reality Dawg

July 8th, 2012
2:14 am

It didn’t take long for McClendon to take us from “Tailback U.” to “Tailback Who???”

McClendon played wide receiver. Why is he coaching RBs? Because his dad did? Not good enough, obviously.

dbc

July 8th, 2012
2:16 am

Well dawggirl, I respectfully disagree. Most fans that I know care greatly about the players and who they are as human beings. This may sound like bull, but I used to run with Herschel from time to time up and down Gaines School Road when I was at UGA. He had a condo just inside Cedar Creek and he was just a regular guy. It was never planned, sometimes we just ended up running together. We talked about all kinds of things during our runs, and I cherish the moments I had with him. He needed a jump to his black trans am once and I was happy to help him out. Most fans I know would give a player the shirt off their back, a wonderful meal, a place to stay, a warm home during the holidays — you get the point. I’ve especially enjoyed reading Christian Robinson’s blog during his trip to Italy, as well as his experiences playing high school ball and being recruited by UGA. He’s a smart kid with a great future, and a wonderful role model of a true student athlete. My 12 year old reads all his blogs and I’m glad he does. That’s what it’s all about. I get what Cornelius was saying, because the pressure must be unreal. But the majority of UGA fans really want to see these guys succeed everywhere, and honestly, it hurts to see it thrown away with guys like Isiah Crowell. And fairly, or unfairly, it reflects on the University, coach Richt and the AD. I worked my way through UGA cleaning fish at Wilfong’s, the local seafood distributor. So I know where guys like Bobby Nettles are coming from.

SUN TAN AVENGER

July 8th, 2012
3:15 am

CW is right. Just read some of the posts on the AJC. They bash players and coaches and 90% of those fans have never played football and don’t know bean crap about the game. UGa fans have become a bunch of cry babies and whiners because Richt hasn’t won a MNC, never mind the fact that he won two SEC championships, the first in twenty years. So suck it fans, don’t let the street car run over you when you bail on the Dawgs.

bsg3003

July 8th, 2012
3:24 am

if i remember correctly Washington made some comments about the UGA game after the 0-2 start last season also. I really don’t care though, Cornelius Wash wears the Red & Black and was defending a former teammate, a brother in arms if you will. If your friend was being attacked my thousands of people, would you defend them?

Wash had every right to do what he did, and probably only appologized because a coach made him do it. He was standing up for his friend and i totally respect that.

7576DAWG

July 8th, 2012
5:11 am

Washington wants to throw a lot of the fans under the bus for the same reaction that Crowell got from Bobo, McClendon ,Mark Richt and McGarity. If you are caught with a gun on school property you will be dismissed as a student at UGA. It is automatic. How can anyone condone this type behavior unless the rules of the hood overrides the rules and laws of our nation, state and University. Thus , our problem. In this case I guess Crowell was so use to carrying a gun where he lived and at his high school that it didn’t dawn on him the you couldn’t carry a gun anywhere at any times. I’m sure it amazed him when he found out you could not have a gun on school property at UGA.
Washington taking up for his friend in this case shows how immature and ignorant he is. Just think if 35,000 students at the University of Georgia could carry a gun I wonder how many killings we would have every year. I think Washington and his teammates that really support Crowell’s action should get a permit and demonstrate in protest in front of the Athletic building until they get the right to carry a gun.

Joe

July 8th, 2012
5:20 am

For one thing no one hates these players. We hate the way some of them act and behave when they have the greatest opportunity in the world to change their lives and become successful as players and graduates of UGA. We HATE to see a wasted opportunity but not hate the players or students. Get real and understand what the word hate means….As far as not giving a crap… America is greater when everyones behaver is better and not selfish. Too much about me, me, me, and not much about our nation the USA.

hornblowermg

July 8th, 2012
6:54 am

the satchel man rules, and the lack of character and leadership and morals in the UGa program is simply the reflection of the UGa personel that directs the satchel man.

