UGA linebacker will transfer

Georgia inside linebacker Marcus Dowtin has played his final game for the Bulldogs.

Dowtin, a junior from Upper Marlboro, Md., has been granted an unconditional release from his scholarship to transfer to another school, UGA said Tuesday without further comment.

Reports surfaced last week that Dowtin had faced a second-degree assault charge stemming from a Maryland bar fight last May. The case was resolved in December, but Georgia coach Mark Richt did not learn of the incident until last week. (See this AJC story for more details on the case.)

Dowtin, who appeared in 11 games and started two this past season, didn’t play in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 because of what was described a coach’s decision unrelated to the Maryland matter. He was fourth on the Georgia team in tackles for the season with 57.

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North Georgia Dawg

January 11th, 2011
5:45 pm

1st – Another big loss for Mark Richt and Staff! Why don’t we just sweep this stuff up under the rug like every other program in the SEC. Look at UT and the bar fight up there!!!

North Georgia Dawg

January 11th, 2011
5:45 pm

2nd – I would like to know more about this issue!!!

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

January 11th, 2011
5:48 pm

Richt needs to tighten up his ship!

Goodbye to Dawgs top 3 tacklers this season (Dent, Houston and now Dowtin).

ConyersDawg

January 11th, 2011
5:49 pm

Wish Marcus the best, he has a wealth of talent.

Greg Talley (Ho)

January 11th, 2011
5:49 pm

Kicked Dowtin off the team. Great move. Look the guy beats up another person in a bar fight, doesn’t tell the coaches, it is about time we kicked these types of players off the team

TW

January 11th, 2011
5:52 pm

Time to turn the Dawgs off until they dump Richt.

It’s over.

We’re now a basketball school!

Character Matters

January 11th, 2011
5:53 pm

Good riddance, does not matter about the talent he has. I am sick of the thugs, constantly dragging this program down.

Character does matter, wait to go CMR and staff!

Word Smith

January 11th, 2011
5:53 pm

There’s no doubtin’ the wisdom of this move.

Willl

January 11th, 2011
5:54 pm

This young man was arrested last summer and Coach Richt claims he knew nothing about it.

How can that be? If it is true, the young man should have been removed from the program for witholding this information from the coaching staff.

D A DoubleU G

January 11th, 2011
5:57 pm

I applaud Richt for having him transfer. I hope it was because he was asked to leave.

The same people who will criticize this are the same people who would criticize Richt for keeping him. There’s no pleasing some.

If you want to know the true state of mind of Dawg Nation, please do not read the comments here.

Go Dawgs!!!!!!

Bulldawg1444

January 11th, 2011
5:58 pm

TW you have no clue.Dowtin was a cancer to the team.He is the underachiever here.It is time for UGA to get rid of anyone who is not willing to pay the cost of winning.People like you want to blame everything on a coach when the players involved have character issues.I am glad we are taking a stand against players and recruits who have an entitlement mentality.Our ship will be righted with or without cancers like you

Another Thug bites the dust

January 11th, 2011
5:59 pm

Good riddance of a trouble maker at the party school !

south

January 11th, 2011
6:02 pm

Hey WiIIII- he was removed from the program you dumb ass

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
6:02 pm

There are times when an example does wonders for discipline.

Freddy

January 11th, 2011
6:05 pm

Opens up another spot for recruiting

Ga Dawg 97

January 11th, 2011
6:05 pm

Get Richt out of here and go get Gary Petterson! NOW!!!!!

get real people

January 11th, 2011
6:05 pm

You people saying the UGA program is full of thugs have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s almost as if you have no idea what goes on at other schools. Or maybe you do and you want us to try and be Stanford for some reason. And if that’s the case, you better get used to losing…or convince a Jim Harbaugh type to come coach here.

North Georgia Dawg

January 11th, 2011
6:05 pm

If you think UGA is the exception rather than the rule than you are a complete fool! This type of crap goes on everywhere. Unfortunately for us UGA fans we don’t sweep it under the rug. Alabama and Tennessee are the worlds worst at sweeping incidents like this under the rug and you never hear another word about it. Please see the Bar Knoxville incident for UT. They (Several Members of the Team) put an off duty cop in the hospital. One player got dismissed because it was his second maybe 3rd infraction and he ran from the cops too. The others involved didn’t pay the type of price that Dowtin is paying. Just Saying….!

