Posted: 9:59 am Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Ten@10: Wiggins to Louisville, Langley to wide receiver and Donnan case to jury 

By Chip Towers

THE TEN AT 10:

1. It appears quite likely that Shaq Wiggins will end up at Louisville.

That’s according to his father. Al Wiggins told me Monday night that the Cardinals are the leader among about 20 schools that have shown interest in having the 5-foot-10, 165-pound cornerback transfer in from Georgia. The Bulldogs announced they were effectively releasing Wiggins by mutual agreement this past Friday.

Louisville is, of course, coached by former Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. And Louisville, of course, has already claimed another UGA defensive back. Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons transferred there after the coach Mark Richt dismissed him in February for multiple rules violations.

“You have to consider them,” Al Wiggins, speaking by phone from their home in Tyrone, said of the Cardinals. “Coach Grantham is there and that’s where Josh Harvey-Clemons is at. You know, they played on the same side (of the secondary). So that’s definitely something Shaquille and I feel comfortable with. But we haven’t really made a firm decision yet. We’ve still got to put everything on the table.”

Mr. Wiggins declined to mention the other schools they are considering, though he did offer that he wanted his son to go to South Carolina out of high school. But he was out-voted by Shaq and his mother, who both preferred Georgia.

“I think he knows where he wants to go,” Al Wiggins said. “It just has to happen.”

2. As for what happened at Georgia, Mr. Wiggins wanted to make three things clear: That his son had not gotten into trouble with the law; that his son was not in academic trouble; and that they have no problem at all with the University of Georgia.

“The Georgia experience was actually  fantastic for me and my family,” he said. “That’s the God’s honest truth.”

Shaq Wiggins had been arrested for driving on a suspended license earlier this year, but wasn’t going to be suspended and the incident wasn’t a factor in this decision, Al Wiggins said. The issue was the coaching change.

Scott Lakatos, Wiggins’ position coach, was not retained after this past season, Grantham left for Louisville for more money and the rest of the defensive staff eventually left for different jobs. The Bulldogs subsequently brought in Jeremy Pruitt from national champion FSU to coordinate the defense. The difference in schemes, techniques and general coaching philosophy is radically different, according to Mr. Wiggins.

He said Pruitt teaches a “T-step” coverage technique rather than the “power-step” Shaq has always utilized and prefers. Despite starting eight games as a freshman last season, Shaq fallen back on the Bulldogs’ depth chart. He also had been reprimanded more than once for improper decorum in the weight room and on the field.

“You can’t blame a new coach coming in with a new tone,” Mr. Wiggins said. “He didn’t do a good job of adjusting maybe. I don’t know, but it’s time to move on.”

3. That said, Al Wiggins insist there are no hard feelings between his family and Georgia.

“I was very impressed with the way Mark Richt handled the whole thing, the way he released him, the way the conversations went with him and Pruitt,” Al Wiggins said. “It was so positive it was unbelievable in a lot of ways. There was nothing negative about it. It was really impressive to see that in modern-day football, that a separation could be as positive as this. I was very impressed with the University of Georgia. They didn’t want him to leave, but they didn’t try to get in his way. They were very professional. There’s absolutely no bitter feeling.”

4. Richt has displayed an increasingly more liberal attitude over the years when it comes to a willingness to let players transfer without much resistance. Schools have NCAA authority to put restrictions on what other programs a player might consider. Richt doesn’t make such stipulations.

Richt explained that philosophy when he talked to reporters in Albany on Monday before a UGA Days event there.

“First of all, I’m not afraid of attrition,” he was quoted as saying in a story on the website Dawgs247.com. “Sometimes attrition is good. Life is too short for guys not being where they ought to be or where they want to be, all those types of things. In the end, you want everybody to be where they want to be and have the best opportunity to do what they want to do. There’s a lot of that going on, but it’s not all that shocking, really.”

5. In the meantime, the secondary has encountered even more attrition since spring practice wrapped up a month ago. Richt also confirmed to Dawgs247.com that the Bulldogs have moved Brendan Langley from defensive back to wide receiver. Langley started the first four games of last season at cornerback and actually edged out Wiggins for that right, but then lost the job back to Wiggins the last two-thirds of the season.