We Run the East

July 8th, 2012
7:32 am

CW is just reflecting the entitled atitude he and most other UGA palyers have. No humbleness, no character, just obnoxious entitlement. You dawg fans should take it personally. Everyone who was objective about IC knew he would not make it with Dawgs- see above character comment. Look back though previous posts if you don’t believe me- only Dawg homers thought IC would stick and even they knew (deep down inside) he was not gonna make it.

mgdawg

July 8th, 2012
7:34 am

I am glad that washington apologized, but what did he really apologize for? The main thing I read that he apologized for is expressing his feelings, it appears he still believes the fans have nothing to do with the team and their success. I would like to see an old coach, maybe tereshinski, have a long talk with him about what the school was like before it could afford all the things it has now and maybe grantham talk about how much the fans and crowd noise help the defense.

As far as the scholarships goes, this is more then a problem that can be or should be fixed in one year. You don’t want to sign too many players in one class because then in four year when they graduate you have to sign that many again. Of course with the attritition at UGA that might not be that big of a deal. Anyways, I would like to see 3-5 JUCO players sign this year, players that should be able to contribute immediately and it will offset that one big graduating class that would come in a few years. Also, as far as special teams, I’m not sold on the idea of a bunch of starters out there. You should be able to use scholarship backups, special teams isn’t that hard, you just need to coach them up better.

Finally, as far as mcclendon goes I heard this last year. It is something to think about. From what I have read he is one of the best recruiters, which means he tells the players what they want to hear. I wonder what kind of relationship he has with his backs, is it coach-player or a true friend-player. There is a fine line, you don’t want to be two faced, but you kind of have to be to an extent. Richt needs to let mcclendon know that this behavior is his little group, we’re talking 5 backs or so at a time, is inexcusable. And that going down the road, more of these issues will be put on him as well and there will be consequences.

We Run the East

July 8th, 2012
7:35 am

Joe- Starts at the top (president) for the USA. Work and responsibilty are not needed, just a gov’t check provided by others work. Sad.

Neutral

July 8th, 2012
7:50 am

@dbc (2:16am)
Great comments and I agree. Also, since I paid a small portion of IC’s expenses through UGa donations, State taxes, ticket purchases, etc. I have a right to expect a little maturity and effort in return. All of his mistakes in less than 1 year at UGa are a slap in the face to the thousands of us who gave him the great opportunity to play between the hedges. The show of disrespect toward CMR last year when IC turned away from his coach during a game (on TV) was stunning to me. I appreciate CW’s love for a teammate, but he is way off base when he implies that the vast majority of us fans don’t care about the players outside of football. CW needs to understand that many of us do care, but we expect a little more respect from the players since we are the ones giving you the opportunity to play the game you love and get a free education to boot. Now go out and play your best and have a great season…….and a great life after football. GO DAWGS!!!

BUZZ

July 8th, 2012
8:09 am

You Gun This State!

Kenai Ocelotta

July 8th, 2012
8:15 am

This is all I need to know about Cornelius Washington:

http://blogs.ajc.com/uga-sports-blog/2011/10/02/georgia-olb-cornelius-washington-arrested-in-jackson-county-for-dui/

He’s a dangerous drunk just looking to kill or maim innocent people. Another one of Richt’s finest.

Tiger Towne

July 8th, 2012
8:21 am

Mizzou 24
Georgia 21

A big upset in Columbia!

Joey

July 8th, 2012
8:24 am

Sun Tan Avenger, you have every right to believe in Mark Richt because of his two SEC Titles. I have the right to not believe, any more. Since that last Title, we lose games we shouldn’t, and get our rear-ends handed to us every time we play a really good team. Have you even considered we have lost two in a row to South Carolina? We’ve lost two bowl games in a row – one to Central Florida? B-B-B-Boise St? Good grief.

And don’t even get me started on our roster management, law-breaking and rule-breaking by players, etc.

You go right on kissing that well-tanned hind-end of the CEO of this mess.

I ain’t gonna anymore.

A UGA fan can be a true fan of the Dawgs, without being a Mark Richt fan. That’s what I am – a Dawg Fan.

Joey

July 8th, 2012
8:32 am

Congrats, Buzz, on not ever having any idiots play for tech. Tech’s idiots run the Athletic Dept – you know, the ones who don’t know to cooperate with an NCAA investigation?

By the way, y’all still got that (stripped) ACC Title trophy hidden in the broom closet?

