Posted: 5:04 pm Saturday, June 14th, 2014

UGA football parent: ‘It’s not the system, it’s the kids’ 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS – The phone call I received Saturday afternoon wasn’t one I was expecting. I’d been trying to reach Tray Matthews to validate and comment on his tweet that he had decided to transfer to Auburn. But it wasn’t Matthews on the other end of the line.

It was Kevin Bailey.

Kevin Bailey, the father of junior defensive end Sterling Bailey, is not happy with the way UGA is being portrayed by some recent transfers. (Facebook photo)

Kevin Bailey, the father of junior defensive end Sterling Bailey, is not happy with the way UGA is being portrayed by some recent transfers. (Facebook photo)

Mr. Bailey, as I call him, is the father of Georgia junior defensive lineman Sterling Bailey. I’ve probably talked to Mr. Bailey a little more than most of the Bulldogs’ parents just because I was covering recruiting when his son committed to UGA out of East Hall High School and I had the pleasure of reporting last year the charming story of Mr. Bailey losing his son’s SEC East championship ring in an ice cooler near Clemson, S.C.

So Mr. Bailey had my number. But I couldn’t imagine why he was calling me in the middle of this lovely Saturday afternoon. I soon found out.

He was mad.

Still is, I imagine. I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say hopping mad. The latest news of Matthews’ transfer coupled with some comments made by Matthews and family members and Auburn fans on social media left Bailey upset and bitter. As he explained to me, “I just need to vent.”

So I’m just going to let him vent.

“When I read some of the things said, it just made me sick to my stomach,” Bailey said. “That young man (Matthews) needs to realize who opened doors for him first. I’m speaking as a member of the Georgia Bulldog family, of the Bulldog Nation, because my son goes to school down there, too. I love Tray. I love his mom and dad, too. We’re good friends. But the comments I read made me feel like they were putting down the University of Georgia, the system and the coaches. Not one time did I see it mentioned what Coach Richt or the other coaches have done for him. That’s what made me mad.

“Coach Richt and the coaching staff opened their arms to this kid. They welcomed him into the Bulldog Nation and they stood behind him. For him to come out like that and make it seem like the University of Georgia had done him wrong, that’s what makes me so mad. Same with Shaq Wiggins and the other kids who had the opportunity to play at the University of Georgia. They leave and transfer and get dismissed from the team and they blame it on the school system. It’s not the system; it’s the kids. If you come and do what you’re supposed to do and do it right, you wouldn’t get in trouble and things like this wouldn’t come about.”

Matthews was already in trouble with the UGA coaching staff for his involvement in a check-cashing scheme that resulted in the arrest of four of the Bulldogs players. According to Mr. Bailey, there had been some other issues before then. Then Matthews was thrown out of a class for being disruptive and disrespectful and Richt had enough. He told Matthews to hit the road.

Matthews was the second defensive back to be kicked off the team by the Bulldogs since the end of last season. Fellow safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was also ousted for multiple violations of the program’s marijuana policy. Cornerback Shaq Wiggins also left because he found “The Georgia Way” too rigid.

As it turns out, Mr. Bailey didn’t call just to vent about those guys. He also made a confession.

“Sterling, when he first got down there, he did something wrong,” he told me.

Mr. Bailey explained that, when his son was a freshman, he got a call from Ron Courson, UGA’s director of sports medicine. He learned that Sterling had failed one of the football program’s drug and alcohol screenings.

In this particular case, Sterling had violated the Bulldogs’ alcohol policy. Then underage, his blood-alcohol content at the time of the surprise morning test was enough to still be legally drunk, Mr. Bailey said.

Sterling was not suspended as a result of the failed test, but he was subjected to much discipline, Mr. Bailey said. Not only was his son subjected to a long period of early-morning extra conditioning runs but, more importantly in his eyes, Sterling was ordered to attend drug and alcohol counseling.

He also got caught the wrath of Kevin Bailey.

“I said, ‘we didn’t send you down there to be a follower; we sent you down there to be a leader,” Mr. Bailey recounted. “I told him we sent him down there to get an education and to do what’s right. I told him he wasn’t only letting down me, he was letting down people up here in Gainesville, Flowery Branch, Oakwood, everywhere. What we do and what we believe in is important!”

Sterling Bailey hasn’t been in trouble with the Bulldogs since. Now a rising junior, he started eight games last year and exited spring practice as the first-team defensive end.

“Not one time have I heard any of these kids say how they appreciate the University of Georgia and their coaches,” Mr. Bailey said. “When they leave the University of Georgia, they go to their arch rival or somewhere else and tear down the university system, like Georgia did something bad to them. It wasn’t like Georgia did something bad to them, it was what they did back to the University of Georgia. And that’s what hurts me so bad.”

