A full day after I had left him my first message, Boyd English, the principal at Emanuel County Institute, finally called me back yesterday. He said he wanted to make a statement about Dexter Moody, the ECI linebacker from whom Georgia rescinded its scholarship offer after Moody got into some recent trouble at the school.
I was hoping Mr. English was going to shed a little light onto this murky situation but he really didn’t. Moody told me he was recently suspended for an argument he had with one of his teachers down there. Mr. English would neither confirm or deny that. “That was Georgia’s decision and I won’t go into that,” he said. The only thing he’d go on the record about was Moody’s character.
“Dexter is like any other 17-year-old student-athlete that has remarkable athleticism,” English told me. “Our job as educators is to prepare Dexter for the future, for life after high school. Dexter’s a great kid and I don’t want things portrayed negatively about one of my students. Dexter’s not a trouble-maker and he’s going to have some other great opportunities.”
Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl as to what may have actually occurred and just how serious it may have been. I know this: Georgia doesn’t freely yank scholarship offers from prep All-American linebackers it has already signed. And the Bulldogs aren’t talking either. Because they rejected his national letter of intent, they’re saying Moody is now a “recruitable prospect” and NCAA rules won’t permit them to comment on him. Meanwhile, Moody tells me it’s not that big of a deal because he really didn’t want to go to UGA anyway.
Moody’s coach, Milan Turner, was quoted as saying Georgia had given Moody a list of steps he needed to follow in order to meet all the requirements for admission and eligibility and that Moody hadn’t done so. With all the mystery surrounding Moody’s recruitment, I’m left to wonder if the Bulldogs had any business signing this kid in the first place.
What’s your impression?
UPDATE ON MOODY:
I received a response to the open records request I filed with UGA regarding the decision to revoke Dexter Moody’s letter of intent. The information is not very enlightening, quite frankly. Just some letters from CMR to Moody congratulating him on signing with Georgia and some correspondences from UGA admissions to the school stating they were missing some important information on both Moody and fellow ECI signee Washaun Ealey. The only thing that was remotely telling was an e-mail from athletic admissions administrator Glada Horvat to a UGA admissions person stating, “We are releasing Dexter Moody from his Letter of Intent today (3/16). Apparently there was some altercation at the school. . . .” She went on to instruct him to pull some kind of form and let Moody’s application get rejected.
Now for some links:
Here’s our report from Tim Tucker on Georgia’s first day of spring football practice. . . .
You have to love this: Donald Trump blogs about Herschel Walker. Walker is currently on the cast of Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice Show. . . .
Apparently the press conference Florida State President T.K. Wetherell held in Tallahassee yesterday was quite entertaining . . . and revealing.