Posted: 11:32 am Monday, June 16th, 2014

Rewind: Erik Compton captures nation’s heart, track teams fly high, Matthews bolts 

By Chip Towers

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

ATHENS – Most Georgia fans already knew Erik Compton’s story. Now everybody in the golf world knows it.

The 2001 UGA graduate finished second in the U.S. Open on Sunday. That he did it on his third heart turned him into a national hero.

“I’ve never gotten this far along in my story,” Compton told reports after his final-round 72 on Pinehurst No. 2 enable him to finish at 1-under-par for the tournament. “It’s a career-opening thing for me. For me to put myself on the map and prove to the world that I’m not just the guy with two heart transplants.”

Coming in, Compton had not finished higher than fifth in 99 previous PGA Tour events. Going out, he earned $790,000 — three times as much as he won in five years combined on the PGA and Web.com tour before a 2007 heart attack – and now holds an invitation from Augusta National Golf Club to play in the 2015 Masters.

“I’ve been on my back twice, and I never thought I would ever leave the house,” Compton said. “Now I just finished second in the U.S. Open. I don’t think anybody would have ever thought I would do that, not even myself. You can’t ever write yourself off.”

Compton was one of eight Bulldogs – nine if you count the semester Patrick Reed attended UGA on a golf scholarship – in this year’s U.S. Open field. Led by Compton, five of them made the cut, including Brendon Todd (T17), who was in second after 36 holes, Chris Kirk (T28), Reed (T35), Harris English (T48) and Russell Henley (T60). Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson missed the cut, as did Kevin Kisner and Hudson Swafford.

Record showing by track teams

Georgia sophomore Leontia Kallenou won the school’s first national outdoor high jump title at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday. That made Kallenou the third Bulldog to claim an individual championship at nationals this year.

Sophomore Maicel Uibo took first place in the decathlon, while freshman Kendell Williams won the heptathlon. Not surprisingly, that meant for the Georgia’s best combined finish in history at the outdoor championships.

The Lady Bulldogs scored 35 point to finish fifth behind Texas A&M (75), Texas (66), Oregon (59) and Florida (55). It was the best finish for the UGA women since 1999 and their third best in history.

The Bulldog men finished sixth with 24 points as Oregon (88), Florida (70), Texas A&M (41.50), LSU (29) and USC (29) rounded out the top five. This marks the best national finish indoors or outdoors for Georgia and their sixth top-10 outdoor finish (first since 1995).

The only other time both Georgia teams finished in the top 10 outdoors in the same year was 1995. The Lady Bulldogs were third that year with 41.3 points and the men tied for 10th with 25 points.

Kallenou, a native of Nicosia, Cyprus, did not miss a single height until after she had locked down her second career national championship and starting making tries at 6-4. Kallenou cleared her first four bars on her first try, including the winning mark of 6-2.25. She had national-leading mark of 6-3.50 heading into the meet.

On Friday, Williams scored 5,854 points to edge San Diego State senior Allison Reaser (5,836) for the heptathlon title. Williams becomes the first freshman to win an NCAA title in the event since 2004 and only the third in history.

The Georgia women have two national championships in the same outdoor season for the first time since 1998 and only the third time in history (1998, 1987, all in the sprints).

On Thursday, sophomore Maicel Uibo scored 8,182 points to win the NCAA decathlon title, giving the Bulldogs’ their first national crown in the event and first outdoor championship since 2009.

Matthews declares ‘War Eagle’

Of course, the biggest news in the minds of most Georgia fans was the decision of Tray Matthews to transfer to Auburn. The former starting safety for the Bulldogs, was kicked off the team this past season for persistent behavior problems, made the announcement via Twitter on Saturday.

Matthews’ remarks that we was “blessed” to now be an Auburn Tiger did not sit well with a lot of Georgia fans, considering he was kicked off the team due to bad behavior. Among them was Kevin Bailey – the father of starting defensive lineman Sterling Baileywho vented his displeasure on Sunday.

114 comments
ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Matthews’ remarks that we was “blessed” to now be an Auburn Tiger did not sit well with a lot of Georgia fans, considering he was kicked off the team due to bad behavior.


Good on ya' Chip Towers !

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Even if Mark had restricted Tray he could have gone to JUCO this season and then moved on to any school in the SEC if he wanted. Kamara is going to JUCO this fall and will sign with some major school this NSD. I assume he signed a scholly at the JUCO thus he's not having to pay for his education at this point. JMO but the NCAA should make the rule that you can transfer to any college outside your conference....and if your coach will allow then you can transfer to a school in your conference.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Hey humps, everybody has their share of thugs on a SEC team.