So we can now consider Mr. Bailey vented. Your thoughts?

 

691 comments
ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Ryne Rankin, defensive teammate of Tray Matthews, 19 June 2014, chimes in :


" I was always raised to act right. If I didn’t act right, I was getting hit. "


In some families, that is how it is, in others, they attack others who say so, instead - while their coach tells everyone he LOVES Tray Matthews - all mixed signals if you ask me.

Borodawg
Borodawg

690 comments and counting!


Looks like Tray's aunt, Mr Bailey, and many other people have gotten into a tempest over "comments in social media".  FYI:  there are many, many so-called fans who denigrate young men, athletes, programs and even other posters to "social media".  My advice to Tray's aunt in particular is to try and remember that people who comment on newspaper online articles and social media aren't necessarily indicative of fans of a program in general.  I would venture to say that the majority of Bulldog Nation hate it that Tray got into trouble and was dismissed from UGA football.  Most of us wished him well when it happened.  We do hate it that he has decided to go to hated rival Awbun.  That has made it difficult to wish him well.  On the other hand, we don't wish ill will upon him.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

LaToya Cox-Thomas,


I am sorry but you've not done as well with Tray, nor have Tray's parents done as well as Kevin has done with Sterling.


Have you, or Tray's parents ?


"The nerve of them for dealing with the actions of their son privately (as I have always known them to do)," you indignantly write about Tray's parents in the numerous very public continued string of bad press for incident after incident, each clearly proof of the on-going poor treatment of others around Tray, by Tray.


This blame lies with the family and with his coach here because it is so prevalent, and not some railing by you toward Kevin Bailey.


I do not believe it is in the best interests of The Georgia Bulldogs for Kevin Bailey to speak-out in anger, either; but you have to admit that Tray Matthews rubbed our noses in the dirt with all his tweets about Auburn !


With you now chiming in, there is no end in sight for Tray Matthews to continue to demonstrate that neither you, nor Tray's parents, nor Mark Richt can teach Tray the proper decorum in which to maintain himself in public.  I pray that Tray will demonstrate in public that he does recognize that he is a huge public embarrassment to those whom he does represent, such as you, his parents, his football coach, and The University of Georgia whom he STOLE from and whom he disrupted the classes of, and even said the Professor was WRONG, both MORE incidents of Tray's tweets where he just continues to give yet more bad press for The University of Georgia with such a student-athlete representing ME and The University of Georgia, my alma mater.


Obviously, Mark Richt was unable to do more to teach Tray Matthews this, any more than you were or still are with this tirade by you aimed at Kevin, when it should be aimed at either the inability of Mark Richt to create an atmosphere where the unruly, brash, full of himself persona you have contributed to with Tray's parents and with Mark Richt - or, you should simply address yourself and your tirade to again not Kevin, but to Tray Matthews himself.


And, you should do so LaToya in PUBLIC, not in private, for Tray Matthews has made himself relevant in the public with ALL his bad press for my alma mater.


And, it is NOT just Tray Matthews.  One after another, we have a roster where 68 % of these 118 scholarship recruits in football Mark Richt signed to play here 2014 including redshirts are now all we have left.


67 % win percentage for our current, latest, most-recent 6 years at 54-26 of which last year's 8-5 by Tray Matthews is just MORE OF THE SAME.


And, off the field, too - just MORE of the same for Tray Matthews.


You want to talk about Tray Matthews, LaToya ?


I am more than willing to do exactly that with you, dear.


I don't care how many other schools have of their signed scholarship recruits, nor if these other schools have a winning percentage latest 6 years of only 67 % either.


I concern myself with the facts that one results in the other.  When you have only 80 remaining of 118 scholarship recruits Mark Richt was given GREAT CREDIT for signing here to play 2014, with redshirts, and have won only 54 of the most recent 80 games, and even worse only 24 % of the games against teams who actually were Top 25 teams these most recent 29 games at 7-22, there IS A PROBLEM.


Mark Richt once as 81 % win percentage going into the 2005 season.  His 1st 29 games against teams who were ranked Top 25 for the season, he was 16-13.


Things have gotten out of hand around here, and it is not getting better but worse.


Offer up, front and center : Tray Matthews !


Hamstring injury ?  That is your excuse for the HORRIBLE SECONDARY your nephew was the STARTER on ?  Do you really think that holds water, that we to what ?  Feel sorry for Tray Matthews that he had a hamstring injury with ALL he does and with all you too now contribute to of BAD PRESS ?  Hamstrings are PREVENTABLE injuries.  Hamstrings you bring-up LaToya are as much preventable as is being disrespectful yelling and screaming Tray admits at The University of Georgia in our classrooms.  Address yourself to that.  Or, address yourself to stealing from the hand that feeds him.  Come on, you can do it LaToya - obviously Mark Richt threw his hands up that he could NOT.


