Mark Richt has lost control of water traffic.

I’m guessing you can strike Marshall Morgan from the list of those suiting up for the Clemson game.

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UPDATE:  A vote for Adam Erickson.

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UPDATE:  More arrest details here.  Evidently, Morgan played the “f” card.

Stanford stated in the incident report that fellow DNR ranger Jeremy Reese “informed me that Mr. Morgan had asked him if ‘football’ could help him out while we were still in the boat.”

No word on whether the ranger explained to him he wasn’t in Tuscaloosa.

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85 responses to “Mark Richt has lost control of water traffic.

  1. Rival

    When it rains it pours…especially on the lake.

  2. Puffdawg

    Somewhere, Jimmy WIlliamson kicks his feet up on his desk and smirks…

  3. Castleberry

    Guess the DNR didn’t get Ian Rapoport’s memo about calling Coach first. Any word on whether Dabo was piloting the chopper?

  4. Connor

    Bummer for the team, but I have a hard time getting mad at a kid who had a few beers on a boat one summer in college.

    • Under new BUI laws, which took effect May 15, boaters under the age of 21 may only register a .02 blood-alcohol content—as opposed to the .08 limit for persons over 21—to be in violation. Stanford said the breath test he performed indicated “the presence of alcohol” which was substantial enough to make the arrest.

      Not even sure it was “a few beers”.

  5. pantslesspatdye

    Anyone more knowledgeable than myself know what the boilerplate UGA punishment is for a BUI?

  6. D.N. Nation

    Gurshall for the 2-pointer. Would probably have more success than Marshall on point-afters.

    • pantslesspatdye

      I love this idea. We statistically should convert greater than 50% of them. Would make a high scoring game much more interesting.

  7. RocketDawg

    I think we should cut him….make him an example. Maybe it will encourage the rest of these knuckleheads to get their heads out of their asses and behave. Yes I get that he probably had A beer and most of us have done the same thing at the same age, but this getting arrested BS has to stop.

    • Derek

      If you know of a way to get everyone to behave and not get arrested then stop blogging and apply for head of the FBI. Hint though: the idea of draconian punishment as a solution has already been tried. So far as I can tell we still have a lot of crime.

    • ZeroPointZero

      Rocket Dawg is not thinking like a rocket scientist with the get rid of them all approach. Sorry man I just don’t have time for the knee jerk get rid of them all nonsense. Or as Saban would say “I don’t have time for that shit”.

    • Hackerdog

      Yes. The most rational response to a bad law is to double down and make it even worse. Who cares if Marshall didn’t hurt anyone, or even if he wasn’t dangerous? Our wise overlords have decided that drinking on the water will no longer be tolerated. Who are we to argue?

    • PTC DAWG

      Ban Rocketdawg

    • Great idea. Recruits will love that, especially in conjunction with a police force that arrests kids for not giving a middle name. What’s not to love about this idea? Seriously? WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG WITH THIS APPROACH?

  8. DawgPhan

    Yeah if we are kicking FGs that night we are losing the battle anyway.

  9. They have helicopters flying around the lake to catch boats towing innertubes without spotters? OK, that’s it, I’m preparing for apocalypse. This country is doomed.

  10. Macallanlover

    I admit I have think alcohol laws in this country are over the top, and also admit I have been in violation of them, but I don’t feel sorry for Morgan. He knew the rules, he knew we are a zero tolerance program, the people I feel sorry for are the real team members who are working their butts off to realize a dream and not being selfish. It would be easier to if the level field was level for all programs, although we would still need a new kicker on August 31. And maybe that same kicker might be be kicking for us the first week of December.

    I don’t doubt Morgan tried his best last year but I am convinced that with 26K+ students and two months before opening kickoff, we can find a and adequate replacement. Time to beat the drums loudly around the soccer fields and see who wants to play a major role in contributing to an SEC championship. All hands on deck!

