UGA commit Zack Witchett kicked off his Washington High team

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.

415 comments Add your comment

SmyrnaMan

October 13th, 2010
2:40 pm

1st Sounds like CMR got a good one here

dean

October 13th, 2010
2:42 pm

“NIP IT IN THE BUD!”

(I won’t say the other thing)

dean

October 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

(In the time it took me to type what I said in parenthesis, I wasn’t you know what.)

JC

October 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

So 11 arrests since March and two recruits who have been kicked off their HS teams coming in next year. Hmmm…

Well um, glad we know now

October 13th, 2010
2:45 pm

With or without this incident, UGA has signed too many of these skinny, speedy but not very good in the SEC kids. Brandon Smith was all world but what has he done or UGA lately? Fast? yeah, well what has that done for UGA???

I say punt this kid. When the new UGA coach comes in December, he will not want this type of trash anyway. Besides, this moron cannot spell anyway.

Go Dogs. A new day is dawning. UGA will be fine within 2 more years.

Sanford Drive

October 13th, 2010
2:46 pm

BEFORE any Techies start crapping from the mouth about UGA recruiting a low quality of character…..

Georgia Tech recruited him too!!!

kc

October 13th, 2010
2:48 pm

Richham

October 13th, 2010
2:48 pm

It’s really quite amazing how many kids on the team combined with recruits have gotten in trouble this year. Talk about the perfect storm. Maybe Richt and crew need to add another dimension like the nfl and evaluate character with the kids they recruit.

Coach Richt isn’t their mama or daddy, but he can take a further look at character in the overall evaluation.

PBR > Natty Light

October 13th, 2010
2:49 pm

He did it to open the door for Carolina. Its a scam I tell ya! UGA revokes his scholrship, then USC steps in to offer! Its a hoax I tell ya!

Henry D.

October 13th, 2010
2:50 pm

Maybe it’s time to take another look at Rodney Garner. He is the one going after these kids. This is two now that have been kicked off their high school teams. This has gotten beyond embarrasing.

Beast from the East

October 13th, 2010
2:51 pm

Better the UGA staff learn about this kid’s lack of character now than then after he enrolls. I would think this would be an easy decision for Coach Richt to make……NEXT!

ksh

October 13th, 2010
2:54 pm

Amen, Henry D.!!!!!!

Sanford Drive

October 13th, 2010
2:54 pm

My god people.

You really want to throw Richt under the bus for THIS situation???

Somebody PLEASE tell me a good logical reason, why Mark Richt should have seen this EXACT situation coming??? It’s obvious this kid grew an ego after his commitment to UGA, then acted like he ran the team, and one or more of his HS coaches finally had enough.

But no, YOU really think MArk RIcht should have seen it coming? You think Mark Richt asked him straight up “We want to offer you a scholly, but be honest son, are you going to have any run-ins with your coaches in the near future?”

IDIOTS/HATERS!!!!!

kerryb

October 13th, 2010
2:54 pm

JC, who is the second guy. Are you talking about LeMay? He wasn’t kicked off the team. He chose not to return after the school board went overboard with his punishment and would cost him half the season. Get your facts right before you comment.

kerryb

October 13th, 2010
2:55 pm

I’m sure if UGA pulled the scholarship for LeMay every SEC and ACC school would be lining up to offer him one.

Sanford Drive

October 13th, 2010
2:58 pm

So by saying Rodney Garner should evaluate this player better, you are saying the same thing about the recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech, West Virginia, South Carolina, West Virginia????

YOU CANNOT ASK A KID IF HE IS GOING TO MESS UP DOWN THE ROAD!!!!

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

October 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

I can’t stand idiots that can’t spell simple words. Dump him and Go Dawgs!

Sanford Drive

October 13th, 2010
3:00 pm

*Maryland (not a second WVU)

Blog grammar police

October 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

What does it mean when somebody puts (sic) after a word??

I see Tech people do it when writing UGA(sic) as some form of insult. But i don’t get it……

jack bull

October 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

thats kinda the problem with kids these days..”Respect has to be given to be received”..like its an equal opportunity with adults and kids… is my dad the only one who would’ve jacked me up if i thought i should be getting the same respect as my teachers,coaches or people with authority?? i was raised(and am raising my kids) to respect people with authority, and coaches were in that position…

LOLOLOLOL

October 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

Lookw like he’ll fit right in with the criminally retarded in Athens.

BWHAHAHA

October 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

Blog grammar police,
You are an idiot. That is all.

jack bull

October 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

Mettenberger was let go for being a teenage horn-dog,,but that’s okay with LSU, seeing as thats where he’ll be next year…

JC

October 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

My bad Kerry, I am sure he forgot to clean up his locker after spring ball to warrant a 30 day suspension from his high school team.

ryan

October 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

Maybe we should cancel Zack’s scholly because it open the door for Ty Montgomery or Malcolm Mitchell .

Ghost of Jan Kemp

October 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

APOLOGYZE, Dawg fans! You best APOLOGYZE!

Pritchett vs Witchett

October 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

I assume you meant “Witchett has since deleted that post and changed his status on his Facebook page”. The coach didn’t post anything did he?

ncdawg

October 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

with that spelling i don’t think he could get in UGA anyway

bulldogmaniac

October 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

So Chip….No Bulldogs arrested today to make front page news so you had to dig a little deeper to find dirt on potential players????
Classic!

collegeballfan

October 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

JC October 13th, 2010
2:43 pm
“So 11 arrests since March and two recruits who have been kicked off their HS teams coming in next year. Hmmm…”

JC is 100% correct on this. Richt cannot talk about responsibilities to school, team, self, etc, etc and knowingly sign a kid who has already shirked responsibility. If Richt wants to set an example, both for this team and for incoming recruits, he should pull the offer immediately.

