Another no-show for UGA’s Caleb King, who’s a bowl no-go

This remains the highlight of Caleb King's UGA career. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

This remains the highlight of Caleb King's UGA career. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Caleb King won’t play in the Liberty Bowl due to academic concerns, which means the Georgia tailback will complete 2010 having missed five games three different ways — two with an injury, two more due to suspension for failing to appear in court regarding a speeding ticket and now this latest suspension, incurred for missing at least five “academic-related appointments.”

Caleb King, it would seem, isn’t particularly skilled at showing up. He needs to remedy that. Because it’s clear even the endless patience of Mark Richt is nearing its end. Speaking of King, Richt told reporters in Memphis on Sunday: “We’ve played some games without him before, and we’ll do it again.”

It’s not as if King has been indispensable: He has had two 100-yard rushing games in three seasons. The first was his 166-yard showing against Georgia Tech in 2009 on a night when Washaun Ealey gained 183. This season King gained 100 yards at Colorado on a night that will be remember for his strange spin-around fumble at game’s end.

It has been a while now since King caused a stir by leaving Parkview High to play his senior season at Greater Atlanta Christian. He was a big deal then — the No. 1 player in Georgia who was bound for UGA. He hasn’t been nearly as big a deal since, and his time’s almost up. He’ll turn 23 next month. He needs to start showing up.

By Mark Bradley

511 comments Add your comment

what's this?

December 27th, 2010
11:11 am

a first?! its a christmas miracle!

what's this?

December 27th, 2010
11:12 am

it’s not that hard to show up to class. im disappointed in king. Oh well. Hopefully Crowell commits here and we have Ealey/Crowll combo. much bettar

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2010
11:13 am

No miracle, what’s this?

Just well-earned kudos.

Benjamin

December 27th, 2010
11:14 am

Seriously, after those two arrests and this, I wouldn’t mind if Richt booted that chump off the team.

what's this?

December 27th, 2010
11:14 am

i’ll never beat rawdawg lol

Wannabe Steve-o

December 27th, 2010
11:15 am

Just another example of an all world recruit flop that Garner has brought UGA as recruiting coordinator.

Benjamin

December 27th, 2010
11:15 am

Another top five performance, btw — if this were the Chase, I’d be Jimmie Johnson. Or at least Jeff Gordon…

Reality

December 27th, 2010
11:16 am

Caleb King looks to be nothing short of a Grade-A idiot. It’s just the Reality.

Mark Bradley

December 27th, 2010
11:16 am

rawdawg had a big December.

Tommy

December 27th, 2010
11:17 am

He did not live up to the hype anyway, so hopefully he never comes back

Tommy

December 27th, 2010
11:19 am

Georgia recruiters need to take lessons from the LSU Tigers

Bob Sacamano

December 27th, 2010
11:22 am

When are they going to get rid of this guy???

Don

December 27th, 2010
11:22 am

King appears to have no heart nor does he appear to be a “team” guy.

Time to cut the ties and move on.

1eyedJack

December 27th, 2010
11:23 am

Time for Caleb to begin his career as a shelf stocker or ditch digger.

Washaun appears to be a back that gets better as the game goes along. Problem is once he starts rolling in comes King to kill his momentum. Let Washaun carry the load. “The ball ain’t heavy.”

hmmmmmm......

December 27th, 2010
11:24 am

And do what? Sign other teams’ cast offs and sexual assualt offenders. Yeah, stay classy LSU.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 27th, 2010
11:25 am

23 yr old and a Jr in college? He should be finishing his Masters Degree not trying to finish a degree in Housing! I am ready to Hire King when he gets out of school. My Company needs a few good Laborers.

dean

December 27th, 2010
11:25 am

I recall listening to the spring game the year of Caleb’s regular season debut. The broadcasters were comparing him the Herschel. Another one bites the dust.

Herschel Talker

December 27th, 2010
11:26 am

MB:

When are you and the others at the ajc going to start holding Mark Richt accountable for this? Yes Caleb is a 22-year old who is and should be responsible for himself. However, when things are unraveling in Athens as quickly as they have, don’t you and the others believe that Richt needs to micromanage this situation a little better? Would King have missed such appointments under the Saban regime? I think not.

HT

Dan

December 27th, 2010
11:27 am

Georgia does better with one back, rather than switching back and forth, anyway.