I don't give a darn what Tray Matthews does at Auburn.  He contributed to losing here on the field and nothing but bad press off the field, and you have the unmitigated gall to come in here and continue this harangue by first Tray Matthews seemingly daily around here on the field and in the classroom, and off the field both in the classroom and in his dorm thinking how he could get paid twice by UGA and now you railing against Kevin while admitting that Tray indeed was a bad influence on our football team on the field and a horrible example of what a student-athlete he was and remains off the field.


Did Tray really think he would get away with that ?


That how YOU contributed to his up-bringing ?


This is not about the wonderful education you've taken the opportunity to do so well at, nor the other members of Tray's family : It's about Tray Matthews and the coaches who got so much Good Press for bringing him here, unable to get it through to Tray that he does a horrid job of representing his coach who brought him here, himself, his parents, and now you want in on that - too !


Best of Luck with that LaToya.


I am tired of Tray Matthews and all the others like him, and you know what ?  You should be too, LaToya.  Try saying THAT in public where he continues and where you CONTINUE to drag all of us through your personal pain that your nephew does not get it and you cannot teach that to him either.


Tray Matthews is entitled to disrupt our education you SAY is important to YOU, to steal from the very hand that feeds him UGA, and is entitled to NOW SAY WHATEVER the heck he wants in tweets about his NEW TEAM when our coach given such great credit for bringing your nephew here, obviously gave-up on all this ongoing BAD PRESS and so now, you want to CONTINUE it in his absence here, kicked-OUT of The University of Georgia.


Grow up LaToya and teach Tray Matthews to, like Kevin does with his son - Mark Richt obviously cannot.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Can Obama set up a meeting between Tray's aunt and Mr. bailey? A beer summit if you will. He usually gets involved in matters such as these.

ARdawg
ARdawg

LaToya Cox

"Our family has not defended what Tray did nor have his parents upheld him in his wrong."

That is what you are doing now. Kevin Bailey's frustration was at the kids in general that are asked to leave for bad behavior then, disparage the program in departing. Like it or not that does include Tray. Most Dawg fans myself included wish Tray all the best at his new school. He knew what it would take to remain at UGA and it was he who chose not to follow the rules set to him. One can only surmise he did not wish to remain at UGA.


Kevin Bailey isn't the enemy here, neither are you. Boys will be boys. Tray hopefully has learned a valuable lesson and do things different at AU. I didn't see Bailey's comments as hurtful to anyone. Tray was the latest tragedy and the latest to snub his former team. Yes, there has been a trend of that this year. We'll miss Tray but, it would appear your anger or frustration is misdirected.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

I think it's tacky for mr. Bailey to call out young players in the media. They got in trouble and they left. It's. Ot like they left bad mouthing UGA.

All trays aunt did was politely defend her nephew from unsubstantiated attacks.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

SEC East championship Rings!!.....Gets me every time.

DawgsSkins
DawgsSkins

I don't think what Mr Bailey said what he did to "remain relevant". He was never truly relevant, big picture anyway and he's just saying what multi thousands of us already think about TM and some of these other self absorbed kids.

I'd also say that Mr B's kid took direction/punishment and stopped the buffoonery. Her nephew... Not at all. So, big difference there.

Seems to me she knows her nephew is a knucklehead and she doesn't like him getting called out on the big stage. Well, there's a far better remedy for that and it would be for him to not to continue to do stupid stuff, especially after doing it several times and being warned but he/they made their own bed.

AND, for here to say she's a big UGA fan and to end her rant with war damn eagle... Really? Really?

That also tells me you aren't the smartest knife in the drawer nor were never really a UGA fan in the first place. If you were, you wouldn't go there.


In end, maybe TM's will finally learn something from this and stop acting the fool. Maybe...  for his aunt, I can appreciate her wanting to defend her nephew but it seems to me she lashed out at all the wrong people and then her rant very poorly, which reflects on her.  


Oh well, seems many a bed was made poorly here and for some there were many chances given to fix tem but they chose not to. Oh well.


And btw, w for it...  Goooooooo Dawgs!!!


HBTD!

TheD1Guru
TheD1Guru

Bailey what did your son do? Where did he learn to drink? He caught the wrath of Kevin Bailey.  Really??? How so???  What was his punishment? The lame speech you told the reporter about how he was sent to UGA to get an education, how he was letting you down and all the people in Gainesville isn't cutting it. You don't impress me with this defense of UGA, the program, the coaches and its policies. So stop it. 

