Robey told Martinez not leaving, reaffirms UGA commitment

Georgia appears to have eased the concerns of cornerback Nickell Robey.

Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and running backs coach Bryan McClendon hustled down to Frostproof, Fla., this past Friday after word spread last week that Robey was having second thoughts about his commitment to the Bulldogs. Last week, Robey said rumors that Martinez’s job might be in jeopardy were of great concern and had him considering offers from Tennessee and South Florida.

“They met with Nickell and Nickell’s family for quite a while, for about an hour and a half, and had a good visit,” Frostproof coach Brad Metheny said. “I think all went well. Nickell still feels pretty good about Georgia and thinks that’s where he wants to play college football. All and all I think it was a good visit and good timing for the coaches to come down and talk to him. It went well. Eased his mind a little bit.”

Metheny said the four-star cornerback reaffirmed his commitment to the Bulldogs. “That’s where he wants to play,” he said.

Robey’s cousin Carlton Thomas is a redshirt freshman running back at UGA.

Robey could not be reached for comment and has yet to return messages. However, he left no doubt about his Georgia commitment when asked by Kipp Adams of the paysite UGASports.com. “I am 100 percent committed to Georgia . . .  so everything is fine in my eyes.”

The UGASports report went on to say Robey, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound cornerback and running back, was assured Martinez is not leaving Georgia. The Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator and secondary coach of the last five years has been the focus of fan discontent the last two seasons as Georgia’s defense has struggled in big games.

187 comments Add your comment

Jeremy

October 26th, 2009
8:55 am

Great..just what we all wanted to hear

KJ

October 26th, 2009
9:00 am

All he was assured of was that “Martinez is not leaving Georgia”. This could mean “Martinez is being demoted to assistant water girl”. CMR, you know what you have to do.

GeoffDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:00 am

Losing a four star corner and our defensive coordinator would still be a big net gain for this program.

Hal

October 26th, 2009
9:01 am

yeah did I read this correctly? CWM guaranteed not to be gone next year??? I will turn in my red and black gear, turn off the TV and sell my season tickets if he’s still the DC next year.

DouglasvilleDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:01 am

Can he productive DB in the SEC @ 5′8″? I hope so.

DouglasvilleDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:05 am

Anyone see Tony Romo pick apart the undersized Falcons secondary yesterday? They are undersized too.

Simply a dawg

October 26th, 2009
9:07 am

The UGASports report went on to say Robey, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound cornerback and running back, was assured Martinez is not leaving Georgia.

My 10 year old niece is 5′4

Richt, soft as baby doo

October 26th, 2009
9:08 am

Wow, you Dawg fans must love reading this. I’m sure you’re excited to hear that your coach is willing to continue on with a hapless DC just to appease one recruit who was waffling on his decision. It won’t matter how good he is if he is playing in a Willie Martinez-coached system. Its obvious that Richt is getting softer and softer every year…

General Feeling

October 26th, 2009
9:10 am

You have your answer, muttdom. Martinez will be back as DC. The slide continues…..

Joey

October 26th, 2009
9:10 am

Yeah DD, but Romo could have picked apart any secondary with the time he had in the pocket. When they did get their hands on him, they couldn’t bring him down. So Martinez is back next year? Richt will be the next Tubberville because of his assistants.

Hal, this is for you

October 26th, 2009
9:12 am

Hal, no you won’t. And if you do, you’re not much of a Georgia guy anyway. The program, and our support, is bigger than any failed DC. If WM is still around as DC next year, with the same results, we’ll be looking for a new HC before 2012, IMO. Truthfully, haven’t we learned that the age of the 5′8″ db in the SEC is over? Wansley, Jennings, etc..were very good players, but with receivers trending more toward 6′1″-6′5″, the days of short db’s should be over for a top tier program.