Jared in Lilburn

July 8th, 2012
8:47 am

Is it true that Crowell’s teammates at UGA gave him a going-away gift of brownies, hashbrowns, and a pair of red panties autographed by Damon Evans? I can’t confirm that, but the dining hall has reported a missing case of frozen hashbrowns. ;-)

Buzzzzzzzzz

July 8th, 2012
8:54 am

Hey, Joey, chew on this for a while…

1. Four different SEC teams have won the last six BCS championships.

2. UGA was not one of those teams.

3. During that period, UGA did not win the SEC championship.

4. Red panties.

In other words, UGA has sunk into total irrelevancy both regionally and nationally.

So why is UGA paying Mark Richt millions of dollars a year?

Me again

July 8th, 2012
8:55 am

CW was 100% correct. Most fans could care less about these players past football. Especially the ones who think “these poor little black boys were saved from the ghetto and lives of extreme poverty”. By the overwhelming generosity that uga fans donations have provided. The fact is your support does not entitle you to criticize at will. Your donation says I give because I care and I care because I love. Not because you are living your life through the exploits of teenagers and judging your self worth on their w-l record.

Me again

July 8th, 2012
8:56 am

Buzzzz get a life u f’ing loser

RHall55

July 8th, 2012
9:07 am

I point to CMR’s staff for the factor that UGA is very undermanned: From Dave VanHalenger, Director of Player Welfare, who has does very little to merit his position…..to Joe Tereshinski, S&C Director, who does not have the credentials to have his position…..to Rodney Garner, Recruiting Coordinator, who has understaffed UGA’s roster thru the lack of kids signing LOI’s……to Mike Bobo, Offensive Coordinator, with the lack of innovative play calling has cost UGA games thus better seasons to impress recruits…..it is a known fact that a lot of the staffs in the SEC are outworking UGA’s staff in many areas….UGA should be a Top 10 program every year with the in-state talent, facilities, fan base, and history…..fans complain because they know it should be better!! C’mon Man, open your eyes…..CMR!!!

Holy Guacamole

July 8th, 2012
9:11 am

Most of the commenters on here aren’t dawg fans anyway. And Joey, go find someone else to root for. Shallow fair weather fans are not fans at all.

Desert Fox

July 8th, 2012
9:31 am

Agree that all this attrition will have a terrible impact on GA’s chances of winning the SEC or the east for that matter. Just too many guys leaving for one reason or another and missing games due to suspensions and unforseen injuries. It’s happened before and seems there’s no end to it. Then toss in losing games for whatever reason and you finally have to say enough is enough. As much as I like our HC, he’s not going to get this team to the pinnicles of success no matter who he recruits or hires as coaches. No matter how many games he wins each season he manages to lose the most critical games that lead to championships and some embarrassing losses along the way to lesser teams. When his time is over as HC he’ll go down in GA history as one of the winningest coaches GA has had but IMO I doubt he’ll have a NC banner to hang in Sanford stadium. Would rather see another guy come in and try to change the culture of this team from what its sunk to over the last several years.

old dog

July 8th, 2012
9:38 am

Bill,
I was criticized way back for predicting I.C.’s situation. Mistakes, especially freshman mistakes are made. But, all appearances are that the foundation was not there. There was concern about his character (or lack there-of) prior to him getting here. His chest-thumping over gains on lesser teams, his quickness to exit after a decent hit, and his lack of respect for teammates and coaches all shined brightly. I wish him well, but he has an extremely long way to go……………..

Bigboy

July 8th, 2012
9:40 am

If we are going to recruit Georgia first then we might as well get used to more than our fair share of knuckle heads.The state of Georgia puts the most players into the SEC and also has the most drop outs and dismissals as well.If you go back and look at the Rivals top 50-75 in Georgia over last 5-6 years a shocking number of players never made it past 2 years at the school they signed with.Georgia….we have a problem!

Thomas Harrison

July 8th, 2012
9:42 am

Washington needs to speak with McGarity ( AD ) to get his attitude straight. Richt has ZERO control.
Dawgs need ” Tough Leadership ” and a Road Map!!!

Is this what they mean...

July 8th, 2012
9:46 am

by “tigers eat their young”?