TheD1Guru
TheD1Guru

Who cares what a Georgia Bulldog does? Certainly not I said the cat. The best cure for ingratitude is loss. Matthews probably tipped that pass in the Auburn game to WR Louis on purpose since he is now an Eagle. Stranger things have happened. There is no such thing as a loyal DAWG. War Eagle!!!!!!

LaToya Cox-Thomas
LaToya Cox-Thomas

I Love Tray. His mom and dad are my family and I am tired of people like Mr. Bailey who use my nephew and the mistakes of other athletes as a way to make themselves relevant! I thought since there is such great interest in Tray and his family, I should at least share some facts!

Within the article titled: UGA football parent: “It’s not the system, it’s the kids” I read that “the latest news coupled with some comments by Matthews and family members and Auburn Fans on social media left him upset and bitter”.  Let’s be real - Fans will be fans, the Matthews family can not be held accountable for the things fans say - good or bad –any more than you or I for what Mr. Bailey and other fair weather fans have said now that Tray has been dismissed from the team.  But surely if it angered him to the point of contacting a reporter to vent then he could have included at least one direct quote made by the Matthews family that angered him right? 

So let’s address Mr. Bailey’s anger - He stated that he speaks as a member of the Georgia Bulldog family, of the Bulldog Nation… Tray was once a Bulldog too! His parents were the parents of a Bulldog too!! Mr. Bailey himself has to admit that he has proudly cheered and supported #28 as a Bulldog but now that the error of Tray Matthews’ ways has led to his dismissal, Mr. Bailey has obviously traded his cheers, support and claimed friendship in simply because he “just needs to vent”! Please know that even before Tray arrived on campus in Athens his heart was with playing for the Georgia Bulldogs (evident in his steadfast commit to Georgia OVER numerous other schools during his recruitment while in high school and his will to play through his hamstring injury as a Bulldog).

Kudos for Mr. Bailey displaying HIS parenting skills and how HE handled HIS SON.  But I’m disgusted that he can receive validation at the expense of mentioning the OTHER ATHLETES and THEIR VIOLATIONS without knowing anything about how THEIR PARENTS dealt with and are dealing with THEIR SONS. And again where are the comments that brought his need to vent in the first place?    

Im confused as to why “fans” have cosigned with Mr. Bailey when the creditability of his statements are suspect!  The Matthews family has never blamed the system, never said the University did anything wrong, and never spoke against the Bulldog Nation. So why is what Mr. Bailey has said so worthy of applaud?

Mr. Bailey said “Not one time have I heard these kids say how they appreciate the University of Georgia and their coaches. When they leave the University of Georgia, they go to their arch rival or somewhere else and tear down the University system, Like Georgia did something bad to them…”  I guess the Matthews family owes Mr. Bailey an apology, how dare they not include him in the very private and humbled conversation that they had with the coaches – THANKING them for the immeasurable investment of time, effort, support and the opportunity they afforded to Tray - while still trying to wrap their minds around not knowing what was next for their son. The nerve of them for dealing with the actions of their son privately (as I have always known them to do), and not participate in reckless internet posting against their son.

How can Mr. Bailey so easily judge other parents when he by his own confession has obviously dealt with having to support his son after he too made a mistake?  Does Mr. Bailey “love” Tray enough not to speak against him simply because he chose Auburn?  Did it hurt Mr. Bailey to read blogs where fans who once cheered for #28 now seemingly hate him with equal poise? Did Mr. Bailey share in the hurt of our family to read posts of good riddance or mockery of Tray’s injury which affected his ability to be on the field regardless of his heart’s desire? I mean it had to sicken Mr. Bailey to read posts that called Tray a ghetto, project thug, with no more than a middle school education, passed through the system because of his talents – when obviously as a “good friend” Mr. Bailey knows that Tray is a kid with aspirations of being a veterinarian, who comes from a family where higher education is expected, and Tray actually strived to ensure he had all his credits ahead of time in order to graduate early so that he could get to GEORGIA!!

Was Mr. Bailey heartbroken by the comments made about his “good friends” the Matthews being parents who are just looking for an NFL check rather than teaching their son responsibility? These and countless other hurtful remarks have been made but I haven’t seen a blog of support from good ole Mr. Bailey!  FACT: Mr. Matthews is a veteran of the United States Navy, Mrs. Matthews is an educator in Coweta County, Tray’s brother is a graduate of Morehouse College (Cum Laude), and his sister is entering her senior year of high school with college credits already under her belt - so why would they expect anything less of Tray?

