Charlotte welcomes UGA transfer Mayfield; Louisville backs away from Mettenberger

  • Demario Mayfield, who left Georgia’s basketball program two months ago in search of more playing time elsewhere, has landed at UNC-Charlotte, as expected. “He gives us good size and skill at the wing position,” new Charlotte coach Alan Major said in a news release Tuesday. “With a year to sit out, he’ll have the chance to expand his game and then have three years remaining.” Added Mayfield: “I want to come in and just work and build my way back to earn more playing time,. The coaching staff made me feel like I was already a part of the team. As a group, they just made me feel welcome.” Mayfield averaged 0.9 points and 6.5 minutes per game as a freshman at UGA last season.
  • Meanwhile,  in a different sport, a former Bulldog seeking a new team — quarterback Zach Mettenberger — won’t find it at Louisville. Mettenberger, who last week pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in Valdosta, confirmed to former Georgia player Kelin Johnson (on the website kelinjohnson.com) that Louisville decided to pass on him before a scheduled recruiting visit last weekend. The Cardinals open the 2011 season against Georgia in Sanford Stadium. Mettenberger plans visits to Cincinnati and Troy, according to Johnson.
  • Georgia baseball coach David Perno had a challenge for his team before Tuesday night’s game at Foley Field: “I told them before the game we haven’t had a win on an in-state team this year.” After three losses to Georgia Tech and one to Kennesaw State, the Bulldogs went out and got a win over Georgia State, 13-9.  More on the game –- a welcomed respite in an agonizing season for Georgia – is here.
  • Work has begun on the renovation of Stegeman Coliseum. There’s no time to waste, with the wider concourses and new glass façade to be completed by the start of basketball season.
  • And speaking of basketball season, ESPN’s Andy Katz has Georgia at No. 25 in his latest offseason rankings, writing:

If you’re looking for a sleeper in the 25 slot, then I’ve got one in Georgia. The Bulldogs have two of the top talents in the SEC in Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. If you haven’t seen these two perform, you’re missing a good show. UGA also adds a terrific scorer in Tennessee State transfer Gerald Robinson Jr. The Bulldogs slowly developed into a big-time pest in their first year under Mark Fox. Remember, this team beat Illinois, took out Georgia Tech and Florida, crushed Tennessee and Vanderbilt and gave Kentucky a serious scare in Lexington. Georgia will be taken seriously from the outset next season. Don’t sleep on the Dawgs.

46 comments Add your comment

toph

May 12th, 2010
1:45 pm

Exciting times with new facilities and the basketball team! Go Dawgs!

Tony

May 12th, 2010
1:50 pm

I’m a UGA fan too but there’s real stuff going on in this world especially the financial markets and go to financialcombat.com for real financial info you can use now because we have major economic hards time creeping up on us fast. Mainstream is not giving you the full picture on what’s really happening.

JB

May 12th, 2010
1:55 pm

Hey Tony in case you were wondering , this a blog about UGA sports not UGA financial. There are in fact other things going on in this world but not here on this UGA sports blog. UGA sports Tony!!!! Quit sniffing the glue.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

May 12th, 2010
1:58 pm

DAG GUM IT METT!!!!

DD

May 12th, 2010
1:58 pm

Tony if you want to jump out the window I’ll hold it open for you.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 12th, 2010
1:59 pm

zach is going to have a hard time finding a school with his “rep” following him around.

Steve

May 12th, 2010
1:59 pm

Troy will take him, they take criminals all the time – anything to win – just on a lower level!

GeoffDawg

May 12th, 2010
2:06 pm

I’m a UGA Finance graduate and Tony’s a big wet blanket. Go peddle your website somewhere else.

Delbert D.

May 12th, 2010
2:07 pm

Troy’s new QB coach, Chip Lindsey was Hutson Mason’s head coach in high school. Troy runs the spread offense based on Tony Franklin’s system that Lassiter HS ran.

Remarkable

May 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

I still say we are putting a nice bow on a pig with renovations to Stegman, but I am looking forward to UGA Basketball and Football seasons. Coach Fox is only a player or two away from a great team.

He will play at Oklahoma State or Colorado

May 12th, 2010
2:16 pm

Zack brought it on him self. Such is life. When you play ………you PAY, unless you are an illegal or a mortgage deadbeat.

Zack can play at Ok State or at Colorado. They will love him there.