Paul in RDU

January 11th, 2011
6:06 pm

This is the best move for all concerned and there is no point in dragging Dowtin through the mud.
It will be interesting to see where Dowtin resurfaces since, unusually in a transfer, UGA has done it unconditionally allowing him to go to another SEC school.

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

January 11th, 2011
6:06 pm

Bulldawg 1444:You said for most of Dawgnation in your 5:58pm post.

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

January 11th, 2011
6:07 pm

You said “it” for most of Dawgnation.

SE Dawg Fan

January 11th, 2011
6:08 pm

I was disappointed that Chizik did nothing to Fairley when he obviously turned the facemask of an Oregon player. I didn’t want Oregon to win, but I didn’t want Auburn to lose. Strange feeling for a lot of SEC fans last night. Now we know how Auburn punishes “In-house.” I’m glad Richt has more morals than Chizik.

DawginOH

January 11th, 2011
6:08 pm

It’s a shame we lost a talented athlete, but good for Richt for making a statement about off-the-field conduct!

Good luck to Marcus in all his future endeavors.

makes a lot of sense

January 11th, 2011
6:09 pm

So what are we down to now? About 70 scholarship worthy players and 15 walk-ons with scholarships?

You kick a guy off the team for getting in a bar fight 8 months ago, which has since been resolved? You gonna kick the next guy off the team for coughing in a team meeting?

Bigdsel

January 11th, 2011
6:10 pm

Sad that this happened, But hopefully that will let other players know that if you mess up, your gone. But then people like Fran T. get mad Because we lost another good player.

BostonDawg

January 11th, 2011
6:11 pm

Yes, they are setting examples–but shouldn’t the previous examples have also made an impact? Mettenberger? Montez Robinson? How many examples will it take before the team is made entirely of walk-ons?

SE Dawg Fan

January 11th, 2011
6:11 pm

There’s probably a lot more to this situation than we’ll ever know. I don’t think it’s just because of the fight, but maybe that Dowtin wanted the coaching staff to not know about it.

Saben

January 11th, 2011
6:11 pm

And the wheels fall off the cart again.

Boise State by 50

Brainiac(Dawg for life)

January 11th, 2011
6:11 pm

Maybe he will join Derek Dooley since fighting and beating and kicking law enforcement personnel unconscious or any other person is NOT against team policy.

Vince you must be proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the SEC West has some fine institutions

January 11th, 2011
6:13 pm

So which SEC West school will Dowtin end up at?

south

January 11th, 2011
6:13 pm

he covered it up and probably lied to coaches…then he needed to miss practice time to resolve it…

Mitch Cumstein

January 11th, 2011
6:13 pm

Get Real- That is the idea… to get a Jim Harbaugh!!!!!!! Stanford has third rate talent and would wipe the floor with our first rate talent. Don’t you people understand that the coaching is the problem? We recruit players who perform on the feild, but not in the classroom nor in society and they aren’t coached up, rthus loser attitudes which is reflected on the feild. Well, that and an imbecile calling plays from the sideline!

Vance Duuley

January 11th, 2011
6:14 pm

Dowtin should have been dismissed when Richt first heard about the barroom brawl.

One less thug in Athens for now, but Saint Mark will undoubtedly recruit more of these punks.

thuggie

January 11th, 2011
6:15 pm

Not talking about everybody – but this guy – has been, is and will be – bad news. Ga deserves some picking at on this guy.

woodie

January 11th, 2011
6:16 pm

He only started 2 games but was 4th on the team in tackles…hmmm.

Thuga

January 11th, 2011
6:16 pm

SE Dawg Fan – don’t be a hater! Just because Fairly can handle his business and get in the other teams head you leghumpers want to cry and whine. Georgia doesn’t have anyone who can even carry his jock! And don’t give me the “dirty player” story. Georgia has been the leader in dirty players for years. Their coaches teach it just like everyone else.
Keep loving on CMR, it will pay dividends in the future.
We RUIN this state!