And the comment the kid put on line leaves no other conclusion than that he wears a tee shirt that says – “ME – team”.

And the same applies to the QB who has an offer and was suspended from both school and football team.

StraightJacket

October 13th, 2010
3:10 pm

BGP, that’s probably because you’re a U (sic) GA (sic) “educated” (sic) genius (oxymoron … with emphasis on the “moron”).

Assuming you’re a grajuate (sic) of that fine university (sic), perhaps you can find one of your old professors (sic) to explain the English language to you. Perhaps they’ll even show you a dictionary.

Until then, just hang out and be a dawg (sic) fan. The rest of us in society don’t expect much more from you anyway.

;-)

ncdawg

October 13th, 2010
3:13 pm

Lemay was suspended from school for what most UGA fans would like to have been doing Tech guys don,t know about this yet . It had nothing to do with football

polskidawg

October 13th, 2010
3:13 pm

“BIG MISUNDERSTANDING! I APOLYGIZE (sic) AND I WAS WRONG! BUT RESPECT HAS TO BE GIVEN TO BE RECIEVED! (sic)” – actually, it doesn’t.

Also, following a “apology” with a rationalization negates the “apology.”

It would be nice if kids (and parents) actually KNEW the meaning of words like respect.

.

RxDawg

October 13th, 2010
3:14 pm

Woh! I hate to say it, but just from this story it doesn’t sound like this is the type of TEAM member your looking for. Your never above the program. Kudos to coach Pritchitt for not abandoning his code just to win some games. This could be a blessing in disguise for everyone involved.

StraightJacket

October 13th, 2010
3:14 pm

This is outstanding news for Georgie’s football team.

Now, if he can just get to campus for Spring, maybe he can help get things rolling in the defense of the 2010 Fulmer Cup!

The 2011 Fulmer Cup could be a close competition, but I’m confident the mutts can win again!

JC

October 13th, 2010
3:17 pm

Also remember NONE of these “recruits” have signed anything. Richt does need to just pull his scholarship with what has happened with the football team the last ten months. This one kid isnt going to make or break a recruiting class. Hell, the last 2 of 3 recruiting classes have been highly ranked nationally and it is not translating to Ws. I also say let the LeMay kid go as well. He is a QB, you will have two sophomore QBs next year anyway. He will most likely redshirt anyway, the southeast is loaded with SEC quality QBs year in and year out. I say trim the fat now, before they present problems when they get to Athens.

Fleming Island Bulldawg

October 13th, 2010
3:17 pm

looks like this coach knows how to discipline players! These are the kind of kids we are recruiting? And we keep asking ourselves why we have so many issues.

eavdawg11

October 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

Blog grammar police,

[sic] is used to denote that that the word immediately preceding the [sic] denotation was misspelled because the original author misspelled the word. [Sic] is also used within brackets to indicate that what precedes it is written intentionally or is copied verbatim from the original, even if it appears to be a mistake For example, if I chose to quote young Mr. Witchett’s FB status post, I would write out the quote exactly as he wrote it, while notifying my reader that it is his misspelling, not mine, that is written out, e.g. “I apolygize [sic] . . . ” to show that Mr. Witchett originally mispelled the word “apologize.” When Techies do it, I presume they are attempting to show the reader that the use of the word “university” in the UGA acronym is a mistake.

theriddler

October 13th, 2010
3:18 pm

Dude isn’t the coldest beer in the fridge, that much we know.

Krogunner

October 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

He’ll fit right in with Mark Richt’s crew! Welcome young man.

dostadawg

October 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

Pull his frigging scholarship now!!! Send a clear message this will not be tolerated. If he wants to be a DAWG, then he will clean his act up, If not, see you later, dont let the door hit you in the butt!!!

Fleming Island Bulldawg

October 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

And Coach Prichett must have learned a few things while at Carolina. I applaud him!

JC

October 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

NC Dawg, what have any of the arrests of the players currently on the team had to do with football either? They are not getting arrested for poor play, holding, or pass inference

collegeballfan

October 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

“I’m sure if UGA pulled the scholarship for LeMay every SEC and ACC school would be lining up to offer him one.”

So? So what? Richt is not paid to coach every “SEC and ACC school”. He is paid to coach the football team at the University of Georgia.

And he has a problem with his players getting arrested. Getting arrested causes other problems like playing Kentucky at Kentucky with the starting tailback being suspended for getting arrested and his #2 tailback just getting back from suspension.

Why not just recruit players who do not get arrested?

DP

October 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

Blog grammar police, “sic” is Latin for “intentionally so written”. Chip Tower put it in parenthesis to show that the spelling errors were Witchett’s and the AJC is reproducing them as written while noting that they are incorrect.

fan

October 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

WATCH WHAT YOUR ARE SAYING ABOUT SOMEBODY CHILD. WELL UM, GLAD WE KNOW NOW

Les W. Moore

October 13th, 2010
3:25 pm

He’ll be a great fit for the leghumpers.

wolfman

October 13th, 2010
3:25 pm

Hey, looks to me like he will fit right it. Might even start (to get arrested) as a freshman.

wolfman

October 13th, 2010
3:29 pm

I do feel bad for Coach Richt. Not only does he have to worry about his current payers but future ones as well.

Damon Evans

October 13th, 2010
3:32 pm

The pups are dominating the Fulmers Cup and now the newly named ‘Richt Cup’ for in-season transgressions. Good work Georgia!