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Monday, April 18, 2011

An update on the Bonner/Carver story

Here’s our latest on today's big news: Three Columbus Carver High School football players, including highly-rated recruit Deion Bonner, being charged with theft from current Georgia players. Thanks to Chris White of the Ledger-Enquirer for his hustle in Columbus, where this is obviously big news.

Carver head coach Dell McGee said the three players would be suspended for the first five games of next season. As for whether Georgia’s offer still stands, McGee told White that he didn’t know what would happen. From the above-linked story:

McGee said he spoke with Georgia coach Mark Richt and said the Bulldogs coach viewed the alleged thefts as an isolated incident.

“(Richt) said these were just 16-, 17-year-old kids, that kids do different things, and it’s part of growing up,” McGee said. “It’s just an isolated incident that occurred. I know our program doesn’t stand for those types of things, and I don’t want to be represented by that.”

As for Georgia and head coach Mark Richt, they continue to decline comment on the matter.

Richt is kind of in a sticky position. According to NCAA rules, the program can at least confirm whether or not it is still recruiting a player.

But given the past tension between Georgia and Carver – which has only recently been smoothed over – it’s easy to see where Richt would want to let McGee and Bonner do the public speaking.

Still, I think it’s fair to say it would be a surprise to see Deion Bonner in a Bulldog uniform next year.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sick of Mark Richts gloss over excuses. Its time to recruit some good players with good character. I know there are many good kids out there. We also have players on this team that are not too bright. Lockers .... get it? Apparently some UGA players dont understand what they are supposed to be used for and this is why UGA aint winning any championships lately.

Anonymous said...

does this count for fulmer cup points??

Anonymous said...

...yet they knew exactly how to unload those I-phones in a hurry.

Anonymous said...

WrestlingII you are kidding right?

II said...

Which shows less character? With scholarship on the line!

Anonymous said...

You're right - no way these theives make it to UGA. Hope they don't "graduate" to armed robbery. Absurd that they will ever play on a high school team again. Goodbye Columbus

Anonymous said...

Well II I have been on the receiving end of more than one delightful BJ without being arrested - just sayin.

Show me a high school jock that hasn't benefited from the same and I'll reconsider.

Chances are your dad has been on the recieving end of a BJ :-)

CLTDawg said...

poetic justice might be to continue recruiting him and just happening to leave him alone in the locker room with the victims for a little Parcells-style justice.

II said...

You are right - my dad speaks highly of your mom!

Anonymous said...

"UGA aint winning any championships lately." I can tell you didn't go to UGA or attend English class.

Anonymous said...

And the Tech Troll is back! Yay!

Anonymous said...

This is a tricky spot. Carver is loaded with talent every year that'll end up at Alabama or Auburn if they don't come to UGA. Hopefully Carver's coaches won't blackball UGA because we don't want this kid...tough situation

Anonymous said...

Coach McGee treats his players like his own kids.Most of his players come from single parent families.Most are very low income.He tries to make them into men and then football players.These players really let him down,but he will continue to work with them.

Carey said...

If Richt still gives an offer to Bonner then he should be let go. Continue recruiting him to keep up appearances and maintain a good relationship with McGee and Carver but do not let him ink an LOI to come here.

BulldogBen said...

It's just a shame because he really is a monster talent. Bottom line is that you can't have him in a UGA uniform because he'll be playing with the very players he stole from. You can't have that kind of toxic situation in a locker room.

As for the Carver/UGA relationship, I'd think this is WAY more embarassing to Carver than UGA. But really, the embarassment should be all Bonner's.

Anonymous said...

No way any of these 3 punks should be allowed back on UGA campus, much less the football team!

How stupid can you get! Idiots! If I were a coach from one of the other schools offering a scholarship, I would rescind that also. No way Nick Saban lets one on these idiots go to ALA!

Dum, Dum, Dum!!

Anonymous said...

Low character guys are hardly an exception at UGA and most other SEC schools. Very few of these kids have any business being on a college campus. It takes tutors to get them through the simplest classes and coaches and managers tracking them on a daily basis to try to keep them out of trouble.

Richt knows it would take a felony arrest to get many SEC schools to give up on Bonner. Knowing that, Richt isn't going to play his hand just yet. That said, I agree that it seems highly unlikely that Bonner will wind up at UGA considering that these kids committed a crime that was to the detriment of existing UGA players.

PTC DAWG said...

Richt slow playing the incident is absolutely the way to go. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just foolish, IMHO.

Who knows, maybe the kid makes good on what they took and makes other restitution to the players/school. Folks do get and most deserve a 2nd chance given the correct circumstances.

I still say it is an uphill battle for him to get a scholly offer at UGA.

bigeasydawg said...

I know the writers don't write the headlines Seth, but that was a very misleading one in the ledger. It reminded me of a line in the Simpsons: "you're banned from this historical society! You, and your children, and your children's children!!.........for three months."

Anonymous said...

Sure kids deserve a second chance and they'll get it like Newton playing in small stadiums in an unheard of town for an unknown team instead of in front millions. And if that doesn't work out they can sit around and tell little kids how great they used to be.