“He’s fast, and he can change direction well,” Richt said of Langley. “We just thought as a staff that it might be a shot for him to help us.”

It’s difficult to say who might start now at the cornerback position opposite Damian Swann. At the end of spring practice Aaron Davis, a walkon, was working with the No. 1 defense at corner, while Langley was getting a look at safety.

In any case, it would appear the door is wide open for signees such as Shattle Fenteng and Malkolm Parrish to come in and earn for immediate playing time. The Bulldogs signed four defensive backs in their last recruiting class.

6. Originally expected to last “three to four weeks,” the Jim Donnan fraud trial in U.S. District Court in Athens could actually get handed to the jury by the end of this week. Prosecutors told Judge C. Ashley Royal they expect to rest their case on Tuesday and lead defense attorney Ed Tolley added they he doesn’t expect to need more than a day to make his case. That could leave a verdict in the jury’s hands by late Thursday or early Friday.

In the original indictment, Donnan and Gregory Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, faced 87 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and security fraud related to an alleged Ponzi scheme in which investors lost almost $23 million. Forty-six of those counts were thrown out before the trial began May 6 and there are indications more could be dismissed will be before the case goes to the jury.

7. Obviously, the Georgia baseball team’s game against Georgia Tech tonight in the Spring Baseball Classic for Kids at Turner Field is hugely important. It will decide the season’s series, currently tied at one game apiece. But an even more important series awaits the Bulldogs later this week. They play host to Kentucky in a three-game series that starts on Thursday and will determine whether they earn a spot in the SEC tournament.

Georgia (25-25-1, 10-16-1 SEC) is currently 12th overall in the SEC, which happens to take the top 12 teams for its annual tournament in Hoover. The Bulldogs are a half-game ahead of Auburn (10-17) in the SEC standings and a half-game behind Tennessee (11-16). Auburn plays host to LSU while the Vols Florida in Knoxville. Kentucky is 30-20 overall and 12-15  in the SEC.

So the magic number for the Bulldogs is three. Any combination of Georgia wins or Auburn losses equaling three will clinch a spot. A sweep could move the Bulldogs up to eighth.

“This is what we wanted,” coach Scott Stricklin said. “We hoped we’d be playing meaningful games is May and we are. … We have a chance not only to get into the SEC tournament but to improve our seeding.”

Kentucky features the best player in the SEC — by far. A.J. Reed (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) is not only the SEC’s leading slugger (.350, 21 HR, 63 RBI) but is also one of the league’s top pitchers (9-2, 2.30 ERA).

8. Georgia’s softball team has been making a little history of its own. The Bulldogs won the program’s first SEC tournament championship this past weekend in Columbia, S.C., and were awarded their highest seed ever — fourth — for the NCAA Tournament, which begins this week.

In the Athens Regional at the Jack Turner Softball Stadium, Georgia (45-12) will host N.C. State (34-16), UAB (31-25) and Chattanooga (34-19) Friday through Sunday. The Bulldogs will open against UAB on Friday.

Georgia is making both its 13th-consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, all under head coach Lu Harris-Champer. The Bulldogs are 46-24 overall in NCAA postseason play, and advanced to the Women’s College World Series final four in 2009 and 2010.

Georgia’s softball program continues to flourish under the direction of coach Lu Harris-Champer. The Bulldogs are making their 13th-consecutive NCAA postseason appearance under her guidance and are 46-24 overall in NCAA postseason play. They advanced to the Women’s College World Series final four in 2009 and 2010.

UGA produced a nice highlight video that recaps its run to the SEC title this past weekend.

9. The NCAA Tennis Championships, one of my all-time favorite events, is back in Athens this year and will get under way on Thursday. If you’ve never been you really need to check it out. It’s just a relaxed and enjoyable event to attend, team tennis is a fun format and competition is intense.