BALL FAN 4LIFE

December 27th, 2010
11:28 am

TOMMY…. what lesson is that? That once your kicked off the UGA sqaud you can go to JUCO for a year and LSU will sign you? (The Mettenburger project)… bottom line is that this year was a BUST at best. Our kids just cant handle being in a Div 1 program…PERIOD

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 27th, 2010
11:29 am

HT, time and time again you prove yourself to be a mental midget. Congrats I guess.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 27th, 2010
11:29 am

what’s this stop while you are ahead. The spelling is getting worse with each post. You spell as gooder as Caleb.

Fan of the Game

December 27th, 2010
11:29 am

If he is 23 years old how was he eligible his last year in high school. The math does not add up.

Georgia is Florida's Bitch

December 27th, 2010
11:30 am

18 of 21, hee hee hee. And another one bites the dust. Look for Central Florida to rule

Herschel Talker

December 27th, 2010
11:31 am

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho:

You must like winning 6 games a year under Mark Richt. How about you leave the Bulldog nation and start cheering for pathetic programs like Kentucky if that’s what you aspire for, you imbecile.

HT

jarvis

December 27th, 2010
11:32 am

I’ve posted this here before. I grew up in the Lilburn/Stone Mountain area, and I’ve never heard a nice thing about Caleb King nor his family.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

December 27th, 2010
11:33 am

The kid appears to be a washout. This is another example of recruiting the wrong calibur of athletes at UGA. Talented ballplayers will come to Athens, but we got to get the ones who take pride in the Red and Black.

The Staffords,Knowshon and Greene’s make for nice ESPN highlight packages, but will never be legends in Athens. Meanwhile you have immature kids who are overly recruited and then underdeveloped while under the leadership of this staff.

If this is going to get corrected CMR needs to call a meeting with Garner and Coaches who are making these visits to prospects, and truly gauge the kids social skills incomparison to the football skills. We have to have better kids at the University.

Dawgdad (The Original)

December 27th, 2010
11:33 am

How they have kept Caleb eligible academically is mystifying anyway. He left Parkview because he was having trouble academically and needed better grades to get into UGA. Since arriving, he has disappointed athletically, academically, and in personal responsibility.

They should have pulled the red shirt of Ken (BOO) Malcome or whatever his name is earlier this year. He should have had time to establish himself, rather than waste time on Caleb. I don’t think Caleb will be there next year. I’m thinking he will do something dumb like declare for the draft, hire an agent, and then not get drafted. I don’t think he can stay eligible academically for another year.

uuugh...

December 27th, 2010
11:33 am

I hate reposting the same thing but this one bears repeating:

Caleb King is the new Jasper Sanks. Can we just get rid of this damned idiot already?

He was good as a junior in highschool…could that be because he was 19 years old?

Yeah I’m looking at you too–21 year old freshman Washaun Ealey.

Fan of the Game

December 27th, 2010
11:33 am

Believe me all schools have their arrests and their problems. UGA just has the AJC that loves to jump on this stuff. Not making excuses, but as long as the NCAA keeps turning their head it will continue. A dad ask for money and noting is done. I don’t care if the kid knew of it or not it is wrong.

Joe Mayo

December 27th, 2010
11:34 am

tons of college players are 23. tons of high school seniors are 19 & 20. 2 years is a big difference in high school athletics.

Fan of the Game

December 27th, 2010
11:35 am

Joe if they are 20 and playing high school they were ineligible. Check with the GHSA.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 27th, 2010
11:36 am

Hello. I am brain dead. I like mediocrity. I like Mark Richt because he finishes strong when he loses 6 games. I am worthless. Please don’t bug me when I’m in my basement eating cheetos and surfing the web. I am so happy that my Georgia Bulldogs win 6 games a year. I love Shreveport and Memphis. Please bring back Willie Martinez.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 27th, 2010
11:41 am

Joe Mayo where do you see 20 yr old High School Seniors? If you do they are not smart enough to go to college and be an athlete. That person couldn’t hand all the time requirements and pass REAL CLASSES. High school Senors should be 17 or 18. 6 yrs old 1st grade + 12 yrs = 17 or 18 years old. 19-20 yr old high school student = DAABOR! Dumb as a Box of Rocks!

dap01

December 27th, 2010
11:41 am

A lot of ignorant fools on these blogs. I do agree with Mark Bradley, Mr. King needs to step up. He is a major bust but everyone wanted him out of high school. So you can’t blame UGA on him. He simply is not what ALL recruiters thought he was.

nauti-dawg

December 27th, 2010
11:42 am

He has been just average & a big letdown and because of this I too say kick his butt off the team and make an example of him – but of course the Coach has to look at how he would treat others in this same position – What are the rules he’s laid out to his players in terms of number of suspensions before they are booted…..or is the problem there are no stated rules??

mambo

December 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Caleb King is a real head case. Being that self destructive isn’t an accident.

