When the news broke, like anyone else I naturally assumed that he had gotten into some kind of legal trouble again. But thissounds more like a parting of ways thing. A divorce that seems to have been a long time coming. Most people seem to think Ealey ends up in Statesboro. Hard to tell if that is just because that has been the rumor for the last 6 months or if there is something factual behind it now. But Georgia Southern is very close to his home and he could play right away there.
That's the short of it. The long of it is that Washaun evidently has decided that he doesn't want to be a part of the new attitude in Athens. Richt has purged some bad attitudes since the end of last season, he's had some that graduated and the rest have decided to fall in line. In late February it seemed as though Ealey had decided to be a part of that last group. Now it seems as if that isn't the case.
My hope is that he is simply eager for a new venue and a fresh start. That would be the silver lining. If he didn't want to become the player he can be in Athens, I sincerely hope he does so elsewhere. He's got too much talent to waste his good years bucking against structure and rules.
The fact of the matter is that EVERY tailback that comes to Athens has a TREMENDOUS amount of pressure on their shoulders before they even arrive. It's been that way since the fall of '83. Some have thrived under that pressure like Hearst. Others have faltered like Jasper Sanks. Ealey faltered, but he didn't blaze out like Sanks did. A new area code might do him a world of good.