The Dan Magill Tennis Complex is considered one of the best facilities in America and has hosted the NCAA Championships a total of 24 times. It played host to 13 NCAA Championship in a row from 1977-89. In 2006, the NCAA opted to have one combined site for the men’s and women’s tennis championships and Georgia has served as a host for the combined NCAA Tennis Championships in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

The odds are good that either or both of Georgia’s teams could play for a title this year. The Lady Dogs are seeded No. 1 while the men are 10 as the Sweet Sixteen gets under way this week. The women play 16th-seeded Southern Cal Thursday at 4 p.m. and the men open against No. 7 North Carolina Friday at 4 p.m. The semifinals and finals are scheduled for Sunday and Monday, respectively.

10. This & that: Condolences to former Bulldog Lindsay Scott. His stepson, Clayton “Clay” Rolland Cross, was shot and killed in an incident at a club in Homerville this past Saturday. Cross, 22, was close to graduating from Morehouse University in Atlanta. … Not surprisingly, freshman Robert Tyler was named the SEC’s Pitcher of the Week. The 6-4, 210-pound right-hander from Cordele pitched a complete-game shutout for a win over No. 11 Ole Miss this past Saturday. Tyler improved to 5-4 on the season while lowering his team-best ERA to 2.57. … While quarterback Aaron Murray (Chiefs) and tight end Arthur Lynch (Dolphins) were the only Bulldogs selected in the NFL draft (both in the fifth round), Georgia had six players selected by teams via free agency. Players from last year’s Georgia team who will get an NFL try include OL Chris Burnette (Bucs), OL Kenarious Gates (Bucs), OL Dallas Lee (Falcons), DL Garrison Smith (Dophins), WR/DB Blake Sailors (redskins) and WR Rantavious Wooten (Dolphins). That number grows to eight if you include Alabama State tailback Isaiah Crowell (Browns) and DB Jordan Love (Patriots).

156 comments
96JB
96JB

Richt putting walk on's on starting defense while Bama has a 5 star starting at Db and a 4 star backing him up. In a nut shell, that's the difference......Just like draft day, some are first rounders and some are free agents. There's a reason.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

I like what Pruitt is doing . He is letting even the starters know that they will have to develop following his teachings or they will not play . Georgia has had a huge discipline problem , not because the kids are bad kids but because they won't listen to the Coaches and Richt has let it happen because these players are so good . 

Pruitt is going to have a huge positive influence on Richt . It may take 2 or 3 years to see the results but it is coming.

DawginLex
DawginLex

to all the TROLLS and haters:


Shaq Wiggins left UGA because he was not going to play. Why was he not going to play, you ask? Because he refused to do things Pruitt's way.


Why did Pruitt come to UGA? He and his Dad met Mark Richt years ago. He always wanted to coach with Richt. That along with more money will make you change jobs.


Pretty simple really but you idiots will try and make it complicated so you can TROLL

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Just wondering, how the dog off-season is goings far?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

ThomAss, i thought i was in the movie Ground Hog Day. Are you having memory problems? DawgNole respond to him or something.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

TampGator1 8 hours ago

“I am a fan of Georgia when they are not playing Florida.”

DawgNole 8 hours ago

“you can't be a fan of two teams. I know--cuz ThomAss says so.”

DawgNole January 4th, 2013 6:13 pm

“Half of me pulled for the Dawgs, half for the Noles”

"Mixed feelings, torn, and still don’t know who I’d pull for if they play again."

DawgNole at 8:00 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013

“True that, TB--then and now.”

DawgNole September 5th, 2012  5:22 pm

“I’m on a Tech blog because I follow Tech and pull for the Jackets in all games except those with UGA and FSU.”

DawgNole January 5th, 2013 10:38 pm

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“You’re the only one who appears to have an issue with that.”

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Dawg350                                                                         3 days ago

“Dawg nole… you pull for tech...how disturbing. Dude you pull for too many teams in my opinion.“

Swamp Thing September 3rd, 2012 4:54 pm

“DawgNole (which end is the Dawg and which end is the Nole?)”

HotDawg
HotDawg

The Feds have a very good trial percentage. You certainly don't want to cross them.