William

October 26th, 2009
9:12 am

Robey pick another college because Martinez has to go! You are too small anyway. That is another thing UGA does wrong…pick small people to play a big person’s sport.

razordawg

October 26th, 2009
9:12 am

i’m with hal, if martinez is still here next year, im buring all my stuff and concentrating on golf.
besides all of this over another midget corner…. he and willie can both take the bus.

fire martinez now!

Jeremy Wallace

October 26th, 2009
9:13 am

The only way cwm should get to stay is if they shut-out FL in Jax period.

Will

October 26th, 2009
9:13 am

If this Robey kid wants to play for martinez, do we really want him at Georgia??? I am sick of these 5′8″ corners with no size (see prince miller)

Jim Donnan

October 26th, 2009
9:13 am

Good news for FL, TN, AU, LSU, and Bama!!!!

GeoffDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Our secondary problems this year have little to do with the height of our corners and more to do with players being out of position and a lack of a consistent pass rush. We’re not seeing a lot of taller receivers manhandling the ball away from our DBs but we are seeing a lot of wide open (by a mile) receivers and QBs with all day to throw.

Tee

October 26th, 2009
9:17 am

This is Willie’s last season. NO doubt about it. CMR will have too mush pressure on him to make a move. After going 7 and 5 he will have no choice. He’ll resurface at UT Chattanooga or Coastal Carolina never to be heard from again.

GeoffDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:19 am

Besides, everyone wants tall DBs but the truth is that they’re just not that many available. They use a different skill set than your typical receiver which isn’t necessarily conducive to tall, lanky players.

BAMA FAN #2

October 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Great news for the gators and UcheaT and terrible news for the dawgs!!

collegeballfan

October 26th, 2009
9:35 am

I say fire Martinez & replace him with razordawg who knows more about football than Martinez or Richt put together. Are you listening Damon Evans?

JaxDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:36 am

Again, all he was assured of was that Martinez isn’t leaving the program. I say he gets demoted to DB coach and we still bring in another DC. Martinez won’t have any options better than that, and he and Richt are good enough friends that he would accept the demotion without discontentment. I would suspect if this is true we will probably see Chuck Amato as our new DC. Just my theroy.

BANDITDAWGG

October 26th, 2009
9:38 am

The guy georgia needs to woory about is Garrison Smith. he was seen in alabama last weekend with alabama sweat pants on and hat. Just how solid is his commitment. I know these kids still like going to these official visits but for him to be wearing there colors seems little odd, being that he is commited to georgia.

gatorsam

October 26th, 2009
9:41 am

Another Florida guy goes to Georgia and loses to the Gators three or four time. Great decision!!!

Calhoundawg

October 26th, 2009
9:42 am

I will be very, very disappointed if Willie Martinez remains the DC after this season. I know this type of thing can hurt recruiting, but if you can’t coach the recruits you’ve got, what difference does it make? As I watched the Tennessee/Bama game this weekend, I was all too graphically reminded of where we’re NOT this year. Our defense (and our team sometimes) looks like they are on Valium. I don’t get it. Go Dawgs !!

Gator Bob

October 26th, 2009
9:44 am

Awesome News!!!!! Great way to start out the week!!!

The UGA defense is just what the doctor ordered to upgrade our offense. This game could not come at a better time.

Predicted Final Score: Gators 45 – UGA 9

Are you ready for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party – which is a celebration of Florida Gator Football – and their superiority over a Medicore buuldog program – wishing it could be a Top 5 SEC program!?!

GO GATORS!!!

Disappointed Dawg

October 26th, 2009
9:46 am

Please just let the kid go elsewhere and fire Martinez. In fact, I would let the entire staff go and start over. Our play calling is predictable on offense and defense, we are not fundamentally strong at any aspect of the game, our players play with very little emotion except when they are show-boating and getting stupid penalties, and we are regressing in every part of our program. This is UGA, so we will always be able to recruit, so that means we need to go get a coach that can get a lot out of this talent and put together a solid “no-gimmick” game plan… I want a pro-type offense and defense, so when I look out at the landscape of college football we could always gamble and bring in Muschamp or Smart to lead the program, or we can go get Harbaugh, Kelly, Grobe, or even make a run at Stoops (a change of school may do him good)… I fear that we will leave things status quo and that makes me really disappointed. At the very least, Martinez has to go along with Jancek. Bobo needs to be demoted back to QB coach and a new play caller needs to come in or Richt needs to take the responsibility back. McClendon needs to be removed from his duties, Fabris needs to give up coaching the DEs and focus only on special teams, and Searels needs to be given a very short leash next year if our OL doesn’t get better. I don’t want to hear about injuries, we just have to do better and coaching up the players that can play.

