Ousted Bulldog Demetre Baker will transfer to South Alabama

The Bulldog nation waited with great anticipation to see what disciplinary measures Georgia coach Mark Richt was going to take with junior tailback Caleb King. But no one watched with more interest than former Bulldog Demetre Baker.

Baker was the first UGA player to feel the wrath of what he referred to as Richt’s “no tolerance” disciplinary policy. Baker was arrested on a DUI charge on Sept. 25 — the very week the policy was implemented — and was promptly dismissed from the team the next day.

King was arrested and jailed Monday on an outstanding warrant for an unpaid speeding ticket in Walton County. The junior running back from Norcross was handed a two-game suspension on Tuesday.

“As far as the no-tolerance rule, Caleb got just two games,” Baker said Tuesday night. “But I guess his situation was different than mine. I guess his wasn’t as bad. But that’s not my decision to make. I feel what I did was wrong and I don’t blame anybody else. Coach Richt made it clear what his policy was.”

Baker, a true freshman from Orange Park, Fla., remains in Athens and enrolled at UGA, where he will complete his fall semester classes. He said he plans to enroll at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., in January. He will resume his football career there.

He said he has no hard feelings toward Georgia or Richt.

“I told Coach Richt, ‘I’m a man.’ I took my punishment like a man and I moved on,” Baker said. “I believe in God and I believe He opens doors for me. So I’m looking at this as an opportunity.”

Baker said it was with Richt’s assistance that he ended up deciding  on South Alabama.

The Jaguars are in just their second year of football and have yet to lose a game. Currently they’re playing a mixed scheduled against FCS, Division II and NAIA schools. But they’ll become an FBS program (formerly known as Division I) in 2013. Baker will be a junior then.

“Coach Richt knows a bunch of the coaches on the staff there and contacted them himself,” Baker said. “He told them that I am a good person and good player and that he believes I can help them. I feel good about it.”

Baker (6-0, 200) signed with the Bulldogs as a linebacker but is going to play running back for at South Alabama. He gained 1,040 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior at Orange Park High.

“They feel like that’s where I can help them the most,” Baker said.

Nevertheless, Baker said he wishes he could remain a Bulldog.

“I wish I could stay at Georgia,” he said. “I was an early commit and a strong commit. I love Georgia and planned on being here for four years. But I feel like God wanted me somewhere else.”

106 comments Add your comment

J-Dawg

October 13th, 2010
9:15 am

I’m sorry, but suspending King for 2 games is a farce. It’s a double standard in my book. I’m not comparing the crimes between King and Baker, but an arrest is an arrest. This isn’t King’s first run-in with the law. He should have been booted from the team. Now UGA is faced with possible violations that King accepted $500 from a former UGA bus driver. Richt failed to send a message.

J-Dawg

October 13th, 2010
9:16 am

Oh yeah, who cares who is first anyways?

Worm

October 13th, 2010
9:21 am

Good luck Demetre..Bad timing on misbehavior…I’ve heard great things about you from your former teammates.

D-Port

October 13th, 2010
9:22 am

An arrest is an arrest? … your way off base on that one…

DawginGainsville

October 13th, 2010
9:23 am

Finchdawg

October 13th, 2010
9:24 am

I think, given the offense, that 2 games was reasonable. I agree that any subsequent offense should result in immediate dismissal from the team. He was definitely irresponsible, but it could have been an oversight or forgetfulness, rather than a willful decision not to show up. Underage drinking, especially with a DUI, is a totally different ballgame. I completely agree with the decision to dismiss Baker and don’t think it’s a double standard on King.

VA DAGW

October 13th, 2010
9:26 am

Its not the mistake you make that will detrmine your success or not but how you respond in life. Good luck Demetre in your future endeavours….we are still pulling for you.

Bulldog fan

October 13th, 2010
9:27 am

J-Dawg, the scooter arrests don’t count. They don’t hold water. In contrast, DUI is a terrible offense.

Crimedog

October 13th, 2010
9:39 am

Baker sounds sincere. Keep him and send King to South Alabama.

sisters of the Lafayette

October 13th, 2010
9:40 am

what can the kid say, he is still in Athens going to school…never heard of South Alabama, have heard of UAB, Troy, N Alabama, Samford, Jax St, Tuskegee…

J-Dawg

October 13th, 2010
9:44 am

I am going to agree to disagree on this, b/c I’m tired of seeing headlines that read “Another UGA player arrested.”

Bulldog fan, while I respect your opinion, I disagree. King wasn’t arrested for driving a scooter, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Does he get 3 strikes?