Our family has not defended what Tray did nor have his parents upheld him in his wrong.  We have simply offered the support that we should once the damage was done. Tray’s actions caused a reality check for him –being dismissed and seeing his dreams deferred – but like it or not the same talent that he possessed as a Bulldog has provided him with a rare opportunity to be able to pick up the pieces and return to school to further his education and to play the game he has loved since he was a young boy.  He will not take this opportunity for granted nor will he down play it to make it easier for people such as Mr. Bailey to come to grips with.  I personally think Mr. Bailey would be satisfied if Tray or the other athlete he mentioned would return home never to play again – BUT WHAT IF IT WERE HIS SON? FACT: I respect the young man and his parents enough not to mention his name to make my point!!

A parent can raise a child up but we all possess free Will to make choices that sometimes lead to drastic ends. You still must find a way to move forward, that is all that the Matthews family has done. And with that being said – (wait for it) WAR DAMN EAGLE! My Family…My Opinion!  

johnweeks
johnweeks

Bravo Mr. Bailey. What you said certainly needed to made public. As I have had discussed with my father in law A Tech Man and grad) many times, you can not open these guys' head and pour an education in. They have to want it. Almost everybody that  signs with UGA (or any big time program) thinks it's merely a way point on the way to a professional career. Sadly for MOST, it is not. In the meantime, they have squandered the chance to walk out with a college degree. Unfortunately, many of these kids are passed along  through High School because they are a stud and are ill prepared to go off to college and be responsible for their actions. Many of these kids are not getting any discipline at home and get on their own and just can't handle it. My last comment will be that if anybody at Auburn or Alabama or LSU or any other SEC school (or any big time program) think it isn't happening at their school, then they just don't get it. It goes on everywhere. Many programs do their best to cover up the issues to keep everybody in the fold. Kudo's to Coach Richt for figuring out that many of these guys become cancerous to the program and need to go. He seems to have figured out that you can't save someone who doesn't want to be saved (and abide by the rules). The rules didn't change after Tray Matthews got to Georgia, he knew what the rules were before he signed.

TU1881
TU1881

Mr. Bailey has confessed that HIS son failed a drug test but wasn't suspended nor missed a few games. I guess HE was surrounded by the WRONG group but maybe, just maybe "Peer Pressure" got the best of him even though HE knew the possible consequences and what MR. BAILEY would say to him... Amazing!! What about the guy that DID NOT FAIL ANY OF THE DRUG TESTS the whole 4 years there? What about the guy that suffered an injury & came back expecting to play the position that he was recruited for but didn't play as promised? Oh forgot, HE was punished for not returning or attempting to make a comeback at 80% READY, couldn't get a 'Medical Red-shirt', played too many downs.. What about the guy that did everything that was asked of him by the Coaching staff by welcoming in NEW recruits or persuading them to come to UGA? What about the guy that went to then D Coordinator and asked what else he could possibly do to start or get playing time like he was promised? THAT Coach laughed in HIS face!! It appears to ME that the Coaching Staff was praising the GUYS that got in trouble & EAGERLY waited for them to come back after their suspension was up. THE UGA COACHING STAFF STILL SUBJECT SOME TO THE 'GOOD OLE BOY SYSTEM', & WASTE TALENTED PLAYERS ON THE BENCH!!! I do know this, BLACK QBs SHOULD NEVER EXPECT TO PLAY AT UGA!!! Quincy Carter & David Shockley was THE LAST ONES to suit up for that position. Go Figure.. Why was PRO DAY PUSHED back to April 16 instead of March like usual? Oh, forgot, WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT AARON MURRAY WAS PHYSICALLY READY so the other guys had to wait. Mr. Bailey GO & SIT DOWN SOMEWHERE if you think UGA REALLY cares about your son. God forbids if he gets hurts or fail another drug test, in which HE shouldn't have been PARTAKING in illegal activities in the first place. These same infractions that UGA face constantly shows up at ALL BIG SCHOOLS as well as small ones. To these young recruits, GET THAT FREE EDUCATION at UGA's expense FIRST & FOREMOST since you guys bring in the $$Millions every season. If you are Blessed to take your football career to the next level, CONGRATS in advance. This IS A BUSINESS so demand the Respect from the Coaches & give Respect AT ALL TIMES in spite of you wanting to SNAP for whatever reason. I HAVE NO INTENTIONS OF WATCHING UGA AGAIN IN LIFE, I HOPE THEY LOSE EVERY GAME BY 20 OR MORE PTS!!! HBCUS GETS MY MONEY!!!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

macdaddyt         17 hours ago :


"The program is coming back to prominence."

"Last year was respectable after all of those injuries."


"Granted we've had a rough stretch"

"We're coming back around."


???????????????????????????????????????????