But the early opinions I've heard, from trial reporters and other media, is Donnan has a good chance of being aquitted.

And sadly, he only knows the truth of his intentions.

Even if he is found innocent, a majority in the court of public opinion has already convicted him, unfortunately.

The whole thing is sad for everyone involved.

HotDawg
HotDawg

DB's better stay healthy this year.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Damn. Looks like i missed all the fun, you mutts are going to miss that young man. He is a good CB.

thebucket
thebucket

I hope some folks on here don't work on a suicide hotline because your callers would be doomed! Jeremy Pruiit knows what he is doing and if he is ok with letting Shaq walk then I am too. Shaq did make some good plays last year and I wish him the best wherever he lands. There are still 6 or 7 pretty good players in the mix at corner and 2 good corners reporting in June. CJP must feel like he has enough to work with or they would have kept Langley on that side of the ball. They will all benefit from better coaching this year also. The sky is not falling yet Chicken Little.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

From what I can find out about Aaron Davis , he didn't play much his last two years because of recuperating from injury but he would have been at least  a 4- Star Recruit if he would have been playing and since the Recruiting Services had very little to go on didn't rate him. He is healthy now and apparently impressing Coaches  enough to beat  out starters from last year. 

Grant1296
Grant1296

Tampa is finally showing his true colors....

Nothing but a blow hard TROLL...

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@96JB


Suck it JB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


You need to grow up and realize that the people running UGA's football program know a  hell of a lot more about   F O O T B A L L   than you!!!!!!


How about something positive occasionally!!!!!!!!!!!!!  S I L E N C E   would be another possibility!!!!

ChessMaster
ChessMaster

@96JB The real point of this is to play the players that give you the best chance to win. Alabama has walk ons and has played a lot of them. There is nothing wrong with playing a walk on. Sometimes it simply means the competition for playing time occurred at practice.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@C-Kirk  Yep, good enough to be unranked and lose to Nebraska.


(And, Vanderbilt) 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Delusionaldog Nick Marshall ranked No.1 QB in the SEC, guess if he behaved at UGA he would be a starting CB, instead he is the top SEC QB. Just like Rosanne Rosanna Dana said, It's always something.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

GT....Bama had a walk-on safety in 2008/09 Rashad Johnson that is still playing in the NFL today (Cards). He played HS ball at a AA school not far from T-Town. It's hard to judge the talent at the smaller schools so most of the teams pass on them.

HotDawg
HotDawg

He got hurt in high school. Was being recruited by some schools before he got hurt. He's got talent.

He's been a good story so far. Wish him well whether he was a Bulldog or not.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@HotDawg everybody needs to stay healthy.  We thought we were loaded at WR last year... and then came the butcher.  Depth is an illusion it appears.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”

Paul Bryant

NCDawg
NCDawg

@C-Kirk we'll see in the fall.  You and I know that Aaron Davis is a sleeper but I'd just as soon have other teams think the Dawgs are pulling players out of the bushes at this point.  That might be worth an interception or 2 early in the season.  LOL

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Grant1296


Why exactly makes my posts representative of a "blow hard, troll?"   And what exactly have I posted is not based on opinion derived from facts and logic?  Please, as a non "blow hard troll".....please tell me. 

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ChessMaster @96JB


If the great genius(aka  96JB) knew big wood from brush he would know that the walk-on

he is belittling was a 3*  or maybe a  4*  before he was very seriously injured and most schools wrote him off  but I guess even a  G E N I U S  sometimes misses the real story!!!!!

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@gtcaryd @Delusionaldog  Marshall won't play at the next level as a Quarterback. Richt had it right. Marshall may get drafted as a Quarterback but after getting killed as a Quarterback for one or two years and only being a backup he will end up a Defensive Back  for many years. At least he has somewhere else to play. Most past great  College Quarterback have nothing to fall back on when they wash out at Quarterback at the Pro level.