    • Hackerdog

      You think Marshall knew that the BUI laws changed last month and that the presence of alcohol would no longer be tolerated on the water? I didn’t know that.

      Maybe we should insist all of our players also memorize the tax code and the new Obamacare law. I would hate for one of our players to get nailed for violating some obscure statute on page 36,251 of the HHS regulations. How selfish would that be?

      • Macallanlover

        Drinking under age 21 is a violation of the law? How technical is that? I clearly stated I don’t agree with the alcohol laws in this country, but to pretend this is complex is silly. We have had players miss a game before for having one beer but being under age.

        • Hackerdog

          Well, to be fair, he was outside of Athens while he was drinking. I think that’s doing his fair share to stay out of trouble.

          • Macallanlover

            True, there have been much dumber acts. Seems drinking in a private residence with people who aren’t likely to be unruly enough to draw complaints is the only safe course of action.

            • Cojones

              Smoke’em if you got’em is a safer course. No blood alcohol and dooby overboard.

              • Cojones

                Then there’s the paranoia with a circling helicopter that would probably make him try to run for it.

                • Hackerdog

                  I would love to see an OJ-style low-speed chase on the lake. Cops in canoes alongside Morgan’s boat asking him to pull over.

                  • Cojones

                    That’s a hilarious mental image. And Morgan just keeps looking straight ahead while ignoring all the uproar.

  11. Bulldog Joe

    Zero tolerance = Zero national championships.

    • Macallanlover

      Ignoring the “political” mnc comment, what exactly would you propose UGA do about deliberate actions that violate team and societal rules? Do we wait for 10 failed drug tests? Do we let child rape occur in the showers and not report for over a decade? Do we allow boosters to buy used equipment from players for resale? Allow boosters to pay off debts on a parent’s business/church? Should we get involved in covering up a rape investigation and let the victim commit suicide? Is there a line you ever draw to pursue a title? Or is it arbitrary because of the fans’ desire to have temporary bragging rights on a mythical title you sold your integrity to obtain?

      I hate that some sell their soul, but I am proud we don’t, I wish some laws were different but I believe we need to change them, not act like they don’t apply. I wonder if Urbie wishes he had tried to make a difference in his star’s life instead of pad his resume. Certainly there are Dawg fans who would do anything for a title, I am not one of them and feel proud that UGA’s leaders feel the same way. In no way do I feel what Morgan did was anywhere near that serious but he ignored the rules and let his team down. Just because Clemson and SC are the first 2 games doesn’t make any difference, standards should not be bent or we are no better than those mentioned above.

      • Hackerdog

        Good point. There is no room in college football for judgment. Either the law must take away our discretion, or school policy must take away our discretion. Certainly, if we rely on someone as foolish as Mark Richt to decide whether a 19 year-old drinking a beer is as bad as child rape, we’ll have nothing but chaos! For our coaches’ and administrators’ own good, we can’t allow them the liberty to sell their souls.

        Better to suspend every player on the team for some stupid violation of rules or etiquette than to risk turning Athens into some kind of lawless, Mad Max wasteland.

        • Macallanlover

          Yes, all college coaches have demonstrated excellent judgment. You are right. Urbie, cheetzik, carroll, tressel, paterno, etc., have all proven trustworthy. Let them self regulate. Beautiful.

          • Hackerdog

            Policies and procedures didn’t prevent any of those coaches’ transgressions. You think additional policies and procedures would have? Exactly how many “please report child rape in the showers” rules do you think a football program needs? But we’re talking about suspending kids. It does not follow that, because Florida will excuse bad behavior, that Georgia will as well. But I would like to see Richt have some flexibility to recognize that some transgressions are worse than others.

            I understand that you think that legislators and administrators are wiser than coaches. I just don’t see why.