However, do you think Brother ever had the backbone to  stick

his foot up their ....... I think he never took the time to do give them a little discipline. How else would you account

for Ga taking the Fulmer Cup?

GSU93
GSU93

It's just complete BS that UGA lets kids transfer to other SEC schools!  Saban wouldn't let a kid transfer to a rival school.  It should really be an SEC rule IMO that they cannot transfer within the conference if they get kicked out of one school.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Little Georgie can beat it all he wants, fact remains the War Eaglets are in for a butt wooping in November "Tween the Hedges", whether he likes it or not.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Did I just read 79 posts from 1 Redneck school calling out another Redneck school?



Your Ga Dwag MAMA is so FAT.............

She can wear my MAMA's Auburn panties

Your Auburn mama so Dumb............ 

She can hang my dumb mama's UGa diploma on her outhouse wall. 

Grant1296
Grant1296

Just great...

Now the barns all over a UGA blog....

Good luck around here George your gonna need it...

ARdawg
ARdawg

Ya'll don't be too tough on AU. I think we owe Auburn a debt of gratitude for rehabilitating wayward Georgia boys

Armydawg
Armydawg

How many more empty jail cells does AwBarn have?

FlatTire
FlatTire

I would love to see Compton win the Masters or any major.   Its absolutely amazing he is able to compete at that level having gone what he has been through

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

AJC needs to learn from Alabama media. Nick Saban's DAUGHTER beats up another girl and hardly a whisper. Program is fine no biggie. Tray Matthews is kicked off and goes to Auburn and AJC continues to beat a dead horse for all the recruits to see how dysfunctional we are.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Another article mentioning Tray Matthews...this Chip Towers really digs for the in depth info.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Congratulations to Erik Compton - he is a truly inspirational story

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The chances Matthews says out of trouble for two years (before he  plays a down at fAU) is not good.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WhiskeyBreath  Well I guess you must having reading problems because Matthews and the 3 other double dippers have been doing tons of extra duty since the day after they were arrested.  They were disciplined.  And Matthews decided that he was bigger than the rest of team and got booted for it.  That is discipline.  But since Mark Richt is an overt Christian you assume that he is soft and weak.  Shows how much you know. 

 I'd be willing to bet my life's fortune on the exact opposite of any character assessment you make.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

@WhiskeyBreath  Well unlike Tuscaloosa...our cops enforce the law for all. Not just non football players and coaches daughters.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@GSU93 So you feel the right to change a 50 year SEC rule because Ga comes out on the short end? Too funny. So the SEC should adapt rules according to the GA humps?

Oh yea, that is going to happen. 

Can we get you a crying towel?

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

@ColumbusDawg  they return the best OL and DL maybe in the SEC and have a Heisman caliber QB. We lose our best player in a long time in Murray and replace with a 3 star QB, You REALLY that sure we win?

HotDawg
HotDawg

Renecks? With all the Hope scholarship students and high entrance scores at UGA, they're highly intelligent rednecks.

The_Real_KJ
The_Real_KJ

@POAD2014 Of course you read them all ; it's not like you have anything else to do sitting in your single-wide on your daddy's property.  And you'll be back first thing tomorrow to continue to read/obsess over all things UGA. Sad, pathetic life; I just feel sorry for your dad, having produced such an embarrassment for a son.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@Grant1296 Hell everybody in the SEC hates Ga, you guys are just slow to figure it out. 

It's because you guys are such sore losers. 

You never take credit for a loss, it's the Ga Way. 


george231
george231

@Grant1296  why do I need luck? its like shooting fish in a barrel with clueless uga fans talking trash


WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@ARdawg Ga recruited the thugs in the first place, they have to bare some responsibility.

george231
george231

@Armydawg  a uga fan talking crap to any other school about jail cells? ha ha ha ha now I have heard it all

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Al.com had that story everyday for a month. I am sure you children are perfect like yourself. You do understand Nick and Terry adopted both children?

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@DawginCO @WhiskeyBreath Let me tell you something oh humper.

What ever punishment Brother supposedly dished out, was a joke.

Brother Richt is one the bigger cowards I have ever seen at Ga.

Remember Ben Jones who played center for Ga a few years back?

He was prone to throwing fits and cussing everybody coming off the field.

Yea he was scary, because nobody would look him up when he would do it.

And to be fair, the assisatant coaches we're scared oh him too and did nothing.

But the buck stops with the head coach. Brother would stand on the sides and instead of looking Jones up, he would stay put while Jones continued on the sidelines. 

It happened in several games on national TV. Florida might have been one.

True Christians are not cowards.  I am no fan of Vince Dooley, but Vince would

have looked him up.  