Vain Jangling

January 11th, 2011
6:16 pm

Getting in a bar fight? That’ll get you in some serious hot water with the coach. Getting in a bar fight and not telling the coach about it? That’ll get you kicked off the team. After all the hullabaloo in the past year or so about such off-the-field issues, Richt had no choice. Me? I still think it points to a fairly significant recruiting problem (that is, someone keeps green-lighting offers to these numbskulls).

TW

January 11th, 2011
6:17 pm

Bulldawg1444 -

Yeah, you keep apologizing for Richt. That was a 2 yr coach who won the BCS last night. Guys like you are why we’ve turned into Kentucky/Ole Miss.

We know jack squat about running the ball, or stopping the run. It takes stones to compete in the SEC, and the only stones Richt had left with Van Gorder.

Bobo and his sissy flag football offense are a joke – and the recruits have finally figured that out.

We wasted 4 yrs of Stafford, 2 yrs of Green, and God knows how much more talent. Georgia football players are studs in high school, and then again when they hit the NFL. Why? Because their college coach sucked.

Here’s a reality check for you tinkerbells…

1. Auburn
2. Alabama
3. Fla
4. Arkansas
5. LSU

6. South Carolina
7. Miss St.
8. Tenn

9. UGA
10. Kentucky
11. Ole Miss

12. Vandy

Let those who are happy about this continue to blow Richt’s whistle…

That Guy

January 11th, 2011
6:17 pm

@SE Dawg,

You equate assault to facemask? That alone discredits anything you say.

get real people

January 11th, 2011
6:18 pm

I agree to an extent Mitch but you need both if you want to CONSISTENTLY play at a high level. Stanford had a great season this year but their records for the 3 prior seasons were 8-5, 5-7, and 4-8. Even if Harbaugh would have stayed at Stanford, they would have had a difficult time consistently competing for a BCS slot.

Buh Bye

January 11th, 2011
6:18 pm

A few salient comments:

1. Four different SEC teams have won the last five BCS championships.

2. UGA was not one of those teams.

3. During that period, UGA did not win the SEC championship.

4. During that period, UGA did not even win its SEC division.

In other words, UGA has sunk into total irrelevancy both regionally and nationally.

So why is UGA paying Mark Richt millions of dollars a year?

jasont13

January 11th, 2011
6:19 pm

I agree with the other posters who say that things are not thrown under the rug in Athens. Case in point up in Knoxville with the bar fight, over in Tuscaloosa with one of the players being shot in the arm be a known drug dealer (it was reported in self defense) or with Ryan Mallett being taken home in Fayetteville by police officers on more than one occasion after being pulled over for DUI. How do I know? Because I live in Fayetteville and just happen to work for the FPD and have seen the footage and spoke with the some of the officers.

south

January 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

I think UGA should just go the SMU route….give itself the death penalty….and come back in 2013 with all Freshman team

BostonDawg

January 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

Thuga, you’re a moron. I watched every Georgia game this year and not once did I see a Georgia player put his helmet in the middle of the opposing team’s QB’s back 2 seconds after he threw the ball. However, I saw your boy Fairly do it multiple times. He is most definitely a dirty player. If you can recall a time Georgia players were dirty I’d be happy to listen…

Freddy

January 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

Bring in Jim Donnan as the head recruiter. He is still in Athens

Mirk Racht

January 11th, 2011
6:21 pm

Boise State 70, GeorgIa 17.

The start of a loooooong season for dawgtard fans.

playing time

January 11th, 2011
6:21 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen your new AD at work!

jasont13

January 11th, 2011
6:22 pm

TW, your an idiot non fan. If you were you would understand that Stafford and Green were there 3 years. And how do you put Tennesee ahead of UGA when they were destroyed in Athesn this year. Oh maybe because your a UT or a Tech fan posing as a UGA fan. You can tell the poser fans because they can not spell the players names correctly or have zero idea how long they were there.

suwaneedawg

January 11th, 2011
6:22 pm

TW, you are a nerd in bulldog’s clothing. If you are not, please feel free to transfer your alligience to their school. They need all the fans they can get.

LakeDawg

January 11th, 2011
6:23 pm

This is actually good news. CMR is finally holding these players accountable instead of “sweeping it under the rug.” It will do wonders for team discipline.