Academic issues sideline Caleb King, 2 others from Liberty Bowl

Tailback Caleb King and two other Georgia football players won’t play in the Liberty Bowl because of academic issues, UGA said Sunday.

The other players are backup cornerback Derek Owens and reserve offensive lineman A.J. Harmon.

According to UGA, King won’t be allowed to play in the game because he violated the athletics department’s attendance policy by missing five academic-related appointments, while Owens and Harmon are ineligible for the game under NCAA academic rules. Those rules require players to earn at least six credit hours in the semester preceding a bowl.

Georgia plays Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The game will be the fifth this season missed by King, who is the Bulldogs’ second leading rusher with 430 yards on 80 carries. He was held out of two games because of a high ankle sprain and was suspended for two others because of an arrest for failing to appear in court to address a speeding ticket.

King, a junior, started four games this season at tailback. Washaun Ealey, who started seven games at the position, is expected to get the start in the Liberty Bowl, with Carlton Thomas also likely to see action.

Harmon, a redshirt sophomore, played in four games this season, while Owens, a freshman, appeared in all 12 regular-season games.  Neither Harmon nor Owens started a game.

King, Harmon and Owens will be eligible to participate in spring practice.

The Georgia team reported Sunday to Memphis. Some players were delayed by weather-related travel problems. The team’s first practice in Memphis is scheduled for Monday morning.

366 comments Add your comment

Kramer

December 26th, 2010
6:24 pm

You big dummies…..

SouthGA Dawg

December 26th, 2010
6:24 pm

I dont think it will really matter

SouthGA Dawg

December 26th, 2010
6:25 pm

We sure do need Crowell to commit.

Dawg_Mike

December 26th, 2010
6:28 pm

I swear I would kick King off the team and tell Crowell the job is his to lose if he signs with UGA.

King has been nothing but a bust athletically, academically, and has shown poor judgement too many times. Time to cut bait.

Wally Butts' Designated Stumbler

December 26th, 2010
6:31 pm

Good grief! How can anybody lose academic eligibility at UGA? You major in glorified grade school stuff like “Housing” and “Leisure Studies”. Heck, even Ealey is somehow managing to stay “eligible”, and he couldn’t even legitimately graduate HIGH SCHOOL!

P. Bull Terrier

December 26th, 2010
6:32 pm

Now we know why he was speeding through Walton County – trying to get back to campus in time for his academic appointment. Poor guy.

Big Dawg

December 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

Washout should be able to carry the load. King, get your act together, how many more mistakes can you make this year.

Rick

December 26th, 2010
6:34 pm

Dawg Mike you are right about King. He should be told to turn in his jersey and not come back. A scholarship has been wasted on him.

cantondawg

December 26th, 2010
6:38 pm

There is nothing more pathetic than an adult ridiculing a young man while hiding behind a screen name on a message board. Everyone has made youthful mistakes. My advice to Caleb is to hold your head up, learn from your mistakes and try harder. No one on this board knows the reasons why you did this and no one should. Get an education for yourself and put it first on your priorities

CoastDog

December 26th, 2010
6:39 pm

I can stop worrying about King fumbling in the bowl game now.

layinlow

December 26th, 2010
6:40 pm

What is an academic appointment? Is this related to some sort of study hall or tutoring?

cantondawg

December 26th, 2010
6:40 pm

Rick and Dawg_mike,

i bet you blog cowards wouldn’t have the balls to tell it to his face. It’s real easy to be talk big while hiding behind your computer.

GwinnettDad

December 26th, 2010
6:43 pm

Caleb sure has had his issues while at UGA. Seems as putting personal responsibility first is at the bottom of his priority list. He’s been barely adequate on the field, and off the field, he’s been a disaster.

well......

December 26th, 2010
6:46 pm

at least he didn’t beat his girlfriend half to death and then get to stay on the team, only to be declared ineligible after he graduated. What kind of school would let something like that happen? Oh yeah. Tech.

SuperB

December 26th, 2010
6:46 pm

What the heck is wrong with Caleb King? Given an opportunity any kid could wish for he is totally blowing it.

