JUCO team in Kansas welcomes Mettenberger

Former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a new team: the Butler Community College Grizzlies,  a perennial power in junior-college football. Butler is located in El Dorado, Kansas.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Mettenberger is on the Butler roster and quotes coach Troy Morrell from Jayhawk Conference Media Day: “We did our research on Zach. We feel like he can be a great asset to our team, and it’s widely known that he paid the price for what he’s done and he’s trying to move on.”

Mettenberger was dismissed from the Georgia program in April, shortly before pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery in Valdosta. He was sentenced to 12 months probation, 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.

Butler is ranked No. 6 among the nation’s junior-college football teams in the preseason poll.  The Grizzlies have won five JUCO national championships since 1998, including titles in 2007 and 2008. Butler starts practice Thursday and plays its season opener Aug. 26 at home against Navarro College.

Mettenberger, from Oconee County, was redshirted at Georgia as a freshman last season.

141 comments Add your comment

steve

August 4th, 2010
11:08 am

Good luck Zack and go DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joey

August 4th, 2010
11:09 am

Good luck, Zach.

GeoffDawg

August 4th, 2010
11:09 am

Good luck to him moving forward. He’s paid a steep price but he can still have the college experience he’s looking for if he’s smart about it.

KeithB

August 4th, 2010
11:11 am

I think he’ll tear it up there. He’ll be in Columbia South Carolina next season.

HawkRock1123

August 4th, 2010
11:11 am

Good luck Zach! Hope things turn out well!

destin dawg

August 4th, 2010
11:13 am

Good Luck Zach… hey.. we all made mistakes in our teens.. spring break,, etc… learn from it !!

nerds! nerds! nerds!

August 4th, 2010
11:17 am

keep your paws in your pockets, and everything will be forgiven. Good luck youngster

Bryan G.

August 4th, 2010
11:19 am

I hope ZM does well. The kid made a big mistake and is paying the price. I hope he has a great college career after JUCO

DawginOH

August 4th, 2010
11:19 am

Good luck, Zach! Keep your nose clean up there.

He has the rest of his life

August 4th, 2010
11:23 am

The young man has the rest of his life to do well. He is a kid and we all know that there are huge gaps in maturity levels. Zach will move on now and very likely, do well the rest of the way.

I wish him well.

Go Dogs.

Joe Mac

August 4th, 2010
11:24 am

Good Luck Zach!

lanier

August 4th, 2010
11:25 am

he will come back wih Fla and walk over the dawgs in 12 & 13

PDawg

August 4th, 2010
11:29 am

Yep. I think he is making a good decision and I have a feeling he will be get some measure of satisfaction against us down the road (Florida, SC, Auburn, Miss St.,).

Paris Hilton

August 4th, 2010
11:30 am

Lanier, that is such a stupid comment, I thought I made it.

jaxdawg

August 4th, 2010
11:31 am

destin dawg- yeah, we all make mistakes, but not stupid mistakes like he made. I mean, come on, he sexually assaulted a female at a bar. I don’t think that’s a mistake. I think he has a little bit of Ben Roethlisberger in him if you know what I mean. He’ll be in trouble again. I’m glad he’s gone.

athenian

August 4th, 2010
11:34 am

Typical booze dog.

AltamahaDawg

August 4th, 2010
11:41 am

Glad to hear he is able to move forward. Hard to imagine how anybody could wish ill for the kid.

dawgster

August 4th, 2010
11:43 am

Zach, is not a bad kid for all you that know anything about him, however he made a dumb and serious mistake that he is paying dearly for…can’t say the same for some the issues at Tenn that seem to being washed under the rug, just my opinion, though, don’t know all the facts, but only one player has been dismissed, but police officer was/is in serious condition as result of the incident…Not defending Zach, he got what he deserved and will pay for a while, lbut i hope he can get back to doing thinkgs right…I wonder if he gets on the right path, would the bulldog nation and the Coaching staff allow him to return to the team in a year or two…You can bet alot of div 1 teams would give him another chance(see ole miss)…Again, don”t know all the circumstances of what he did, only what was reported and had he done that to my daughter as has been reported, drinking or not, i would not be so forgiving, but again, we all have made terrible decisions in our life and hopefully if we show remorse and change our behavior we could be given another chance…and i’m not talking about violent crimes of such, i’m talking about the less severe type, while serious in nature, maybe deserve a second chance and would we be opposed to having him as a dawg again?

