UGA releases LB signee Dexter Moody

Dexter Moody (front) admits he 'got into some trouble' at ECI. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Dexter Moody admits he 'got into some trouble' at ECI. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Athens — Dexter Moody, one of the top players in Georgia’s 2009 football recruiting class, was released from the national letter of intent he signed with the Bulldogs just last month.

UGA officials declined to say why they rescinded their scholarship offer. But Moody said Monday night it was due to a recent suspension he received for threatening an Emanuel County Institute teacher.

“I got into a little trouble down here,” said Moody, reached by telephone in Twin City Monday evening. “I got into an argument with one of my teachers.” Moody said he was accused of threatening the male teacher because he “walked up on him.”

Moody, a linebacker and teammate of fellow Georgia signee Washaun Ealey, is free to sign with another school. Asked where he might end up, Moody said, “maybe Central Michigan or Florida.”

Asked if he was disappointed Georgia revoked its scholarship, Moody said, “No, not really. I would’ve liked to have gone with Washaun but I figure everything happens for a reason.”

Moody (6-2, 205) was named a high school All-American by SuperPrep, PrepStar and Under Armour and was a Super Southern 100 and Class A first-team All-State selection of the AJC. He had 79 tackles, 10 sacks, four fumble recoveries and three interceptions for ECI, which finished 14-1 and lost in the Class A state championship game.

The Bulldogs signed two other linebackers in the 2009 class: Mike Gilliard of Valdosta and Chase Vasser of Gainesville.

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DawgPower

March 16th, 2009
6:20 pm

Great job reporting. That’s the first I heard with the police chief. Makes me think some serious serious serious serious stuff went down in Twin City. I’ve heard all kind of rumors about Moody and some well Michael Grant like issues. Looks like the police chief confirmed it. Stunner.

Joe GT grad

March 16th, 2009
6:23 pm

If the police chief is talking about or knows about it, then it is indeed something very serious. What a surprise. Another Georgia player getting into legal trouble. At least he won’t have to wait to get to Athens to get arrested.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 16th, 2009
6:24 pm

And away they go…

GA Tech Insider

March 16th, 2009
6:36 pm

It’s unfortunate some of you have to make comments about a young man who has made a terrible mistake in his life that has cost him his opportunity to play for the College Team that always wanted to suit up for.

If that wasn’t bad enough, his behavior was made public, and now he is being subjected to the embarrassment of what he has done, whatever it may have been to have cost him this precious opportunity.

There is no need to ridicule Dexter in this public forum. He has suffered enough. Dexter is only a teenager; 17 – 18 years of age.

Let’s applaud UGA for taking a tough stand on their convictions, and wish Dexter the very best in his future and let that be all that’s said in this matter.

thomas johnson

March 16th, 2009
6:42 pm

Much better to let the young guy go and hopefully let it be a wake-up call. Love ya’ Coach Richt! The right thing to do is the right thing to do. Dr. Thomas Johnson Class of ‘74

Wise man

March 16th, 2009
6:42 pm

Very revealing comment by the head cop. CMR must’ve known big trouble was coming to Athens, and cut bad boy Dexter Moody loose before it could embarrass our program with our high character guys. This really makes us look bad. I bet the Georgia recruiting coordinator who signed Moody got chewed out by CMR. Now it makes sense why that same coach/rec. cord. got bypassed by Jancek for the d.c. position. This is just plain ugly.

Paddy

March 16th, 2009
6:42 pm

UGA did the correct thing, Dexter did not. Lets move on. Maybe a prep school or JC is better for this kid. maybe the light may come on then.

WPinAZ

March 16th, 2009
6:46 pm

RAMBLE ON!!! You are hilarious, dude!!!!