Caleb: shape up– or ship out!

layinlow

December 26th, 2010
6:52 pm

CantonDawg, while agree that young people make mistakes and deserve second chances, I have to disagree with you on this one. This is Caleb King’s fourth year as a student at the University of Georgia and he fully understands the consequences of not keeping up with his academics. Were not talking about a true freshman in his first semster away from home. Adults need to show some understanding when it comes to youth making mistakes but this is not one of those situations. King has shown a pattern of immaturity and it’s getting old. Do you suggest we coddle him for the rest of his time in athens?

SuperB

December 26th, 2010
6:53 pm

To the Tekkie under “Wally Butts Designated Stumbler: At least Georgia didn’t have to academically suspend two GRADUATES . Tech just did. and you talk about dumb-asses flunking off the team? You are a hypocrite!

roberto

December 26th, 2010
6:53 pm

not a biggie; no one expects King to really contribute any more anyway. We need a feature back! He is not currently in red and black.

Walmart Fans

December 26th, 2010
6:54 pm

Who Cares! 6-6 team in a worthless bowl that no one will be watching.

Biff Pocoroba

December 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

UGA should just do like GAC and hire his brother to get him to go to class. Then he can graduate and put that home ec degree to good use.

Jcatl

December 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

UGA REALLY STANDS FOR JOE DIRT

December 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

CALEB KING RUNNING THIS STATE?

Or how about the biggest idiot in this state?! I wonder if he can count to10? We know he can hit and run in this state though!!! Does UGAY give a ship to any person that gets their name right on their SAT???? Loser

interesting

December 26th, 2010
6:57 pm

Where is MARK BRADLEY for this one?

RomeDawg

December 26th, 2010
6:58 pm

Cantondawg……I totally agree with your assessment of some of these bloggers. I rarely post here and rarely put any stock in what is said here because it is an open door for idiots who know none of the circumstances and an open forum for them to spout off at the mouth. I am as much of a dawg fan as anyone in this state and I have optimistic hopes for the program going forward in a manner by which we true dawg fans will be proud of. In the mean time, some of you idiots should learn to “Not throw rocks if you live in a glass house”! As always………….Go Dawgs!

Taco

December 26th, 2010
6:59 pm

Seriously? Academics? Com’on Man even I don’t believe that. Someone must have forgotten to put his pottery in the kiln. Did they forget to cook the brownies? Criminal studies is an actual FSU major.

canton(won't)dawg

December 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

Who thinks cantondawg would tell Rick or Dawg_Mike to their face, any of the comments he makes while hiding behind his computer?

RAID

December 26th, 2010
7:00 pm

Interesting…….give Mark time…..He’ll be all over it……after all it makes for good blog fodder!

Les

December 26th, 2010
7:02 pm

Time for Ealey to do his thing. I’d look for Ealey to get 25 carries, 150 yards, score 2 td’s, and basically win the game like he always does when he gets 100 yards.

Ealey better be the starter and sole RB in 2011. The dude is better than Lattimore in ypc, 11 td’s, he’s earned the starting position role.

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

December 26th, 2010
7:04 pm

WALLY BUTTS DESIGNATED STUMBLER: If you are almost as dumb/stupid as your little contribution makes you appear you are not even entitled to breathe free air. I have a degree in Civil Engineering but I am not stupid enough to believe that there are all brilliant students taking hard courses at GT and dumb bunglers taking easy courses at UGA. If you want a wellpaying occuption/career go to UGA and become a docter, dentist, attorney, judge, CEO or many other careers that pay a hell of a lot more than engineering. Of course you have likely never seen the inside of a college classroom except when you are emptying trash cans or washing windows. Obviously your parent(s) was/was having sex for fun when you were conceived.

ryan

December 26th, 2010
7:04 pm

Yea this nothing like Ohio State players getting tattoo’s here come the Tech fans when they have the same issues to with there players .

RAID

December 26th, 2010
7:05 pm

What bothers me the most about Caleb is that every CFP in the country wanted his services…..What happened?….We have had many good running backs at UGA and he was more highly recruited than Knowshon!…….Maybe it was just a miss……I sure pray that I Crowell comes to A town and is the real deal…….

