They’re both given credit for having a plan when seemingly random events occur which impact SEC football.
… Zach’s father Bernie and mother Tammy, who has worked in Georgia’s football office with Richt for a decade, recently visited their son at LSU, which is a popular pick to win the national championship next season partly because of Mettenberger’s addition at quarterback.
“The facilities at LSU are just off the chart. He loves it there. The food is out of this world,” his father said. “He just went duck hunting with one of his tight ends. We feel like things have worked out. He grew up a Bulldog fan. He was practically raised in that family. My wife has worked in the Georgia football office since he was 8. We always thought he’d be at Georgia, but I think we may have pushed him there too much. Maybe God had a plan for Zach to get kicked out of Georgia and to win a national title at LSU.”
I’ve never been that comfortable with the concept of the Almighty One as micromanager, but so be it. It’s just that if there was a plan, our Heavenly Father sure chose some unusual agents of change.
… Mettenberger’s father and Cowart each say that Mettenberger was a victim of timing and circumstances when he was kicked off of the Georgia team. He was arrested on March 7 during spring break – just two days after Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 154 miles away in a bar in Milledgeville, Ga., and later accused of sexual assault. The Roethlisberger story drew national headlines for weeks. He ended up not being charged, but he was suspended for six weeks by the NFL for breaking its personal conduct policy.
Also at this time, Richt was dealing with a string of alcohol-related arrests stretching back several months. Cowart, who worked in the Georgia football office as a student, feels Richt was pressured by Georgia president Michael Adams and then-athletic director Damon Evans to release Mettenberger.
“He probably got punished for what some other Georgia players did,” Cowart said. “And you had the Ben Roethlisberger incident. And Michael Adams was up for the appointment of president of the NCAA. If it had happened six months before, he wouldn’t have gotten kicked off.”
Funny, you’d think God would let Mark Richt know before Adams and Evans that it was the right time for a move.