DawginLex

August 4th, 2010
11:43 am

Being in Kansas he will most likely end up at a Big 12 school. tubs and richt are friends so Texas Tech might be a good fit. i know Richt doesn’t want anything but the best for Zach especially since his mom works in Athletics at UGA. This was tough on Richt don’t believe anything else.

Bungle Bee

August 4th, 2010
11:46 am

best of luck to Mett, and a possible return to FBS football.

dagnabit

August 4th, 2010
11:51 am

If he’ll stay straight, he’ll play somewhere and get his degree. good luck to him.

Rick DuBose

August 4th, 2010
11:55 am

You people are the biggest racist hypocritical idiots i have ever seen. If this was a black kid, he would be drug through the dirt for what he did. . . .HE COMMITTED A FELONY INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT!!!! Where are the “He is a thuggish bum who will not amount to anything” rants? You are a bunch of losers.

D

August 4th, 2010
12:01 pm

Rick DuBose – you answered your own question

kevin

August 4th, 2010
12:02 pm

Rick,

It was a misdemeanor. He grabbed a woman’s breast. It’s not right, but it’s also not a big deal and happens fairly harmlessly in college party situations. And, if he were black I would wish him all the best all the same.

Good luck, Zach!

All-American

August 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

I bet if this all-american kid was anything other than his current ethnicity, the comments of “We all make mistakes” would be “He’s a THUG and a CRIMINAL who should never be given the PRIVILEGE to play football” blah, blah, blah.

Mark "Crimson Crier" Ingram

August 4th, 2010
12:05 pm

He probably studied the Congress approved sexual escapades of “Slick Willie” Clinton and thought it was the proper way to behave!

guy

August 4th, 2010
12:06 pm

Be careful all you judges.You may not have done exactly what he’s done but you have skeletons in your closets too.Most of the time there’s the caught and the uncaught.Oh be careful little fingers what you type!!!!!!!!!!!

barneyb

August 4th, 2010
12:06 pm

Kevin,
It was a little more than just grabbing a girl’s breast…everybody down there knew exactly what he did. It was a felony! Nevertheless, best of luck to him and take this as a second chance that many guys would find themselves either pleading guilty to a felony under the first offender act, or spending time behind bars.

DR

August 4th, 2010
12:07 pm

This is a shame. If Zach had of played for 90% of the rest of the SEC he would still be on the team. There is no way UT,UF,USC,LSU,or Auburn would have kicked this guy off of their team.

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 4th, 2010
12:10 pm

Leave race out of this. He made a mistake and was kicked off the team. He’s branded for life and I can only imagine what his family went through.

He handled the situation with respect and as much dignity as possible.

A thug is a thug white or black or any other skin color. Zack is no thug.

HOPE2013

August 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

Rick DuBose I agree with you 100%. What does that make him, hopeful I quess. You people are so amazing.

TampaGator

August 4th, 2010
12:11 pm

Did they warn all the parents of the female students at Butler that his is on campus? Just kidding. I hope the kid works his way back successfully as Cameron Newton did (and learns to respect women by keeping his hands to himself unless they are welcomed). But don’t worry Dawg fans, he will never be a Gator. That job is taken in 2012 through 2014 by Jeff Driskell. Mosoli will be gone in a year….so I am sure Ole Miss will put out the welcome “Met” for him (pardon the pun).

Reality Train

August 4th, 2010
12:12 pm

I think this case was handled appropriately. The kid paid a price, got publicly humiliated and now will have a chance to rebuild his life and put this incident behind him. What is alarming is that, but for the grace and and use of common sense by the prosecutor, ZM could have been prosecuted for and convicted of a crime that would have made him a “sex offender”. ZM then could not live near a bus stop or playground or day care, etc. If ZM had not been on the UGA team and had not benefited from all of the publicity he may still be in jail and facing a ruined life. He’s lucky on the one hand, but on the other, its time for everyone to realize that the usual punishment for crimes like ZM committed are absolutely insane.

kevin

August 4th, 2010
12:12 pm

Barneyb,

You’re wrong. It was 2 counts of midemeanor sexual battery, and “grabbing a woman’s breast” inappropriately has been the released reason for the charge. Not sure how and where you get your information.

