UGA fans should curb their enthusiasm over Rogers’ arrest

That rumble you heard earlier today was the sound of laughter rolling across the great state of Georgia. Da’Rick Rogers, the receiver from Calhoun who famously spurned the Bulldogs to sign with Vince Dooley’s son at Tennessee, was arrested in Knoxville at 1:50 a.m. for disorderly conduct after what we old folks used to call a barroom brawl.

(If you haven’t read esteemed colleague Chip Towers’ explanation of the matter, please do. The Chipster is to college recruiting as Target is to shopping — comprehensive and classy.)

It’s human nature to delight in the misfortune of a rival, especially a rival that snatched a recruit who’d committed to you eight months before Signing Day. But we must also note, for the sake of fairness, that the Georgia program isn’t immune to arrests — not of teenage athletes, not even of a 40-year-old athletics director.

I was talking to a Georgia Tech man last weekend, and he was trying — and mostly succeeding, I should report — not to chuckle over Damon Evans’ plight. Because we old folks can tell you young ‘uns that the fan base that laughs today is invariably the next to be embarrassed. (It’s uncanny how that works, but work it does.)

No school holds the patent on good behavior. No school can ever be inoculated against the misjudgments of young athletes, or even 40-year-old ADs. I understand why Georgia fans find Rogers’ arrest amusing, but I’ve also been around long enough to caution against irrational exuberance.

There’s always another arrest waiting to happen in a college town, and that town could well be yours. Bradley’s Rule: Tempt not the football gods by busting a gut laughing, lest tomorrow ye weep bitter tears.

Update: Tennessee coach Derek Dooley announced Friday night he has kicked safety Darren Myles Jr., who’s from Atlanta’s Carver High, off the team and indefinitely suspended Marlon Walls and Greg King for their part in the incident. Da’Rick Rogers has not been suspended.

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Chip Shot

July 9th, 2010
4:43 pm

ROFL SUCK IT DA’RICK I HOPE YOU’RE KICKED OFF THE TEAM ROFL ROFL

Lanne Kiffin

July 9th, 2010
4:44 pm

Smart words MB – Wise beyond your years.
First?

JJ

July 9th, 2010
4:44 pm

Lanne Kiffin

July 9th, 2010
4:45 pm

F-105 Thunderchief

July 9th, 2010
4:46 pm

Wise words. And, you’re right about Chip, his updates throughout the day have been excellent.

DAGADAWG

July 9th, 2010
4:48 pm

I basically agree with what you’re saying, However, (and it’s a big however) you have to admit that this one is REALLY funny.

F-105 Thunderchief

July 9th, 2010
4:48 pm

That’s why it’s best to stay away from cliched terms like that lou (grant?), because everyone else is using them. Otherwise outstanding work by Chip.

randallsdad

July 9th, 2010
4:50 pm

I couldn’t help but note on a Tennessee news paper web site that the owner’s wife said that they always let the players enter the bar without paying the cover charge. If the owner is a booster, ticket holder, whatever, wouldn’t that be an NCAA violation of some sort?

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

July 9th, 2010
4:50 pm

I must admit I am very curious about who picked them up in the sedan. From this angle he looks kind of like Larry the Cable Guy.

Bryan G.

July 9th, 2010
4:51 pm

I know that you’re right, Mark…but I can’t control my schadenfreude about this one. Maybe there is a pill I can take.

Mark Bradley

July 9th, 2010
4:52 pm

I would agree that schadenfreude is a powerful thing, Bryan G.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 9th, 2010
4:52 pm

It seems to be the culture of D1 athletes to think they are above the law. The Rogers punk has been posting pics of him drinking on his facebook page since his arrival in OB-Knoxville. Does the phrase “lack of institutional control” fit? Methinks it does. It is past time for the NCAA to bring down the hammer on UT

Mark Bradley

July 9th, 2010
4:53 pm

Almost first, Lanne. So close.

JJ

July 9th, 2010
4:55 pm

ugh this is my 3rd time in the top 3 over the last couple days… I will make 1st one day

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

July 9th, 2010
4:56 pm

Mark, the difference is most UGA “arrests” are for crap like scooter violations and driving with an expired audience, not kicking a policeman on the ground until he ends up in ICU.

Rad Dog

July 9th, 2010
4:57 pm

Mark-

Do us a favor and ban “lou” the grammar cop.