'ol sport

March 16th, 2009
6:47 pm

Tech Insider,

Thank you for saying what needed to be said. Show me someone who has not made a mistake, probably during the teen years, and I will show you the “invisible person”! If it were each of us, we would be terribly embarrased. We learn by our mistakes, or we end up in jail or dead. Let’s concentrate on the good in so many of these kids.
I appreciate CMR for standing up for what he feels is how he wants his program to be known as, win or lose. This young man has a tremendous upside. Hopefully he can learn and grow from this incident, whatever it is. I am sure he is very upset and realizes the error of his ways.

Minnesota Jacket

March 16th, 2009
6:48 pm

“Wise” man your definitely right I bet you all the coaches did yell at that coach and said to him he is supposed to at least get INTO school before violations start…and about him being a kid…18 years old means your old enough to make smart decisions in my opinion so you take the embarassment that comes from it.
So lets see that’s 1-6 now of those questionable guys…. I say at least 2 more can’t graduate high school.

POS Mutts

March 16th, 2009
6:49 pm

Now hold on the GT Insider. The problem is the program called georgie. They new this kid was a risk but they go for low character kids and just HOPE things work out. Sometimes it does but most times it doesn’t then you end up with 12-14 arrests during the off season.

This is the kind of kids georgie recruits. They won’t turn away any kid if they think the kid may give them a chance to win and that’s sad. Georgie’s the one’s dragging the kid thru the muck.

First of several from this class to fail out or end up at Hargraves. Had the mutt coaches asked the coach at ECI, they would’ve learned this was bound to happen. They don’t care.

GW

March 16th, 2009
7:01 pm

Obviously the kid caused some serious problems somewhere. The rumors have been awful. Maybe something occurred AFTER he decided on UGA, or is that too much of an overload on the brains of those on this blog that are criticizing Richt, his staff, and UGA. If Richt let him come anyway he would still be criticized. Folks labeling themselves as GT fans on these blogs must sit around waiting 24/7 for a new topic. If Moody causes enough trouble he will end up with Houston and Hamilton.

Sautee Dawg

March 16th, 2009
7:02 pm

Funny how the problems of others seems to bring the Tech faithful to their feet. ALL 5 OF YOU!!!

NRBQ

March 16th, 2009
7:03 pm

Well said, Insider.

Don’t expect your fellow Tech fans to follow you down that high road, as already evidenced.

The Athens Banner-Herald has quotes from ECI’s coach. UGA laid out a plan of academic pursuit and behavior standards for Moody, and he apparently refused to comply.

Guess he wasn’t as smart as Reuben Houston, or he coulda at least enjoyed some campus life for a while.

ECI fan

March 16th, 2009
7:11 pm

This is just the tip of the iceberg, releasing Dexter Moody. If they thought he had behavior issues, just wait until the real story comes out about Ealey. He has 100 times the behavior problems. Never seen a great player like him with such attitude problems. He divided our team with his “me first” attitude and cost us the state championship. The whole world saw Ealey throw his famous fits all over the field on TV against Wesleyan. People who watch ECI know that has been the disturbing story all along. Ealey didn’t stand with his teammates on the sidelines during games, and his teammates were just fine with that. At least Moody was a team player. Milan did the best coaching job in the state somehow holding this team together. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Georgia release Ealey, too. Behavior issues and academics. It’s all coming out now and I guess it was inevitable when you’re in the public eye with the Georgia Bulldogs.

GA Tech Insider

March 16th, 2009
7:12 pm

POS Mutts;

The only thing I have heard come out of the University of Georgia’s facilities is a confirmation that they have released Dexter from his NLOI. It seems you are the one who is throwing around the insults to me.

Sometimes kids make mistakes. When they do, you council them and give them a chance to learn from them. That’s what growing up is all about. Show me a program that hasn’t given a kid a chance in spite of some potential “red flags” in his past, such as grades, or potential concerns about how that can adjust to their environment away from home for the first time.

It’s easy for you to take pot shots at these kids from behind your keyboard. Tell me; how’s your past? Nothing in it that you’ve ever done that you’d change if you could?

If your answer is that you’ve been an angle and never made a mistake, then I’d say you either need to be in Church as a Preacher or a Congregant. If you can’t figure out why I listed both as options, let me know and I’ll be happy to explain.