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Yes DawgNole lives rent-free here, and said yesterday this blog right here that TampaGator1 could not say that he was a fan of UGA in all games except when Florida plays Georgia because I would not tolerate that - yet, the deal is that DawgNole, who does not even have Georgie tek in his handle says the same himself about Georgie tek that he too roots for, pulls for Georgie tek in all games except when they play UGA and FSU - - when it is quite clear that TampaGator1 is NOT AT ALL LIKE DawgNole saying :


“Half of me pulled for the Dawgs, half for the Noles”


"Mixed feelings, torn, and still don’t know who I’d pull for if they play again."


How in the heck is that like TampaGator1 ?  Answer, it is NOT.


DawgNole is so screwed-up that he has NO IDEA whom he would root for in a game with Georgia and Florida State.


TampaGator1 knows exactly whom it is whom he pulls for when Georgia plays his team, Florida.


DawgNole is NOT a fan of Georgia tek, just as TampaGator1 is not a fan of UGA; if they were, their handles would be Florida-Georgia or Georgie Tek - FSU, not Florida TampaGator1 and DawgNole.


This guy doesn't even know who in the heck he pulls for :


"Mixed feelings, torn, and still don’t know who I’d pull for if they play again."


And, DawgNole admonishes TampaGator1 that I will have an issue with him rooting for my team.


Free rent indeed.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

This one fits as well..............

“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”

Grant1296
Grant1296

Tampa...

I don't have the time to argue with you...

You come on here like you should name yourself DawgGator...

If your a big gator fan (I believe you are) what the hell are you

Doing trying to play nice with Bulldog nation???

We despise Florida....

Gonna give you kudos TROLL...

Like I said your true colors are finally showing...

NCDawg
NCDawg

@POAD2014 @NCDawg hey sociopath, did Ohio St enter the B1G CG without their starting QB?  Weren't they highly ranked and expected to be in the running for the BCS CG if they took care of business?  The two do not compare.


But you don't think correctly and we all know it.  All you can see is an opportunity to slam Georgia.  You need to see a doctor about your obsession.  I'd be ashmaed of myself if I let hatred own me that way.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@NCDawg are you talking about Ohio St or UGa's 5* losing to Nebraska's 3*   

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Snagglepuss @Delusionaldog@C-Kirk give it up Snagglepuss, he is way too far gone to understand why that should be a major slam against his Suckeyes.   It is exactly what everybody on here said would happen after the candy schedule they played.  Michigan St beat them with 3 star players for the most part. 

DawginLex
DawginLex

@gtcaryd @DawginLex@Delusionaldog Thought he would transfer before now actually. No surprise. With the recent move of Langley to WR, that was the proverbial handwriting on the wall.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@gtcaryd dog boy has scoop on all things dog, including his fellow dog 350. Birds of a feather

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@DawginLex I really don't care about Shaq Wiggins. He does not make my GAS list. Therefore, talked a long walk off a short pier, dog boy. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@ThomasBrown Well we have just gotten a 10 paragraph definition of clueless.  Good lord.

thebucket
thebucket

@NCDawg @Grant1296 I guess we have to consider the source. Some folks only drop in to gloat and some folks have little brother syndrome.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Ncdawg....they are kinda cheating on their own teams by being here...lol

NCDawg
NCDawg

@HotDawg wow that was a low blow HotDawg.  Next you'll be comparing them to the folks on Cheaters.  (That image just about made me chuck...) lol

HotDawg
HotDawg

Ncdawg....the trolls are as pathetic as jerry springer guests and audiences

NCDawg
NCDawg

@Grant1296 LOL.  And that is what I've been saying for years now.  I have no interest in talking about any other team but the Dawgs.  I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the level of boredom that it would be required to drive me onto any other team's blogs.  Very few things frighten me but just going down that road comes pretty close.

When I was exiled to the hinterlands of Iowa, I kept up with what the Hawkeyes and Cyclones did but I had no wish to post about it on their team blogs or any other place for that matter.  It just does not compute. 



Grant1296
Grant1296

And by the way Gator....

I bleed Red And Black...

You will never see me on a Tech blog, a Florida blog, or anywhere else but a DAWG BLOG...