Another UGA arrest all but clinches the uncoveted Fulmer Cup

Alas, UGA is tied no longer. (Standings courtesy of EDSBS)

Alas, UGA is tied no longer. (Graphic courtesy of EDSBS.com)

Many of you are aware of something known as the Fulmer Cup. It was the brainchild of Spencer Hall, the man behind the Gator-friendly site EDSBS. (Stands for “Every Day Should Be Saturday.” And here’s a fun fact: Hall got his start posting under the nom de blog “Orson Swindle.”)

The Fulmer Cup was named, duh, after Phillip Fulmer, whose Tennessee player had a knack for  getting arrested over the offseason. (The regrettable K-Town tradition has continued under his successors, it must be noted.) Just the other day, EDSBS posted a little item titled, “The Fulmer Cup: The Big Board Enters the Lightning Round.”

According to that post, dated Aug. 24, Georgia and Minnesota were tied atop the Fulmer Cup standings with 10 days left in the offseason. As of 5:22 a.m. this morning, the Bulldogs forged ahead.

As esteemed colleague Tim Tucker has reported, tailback Washaun Ealey was arrested for hit-and-run regarding a parked vehicle, and also for that Bulldog staple “driving with a suspended license.” This brings the Bulldog total of offseason arrests to eight, not counting Damon Evans. (Although Fulmer Cup standings are flexible enough to accommodate an athletic director.)

I know what you’re saying. (Some of you, anyway.) This isn’t a laughing matter. And it isn’t. To quote the former basketball player Marvin (Bad News) Barnes: “It’s always a disappointment when you have to go to jail.” But I cannot for the life of me fathom how a program that can be so tightly run in most every aspect can continue to see its student-athletes getting booked by the bunch.

I’ve written that Mark Richt cannot hold the hands of 85 players 24 hours a day. (For one thing, it’s a mathematical impossibility. The coach has only two hands.) But when your proud program all but clinches the Fulmer Cup not two summers after Richt swore he was going to get tougher … really, what’s left to do but shake one’s befuddled noggin?

In 2008 Georgia held its preseason Media Day ranked No. 1 in preseason polls for the first time in school history, and 16 of the first 20 questions to Richt were about discipline, or the lack thereof. That was embarrassing. This offseason has likewise yielded a series of embarrassments. But there’s hope, of a sort.

The 2008 Fulmer Cup was taken by Alabama. A year later, the Tide claimed the BCS title.

725 comments Add your comment

juvenal

August 27th, 2010
9:32 am

he’s a kid, leave it…

FireMarkBradley!

August 27th, 2010
9:35 am

Hey Mark, I thought i told you to quit writing! How bout you do us all a favor, take two steps back and stick your head up your own a$$. Im not joking, please do it asap.

juvenal

August 27th, 2010
9:36 am

perhaps we should look more at how the emphasis on diversions is skewing society…

Bucky

August 27th, 2010
9:36 am

Hey thats a great idea! Seriously Mark, stick your head up your own bum…

Bryan

August 27th, 2010
9:39 am

1 game suspension……he’ll be back for Spurrier..lol. These kids need to learn to drive drunk!

Tim Tebow

August 27th, 2010
9:39 am

Where’s the news.. Another TH-UGA. Guess he couldn’t run from the police

Mark Bradley SUCKS

August 27th, 2010
9:40 am

I know you got fully aroused whe you heard this news this mroning Mark.

All you want to do is create controversy and bantering between Tech and UGa fanbase. Some stories are better left alone.

Go to Hell Mark.

Bryan

August 27th, 2010
9:40 am

at this rate our scout team will be playing game 1 of the season…?

SmyrnaMan

August 27th, 2010
9:40 am

nothing brightens my Friday morning up more than a cup of coffee and an article about ANOTHER UGA arrest

yeah buddy

August 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Just curious,
Before it was the Fulmer cup, what did y’all call it in Kentucky?
The Eddie Sutton CUP?

bjohndawg

August 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Mark….I have a question for you. Why is there comments on another article about Georgia’s arrest when there is no comment button.

I think it is clear that there are employees at the AJC who on a personal level hate Georgia and take advantage of their position to make comments. It one thing to be a journalist and write a blog, its another to be an employee and just post for your personal gratification on a closed article. With no ability for others to respond. I am referencing Tim’s Post. and the one comment in it.

Now off my high horse…..UGA coaches need to have every football player obtain a valid drivers license and spend some time in drivers ed. And what the heck is Ealey doing out at 5:33am?

Charles

August 27th, 2010
9:42 am

Virtually all the charges against UGA’s kids are of the traffic and alcohol variety. Poor decision making, certainly, but hardly malicious. I’m actually quite pleased with the discipline in the program right now. This will be a momentary black and eye and then pass. No big deal.