The Program, top 10 all-time in wins, is coming back to prominence with us having all these top 10 teams we'd have to beat this up-coming season, to actually be in prominence ?


Do you really believe that 8-5 is respectable for a coach who once had an 81 % win percentage here going into the 2005 season ?


Granted, we've had a rough stretch ?  Which is it ?  We're coming back to prominence, or we've in fact had a rough stretch at 54-26 the current 6-year period with a 24 % win percentage against teams ranked that season these 6 years at 7-22 macdaddyt, sir ?  It's one or the other, not both.


We're coming back around ?  You think 2014-2015 is ANY different facing # 1 in play-offs if we're back to prominence,  # 2 Auburn, # 3 in play-offs if we're coming back to prominence, # 4 South Carolina away, # 5 Missouri away, # 7 Alabama if we get to The SEC Championship Game with all these top 10 teams we face this up-coming season, # 8 Clemson to begin the season, and Florida who is not going to have another season where they beat not 1 single team who even made it to a bowl game.


In a pig's eye this is different from our 9-5 and 9-4 average season current 6-year period, in what this season is a 15-game season for the top teams, and last year and the years before were 14-game seasons for the top teams.


What's different ?


That you finally admit that we've had a rough stretch ?


That you are now psychic and can read my mind that I want our Coach to be fired or quit, or that I demand that he actually does turn this around ?


Atticus :  "UGA has had too many problems the last several years that have led to them losing more games than they should. The coach gets paid to win games. It begs asking the question why.  Do they fear the coach?  At some point it’s your job to reach the kids.  I know the loss in players combined with Richt’s failure to recognize this fact and pay closer attention to the roster numbers cost the program some losses that could’ve been avoided."


Macallanlover June 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM


“Yes, it puts us in the public spot light more. Yes, it has led to losses that have increased the heat on the program as not achieving.”



Mayor                 June 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM


“I still think the kids don’t have enough supervision.”




macdaddyt, you need to concern yourself more with these statements such as :


macdaddyt                17 hours ago :

"The program is coming back to prominence."

"Last year was respectable after all of those injuries."


"Granted we've had a rough stretch"

"We're coming back around."


And, less time trying to tell everyone else what I want us to do by stark contrast.  Mark Richt has 75 NFL Draft Picks here and # 9 Average Recruiting Ranking here, yet for the current 6 seasons now, he is # 22 in won/lost record overall and 24 % win percentage vs the top 25 teams these 6 years and counting with 2014 more of the same.  You need to hold him accountable for THIS, or at least address yourself to what in the heck is coming back to prominence about some lame excuse you have for 8-5 last year in his 54-26 record with 7-22 vs top 25 teams the most latest 6-year period.  There was NOTHING respectable about last year, and macdaddyt, we're NOT coming back around - but, in fact remaining in the headlines for a coach who tells his kicked-off players that we love them while continuing to win not 81 percent of his games, but 67 %.




Collegesportsnut
Collegesportsnut

Who is crying more you or him? Sour grapes? Everybody deserves a second chance.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

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POAD2014
POAD2014

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ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

I don't care about Tray Matthews, other than I am glad he is gone - Dawg-tired of his poor defensive secondary which led to us losing another 5 games last season, and he started in that bad secondary, contributing very little good on the field - while off the field, his Aunt comes in here to reply to a guy who called Chip Towers on the phone to say, excuse me Tray Matthews stayed in trouble off the field and in the classrooms stealing from UGA multiple times, and disrupting classes and then continuing contributing to the bad press saying the Professor is wrong who had him kicked-out of UGA.


LaToya says she cares about education and others in Tray Matthews' family care about education, but Tray Matthews does not.


Watch Tray Matthews not make it at Allbarn, as after all this here, he has to go all of 2014 not in trouble (good luck with that), and then in 2015 a year from now he has to go all the way to September 2015 not in trouble, then he can play.


I'll bet that Auburn is better off without Tray Matthews too.  Of the hundreds arrested/suspended here, how many have fixed it and have done well somewhere else ?  1 ?  2 ?


Tray Matthews is not getting a second chance with Allbarn, he had more than 2 chances here.


Tray Matthews is on his 5th chance now at Allbarn.


He blew it, and brags to everyone that he is some Saint ?


Tray Matthews says he is BLESSED to be at Auburn ?


He'll blow it, and I will say I told you so !

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

@BigCrimson75  Would have been SEC Champs had guys like DJ Fluker not been there, but alas, he was paid over 50K in illegal benefits per Yahoo sports evidence and played.