Gator Bob

August 4th, 2010
12:16 pm

I am sure Houston Nutt will be following his career!!! Tampa Gator – you and I think the same.

I will say this about Richt – and Urban – they both show a tolereance for juvenile behaviour – but once a player crosses a line – they are gone. Gators have had well documented problems as well – so nothing here for me to crow about over UGA.

I do wish this kid the best.

TampaGator

August 4th, 2010
12:20 pm

DR….
take your low, unfair, unjust, and homer blows at the rest of SEC…but you are badly mistaken with your post. Every team in the SEC would have kicked him off the team for what he did.

And the SHAME you mentioned….is on him….an no one else. You are a blind homer if you think anything different…which you obviously do and obviously are.

But Ole Miss has probably already contacted the guy to offer him a new scholly. I wouldn’t doubt that based on their history with Hornsby and Mosoli.

SKB

August 4th, 2010
12:23 pm

That sucks for him, but I am glad he is gone, kids like that shouldn’t be in UGA.

RxDawg

August 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

To all you people clamoring about how Zach is white and getting it “easy”, what about Trinton and his incident with the pregnant girl? Both sound about the same, both had their fans act about the same…etc. None of us were yelling “thug” then. Most of us actually see past color. You have failed trying to create your own racism with an agenda here, move along now.

Now on the subject at hand, I would be surprised if Zach wound up transfering back to an SEC school. I’m pretty sure he will probably try to leave all of that in the past and play in another part of the country.

TampaGator

August 4th, 2010
12:26 pm

barneyb
….even if it was “just” grabbing a girls breast…I would think (I don’t follow sexual assault laws or cases that closely) that would still be a felony. Try grabbing the next woman’s breast you see and find out what happens to you….probaly a sexualt assult felony charge of some sort….I would think. Maybe I am wrong…but I hope not.

76-Dawg

August 4th, 2010
12:29 pm

That was a very sever sentencing for Mett as far as getting kicked off the UGA team with no 2nd chances as well as the courts decision on punishment. He didn’t just barely honk the waitress. Their was a lot more to that assault than was reported. Hopefully he will let this be the biggest life changing events of his life. Good luck to him .

NOTSO FAST

August 4th, 2010
12:31 pm

HE WILL BE AT A BIG TIME SCHOOL NEXT YEAR.AUBURN & MISS PROVED THAT IF YOU CAN PLAY, YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN AND GIVEN A 2nd or 3rd CHANCE

Damon Evans

August 4th, 2010
12:35 pm

Since some of you guys seem to know what Zach did, and its not what the police report said, then tell us. I guess you libs are just running off at the mouth..

bob

August 4th, 2010
12:36 pm

Good Luck Zack. Be warned though, unlike in Athens, no really means no in Kansas. Maybe.

Cow horns hook

August 4th, 2010
12:38 pm

Kevin…. Sexual assualt is a big deal and Zach violated a womans body. Zach is nothing but a punk. If he did that to my daughter he would be begging to play football now.

big time gt fan

August 4th, 2010
12:38 pm

To morons a felony is different than a misdemeanor. Did you even read the article. Touching someone is not proper behavior, but does not qualify for minimum of one year in prison. Please stop spreading your stupidity around and learn the difference.

TampaGator

August 4th, 2010
12:38 pm

Crimson Crier…

There is a big difference in having a sexual encounter with a woman who OKs and wants your sexual advances, even with the Presdident of the US, and having one with a woman who does not approve of it…as was the case with this kid.

FDAWG

August 4th, 2010
12:39 pm

Who hasn’t made a mistake or been given a second chance? Good luck to the kid….

joe

August 4th, 2010
12:40 pm

BREAKING NEWS: The AP is reporting that the new athletic director at Butler Community College is…
Damon Evans, who quipped he was looking forward to leaving the red panties behind in Georgia.

Billy O

August 4th, 2010
12:40 pm

I bet had Mett chosen NOT to drink that night, he would not have been arrested for anything. I also believe had he been honest with CMR, he would still be on the team. Probably suspended for the year, but on the team.

76-Dawg….he was given a 2nd chance….he chose to lie about what actually happened…..that was his 2nd chance.

Cow horns hook

August 4th, 2010
12:42 pm

I concur Billy O. Zach made his on bed.