Chip Towers

October 26th, 2009
9:47 am

BANDITDAWGG: Garrison Smith is solid with Georgia. He explained he was there in support of a Douglass teammate.

fairtax

October 26th, 2009
9:48 am

kirby smart.Will Muschamp.real dawgs.

VolsRule

October 26th, 2009
9:50 am

Martinez staying in Athens!!!

HA!

HA – HA!

HA – HA – HA!

HA – HA – HA – HA!

HA – HA – HA – HA – HA!

HA – HA – HA – HA – HA – HA!

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GREAT NEWS FOR ALL VOL FANS – UGA program 4th best in SEC East – and let’s just wait to see if Kentucky can push UGA back to 5th.

Seriously folks – UGA has been slipping since 2005 – Moreno and Stafford have covered up the extent of how average the program actually is. Welcome back Ray Goff years – It’ looks like Kiffin will hang 9 in a row on UGA – if he stays at UT that long!

Martinez stays in Athens – priceless!!!!

GeoffDawg

October 26th, 2009
9:51 am

Disappointed Dawg – Fabris just needs to leave the business of football altogether. The only thing that’s going to improve his coaching would be a muzzle and straightjacket.

Kevin Willis

October 26th, 2009
9:51 am

Great news!!!! We will continue to give up an average of 45 points a game to such offensive juggernauts as Tenneseee and South Carolina. Keep what your doing Willie, it seems to keep you employed somehow!

KJ

October 26th, 2009
9:53 am

Yeah, Gator Bob, your program has looked downright scary in those wins against MSU and Arky (with an assist to the officials). You should probably be more concerned with the results of Jesus Boy’s CAT scan than making dumb predictions.

Oh, and this “mediocre” program still leads the series. Choke on it.

dawgster

October 26th, 2009
9:53 am

The article does not say that Willie will be the DC next year, it just says he is not leaving UGA, keep in mind he could be reasigned and still be on the coaching staff…but what did anyone expect would be said to this recruit, do you really tnink they are going to tell him that Coach WM will not be here, and for that matter do you think other programs would be telling recruits at this point of the season that a particular coach that was recruiting them would be gone, let the season play out and we will see what takes place, if things don’t turn around then or improve greatly, then there will be some staff changes..Just don’t read too much into this article at this point…

Randy Marsh

October 26th, 2009
9:54 am

People c’mon… They have to say he’s staying. They can’t confirm he’s leaving, so hopefully this is just BS and Willie will be gone at the end of the season. If a few recruits are lost, it’ll still be in the best long term interests of the program. I hope MR saw the AL-TN game because that shows how bad GA’s D is.

Clint

October 26th, 2009
9:57 am

I said this when Chip first wrote an article about this. “all real UGA fans know that CMR will not fire Martinez. He’s staying and so will Robey”. I’ve never been more sad to be right about something in my life. Richt needs to go if he will not get rid of the deadweight on the staff.

All, you Van Gorder fans...

October 26th, 2009
9:58 am

…he did a really good job coaching that “D” yesterday didn’t here? I shudder to think what’s going to happen on Monday night against the Saints!

VolsRule

October 26th, 2009
9:58 am

Tee – you really think UGA will go 7-5 this season?

The key game is Auburn – lose this game – UGA could finish 5-6.
Win this game 6-6 or 7-5.
Do not overlook a scrappy KY football team.

