Posted: 8:51 am Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Richt, Pruitt justified in making changes 

By Jeff Schultz

Jeremy Pruitt has been given free rein to fix Georgia's defense. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

Jeremy Pruitt has been given free rein to fix Georgia’s defense. (Curtis Compton, AJC)

There are two absolutes when a college athlete is dismissed from a team: 1) The player did something wrong (probably more than once); 2) The coach did something right.

Given Georgia coach Mark Richt has dismissed safety Tray Matthews for unspecified reasons, the third high-profile exit from his team’s defense this offseason. This should confirm that the let’s-give-him-one-more-chance mentality that used to exist in Athens is officially dead and buried.

Richt’s statement on Matthews’ exit was brief but said enough: “We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right.”

UPDATE: Matthews addresses his dismissal: He admits he caused disruption in classroom. Link here.

Richt doesn’t “run off” players. So it’s safe to assume Matthews had been given multiple chances on certain issues and blew it.

The decision-making process almost certainly included new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. He probably has watched several nauseating hours of game tape of the three departed players — Matthews, the twice-suspended Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins — and saw that natural ability often didn’t equate to performance. Or intelligence. Or effort. There was no reason for any of the three to slack off and not conform to team mandates.

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that all these exits are happening now, after Pruitt replaced Todd Grantham.

Matthews was among four Georgia players arrested in March and charged with allegedly double-dipping on financial aid checks — scanning and depositing them in one bank and then quickly cashing them at another. (Because, you know, a bank or a school’s accounting office would NEVER catch up to that trick.)

Harvey-Clemons and Wiggins already have transferred to Louisville. Matthews may join them. That would reunite the three with former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, where they can all underachieve together again.

All three players were touted recruits, if you pay attention to that star-system thing. But all three also had maturity issues, were excessively coddled and arrived with a sense of entitlement. It’s all too common in recruiting.

Pruitt is a tough guy, a smart guy. He proved that at Florida State, building a defense that helped the Seminoles win the national championship. Richt is justified in giving him free rein with the defense. He did that with Grantham and it backfired. I have a feeling this time it won’t.

217 comments
swimdawg68
swimdawg68

I'm sure Matthews will be a good boy at Au-barn.  Still hard to believe Auburn would take him.  My respect for their program to a serious decline. 

CEPH
CEPH

The disturbing part of this IS Grantham would still be there if he hadn't taken another job.  Richt would have never fired him.  So everyone is trying to make it appear  as if Richt in his infinite wisdom pushed Grantham out the door. .EVERYONE knows this didn't happen unless they are completely stupid, just saying!

cspecial
cspecial

DO IT COACH PRUITT! HE WILL HAVE A STONE WALL DEFENSE

HowlinDawg
HowlinDawg

Business or athletics, new managers weed out the people who won't conform to their system and find people they think will get the job done.


It's obvious Pruitt has experience turning things around defensively, so let's give him a chance.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

That would reunite the three with former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, where they can all underachieve together again."


Might be the best sentence you've ever penned.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

OldGuy....this segment is not a UGA blog.  Check the author before spouting off or take a nap. It is an article about UGA from a COLLOMNIST. 

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

By the way, what was he taught in Childrens Lit????


Today, class, we will have you read "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. 


We will discuss it intently and go over the narrative and plot in great detail.  We will discuss character development.   I will give each of you students 4 weeks to read it and then you will be tested on it.  


Only at UGA.  

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

"Sporting white sneakers, khaki pants and a loose-fitting and untucked navy button down, former Georgia safety Tray Matthews listened carefully to State Court Judge Ethelyn Simpson. "


Yup, that is how you should dress to show up to court and convince the judge that you are an upstanding citizen and not a thug.  


It is bad enough that he showed his Childrens Lit professor some disrespect.  Now he is dissing the judge.



BrownianMotion
BrownianMotion

lville and auburn---their recruiting is easy---just wait for 5 star players to get kicked out of uga, then sign them up and treat them like kings!

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Trey needs to go to JUCO and learn humility before tackling anymore childrens lit classes.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Buck Belue just said Matthews got knocked out in a fight during his first practice.

ARdawg
ARdawg

Apparently Bobby and his ilk are still reeling and embarrassed at being spotted 20 points only to lose in the most recent UGA/GT match up on the gridiron. Can't say that blame you Bobby, it is quite humiliating

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Well gary, bob, and poad (Praise Our Athens Dogs), wish I could stay and chat but the day calls.


Don't stay on the computer all day. Its bad for your eyes. Go out and get some exercise.


And remember, you do not have to live on the dark side. You are free to leave the Jello Yackettes and come over to the UGA faithful where the SEC football is exciting and life is good and wholesome.


Its the land of milk and honey.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

I love it everyday when the oldguy gets his b-12 and starts answering some troll trash. Invigorating!

GTBob
GTBob

So a guy got kicked out of UGA because he acted up in his Children's Literature class? Some things are so funny that you know they aren't made up.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Losing almost every game to your big brother and REAL program....only at Tech!

OGTripleOG
OGTripleOG

What has Trey done that makes you think he a thug....