On Monday, I went to class expecting to boost about beating Sloppy Top, but instead we are talking about yet another arrest. I don’t care if the player is arrested for streaking, 11 arrest is enough. I guess some fans don’t care, but it is embarrassing.

Answer this: if this was a back-up player like Bruce Figgins would he have got the same punishment? I’m not so sure.

Nate

October 13th, 2010
9:45 am

J-Dawg? Are you kidding me? So anytime you get arrested for anything you serve life in prison or get the death penalty right?

I hope you are joking. If an arrest is an arrest then how come some crimes only come with a month of probation and others come with lethal injection. What have you been smoking? Go tell that girl that Chris Rainey threatened to kill that what he did was no worse than not paying a speeding fine.

Geez…

Down South Dawg

October 13th, 2010
9:48 am

I wish you the best Demetre. You accepted your mistake, accepted your punishment and moved on like a Man. You seem like a young man of good character that simply made a mistake. Just learn from it, allow this situation to make you a better man and keep your faith in the One above.

Nate

October 13th, 2010
9:50 am

Oh and by the way, Figgins failed a drug test already and missed 6 games…the required amount. He was not kicked off team.

But yeah if he did it again, he probably would be kicked off the team.

Pay attention and stop comparing apples to watermelons.

J-Dawg

October 13th, 2010
9:50 am

Chip,

I spoke with Jarvis Jones on Tuesday and he said Isaiah Crowell is 99% in favor of Bama. He also said Saban has gauranteed him a prominent role on offense his freshman year. Can you confirm this?

Thanks

J-Dawg

October 13th, 2010
9:51 am

Nate,

Apples and Watermelons are both fruits, right? You have any other clever analogies?

Nate

October 13th, 2010
9:56 am

Apples and bowling balls.

dawg4life

October 13th, 2010
9:58 am

Finally, one who admits to loving UGA and wanted to be there for 4 yrs but easy come easy go. Best of luck to you, Mr. Baker.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

October 13th, 2010
10:04 am

J-Dawg: King wasn’t arrested for a suspended license- his brother was. Caleb had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for a speeding ticket.Get your facts CORRECT before you start spewing venom. Shouldn’t you be in class?

Nate

October 13th, 2010
10:04 am

By the way, great job commenting on my “clever analogy” and skipping the comments that show a point other than yours. Thats a great way to back up your point.

Team first and a forgetful streak

October 13th, 2010
10:09 am

Most of these kids lack respect toward their coach, their team or their mom or with themselves. This is the core issue with today’s pampered punk assed football players. See Ray Lewis.

These incidents as stand alone things are trivial in the entire scheme of their lives. It has unfortunately hurt UGA and the 2-4 record is a direct result. Selfishness has HURT UGA and for THAT reason alone …………..Richt should kick ealey and Green and T King and Calbeb off of the team ……..they obviously care not one thing about the team.

The UGA fans? They will FORGET the names of these punks ………..AJ included.

Go Dogs

MikeP

October 13th, 2010
10:14 am

Quote by J-Dawg:

“Chip,

I spoke with Jarvis Jones on Tuesday and he said Isaiah Crowell is 99% in favor of Bama. He also said Saban has gauranteed him a prominent role on offense his freshman year. Can you confirm this?

Thanks”

Every year Saban guarantees many great prospects whatever they want to hear. Then after they sign they get moved to LB, DB, third string left-out, redshirted and the like.

Crowell may play if he signs with Saban, he may not, but Saban’s guarantee is totally worthless.

Dr.Dawg

October 13th, 2010
10:16 am

DUI is very serious, I think Caleb’s punishment is harsh, at most one game suspension. Rainy of the Gaytors threatened to kill somebody and kicked off the team but after 2 losses Urban Crier pegged him to get back to the team at least play against Georgia because the Gaytors with 2 weeks to prepare for Georgia are not sure they can beat the 2-4 Georgia team, what a shame! the crier is desperate and I heard from gaytor insider that Urban Crier is very sorry that he let Cam Newton go after watching him play for Auburn!!

RomeDawg

October 13th, 2010
10:16 am

Man, I really appreciate Demetre Baker’s maturity! His attitude towards the situation coming from an 18 year old is impressive. Good Luck!

BG

October 13th, 2010
10:18 am

Mr. Baker, this was bad luck for you. You would still be on the team at any other SEC school. The AJC likes to make fun of Mark Richt but Richt hands down the toughest punishment of any SEC coach. If you had of chosen UF you could have told your girlfriend that you were going to kill her and you would still be on the team!