Go Dogs.

Ted Striker

May 12th, 2010
2:20 pm

Nice column. Good tidbits for a Wednesday. Thank you.

Bryan G.

May 12th, 2010
2:47 pm

Honestly, I’d have a hard time as a college football coach letting Mett on the team after the Valdosta incident.

HugoStiglitz

May 12th, 2010
3:08 pm

Mett shows everybody how to ruin a career in one night.

CRACK HEAD

May 12th, 2010
3:11 pm

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

THOSE ICE CATS HAVE BIG OLE HEADS MAN!!!!

YEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Pitbull

May 12th, 2010
3:20 pm

For any of you airheads that think the Steg is not a great basketball site for winning, let me introduce you to Butler University and their field house. Butler played for the NCAA championship earlier this year and their home court was the site for the basketball games in the movie Hoosiers. If you haven’t seen the movie then rent it and watch it. It’s old and creaky and a home for winners.

It is not the arena that matters. It is the team that takes the court that matters and the leadership of the team’s coaches.

PS I am old enough to remember when Tech built Alexander Coliseum and the students nicknamed it the Big Tit. Do they still call it that?

Rick S

May 12th, 2010
3:49 pm

I am glad to read where the rennovations to Stegeman have started but still believe Georgia Basketball needs a new modern arena to be competitive with the rest of the SEC. If Auburn can afford to build a new Basketball Arena surely Georgia can! One question is has construction on the new Plaza at Sanford Stadium started and what is the estimated completion date for this project? I wish georgiadogs.com website would provide more updates on facility improvements.

Jaydawg

May 12th, 2010
4:10 pm

How embarrassed his mom must be.What a loser.

the only score that matters is.......

May 12th, 2010
4:19 pm

SimpleDawg

May 12th, 2010
4:19 pm

Marshall may be a proper fit for Mett…..

I’ll bet Georgia State could use a big, strong armed QB. Coach Curry could help him in improving his life choices, although there’s an awful lot of opportunities for screwing up in Hot ‘Lanta.

The season can’t end soon enough for the Diamond Dawgs. Somebody had better find some pitchers or next year will not be much better.

The Foxhounds will be exciting next year…….but they will be on everyone’s radar.

SWGA Dawg

May 12th, 2010
4:20 pm

Enough about Mett already! At least he is not begging for special consideration and the only difference between him and alot of other players is he got caught. I would like to see him sit out the year and try to get CMR to let him come back next year if he proves he has the character.

Steve

May 12th, 2010
4:25 pm

I guess with the QB coach and offensive style (spread) than Troy is actually not a good fit! Too bad, they like giviong “second chances” to criminals such as Josh Jarboe! Troy, AKA – win at any costs U!

Dawg Pay

May 12th, 2010
4:27 pm

Maybe after a year or two, Richt will take Mett back on the team!!

JRHD

May 12th, 2010
4:30 pm

@ Pitbull…I always call it “The Golden Nipple”, damn ugly building that it is it still isn’t as ugly as our eyesore, The Stegosaurus.

Forget Steg renovations

May 12th, 2010
4:31 pm

I’m more excited about the 50 million dollar additions to the athletic facilities including our new 13,000 sf state-of-the-art weightroom. GT and Paul Johnson….weep….any chance you had of recruiting the top talent in the state of Georgia (not that you were doing a very good job at it to start with) is officially squashed.

O'Keefe Gym Strangler

May 12th, 2010
4:42 pm

Wow…must everyone compare everything UGA to GT?

Gator Girl

May 12th, 2010
4:54 pm

Yeah, Charlie Strong doesn’t want that trouble maker on his team. Mettenberger – Bad Dawg, Woof Woof

Happy DAWG

May 12th, 2010
5:33 pm

All you Mett bashers are free to criticize, however, I suspect that most of you are under the age of 25. In that case, don’t throw stones if you live in the proverbial glass house. The greater percentage of college students or college age young people, have made stupid mistakes. Frankly, I wish Coach Richt would take the high ground and work with Mett (whom I don’t know) in a re-hab mode.
As for Stegman Coliseum it would be prudent to wait until we need a new facility due to the fact that we were filling up Steg every game. There’s nothing bad about it in reality. The size if fine right now, and hopefully won’t be for long, and once the renovations are complete, it is going to look great. We need an indoor practice facility for football before we need a new arena for basketball – and I am a big basketball fan!
Even though we are very successful in terms of making money through the UGA Athletic Association, when you start spending millions you have to do it on firm footing.
As for the plaza behind the North stands in Sanford, it is supposed to be complete by the start of the season.
No, I do not work for UGA nor have I ever. Just been a lifetime fan. I’m retired! Gonna die a DAWG!