First of all, worng, wasn’t plagarism, not even close, 2nd, nobodee keers bout grammer on a sports bloag.

NorthWestDawg

July 9th, 2010
4:57 pm

OK, so I get what you’re saying, Mark, but …. if we don’t laugh now, when do we laugh? Somebody else is going to be laughing at you one way or another, so why hold back the chuckles? I’m sorry, but I’m not. … Besides, UGA fans have plenty of reasons to laugh … 1. we’re not Gators, 2. we’re not Jackets, 3. we’re not Vols, etc.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

July 9th, 2010
4:58 pm

Not much of an article and ironic that it will serve as a vehicle for more Da’Rick and Vols bashing…

Rod

July 9th, 2010
4:59 pm

Mark, You are something else man! Unbelieveable!

mdr

July 9th, 2010
4:59 pm

Mark, you are obviously correct here………but its still funny. ;-)

MCLOVIN

July 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

it does look like larry the cable guy is driving the car .

McDawg

July 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

i do recall an incident at a summer BBQ where a UGA football player punched a kid untill he ended up in ICU-currently playing at NC State

Myles should be kicked off the team; kinda of getting tired of these things going on unless they involve Lane Kiffin (actually in a way they do)

NorthWestDawg

July 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

Rad Dog, I agree grammar cops on blogs are as annoying as parking ticket maids, but that could qualify as plagarism — plagarism isn’t simply word for word copying. However, the phrase is a trite one used in recruiting by writers the world over. … But banning lou would be a great thing, if anything for the fact that the “grammar cop” doesn’t capitalize the first letter in his name.

Mark Bradley

July 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

I have to admit that I just laughed: Over Barnacle Bill Bavasi’s Larry the Cable Guy reference.

Ken Nugent

July 9th, 2010
5:01 pm

one call that’s all for the soon to be ex vol !!!

truth

July 9th, 2010
5:01 pm

This one is funny because this kid got a lot of glee in waiting to the last second to spurn UGA. In most cases you are right. But this one just happen to hit home with UGA fans because of the tacky and classless way he strung UGA along only to flip at the end. I’m from calhoun and we all know down here that the Nance fellow paid this kid off to get his son a scholly. No question about that.

AHAHAHAhAHaa

July 9th, 2010
5:01 pm

GHAHhahahahahahaha HAVE FUN IN JAIL DA’RICK HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Some Lame Name Here

July 9th, 2010
5:02 pm

You don’t laugh because it’s more than a game. It’s someones life!!

dawgster

July 9th, 2010
5:02 pm

Mark, your right dawg fans shouldn’t gloat in this sad situation, but you can hardly blame them for all the stuff our coaching staff and university have been getting grief on these blogs, so your suggestion to us may not take hold for many on here as what goes around comes around…I don’t take light of these kind of situations but so many do and if they are going to bash the dawg nation then they can expect to get it right back…

DAMON EVANS

July 9th, 2010
5:02 pm

See you in Jail Da’Rick

SimpleDawg

July 9th, 2010
5:03 pm

Yeah, we know Bradley. Who could forget with banner headlines for every indescretion – minor or major, but really, assaulting a police officer…?…..ganging up 7 on 1…..?….attempted armed robbery…?

Sure seems to be a different level of criminality in the stories coming out of Knoxville.

Good thing Derek is an attorney. If the coaching thing doesn’t work out he can make a fortune in defending Vol player/criminals.

Well, throwing dirt on Georgia isn’t going to cover up the bad seeds in Knoxville.

v8 cat

July 9th, 2010
5:03 pm

I’m a yellow jacket, but I side with the dogs on this one. I love it. UGA lucked out, and the gangster mentality landed at UT. Looks like another “role model” headed to the NFL. Hope these colleges start looking at character rather than the number of stars. I think we all did stupid things in college, but most of us weren’t on a full-ride.

Dylan

July 9th, 2010
5:03 pm

In no way do I think UGA is better than Tennessee in off field issues. But dang this is just too funny that it happened to Da’Rick Rogers! Karma sucks don’t it?! hahahaha/

ScoutDawg

July 9th, 2010
5:03 pm

Look, anything that takes red panties off of the front page for a day or two, until the video surfaces, is welcome. I actually went to RTR, a VOL blog, to see how they were taking all of this and I did not see ONE hateful post from a Dawg fan. So while we are feeling UT’s pain for all of this I personally have no sympathy for Mr. Rogers, ye will reap what you sow! On the other hand for UT this could not have come at a better time. Coach Dooley has a free pass for at least one year so drop the hammer right now and set the tone for the future of the program.