MikeP

October 13th, 2010
10:22 am

More on a Saban guarantee. A couple of years ago there was a 5* player in Mobile that liked to wear #1 on his jersey and had acquired the nickname “Uno”. Saban went to his house and laid out these plans of how Alabama would install the “Uno offense”, which would feature this guy running from a wildcat position. Naturally, the kid signed with Alabama.

He never even practiced with the offense, was never given a chance there. Now he’s a reserve D-back and bammer faithful say that the kid should have known that Saban wanted him at Safety.
Crowell better check Saban’s track record on promises before he considers going to Tuscaloosa. Does “I will not be the coach at Alabama” ring a bell?

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

October 13th, 2010
10:30 am

Saban will be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys next year. Mark it down!

RxDawg

October 13th, 2010
10:39 am

That’s funny, I was just wondering about where this guy might go earlier this am. Way to read my mind Chip!

Mark (another one)

October 13th, 2010
10:40 am

Caleb’s first offense at Georgia was driving a motor scooter with a suspended license. His second was for failure to appear. I would bet that part of why Caleb’s suspension is twice Ealey’s is because it is Caleb’s second offense.

If the rumors are true about the loan, the two weeks will turn into Caleb being kicked off the team, and the UGA record will be 0-6. This needs to be cleared up before he steps on the field again.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

October 13th, 2010
10:43 am

Not for sure what went on behind closed doors, but as a Christian CMR surely missed a teachable moment with this young man. He certainly seems like he wanted to be at UGA and with a proper punishment, and some time spent in Elementary Schools educating young kids the dangers of DUI he could have served as a mentor to many young kids.

Best of luck to Mr. Baker!

RxDawg

October 13th, 2010
10:44 am

Read the article…

Fantastic attitude Demtre. You keep thinking like that, and you’ll be fine. I’ve known many people to earn a DUI. They did their time, paid their fees, and moved on. Some learned from it, unfortunately some did not.

It’s a shame you had to be removed from the team. It was a severe punishment for your off the field crime. Make no mistake, your getting punished for what you did AND for what the other 9 players before you did. But Richt had to get a message across to the team. You were a partial victim to bad timing.

J-Dawg

October 13th, 2010
10:50 am

Nate,

Apples and bowling bowls, LOL atleast you have a sense of humor. In response to you post, I was speaking hypothetically about Figgins. The point is, I feel that starters get preferential treatment over back-ups, period. This is college athletics and these guys represent our school.

Nerds!Nerds!Nerds!:

King was arrested in 2007 for a driving a scooter with a suspended license. Who’s “spewing venom”? Just facts…Foot meet mouth

Gerald

October 13th, 2010
10:51 am

Saban going to Alabama? Not a bad idea. Saban blamed his failures in Dallas on not having a QB, basically hung his owner and GM out to dry for not taking a risk on Drew Brees’ injured shoulder. But in Dallas, he will have Tony Romo, who has about 6 or 7 good years left, and time to draft and groom another QB to replace him.

It’s an idea, but methinks Jerry Jones will go after Bill Cowher first and Jon Gruden second. And if those guys don’t accept the pile of money that Jones throws at them, then Jones probably has Bobby Petrino next on his short list. We both know that Petrino doesn’t plan on spending the rest of his life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and that Jones’ getting him to walk away from rebuilding the Falcons (Blank was going to give Petrino at least 4 years) wasn’t for that reason.

Fleming Island Bulldawg

October 13th, 2010
10:53 am

Saw D. Baker play alot of High School Football here in Jacksonville. Great player and good kid.Lowcountry.I must agree with you I think Richt missed an opprotunity to help a youg man that made a mistake.Why not take him off scholarship for a year and let him earn his privialges back. This is a good kid, hate to see this happen to any kid but especially the Baker Man( as he was called in high school)

naganole

October 13th, 2010
10:53 am

More good news for Dawg fans, AC Leonard decommits from UF. More than likely UM unless he takes Bama’s offer to play LB…

Gator McCluskey

October 13th, 2010
10:57 am

You can blow .08 and get a DUI…..you basically aren’t even drunk..they need to raise the legal limit….

allan in texas

October 13th, 2010
10:57 am

Saban going to Dallas? Now that is one to keep in mind!

Charles

October 13th, 2010
11:03 am

Richt never implemented a zero-tolerance policy for Georgia overall. He implemented one for Demetre. Demetre is a good kid, but he hasn’t been able to stay out of trouble since he arrived. He was warned that he was on thin ice, and he still couldn’t stay out of trouble.

Everyone in the Georgia family wishes Demetre well…but let’s not mischaracterize the situation.