Florida = Loss
GT = Loss
Auburn = 50/50 (in Athens – spread offense which UGA struggles against) – if I am UGA fan – this game is a real concern.
Kentucky = 50/50 – do not underestimate this team/
TN TECH = Win

UGA = Independence Bowl

jigger

October 26th, 2009
10:00 am

I’ll bet you that the FL Offense recovers greatly this weekend. I was having a rough morning and this bit of cheer about WM seals it. Let’s get this straight, if it is not the Coach’s fault, I guess it is the players fault. Or is it something that the average fan is too dumb to figure out because we didn’t play SEC football.

And, KJ..

October 26th, 2009
10:00 am

..that UF offense you saw last week against MSU and the week before against Arkansas will find just what it needs to get well this week against Willie M and his boys – it is going to be really ugly for the Dawgs.

red hill

October 26th, 2009
10:04 am

As I’ve said before, if Wee Willie stays we’ll lose a lot more than just a couple of recruits. If Richt is protecting him because he’s some great friend then he’s making a terrible mistake and will be ushered out of town right along with him. Fact is, if Wee Willie was any kind of friend to Richt he would have already left of his own volition.

dawgster

October 26th, 2009
10:05 am

VolsRule, and your record is what? 3-4…Yea, we know you beat us, but your program is still 3-4…yea, you played pretty good against Bama, but still loss…we played pretty good against LSU, still lost..why are you so concerned about the dawgs? Shouldn’t your concern be with the Vols….

gdawginkalamazoo

October 26th, 2009
10:07 am

VolsRule, We are hoping for 7-5 this year, yes hoping. BTW, great game Saturday.

The article said that Martinez will definitely be back. It did not say in what capacity.

jigger

October 26th, 2009
10:11 am

By the way, I have laughed at Paul Johnson and his offense, even after we got beat last year. I’m not laughing now. He is winning with much less talent than we have and has a QB that was totally unsuited to his offense. He COACHED him into that position. The Tech coaching staff is far more stable and superior to the Georgia coaching staff. I never thought I would say that, but it is the truth. No, they don’t play the schedule we do, but if they did, thay would not have 3 losses either. I have personally taked off the blinders. I still don’t like Tech, but facts are facts.

TC Dawg

October 26th, 2009
10:13 am

Hal, if you are serious about selling your season tickets, let me know. You will have no problem selling them. As a long time fan, this rough spot is a piece of cake compared to some of the other years I can remember. I need extra tickets for my kids, so let me know. In a few years, this will be a bump in the road. Coaches come and go.

HugeDawg

October 26th, 2009
10:16 am

I doubt even if CWM remains DC all the these fair weather fans will go away.

Go Dawgs! Beat Florida!

Dawg Fan

October 26th, 2009
10:20 am

Get a life all. Can’t believe I wasted my time reading this. Most of you couldn’t play college ball and truly do not understand the intricacies of the game and find joy in sitting at your computers assuming you know what you are talking about. Get a life and just enjoy watching the game.

Travis

October 26th, 2009
10:22 am

not sure about that!! Martinez will not be the DC at Georgia next year

HA

October 26th, 2009
10:24 am

I dont think 5′8″ can cover Bay-Bay Thomas.

Gator Bob

October 26th, 2009
10:25 am

KJ – is that your response? The overall series??????

I would be more concerned about recent trends – say last 3 years and 5 years to guage where your program is.

Seriously DUDE – Let’s hear more about the UGA program since before the GREAT DEPRESSION!!!!

KJ – just so you know – since the end of WW2 – (starting in 1946 since I am sure you need to look it up) – the series record belongs to UF – 34 – 28 – 1.

UGA is the #5 team in the SEC in head to head – losing records against ALABAMA, TENNESSEE, LSU and AUBURN.

Since you are concerned with series records – please note that LSU and Tennessee just expanded their margin on UGA – and AUBURN just might do the same this year (should be a boring game – two mediocre programs trying to find themselves).

Let’s hear more about UGA before the Great Depression!!!

GO GATORS!!!