Oh well. I guess we'll take the East rings and the ability to look in the mirror. You can have the championship, the inflated weiner size that correlates with a school you never attended winning it all and the lack of a soul.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@TheD1Guru 


Said the Fullblown idiot from BARN(aka The only team in recent history to lose  E V E R Y 

D A Y A  M SEC  Game they played in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!)  LMFWAO!!!!  Yuk yuk, yuk!!


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WalterEgo
WalterEgo

@LaToya Cox-Thomas I hope it goes well for Tray at Auburn.  I'm sorry for anything you deem personal.  One of the stories about this cited Tray as being "grateful" for coach Richt allowing all opportunities after dismiss and later his being "humbled"l.  I hope this is so and that he continues to learn from it all.


It's emotional stuff for most UGA fans.  Our coach and School tend to have a more disciplined policy while also allowing them unfettered transfers.  We end up playing a lot of the young men who couldn't meet the UGA standards.  To many that stings.  In agreement with Mr. Bailey, it wouldn't hurt if more former players were more PUBLICALLY gracious given they know UGA's standards when they went there and that UGA cares enough about the young men to not hinder anyone's transfer anywhere.  In major college ball this is nearly unheard of.  I'm certain you are grateful for this.


Lastly, I'm often surprised when a lot of these young kids struggle in a major college that they seek out an equally large school.  This would be my bigger concern for your nephew.  


Good luck Tray.  May you earn a degree and play well in all but one game a year.

misterspanky
misterspanky

@LaToya Cox-Thomas My sister knows your delinquent nephew from having a class with him and she is happy to see him gone from the program.  Her exact words are he does not deserve the privilege to wear the Red and Black.  She said he was very arrogant and entitled.  Can you believe that following getting busted for double cashing the check he asked the class if they saw him on TV?  From her perspective he seemed to find humor in the fact he was busted for stealing from the university and receiving media attention for it.  UGA is better off without your delinquent nephew Tray Matthews.  Shame on you for coming on here to make yourself relevant!  

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@LaToya Cox-Thomas

Mr. Bailey's kid learned from his mistake . Mr. Bailey came down a lot harder than Richt did . The reason so many are upset with Trey was he didn't learn from his first mistake. He kept on messing up deliberately which to most Dawg fans showed he thought getting to play for Georgia was his right and not a privileged. Not thinking what he did with the teacher was disrespectful to the teacher showed just how much discipline he was taught before he got to College. Why would he continue to do wrong after he saw what happened  to some of his teammates who wouldn't  straighten out and were dismissed? 

AJ_The_Loose_Cannon
AJ_The_Loose_Cannon

@LaToya Cox-Thomas  Did Bobby Lowder write that for you and Tray, Latoya? Oh!  Pardon me...  or should I show some respect and refer to him as he does himself as "Trigga Tray".  Oh yeah...no ghetto there.  But I'm with you on "War Damn Eagle".  He'll be exactly in his element.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@LaToya Cox-Thomas 

Every parent or guardian involved in raising a child can judge with equal credibility.  Mr. Bailey's comments may have hurt the Matthews family but does that make his comments invalid?


How many times has Tray been "in trouble" in his short time at UGA in the classroom, during team activities, and in Athens in general?  You are correct in your statements about your family moving forward.  I am all for Tray getting another opportunity at Auburn. 


Since Tray seemingly made numerous "mistakes", why is it the one that led to dismissal the "reality check"?  Why didn't he get the "reality check" after facing legal action for double cashing checks?  Disrupting class is pretty minor in comparison but despite being in legal trouble with the University and "on notice" with Richt, he still felt justified in being disrespectful in a classroom.  This is not just a mistake, this is a character problem.


You appear to be a very supportive person and that is a good thing.  The best thing you could have done was to resist the urge to call out Mr. Bailey because like you, he is entitled to his opinion.  Just because his was printed in the media does not mean he is leading some charge against Tray and his parents.


All kids will do something "wrong" to varying degrees.  The most important things a parent can teach are responsibility and respect.  Unfortunately, many people don't have those qualities these days including seasoned adults.  I have both seen and heard accounts of older adult students disrupting a college class; maybe not to the extent Tray did, but it's still bad either way.  So Mr. Bailey's position is not just about Tray, it's about parenting kids as well as those kids making the decision to receive the parenting.


Sometimes people need to fail before they are willing to put in the work to succeed.  Hopefully Tray will now be willing to accept his role as a man and not only succeed at Auburn, but be a leader to future young Auburn players who may otherwise misbehave due to the lack of responsibility and respect.


And with that being said - (wait for it) BLESS YOU AND YOURS!  My family's teachings...My Opinion!