GTBob
GTBob

@ARdawg If you think I am humiliated or even slightly perturbed by the result of any UGA/GT game then you are sorely mistaken. I have been over that game for years now. If anything I was surprised that the game was as close as it was.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ARdawg Yea, 2 OTs before the mighty SEC dawgs could take care of us. I thought we played one hell of a game that day. Do you still have balloons down there? yea balloons but no Championships.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ARdawg losing to the Prisoners is humiliating? All the prisoners do is workout and play ball while tech players actually study & attend class. Humiliating is if a Tech player doesn't get a better job that a UGa prisoner upon his release on probation to the workforce. 

GTBob
GTBob

@TheOldGuy Being castrated. Lighting myself on fire. Electrocuted. Torn apart by angry wolves. Poked in the eye with a spear. Riding a razorblade slide into a pool of rubbing alcohol. Those are all things I would choose to do first before ever rooting one minute for UGA in any sport at any time.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@gtcaryd  Glad it makes your troll trash day.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@GTBob  Yeah, like the Reuben Houston and 100 pounds of pot episode. Funny!!

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Great to hear...clearly that's why you are still TROLLING UGA football boards "years later"....LMAO!

ARdawg
ARdawg

@GTBob @ARdawg I understand Bobby. You've got those powerhouses like Duke and Middle TN St to contend with every year

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

@gtcaryd Obviously you consider a close game as a victory. However you lost and show us your teams championship.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Love those balloons....we went ahead and bought a 50 year supply. Maybe one year out of 20 we will loan you some....but probably not. LMAO that you techies cannot comprehend how pathetic you come across Trolling the pages of your superiors. Why not pick a fight with a program you might actually have a chance to beat...like GSU....at least for a year or two before they ALSO make your their biotches...!

ARdawg
ARdawg

@gtcaryd @ARdawg Yeah it is a shame the Dawgs just can't get up for that game anymore, ain't it?

POAD The Richard Head
POAD The Richard Head

@POAD2014 @ARdawg  - I know all about an education. Just because both tech and UGA denied me does not mean that i have no edumacation. It sux being a techie.

WDE
WDE

@POAD2014 Dude our players can count to FOUR , there are times that can NOT be said for even the quarterback at Bug U. 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Think you may want to do some research so that you can update that embarrassingly stupid rhetoric you like to spew. UGA was one of FIVE programs recognized for academics and graduation rates....Stanford and Rice were on that list...but funny how no insects were mentioned.

It is truly heart warming to see envious insects like yourself Trolling football articles so that you can make such wonderful statements about how losing to UGA every year for an entire double term presidency (and then some) doesn't matter. Perhaps you should be Trolling the GT academic bowl mathletics page....LMAO!

WDE
WDE

@GTBob @TheOldGuy hey your forgot a good one "trade in my Love Doll for a actual girl "

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

You should add..."Living a frustrated life by NEVER beating UGA while still feeling compelled to Troll articles about that far superior school that continues to crush my insect dreams"....

GTBob
GTBob

@TheOldGuy Houston was kicked off the team at GT and ordered to be reinstated by a judge. That isn't quite the same as a player getting a little too rowdy in his Green Eggs and Ham class. I can hardly believe that is a real class.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@TheOldGuy @GTBob Take awhile for you to find that meanOldGuy? Good to have our usual troll trash here today.
 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ARdawg you mean like you guys do for Vandy, Kentucky & Coastal Carolina? 

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

You are right....one of these is a criminal act! Maybe you should have paid attention in children's lit class!

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@GTBob @TheOldGuy  And Coach Joe Hamilton and his little situation? And no one mentioned it with all of the HOF hoopla. Notice how UGA fans did not come onto Tech blogs and point out the reasons why Hamilton was let go by Tech?

GTBob
GTBob

@TheOldGuy Do you really want to start a discussion about arrests and drug use of current and former players at GT and UGA? It isn't going to work out well for you but I will gladly start firing away if you want me to. Otherwise, just laugh with the rest of us at how a player was actually dismissed from UGA because he disrupted a Peter Pan study session.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheOldGuy that is because UGa fans love potheads and overlooking breaking the laws they don't think should exist or are not a big deal crime.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@gtcaryd @TheOldGuy @GTBob  Read, idiot.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

Funniest part of this entire sequence is...UGA can afford to do the RIGHT thing by dismissing 4 and 5 star athletes. The bumbling bees are still praying that SOME DAY they will be able to RECRUIT a four or five star player....LMAO!!!

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@GTBob @TheOldGuy  I guess Americans really do not value their teachers based on the disrespect you show for their education. And everybody (except Tech trolls) wants better teachers and education for America. You are unAmerican.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@gtcaryd @TheOldGuy @GTBob  Its an article about UGA. You guys are fascinated by UGA. So you troll the articles and blogs on UGA. Go settle on Tech articles since you are Tech fans. You are trash when you settle on UGA articles to troll. Don't get upset when I call you trash. Trolling is what trash does,

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@gtcaryd I think Schultzy has a few more arrows in his quiver than the Chipster.  


"Sack Schultz" beats "10@10 anyday (except Wednesday when Chip actually posts) of the week.