In the meantime, let the young man be and simply wish him the best as he tries to get his life in order. You should have better things to do with your time than to be so petty about a High School Senior who made a mistake. If you can’t be, then maybe YOU need to grow up.

Gold Faithful

March 16th, 2009
7:17 pm

I love to poke fun at UGag as much as the next Jacket, but this is not the situation for it.
Evidently, this kid blew it! Somebody will probably pick him up, but he is now damaged goods.
45-42, there, I feel better.

POS Mutts

March 16th, 2009
7:19 pm

Hmmm, so you see there Saute Mutt. Of course, this ECI Fan could be a total hoax but this stuff is well known and was well known BY the georgie coaches but they went after these guys anyway. These are the kids who should get passed on by Div1A offers and end up playing with Perilloux at JSU.

Your team has many on it like these guys already. That’s why you don’t play as a team and quit when someone score 26 points on you in a quarter and they lose to their main division rival by 39 points. But boy, these guys can dance and do AWESOME chest bumps!!

Troy

March 16th, 2009
7:21 pm

The ECI coach “laid” out behavior standards about Moody to the Athens Banner-Herald HAHhaHAhah. From what I’ve read on the rivals message boards, there couldn’t be a more fitting term for the ECI coach to explain it.

Tim

March 16th, 2009
7:21 pm

As a UGA grad. I wish CMR would recruit athletes that should be in college and not athletes that should be in prison. But, I guess winning and that 2 million a year salary is all that matters. I bet half of UGA football/basketball team couldn’t add the numbers on their jersey if they had to.

Lnowen

March 16th, 2009
7:25 pm

He’ll probably end up at Tech.

Lnowen

March 16th, 2009
7:25 pm

Enter your comments here

Lnowen

March 16th, 2009
7:29 pm

Tech fans are going to comment on a kid that gets REJECTED from UGA? Really? This is kind of funny when a member of Georgia Tech’s faculty on the same day gets 10 years in prison for stealing from the University.

Tim

March 16th, 2009
7:31 pm

What did this guy do?

UGAman

March 16th, 2009
7:32 pm

trust me, ealey is bigger trouble than moody ever thought about being. horrific attitude and grades. it will come out in the end, too

dawgkicker

March 16th, 2009
7:36 pm

WOAH…. UGA cut a player….? they will probably resign him soon and then give him a STERN one game suspension against someone like UT chat…. Keep it going richt…. dont let anything like character or the law stand in the way of fielding a winning team….

dawgkicker

March 16th, 2009
7:38 pm

funny talking about tech faculty (or as Lnowen would say it facahtee). its not big news at UGA because the faculty there has already served thier time…

Army Vet

March 16th, 2009
7:39 pm

What he done did? Sounds like Mr. Moody would have been a perfect fit for CMR and his staff. Maybe we’ll be the pre-season #1 for player arrests.

UGA dummy

March 16th, 2009
7:46 pm

Thats one that wont get a UGA education, too bad about 6 more will flunk entrance exams–now he’ll wind up at FSU

SEC

March 16th, 2009
7:48 pm

Good jab DAWGKICKER, sounds like you know Richt and UGA policies too.

DC Dawg

March 16th, 2009
7:48 pm

Better to cut now than to cut later. If CMR wants more team players then they made the right call. Seems like the vetting process should have caught this earlier though.

jacketbacker

March 16th, 2009
7:49 pm

I LOVE IT!!!!

45-42!!!!

THWG

Chase

March 16th, 2009
7:49 pm

I heard from a friend that is a high school football coach, that Moody had been involved with the ECI coaches wife sexually..yeah pretty crazy huh

UGA dummy

March 16th, 2009
7:53 pm

Moody being from a farm town, could have help improve the grass field at UGA, so the Homecoming Queen could have grazed longer

Tom

March 16th, 2009
8:04 pm

He wasn’t simply “released” from his scholarship, he was denied University admission. You can’t just “pull” a scholarship after the NLI is signed.

sam

March 16th, 2009
8:12 pm

Enter your comments here

gatorlady

March 16th, 2009
8:18 pm

Chase,

Sounds like Moody got “screwed” twice. Kid should sue the school system.