"Chef" Tim Dix

July 9th, 2010
5:04 pm

Taking on the off -duty-cop weather you win or lose in the eyes of the law is always an “L”.

Mike H.

July 9th, 2010
5:04 pm

Just think Georgia tried to get this guy,& look what happens,he gets thrown in jail, the Dawgs were better off without him,just another thug in the making,the little Boy will never grow up,just give him his own sand box & send him on his way.

Some Lame Name Here

July 9th, 2010
5:04 pm

If the lame fans from other teams jumped off a bridge would you jump too?

Don’t act like a child because other fans do. Hold your self above their antics!! Set the example don’t be a follower.

Polka Guy

July 9th, 2010
5:05 pm

Agreed Mark, too many people throwing rocks at glass houses. Too many dogs barking at their own mirror.

You wonder what these young men, and in Damon’s case, middle aged men, are thinking to throw it all away for one stupid night. But, we’ve all done stupid things, we’re all way too human.

Human nature doesn’t change much, so the Dogs will be facing their own
struggles with their football players each month if past history is any indicator.

Coach’s often recruit for talent instead of character, it’s too easy to fall into that temptation, but it usually ends the same way.

ldawg121

July 9th, 2010
5:05 pm

I find it ironic that whenever there is any kind of incident involving UGA it’s front page material,but without a disclaimer about not gloating too much if you’re a rival fan….much less naming those rival fans as is the case here….jeeze…ajc trying to make UGA and it’s fans look bad even when it’s another schools student athletes getting in trouble

Top Dawg

July 9th, 2010
5:05 pm

Seeing that mug shot of Darrick Rogers was priceless. Plus, I will never forget seeing Marlon Brown absolutely fly by Darren Myles in the Under Armour All-Star game. Glad those two boys went to Knoxville after all….

sogadog

July 9th, 2010
5:05 pm

Why didnt you make this point following Evans’ arrest? You didnt call for anyone to “curb their enthusiasm in criticizing Evans. Instead, you and the AJC enthusiastically crucified Damon Evans, even going so far as to report every detail of his arrest and publishing via internet the arrest report which was written by an obviously unprofessional and biased state trooper. Granted, Evans made a huge mistake and deserved to lose his job. I just dont think you are consistent when you go all out to report the details of Evan’s arrest and call for his firing, then when something happens with a Tenn. player you call for restraint.

1eyedJack

July 9th, 2010
5:05 pm

Where were you last week Mark when the Vols and everybody else were piling on?

Chuck

July 9th, 2010
5:06 pm

Why should we take the high road? There’s nobody there. Lonely. You can be social down on the low road.

Bob

July 9th, 2010
5:06 pm

Ldawg that’s because nobody cares about Tech.

Some Lame Name Here

July 9th, 2010
5:07 pm

@1eyedjack
You needed Mark to tell you how to act like an adult? Grow up loser!!

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Paul in RDU

July 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

Mark – Chuckling is OK in my book. Where people go too far is when they use the example of a couple of stupid kids (Da’Rick, Zach Mettenberger, Robert Hall, etc) to besmirch everyone in or associated with the university.
As you said – there’s always another arrest around the corner in a college town.

atlvol55

July 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

Mark,

Good article. I learned my lesson last year when I was boasting against someone’s school and here and three days later Nukeese and the boys were arrested for armed robbery.

I don’t blame the fans for the other teams on here. Its always more fun when its not your team.

It has been truly a surreal scene when you think of all the stuff that has happened in Tennesse athletics in the past 12-18 months. Just when it seems like we are about to turn the corner, somethings like this happens

Kris G

July 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

Dog Killing Thug – you think maybe it’s time to let it go? dude hasn’t played here in going on 4 years, and you’re still latched onto it? Smacks of zealotry.

Chuck

July 9th, 2010
5:09 pm

The AJC gets very enthusiastic whenever something bad happens at UGA – even when something “not-awful” happens, like driving a fricking scooter improperly results in an arrest by the Athens Barney Fifes, the AJC and all the rival fans have no problem with enthusiasm.

Now it’s happened to “Not Georgia” and we’re supposed to bite our tongue? Why exactly would we do that?