JB

August 27th, 2010
9:43 am

I hold Richt responsible…….. Why does he not have a copy ( or lack of) all players drivers Lic.
This is crap……..We either have a big problem over there or other schools have a system in place to cover this up better, which I don’t agree with. Why does Richt not know ALL situations ( like susp lic)
and insure they don’t drive. Yes, I’ve heard or personal responsibility.

Barry

August 27th, 2010
9:44 am

I see morons have taken over this comment section.

Unfortunately, the behavior of student athletes is a legitimate topic of conversation as is UGA’s awful off-season. But it’s almost over now.

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 27th, 2010
9:44 am

Did he have red panties in his lap?

…would explain the hit and run. GO GEORGIA BOOZEDAWGS!!!

Howard

August 27th, 2010
9:44 am

Mark…why was this kid driving without a valid license? At his age what did he do?? No-one need sweat it…he’ll be on the team and playing after the usual apologies for a “lapse in judgment” and BS like that. After Damon Evans’s affair, at least Ealey didn’t have panties in his car. Evans would have killed to be charged with Ealey’s crimes.

SEA ISLAND

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

LOL, punching your girlfriend in the face(GT) or putting an off duty cop in the hospital for a week(UT) vs paking lot wrecks, scooter violations, underage consumption. you be the judge.

coachx

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

He hit a parked truck in a parking deck……..no drinking was involved.

Big Whoopy – Doo on this one. Your hate of UGA kids being kids is silly. An arrest for beating up an off duty cop in 1,000 X worse then what Ealey did.

coachx

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

He hit a parked truck in a parking deck……..no drinking was involved.

Big Whoopy – Doo on this one. Your hate of UGA kids being kids is silly. An arrest for beating up an off duty cop in 1,000 X worse then what Ealey did.

AlwaysAVol

August 27th, 2010
9:45 am

Give ‘em free admission to the bars like my buddies do in Knoxville and the police will drive them home. Eventually. Plus they get their picture took!

Lincoln

August 27th, 2010
9:46 am

Mark-

Where do you fall on the free will vs. pre-determinism issue? I am guess, like fellow AJC writer Jeff S, you’re a pre-determinist, by the tone of your articles?

If you look at that, to conclude that Ealey was fatalistically doomed to commit this act years ago, is that really rational?

Science contradicts predeterminism. At the quantum level, the paths of atoms cannot be predicted.

Nor can the actions of football players.

E

August 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Can’t Richt get one of his graduate assistants to check every players license to make sure its valid…..

Damon

August 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Red panties.

Dawgs in jail

August 27th, 2010
9:48 am

More dawg players arrested—can’t they stay out of the slammer for at least a few weeks? But, not to worry—richt will suspend ealey “indefinitely” — which in Athens means until the first important game, south carolina. Special rules for the athletes at the university of football.

David

August 27th, 2010
9:48 am

We hit-and-run this state!

St. Richt

August 27th, 2010
9:49 am

We run from this state’s patrol. We hit and run this state. Rumor has it all of these Georgia players’ licenses were suspended because they didn’t know what the 3 colors in a stop light represented. I think that was one of the questions on the Jim Harrick test.

Gator Mike

August 27th, 2010
9:49 am

This is sad because Ealey has appently been a very good representative of the DAWGS plus a great player. Of not, he is one of the few people who has never bad mouth Spikes about the “gouge incident” last year which was atricious. Ealey made a stupid mistake, but he is young. Hopefully, it will not be too costly for him. I wnat UGA at full strength when we meet the DAWGS in Jax this year.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 27th, 2010
9:49 am

8 days away and this happens. I’m certainly disappointed in Ealey however, if UT players get away with bar room brawls and sending cops to the hospital, a hit & run/suspended license should warrant either 0 to 1 game suspension.

Mike

August 27th, 2010
9:49 am

After reading all these excuses and attacking of the messenger for reporting on a kid getting arrested, I have to question your logic in naming Auburn and not the folks up in Athens the most obnoxious fans in the SEC.

Athens Mike

August 27th, 2010
9:49 am

The kid is a sophomore in college with a lot of pressure riding on him with being the tailback on a d-1 college football program. I am not saying what he did was right, but backing into a parked truck and getting scared and driving off is not a major offense. UGA police chief in Tim Tucker’s article even says the violation will not go in the books as a hit and run. It was a stupid mistake, but there is no need to make this bigger than what it is. He wasn’t drunk, he wasn’t high, he panicked and later came clean. I think a one game suspension would suffice.

Buckhead Dawg

August 27th, 2010
9:49 am

Shut your cake hole Bradley. Athens is crawling with police – which contributes to it being a safe beautiful place – and as such it’s tough to get away with anything. Driving on a suspended license? who cares

Whopper Dawg

August 27th, 2010
9:49 am

Evans should be worth 10 points alone, we should be winning in a walk. Why can’t FLA give us our due?