Ralph

December 27th, 2010
11:42 am

Getting players who don’t have the IQ for college, get arrested, and refuse to do even the basics for football/social promotion in pretend classes is what thUGA does. Get used to it.

uuugh...

December 27th, 2010
11:43 am

I agree with Joe Mayo…1 year makes a big difference in highschool. 2 years makes a 3 star athelete look like a 5 star athelete.

Unfortunately our crack team of talent evaluators rarely takes this age difference into account.

Pope UGA XXIII

December 27th, 2010
11:44 am

Given the academic support provided to athletes at ALL of
the D-1 schools – yes, Techies, the same goes for you guys,
I have a real problem with Mr King not bothering to drop by for
these meetings. My sneaking hunch is that Caleb is not well
respected by his teammates with this kind of foolishness that
has been going on.
As much as I dislike Spurrier, you put out the effort in the
classroom or you will sit on the bench. Ditto Bob Knight. The
same probably needs to apply here – he’s had a few too many
chances to remove his head from a certain bodily orifice !!

reality bites

December 27th, 2010
11:45 am

POAD: If you’re looking for a few good laborers I suggest hiring some that might show up and might work if/when they do show up. I doubt King is capable of dressing himself.

powerhouse?

December 27th, 2010
11:46 am

dogs got another one about ready to enter early–this one could not even make it out of high school.

P44 Haynes

December 27th, 2010
11:47 am

Please Caleb, go to another program. You and your family are an embarrassment for UGA.

Ted M

December 27th, 2010
11:48 am

I read all the details surrounding King’s arrest a while back but I can’t remember them. I do remember he sounded like or came off like a jerk.

Your right HT, Richt should have been keeping a close eye on him.

still@the bar

December 27th, 2010
11:51 am

Yes, JOE MAYO there are plenty of 23 year old college players. 18/19 RS(Fr.), 19/20 RS Fresh.(Soph.), 20/21 RS Soph.(Jr.), 21/22 RS Jr.(Sr.), 22/23 RS Sr.(Grad School). So, Caleb King should be in GRADUATE SCHOOL at his AGE. HAHAHAHAHHAH KING & GRAD SCHOOL. Damn my sides are killing me on that one.

jarvis

December 27th, 2010
11:51 am

@Ted, he went to pick up his SUV because his brother had been arrested for driving it on a suspended license. Brother was thrown in the klink, and Caleb was called to retrieve the vehicle as it’s registered owner.

When Caleb arrived and presented ID, he was arrested because he had an outstanding warrant for not appearing in traffic court himself.

The bullshlitz runs in the family.

Pauls"s Johnson

December 27th, 2010
11:53 am

I’ll trade you Stephen Hill, Mario Edwards, Anthony Barnes, Robert Hall, Anthony Egbiniwe, Michael Peterson, and Louis Young for King, Owens, and Harmen. Crap, no matter what I do, ya’ll still run this state!

There Goes Herschel

December 27th, 2010
11:54 am

Good riddance Caleb. And for the rest of the team, show up with a haircut and be a team player, not a me player. Disgusting, this lack of discipline CMR has allowed to enter this once respectd program.

ATL XMAN

December 27th, 2010
11:54 am

HT…richt avg 10 wins a year not 6.

every coach wil have a year or 2 like uga has had the past two years. its amazing that richt went so long without having one. he is doing a great job and doing it the right way. he will have his SEC title and National Title eoon enough. HT you just to go hop back on your GT band wagon where they know all about losing.

king has the talent and one more year to show what he can do. just needs to work harder and focus more and he will be alright.i can see him getting drafted next year fter his senior season if he works out his problems. its up to him though.

jarvis

December 27th, 2010
11:55 am

@There Goes…remember Tim Worley and Keith Henderson? They were both kicked out of school TWICE for grades.

Don’t revise history. Some of us still remember the truth. Dooley’s house wasn’t always clean.