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WhiskeyBreath LMAO!  You whine and complain when Carvell doesn't take Bama's side in every story and you have the nerve to saying anything about whining and complaining?  What a hypocrite.  But we all knew that anyway.  Everybody knows you are a slime bag.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@AlternativeDawg  Yeah, the Dawgs will win.  The best DL?  They have a good OL, but lost their best tackle.  Marshall is only Heisman worthy if he can learn to pass the ball and not just chuck it somewhere most of the time.  That and the large chance that their run of luck last year will rebound on them this year, makes it a good chance the Dawgs win.  The odds makers have us as a favorite at this point as well.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  They sure were worried until the 1 in 100,000 miracle bailed them out.  They had lost the game and a horrible decision and a horrible throw somehow ended up being a winning TD.  Don't let facts get in your way.  It required a miracle to beat a Georgia team that had one of it's worst defenses in school history and yet held their mighty offense scoreless for over a quarter.  And allowed the dawgs to not only comeback but seize the lead from them.  Yeah,  they killed the Dawg on their home field didn't they?  

I can't wait for the pay back in November.  They should keep an eye towards what happened the last time the Dawgs were seeking payback.   Can you say 45-7?


But you just hold onto your bias.  It serves you so well and allows you to makes such astute observations.  Meanwhile be ready to choke down some crow in November.  Even the odds makers favor Georgia in that game at this point.

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Most Auburn folks I know are too stupid to be worried, unlike the Tech folks who decided long ago that "To worry about UGA whipping that tail was a waste of time".

POAD2014
POAD2014

@The_Real_KJ no I made Burgers for the American v Ghana football game. I watched it and flipped over to the Braves....The Braves are still playing. I cleaned the Grill, Did the pre-wash dishes. Loaded the dish washer and it is running and pulled out laundry from the dryer. I am folding clothes and getting the IRON hot to iron my dress shirts. WTF are you doing since you got off work A....hole?

UHAA RAAHA....Hell I wish I had Shoes to spit shine and Brass to polish

Grant1296
Grant1296

I could care less who the SEC hates Bammard...

I could also care less about anything that comes out

Of a moron like you...

Grant1296
Grant1296

Perhaps...

But the fish have a valid point...

UGA usually beats the barn...

YOUR NOT BAMA....

I feel for ya and all

But your just not...

Terry1961
Terry1961

george231, There a difference between being in jail, and being in prison, which four of Auburns former player are three for 3 years and one for 12 years for armed robbery.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

@Gman84 @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie  Do you honestly think that if he gets in trouble the Alabama media will cover it up? Auburn does not have a journalism school. Also, do you think the high school diploma receiving police in Alabama root for Auburn?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@WhiskeyBreath  oh drunken loser, see my previous post for what I think of your assessment.  You know nothing about anything that matters.  You are a joke.

george231
george231

@Terry1961 Cant argue with you there.  But unlike UGA ,that was an extremely isolated incident that was immediately dealt with within auburn and the law. If it were up to me those clowns would have gotten twice the sentence they did

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

There is no Bama medai in Alabama. The media is owned and run by the barn complex. Bama doesn't need hack reporters to advocate for the U of A.

HotDawg
HotDawg

6-2 most recently...

DawginCO
DawginCO

@george231  No kid, it was just too severe to ignore like all the other incidents.  The Barn police go to Malzahn first.  The ACPD takes them to jail no one matter what.  

george231
george231

@DawginCO  ha ha  ha ha ha ha ha ha ahhh yes the Athens cops are worse than any other city in America conspiracy theory. got to love delusional dawg fans. Come September it will be a conspiracy by the refs.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@george231 No they aren't worse.  They do their job and aren't under the control of the University.  You can laugh all you want kid but I know, I don't just believe, that many schools have a special relationship with their local police.  The ACPD and campus police are not.  They go looking for athletes to arrest.  And when they get them they do not call the school first.  They take them to be booked and then call the school.  And the University turns in those that commit crimes.  It was the University that called the police on the 4 check double dippers.

Auburn would have riots if the school did that to star athletes.  The Turkey Buzzards inferiority complex to Bama fuels everything they do.  It is so obvious.  If they were to try to touch a star athlete, the lot of you would show up on the AD's doorstep with pitchforks and torches.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd Tell me where I am wrong.  You can't.  You just want to believe otherwise.  I am not making it up.  I have watched this for 4 decades sir and I KNOW what I say is true.  If you can  prove  otherwise then have at it.  I'm not worried because you can't do it.  I, however, if given the resources, could prove it.  Sorry, I have experience.  Say what you will, that trumps your biased opinion.