Tuesday, May 10, 2011

On Washaun

When the news broke, like anyone else I naturally assumed that he had gotten into some kind of legal trouble again. But this sounds 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. 

We'll see. 

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.

And I think it will do the Dawgs good as well.


Heath said...
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Heath said...

There would be many people unhappy in Statesboro if he shows up. If a player transfers to an FCS school with a clean record for more playing time, they are welcomed with open arms (Jaybo Shaw). However, if he can't do things the "Georgia Way", I guarantee he can't Do Right! I don't know the particulars of this case, we've all had student athletes that didn't live up to expectations on and off the field. If he ends up in Blue and White, I trust Jeff Monken would have fully vetted the situation and fully understands what he is getting into. If that happens, he might just play football in Sanford Stadium again next year.

GATA! Go Eagles!

Cojones said...

Adios and take your juvenile baggage with you. You have caused good people too much angst and called to question in Richt what was your responsibility.Do not, I say, do not let the door hit you on the way out.

Relax, folks, there's a Head Coach in charge.

Anonymous said...

Get real Heath...Ealey would start in a milisecond in Statesboro.He would start right away at most ACC schools too(doubt he wants to sit out a year though)He will be playing on sundays here soon

AthensHomerDawg said...

Good to have you back in the saddle Bernie.....;-)

Heath said...

Well, looks like he won't be starting at GSU!

Bernie said...

Here's a LINK to GSU's comment on Ealey.

@AthensHomerDawg Well, I know where the saddle is. But not sure I'm back in just yet. I'm still in "zone coverage" but the Mother-in-Law is providing safety help. : )