NEWNANDAWG

August 27th, 2010
9:50 am

HONESTLY CALLING THIS HIT AND RUN IS ABSURD, HE HIT A PARKED CAR. EVEN THE POLICE SAID IT WAS DUTY TO REPORT. I AGREE STUPID, BUT HONESTLY SUSPEND HIM 1 GAME FOR JUST BASIC STUPIDITY AND LET I GO. THESE KIDS ARE NOT CRIMINALS JUST MAKING SILLY CHOICES.

ptjackets

August 27th, 2010
9:51 am

Often these kids have always had people give them anything they want and also they have had everyone tell them how great they were and the rules were always bent to help them so that they could continue to play. A lot of these kids are from poor homes without both parents and have not had a lot disipline during there lives as probably Mom was out working two jobs while the kids were at home alone. All that said they just seem to find trouble. Its unfortunate but its true and it will continue to happen.

Mark Bradley

August 27th, 2010
9:51 am

I’m big on free will, Lincoln. Thanks for asking.

Matty D

August 27th, 2010
9:52 am

Plenty of public transportation options in Athens, not to mention the pedestrian friendly campus. Here’s a novel idea…if you don’t have a license, DON’T DRIVE DUMMY

yeah c'mon

August 27th, 2010
9:52 am

How can you hold Richt responsible? THEY are the ones making the mistakes.

Andy

August 27th, 2010
9:52 am

I think Richt needs to invest in a driver’s education program. I’m not trying to be funny. They also need to check out the status of every player’s license. It seems like most of these kids have suspended licenses. It’s crazy.

Bubba

August 27th, 2010
9:52 am

Such a serious matter — fender bender in a parking garage. He should be penalized 2 extra wind sprints and sit out the first minute and a half of the opener.

Rodney Dangerfield

August 27th, 2010
9:52 am

UGA hits and runs this state!!!!!!!!!!

Y'all already said it

August 27th, 2010
9:53 am

Why was he out at 5:33?
Why was his license already suspended? That does explain why he ran.

The good news for the Flea Bags is that CMR will have Ealey in the backfield when the season starts. I’m sure this is just a misunderstanding. Until MR takes a stand and makes an example of one of these guys expect the behavior to continue. How about sending Ealey packing?

Dagny

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Mark….I have a question for you. Why is there comments on another article about Georgia’s arrest when there is no comment button.

That’s a very good question. How about an answer, Mark.

By the way, that’s 43 players arrested in the last three years. No other school in the country is even close.

Morons, thugs, and felons, that’s the UGA football team. And Mark Richt recruited every one of these jerkoffs.

And my oh my, just look at those red panties falling from the sky.

Habersham Dawg

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

I’m continually telling my 19 year old son, there is NOTHING good that happens after midnight. Get your butt home by then and most of the stupid stuff in life will leave you alone.

dawgster

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

Mark, you like so many of your AJC journalists are quick to jump with the headlines about a UGA player being arrested…I agree its very discouraging that it keeps happening, but what i do fault you and the other journalists are that you act like this is just the dawgs…I visit a lot of the other major newspaper sites regarding their hometown football programs and trust me there are plenty of off-season arrests, many alot more serious than the dawgs, although i’m not condoning these continued violations…My point is that these papers are not putting it as major headlines as the AJC does, not saying they should or shouldn’t, lbut it is perceived that the dawgs are the only program that this keeps happening to which is no where near the truth…These other papers are either protecting the programs image or they just don’t spin their articles like the AJC does…I would encourage anyone else on here to visit some of the other newspapers, especially the ones that cover big time college football…You will see a huge difference in the negative coverage of these programs…Again i’m not saying these things shouldn’t be covered, i’m just stating the facts as compared to the other newspapers and their coverage of the football programs…But, hey don’t take my word for it visit these papers and you will find alot of similar incidents with the football players, its just not put out so easy for certain schools…

AlwaysAVol

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

They found a note on the car he had left. It said “Sorry…”

thUGA

August 27th, 2010
9:54 am

the U[sic]GA circus is sure giving Cirque du Soleil a run for their money. Crap academics, redneck fans, criminal athletes, Jim Harrick, Damon Evans, Fulmer Cup, campus getting trashed on gamedays, and the cesspool that is Athens.

Matty D

August 27th, 2010
9:55 am

GT fans, don’t be jealous you can’t get girls to put their red panties in your laps.

Hey Buck

August 27th, 2010
9:55 am

Shocker, yet another UGA thug, pitiful

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 27th, 2010
9:55 am

better be good at something since we stink at football

Harry the Hat

August 27th, 2010
9:56 am

Is the “hit and run” play in the UGA playbook? :-)