TNT

July 8th, 2012
10:02 am

Ealey, King, and Thomas were not “dismissed” from the team. King failed to qualify academically, and Thomas and Ealey both asked to be transferred, because they were the leading rushers, but didn’t like being rotated with far less effective running backs, understandably so. Entitlement among running backs, and QB too, has been a dry rot for Mark Richt as he tends to start his favorites ove better producers.

If Corn Washington’s biggest issue is his loyalty to his teammates, I can live with that. That will take him far in a team sport.

Norris

July 8th, 2012
10:12 am

First, I really hate that someone called Albert Hollis a bust. No, he did not get a chance at fame and glory on the football field. He suffered a grotesque knee injury in practice and he never recovered from it. He did run track at UGA and he graduated with a degree in business (I believe). Last I heard, he was modeling for Calvin Klein and other’s so, he isn’t exactly sitting around doing nothing with himself. Sometimes, we do have players who have to make a life away from the football field.
Second, Although I liked Bryan McClendon as a dawg, I’m not sure he is the correct person to be coaching our running backs. Now, either it was the type of player we recruited (who among us did not hear bad things about King and Crowell before we signed them?) or the players do not respect McClendon. Right now, it looks like the majority of them do not respect him. I am hoping that with the new guys we have signed, that will change. I still do not think that McClendon can pull it together. I heard he is an excellent recruiter. Maybe his future lies in that route instead.

TNT

July 8th, 2012
10:12 am

To C Washington’s defense, BEFORE Crowell got kicked off the team, no blogs were saying the team would be better off WITHOUT HIM. But after he was dismissed, they all tried to spin it that way, showing how disingenuous they really are. I dismissed all those type of articles due to glaring concerns about their lack of sincerity. When Mettenberger and Ealey left, fans said they saw it coming, and the team was better off now, and you’re not better off losing your two best players like that. I defended Mettenberger and Ealey before they transferred, and after, because the team was not better off without them, as LSU proved, and as Ealey went on to rush for over 1000 yards the year after he left UGA.

RedandBlackDAWG

July 8th, 2012
10:14 am

If you read CW’s apology(?) you will see that he is not apologizing for the way he feels, only that he said it openly. He really does feel that the fans don’t care about the players beyond the football field and to an extent, he is correct. Georgia is a pretty big state and I don’t think you can expect people to know about each player, his background or his home life.
What fans do have a right to expect is better behavior from some of these kids that come to the state university and do some of the things they do. Yes, they will be under the microscope and every misdeed they do does get magnified to a large extent. However, one would hope that if the young man or woman was able to get into college, he would realize this and show some maturity before doing some of the stuff they do. They are not ordinary students in the sense that they are always in the spot light. I wonder how many cars stopped that night resulted in tickets, for some violation or another, that netted Crowell? It might be interesting to know that. How many of those charged with some offense, were guilty of having a weapon, under the seat, with a filed off serial number? Because it involved a player, in a high profile position, with previous acts of defiance, misdeeds or anything else you want to call them, it was news.
The whole incident was dragged out in the press for way too long, and given that CMR did the right thing in a timely manner, we all just have to move on. I hope that this has taught a few of the younger folks on the team, that they have a responsibility that stretches beyond just playing ball, and that they are under constant scrutiny. It is not that fans do not care about the players as individuals. We don’t know them on a personal level all that well. Folks will however form opinions based on what they read and the incidences that take place and that is what C.W. must realize. Fans do have a right as well as non fans if you are a resident of this state. UGA is a public university and theses fans pay taxes. If not for the fans, the tax payer as it were, there would be no UGA, to offer a chance to these kids to improve their stock in life.

Texas Dawg

July 8th, 2012
10:17 am

Said it six monthds ago….he (IC) will do something stupid and be gone!

What a waste…healthy… that kid was dang right dangeorous…..best I’ve seen since garrison as far as reading the holes making the cut then boom 10 yards down the field…..very talented…what a waste

TNT

July 8th, 2012
10:18 am

Todd Grantham has said more than once, in the NFL he learned to deal with less bodies, so roster attrition won’t be a big problem, it’s more, how effectively you use the guys you have, anything above 50, is more than enough. And Terishinki still has to try and get the guys left both stronger, and in better condition than they were last season. It does makes Terishinki’s role even bigger now.