            • Macallanlover

              Actually, I don’t think that at all. I do think Richt is far wiser, and more honorable than the vast majority of Top 20 coaches, and capable of making a fair distinction between minor and major offenses. My feeling would be to have high standards, enforce them fairly and consistently, and allow judgment in setting the punishment. But the lack of character among so many members of the coaching fraternity, and total lack of integrity amongst fan bases as they apply pressure to do whatever it takes to win requires there to be very little discretion granted. Don’t get me started on the qualities of legislators and educators in this country and the path they have led us down (collectively speaking, of course.)

  12. Ubiquitous Ga Alum

    When did Jimmy Williams get his pilot’s license?

    • Cojones

      He didn’t. That’s why he was in the helicopter he hijacked after too many beers.

      • ScoutDawg

        No, no,no. The helicopter allows him to spot those oh so GREEN fields. You know, Jimmy on the spot and all that.

        • Cojones

          The green fields are getting dispersed or are underground. Latest tactic by “bushers” is to trim such as to make the plant get no taller than 3′ and spread out such that it no longer looks like a pot plant. The buds become more numerous and wheras you could get several donkey dicks from one plant it now is possible to get shorter ones numbering over 50/plant. For my own use, I have several placed in western-facing reeds and follow their progress through binoculars. When one begins to show above, I row out, fish the area and trim subtly when my plug gets “accidently” caught near them. It’s normal (if someone sees you) to be wrestling with the reeds while untangling your plug. It’s all done in front of God and everybody. Your view of the sky is unimpeded even if the Thump! Thump! Thump! of the rotar blades are silenced.

  13. Keese

    full condemnation forthcoming from Jeff Schultz and ajc. MyAjc insider stufff

  14. One 4th of July weekend, about 5 years ago, I was on a boat on Allatoona when we were “pulled over” by DNR. Everyone except the owner had been drinking. They searched the boat, checked all ids…the full meal deal. I don’t know how, but the lenses for the bow light were swapped. The owner didn’t know as he’d only had the boat a couple weeks. DNR didn’t care because they made us swap them right there on the water and STILL wrote the owner a citation. It’s always about revenue generation under the guise of safety.

    This doesn’t have much to do with this story other than you best have your shit together while on a lake around the 4th.

    • Oh…and they love talking down to you like you’re an incompetent idiot.

      • ScoutDawg

        Don’t they? I wonder how bad it is for a football player in Athens when confronted by Johnny L.

      • No One Knows You're a Dawg

        As someone who grew up on the lake-don’t be on the lake on July 4th. It’s like New Year’s Eve on water.

        • ScoutDawg

          Yeah, I know. To my shame, I spent 3 years in Athens and never once got on that lake. However, as a long term Allatoona veteran, you can not even try to fudge those laws. Sucks that a college level athlete, whom I am guessing is probably 195-205lbs, can blow what amounts to 3 beers worth and get a potentially life changing charge. ONLY in Athens.

          • ScoutDawg

            And some wonder why we sometimes lose out on 5 star prospects.

            • Mayor of Dawgtown

              I reluctantly agree with ScoutDawg. How asinine is it to have these mandatory suspension rules for relatively minor infractions when no other teams do the same thing. This places our UGA at a recruiting disadvantage. Back when VD was the coach this sort of thing was handled by running the stadium, etc. If the rules we have now were in place back then Jake Scott and a whole host of former Georgia stars would never have played a single down.

  15. Debby Balcer

    I am disappointed that he was out on the water having had a beer. It is bad enough when you get a BUI and you are old enough but when you are under age being in public after a drink is plain stupidity. It is illegal.

  16. PTC DAWG

    Two tubes at once…everyman’s dream…

  17. DawgPhan

    I love that he played the football card about as casually as you can.

    I also wonder if McGarity’s comments dont hint at something different happening with his punishment.

    3rd can’t we all agree that cops are jerks and hate our football team?

  18. BeardDawg

    Any word on when the police will release Mudcat’s boat back to him?

  19. Mayor of Dawgtown

    My question is this: Was the boat emerging from an alley at the time?