Freddy

December 26th, 2010
7:07 pm

What has King done in the YEARS he has been at UGA? Think of something good? What the GT game last year.

O. Hale Almand, Jr.

December 26th, 2010
7:10 pm

“We may not make a university student out of him, but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

- opening statement on behalf of UGA (defendant), Atlanta Federal Court, January 1986

RAID

December 26th, 2010
7:10 pm

Oh, and since the tech blog was immediatelly shut down……Get off your “high accademic standard” horse…..Your players that are innelligable for the Shreveport bowl are’nt innelligable because of your schools supposed high standards……The NCAA handed this down because they failed to meet the minimum aquirements…….They judge GT no higher than they judge the school of the blind!……

kgtech

December 26th, 2010
7:11 pm

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

December 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

SuperB: You need to apologize to dumbasses everywhere.

ryan

December 26th, 2010
7:14 pm

3 Tech players suspended by the coach so don’t come on here and say its just a UGA problem .

kgtech

December 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

At least they are not out recking cars,public drunkness,selling jerseys,LMAO

still@the bar

December 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

ryan not even close.
2 of the Tech players Graduated with a Degree in Civil Engineering and Managemnet. Edwards will graduate next semester with a History and Technology degree. King will never Graduate from UGA.

kgtech

December 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

still@thebar: YOU ARE CORRECT

Wally Butts' Designated Stumbler

December 26th, 2010
7:17 pm

Actually, RAID, you horrendous spelling and grammar aside……

The two graduates who are ineligible were, in fact, taking additional courses toward a second degree and failed to pass the NCAA minimum hours required…..so those two failed to meet NCAA guidelines.

The two undergrads were declared ineligible solely on the basis of GT’s requirements to participate in athletics. They are still eligible under NCAA guidelines.

Wally Butts' Designated Stumbler

December 26th, 2010
7:18 pm

or “your”, as it were…..

btw, anyone know what a “docter” is?

still@the bar

December 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

Please Dawgs don’t start making excuses because y’ll have been all over the 4 Tech players. Well, the TECH players are graduating or have graduated. KING will N.E.V.E.R graduate from UGA.

kgtech

December 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

AGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

dd

December 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

Should have text’ed time to die b____h.

Oh, I forgot . Wrong school.

WinderDawg

December 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

This is a in school policy that King and the coaches knew about. What happen to personal responsibility? I’m not certain but I would think a written notice after failure to show number 3 or 4 was sent to King. If this is true then I would think long and hard before believing in King next year.

ryan

December 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

If you Tech guys are so smart how come you can’t beat UGA every year .

kgtech

December 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

ryan: go home yo your mommy.

ryan

December 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

Ha Ha can’t handle the truth .

Monroe's first Redcoat

December 26th, 2010
7:26 pm

King wasn’t a bust at GAC – if you remember, he blew his knee out and never played there after transferring from Parkview, where he was a studpuppy…..he has been a bust at UGA. Aside from a few flashes of promise, all he has made me envision is a stronger passing game so he wouldn’t have as many chances to fumble.

King is a symptom of a bigger problem – high-profile athletes who feel that they can do whatever the hell they want, show up for class when they want, if at all, with no consequences. When I was at UGAfrom ‘96 -’98 working on my second degree, I took an ROTC map-reading class just to get a little decompression in a very demanding schadule that quarter. Half the class was made up of scholarship football players, at least half of whom couldn’t spell “Dawg” if UGA was biting them in the in collective a$$e$. I ran into the instructor one day at the Tate Cnter, and he talked about the unhappy students he was going to have when they failed his class. I asked him, “No disrespect Capt. XXXX, but how in the hell do you fail map reading?”

He replied, “First, you get a football scholarship. Second, you act like you can come to my class when you feel like it.”

Caleb King, if allowed back at all, should have to work his way through the Scout Team and laundry detail, paying his own way. I am damn sick and tired of seeing these prima donna jocks have an opportunity like a full ride at a major university handed to them on a silver platter only to blow it due to outright stupidity.