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Lamers

March 16th, 2009
8:19 pm

OMG would you losers stop using every comment section to throw the same insults at each other over and over.

GT fan: “Haha stupid redneck pups!”
UGA fan: “STHU nerd!”
GT fan: “45-42!”
UGA fan: “7 of the last 8!”

We get it already. Being fans of rival sports team doesn’t mean you have to literally hate each other and constantly argue over the internet. It’s sports, not war. You’re obviously starving for some real drama in your lives.

Auggie Doggie

March 16th, 2009
8:24 pm

Ga Tech Insider is a POS mutt trying to put a positive spin on another UGA disgrace. Damage contol! Let’s just move on, right? Anyone detect a trend in UGA “student athletes”? They should be called “The Hypes in Stripes”. Or perhaps, “The Chaingang Dawgs”.

GaDawg

March 16th, 2009
8:31 pm

GA Tech Insider – I want to praise you for your maturity in your post. You would think, that as difficult it is to get in Tech, and as equally hard as it is to stay in Tech, that most of the negative posters would have more than $hit for brains in their comments. You Techies pride yourselves in how smart your are, but you have zero common sense. As far as any gators, tide, or vols, your comments are like the pot calling the kettle black. Take a look in your own backyard before criticizing ours! It sickens me to see so many posters attack CMR for having character. You guys live in glass houses. As the greatest prophet that ever lived once said, “ye that is without sin cast the first stone” how true. I feel bad for the kid, but if the rumors are true, I feel even worse for the ECI coach.

By the way, Techies get over the 45-42.

marseilles mutt

March 16th, 2009
8:32 pm

Yo.dawgkicker, having a little trouble with our spelling, are we? ‘Their’ is really one of the tougher words though. We understand. No journalism, or english classes at Tech, huh?

To me it matters little whether this occurs at UGA, Tech, UA, Auburn or Agnes Scott! To see a youngster create problems like this is never pleasant. Hopefully, the young man can learn from this and move on.

Coaches can measure talent, peruse grades and check on ‘deportment’, and beyond that it is a crap shoot. The operative word, of course, is talent. They are ALL paid to recruit the very best available, are they not?

In many cases, especially with many of the so-called ‘prize athletes’, ‘behavioral problems’ are the norm rather than the exception. Kind of sad, but true none the less. Glad UGA got it on the front end rather than the back, though!

Now, why is he, Richt, being critcized for doing what appears to be the right thing at the right time? Just wondering.

South Ga Fan99

March 16th, 2009
8:33 pm

Dead on CHASE

YoungDawg

March 16th, 2009
8:34 pm

Can someone please post a link or give a recap of the rumors of what he did

ZDog

March 16th, 2009
8:40 pm

It’s hard to believe that some of you people are really adult males. You sound more like a bunch of little old ladies passing along the “latest” at a tupperware party. Ridiculous…

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 16th, 2009
8:41 pm

Stop calling me a dude!!! I AM A FEMALE.

Too bad pups lost another recruit. But I hope he ends up at GT.

ZDog

March 16th, 2009
8:46 pm

I KNEW IT! See, Ramble On IS a dejected little old lady at a tupperware party!

Sissy Dawg

March 16th, 2009
8:47 pm

Georgia has had more than its share of bad eggs. But, every other school including GT has had some. In this case the coach did the right thing and I applaud him.

Rosie O'Donnell

March 16th, 2009
8:50 pm

Student Athletes 45. Chaingang Dawgs 42!!

PTC DAWG

March 16th, 2009
9:02 pm

I’m not sure if Rival fans get it or not. You only confirm your idiocy by coming here and mouthing off profusely. It’s better than to be thought an idiot than confirm it.