Carnac

May 12th, 2010
5:48 pm

Rick S, The Reed Plaza project started months ago and will be don before football starts.

AceDawg

May 12th, 2010
5:51 pm

Come Thornton come. Be a Dawg.

ryan

May 12th, 2010
5:58 pm

I want a new basketball arena Stegman sucks Auburn has a new arena and there not basketball college. I wish UGA can have new ballpark Foley feild is bad to.

SEC Basketball

May 12th, 2010
5:58 pm

Get Marcus Thorton and the dogs will be higher than 25!!!!!!!!

Real

May 12th, 2010
6:17 pm

To all the haters that are bashing this young man….these kids are 18-19 yrs old and they all are gonna make mistakes while in college…He made a mistake and its big news because he plays ball…quit judging to kid because thats all he is a kid 19….look back on your own lives and how many mistakes you’ve made….I dont agree with what happened but everybody deserves a second chance in life…..I have a degree from Troy University….great school, great people and a great situation for him if he chooses us…..Lets go better people

Hairy Dawg

May 12th, 2010
6:33 pm

Agree with Real and great post by Happy DAWG.

What this kid did was wrong, period. However, he has taken a beating in the press and personally for indiscretions for one night at a very immature age. I hope that CMR will offer him something and work with him to correct his plight. He deserves a 2nd chance. If he throws it away, so be it.

Jim

May 12th, 2010
6:33 pm

Mett should check out SMU. June Jones will make him toe the line and might make him a better person. He could pass all he wants there.

PDawg

May 12th, 2010
6:42 pm

GeoffDawg….how’s the $12/hour job at the bank going?

Stuck in SC

May 12th, 2010
6:49 pm

Real….I hope your not representative of Troy University. Seems to me that you have a hard time putting together a coherent sentence. You might want to proof read what you write before you hit the send button.

james T. Kirk

May 13th, 2010
8:41 am

All I see here are more report on how pathetic all sports programs are down on the farm. UGA is pathetic. No wonder the world is rooting for YellowJackets now.

Phone Check Homey

May 13th, 2010
9:41 am

30-24 and 73-66
60-39-5
Orange Bowl Humiliation
Triple Joke Exposed
Hot tempered coach who looks like Susan Boyle

Who roots for the yellow jackets?
You can’t even fill a tiny football “stadium” in the downtown area of the largest city in the State, with the lure of free food and D&D cards to the first 1,000 fans (if that many show up).
The fact that you can get some wins in a joke conference means nothing when the State University humiliates you and your gynecomastic coach.
The world????
BBBBBBBUUUUHHHHHHHHUUWWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAA
Atlanta doesn’t even root for you.

The University of Georgia Tech

May 13th, 2010
11:07 am

progress on stageman….yes! as much as all you redneck uga fans kill boddy dodd stadiu, us gt fans kill you guys’ little gym…i refuse to call that a coliseum

italian_29

May 13th, 2010
4:07 pm

@ The University of Georgia Tech, I guess you don’t like the little gym, since you guys haven’t won there in FOREVER!!!!!! 73-66 just in case you forgot.

gdawginkalamazoo

May 13th, 2010
4:10 pm

“us gt fans kill you guys’ little gym”

You mean the “Alexander Memorial Breast Implant” ?

82Dawg

May 13th, 2010
5:25 pm

@The University of Georgia Tech …..unless Tech’s website is wrong Stegeman is larger than Alexander, so you need to do your research before run your mouth.

Real

May 13th, 2010
10:42 pm

Stuck in SC….Thats why South Carolina is ranked dead last in education in the nation….

Chuck Uga

May 16th, 2010
9:50 pm

When will Damon Evans announce Perno’s inevitable firing? There is just no way he can keep him after this debacle, among the worst performances in UGA nd SEC baseball history. Something is obviously wrong at the top. No team could play this poorly unless there is some problem with leadership.

cluett peabody

May 18th, 2010
3:17 pm

Go to Tony’s web site everyone and shut it down. Over load the dang thing.