Keep-IT-Real
Keep-IT-Real

@LaToya Cox-Thomas This is an excellently written response. We all make mistakes but we cannot condemn folks because it's not what we want for them. Tray will learn to live with his decision and I wish him the best. This transfer could very well be a blessing in disguise for him. Your negative comments could be the very thing that motivates him to superstardom. Karma "ain't" no joke. Did you all forget how Auburn beat Georgia last year?? You all need to get a grip and be happy for Tray's success thus far. Not one of you naysayers have run a lap, lifted a weight or read a playbook on his behalf. Many of you probably never played beyond Pop Warner if at all. So hush! I am a Georgia fan but no need to bash Tray. There is someone sitting in the wing for the opportunity to replace him. Again, I hope it works out for everyone. 

DawgByte
DawgByte

Blah, blah save your diatribe for somebody who gives a rats arse. The facts in this case are very simple. Tray was given a golden opportunity to succeed at UGA and instead of dealing with the situation like a person with character he acted as a fool. He can take his foolishness to Auburn where they seem to be specialists in rehabilitating thugs and criminals!!!

Grant1296
Grant1296

First...TU1881 The University Of Georgia has proven time and time again that they care about the well being of there athletes , and there education...

Second...If anyone gives a damn whether or not you watch the DAWGS , or how much you hope they get beat, or where your money goes they are as delusional as you are...

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

@TU1881 Sterling confessed that his son failed an alcohol test.  Pro Day held in April would make sense this year due to the simple fact that the Draft was moved from April to May.

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Cumberland did not have a football team that year.  They beat you in baseball, so you forced them to play you in football, when they did not even have a team !  They had disbanded their team years before, and you know that !  During his lifetime, because of this, he was never in the College Football Hall of Fame, just folks AFTER he died, making out what he did to Cumberland was great - so, he was added to the College Football Hall of Fame after his death, so we could discuss this fake Cumberland game.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Collegesportsnut Yes, EVERYBODY deserves a second chance. 

The first time that child molester or rapists did their horrific acts they were just an aberration.

Give those people a second chance too.

Be careful using ABSOLUTES such as EVERYBODY. Not EVERYBODY deserves a second chance, but many people do. I would NEVER give an employee a second chance if they stole from the company we work for.

Grant1296
Grant1296

You say black quarterbacks shouldn't expect to play at UGA...

Then you list two.....

Way to go Einstein...

I'm sure DJ would have a problem with your comment....

POAD2014
POAD2014

@ThomasBrown not sure why this keeps getting deleted. 


For you Georgia Tech Athletics fans and River Rats I didn't know this but with the College Football Hall of Fame coming to Atlanta this fall I have double pride...........the team I cheer for and the school I graduated from has this member............Everett Strupper, leading scorer in the Georgia Tech 222, Cumberland 0 football game of 1916 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame (1914)

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown Go on back to ripping and beating up your beloved dawgs, i think your making some headway.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@TheOldGuy Yes it is. 

I played for the Blue Devils.

Now having a TECH Man and River Rat in the Hall of Fame is a point of pride.

I know you puff your chest about 1980 and WALKER so why shouldn't I feel pride for this?

read about my school and you should be impressed with all it has accomplished. My school molds MEN like Br. Bailey is talking about....LEADERS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riverside_Military_Academy


ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Atticus :  "UGA has had too many problems the last several years that have led to them losing more games than they should. The coach gets paid to win games. It begs asking the question why.  Do they fear the coach?  At some point it’s your job to reach the kids.  I know the loss in players combined with Richt’s failure to recognize this fact and pay closer attention to the roster numbers cost the program some losses that could’ve been avoided."


Macallanlover June 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM


“Yes, it puts us in the public spot light more. Yes, it has led to losses that have increased the heat on the program as not achieving.”



Mayor                June 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM


“I still think the kids don’t have enough supervision.”

POAD2014
POAD2014

@gtcaryd only seen parts on TV..... never wanted to see it..... I like my Mind Porn(syfi) a little harder and different... Star Wars almost lost me when they went too just MARKETING toys in the middle 3 movies and then the last 2 went too Liberal POLITICAL for my taste but I started with the original so i will pay to see the new one.......

anothercomment
anothercomment

Riverside is where white juvenile screw ups get sent by their parents to avoid the system. Plus CELO Green.

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

@POAD2014 I wasn't aware that the River Rat name was a name of endearment.  I have heard the name for decades though.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@stripesofzebra The TOWNIES(the people of Gainesville) started the name but We took it and wear it as a badge of honor. We have been proudly calling ourselves RATS for decades.  

POAD2014
POAD2014

@gtcaryd Tech blog on AUTRY is were TECH fans are and WnE of course.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@gtcaryd well unless the Alien women have 3 TeeToots....or the hookers are Midgets...LOL I can't RECALL the movie I'm thinking of