Georgia commitment Zack Witchett has been kicked off his team.
The wide receiver/defensive back from Atlanta’s Washington High School was dismissed from the squad by coach Stanley Pritchett after an undisclosed incident with a member of the coaching staff on Tuesday.
“He had an incident yesterday and I had to discipline him,” Pritchett said Wednesday. “Right now, it’s permanent.”
Pritchett would only say it was an “internal rules violation” and declined to provide further details.
Pritchett said he intended for the situation to be handled internally. But Witchett posted a diatribe about the situation on his Facebook page on Wednesday and the news soon found its way to Internet fan forums and blogs, including this one.
“He made it worse for himself,” Pritchett said. “That’s what I told him.”
Witchett has since deleted that post and changed his status on his Facebook page. Now it reads:
“BIG MISUNDERSTANDING! I APOLYGIZE (sic) AND I WAS WRONG! BUT RESPECT HAS TO BE GIVEN TO BE RECIEVED! (sic)”
The question now is how Georgia will react to Witchett’s dismissal. Pritchett said he talked to UGA coaches about the situation last night and he was told they back him 100 percent.
Asked if he expects the Bulldogs to withdraw their scholarship offer, Pritchett said: “They didn’t say that, but I know they don’t have time for character issues.”
Witchett has not returned messages seeking comment.
Witchett (6-0, 185) plays wide receiver and defensive back and returns kicks for the Bulldogs (4-2). Pritchett said his absence will hurt the team as it makes a bid for the state playoffs. They play North Atlanta on Friday.
“It hurts us, but it’s not about wins and losses,” Pritchett said. “I have make sure these kids learn about character and attitude. We’ll play with who we’ve got.”
Pritchett did leave the door cracked for Witchett to possibly return to the team. But he said it’s dependent on the player’s attitude going forward.
“I never want to do that to a kid. But he has to understand he has to do what’s right,” Pritchett said.