RxDawg

October 13th, 2010
11:05 am

Gator, I agree. If your underage a whiff of alcohol can earn you a DUI. Which ranks way high on my stupid list. Underage consumption and driving under the influence are two seperate entities. They shouldn’t be merged just because it let’s you charge more people under the age of 21 with DUI’s.

Wait, I just realized what you were saying. Actually, I think it’s been proven that motor skills start to become impaired at 0.08 etoh blood level. Here is a list of alcohol and it’s effects if your curious.

Progressive effects of alcohol[1]
BAC (% by vol.) Behavior Impairment
0.010–0.029 Average individual appears
normal
Subtle effects that can be
detected with special tests

0.030–0.059 Mild euphoria
Sense of well-being
Relaxation
Joyousness
Talkativeness
Decreased inhibition
Concentration

0.06–0.10 Blunted feelings
Disinhibition
Extroversion
Reasoning
Depth perception
Peripheral vision
Glare recovery

0.11–0.20 Over-expression
Emotional swings
Angriness or sadness
Boisterousness
SuperHuman Feeling
Decreased Libido
Reflexes
Reaction time
Gross motor control
Staggering
Slurred speech

0.21–0.29 Stupor
Loss of understanding
Impaired sensations
Severe motor impairment
Loss of consciousness
Memory

0.30–0.39 Severe CNS depression
Unconsciousness
Death possible
Bladder function
Breathing
Heart rate

≥0.40 General lack of behavior
Unconsciousness
Death
Breathing
Heart rate

Gerald

October 13th, 2010
11:05 am

So, the best Demetre Baker could get was a future Sun Belt program? That’s appalling. I don’t know if the kid is getting good advice. Look at Mettenberger (whose charges were far worse) and Cameron Newton (whose were just as bad). Newton is the starting QB for Auburn right now, and Mettenberger will be the LSU starting QB in 2012. Baker needs to go to a JUCO, sit out a year and transfer like Newton did and Mettenberger are doing. Then he could go to South Florida (where Dontae Aycock, who was dropped by both GT and Auburn, wound up) in the Big East, or UCF in C-USA, or perhaps even get back into the SEC. I really wonder if Richt doesn’t like the fact that Mettenberger will be competing with UGA at LSU, and is trying to keep Baker away from another SEC school. (Or from Georgia Tech, where the guy could be a B-back.)

SideWalk_Fan

October 13th, 2010
11:07 am

Demetre I really wish you could stay at Georgia too. I was really excited when you signed and i was afraid you would decommit because they had you listed as a soft verbal. Best wishes to you in your future and God bless.

PBR > Natty Light

October 13th, 2010
11:07 am

So tell me who hasn’t seen .40 a time or two in there day in Athens…

FLA DAWG

October 13th, 2010
11:18 am

Being kicked off The Dawgs Squad used to be a punishment.

Now?

DawginLex

October 13th, 2010
11:30 am

The Baker kid has handled this with class. I’m glad Coach Richt helped him and Baker accepted the result.

Coach Richt needs to part company PERMANENTLY with Caleb King.

ryan

October 13th, 2010
11:31 am

Why is everyone so locked on UGA ’s petty crimes look at Florida’s Rainy who threaten his girlfriend and was back on team now can condone that .

DeepDiver

October 13th, 2010
11:33 am

At UF you can kill your girlfriend or shoot off an AK in the middle of the street and get a slap on the wrist as long as you can play.

Gerald

October 13th, 2010
11:33 am

DawginLex:
.
It would have been just as “classy” for Baker to spend a year at a JUCO and then get back into major college football like Cameron Newton did and Zach Mettenberger is doing. And as for Mark Richt’s handling of this situation: how many chances did Odell Thurman get again?

schmeckdawg

October 13th, 2010
11:38 am

All of this zero tolerance stuff I believe is unfounded. If I recall correctly, a reporter asked CMR if this new policy was a zero tolerance policy, and CMR responded by saying “I think the guys know what I mean.” Again, and please correct me if I am wrong, I never recall CMR SAYING that there is a “zero tolerance policy” in place.

DeepDiver

October 13th, 2010
11:46 am

Correct schmeck. Folks took the “zero tolerance” thing and ran with it, but those words never came out of CMR’s mouth. I think we should put an “Urban Meyer Tolerance” policy in place and be done with it. Put that in your hookah, Schultzie.

SECWasteManagement

October 13th, 2010
11:48 am

It was not “God” who decided this Demetre, it was your dumb@$$ for getting the DUI you moron. The only person who had a hand in your decision was Mr. Grey Goose.