Credit to Kirby Smart for making right decision quickly on recruit

Georgia coach Kirby Smart calls plays from the field during the NCAA college football team’s G Day at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., Saturday, April 22, 2017. (John Roark/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

People aren’t truly tested in matters of character until they face adversity. Similarly, college coaches aren’t truly tested until they’re deciding whether to look the other way when a talented recruit gets charged with a serious crime.

So let me type these words for Kirby Smart: You passed a test Sunday.

The Georgia football coach has released recruit D’Antne Demery from his letter of intent after the offensive lineman from Brunswick was arrested in downtown Athens Saturday night on charges of simple battery and criminal trespass-damaged property. The charges stem from an incident with a young woman who, according to her statement to police, is the mother of Demery’s child.

Demery was a four-star recruit who was pursued by a number of schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Michigan. He was in Athens with several other recruits for Georgia’s “G-Day” spring game Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The group was introduced at halftime on the field.

Smart could have attempted to play the standard coaches’ out card: “We’re going to let the legal side of this play out.”

But he didn’t. It would not have been a good look, especially in view of so many high-profile domestic violence incidents involving athletes. The alleged victim claims Demery grabbed her by the back of the neck and pushed her against a wall. She also told police Demery, “has been physically violent with her in the past,” via the Journal-Constitution’s Seth Emerson.

Demery’s future is uncertain at this point but we know he won’t be transferring to another SEC school. As Emerson reported: “The conference passed a rule last year prohibiting any school from accepting a player with a history of sexual or domestic violence.”

FINAL UPDATE: There’s been a lot of confusion about whether Demery can immediately transfer to another SEC school, given that he signed a letter of intent but was not enrolled. This clarifies it, once and for all. He CANNOT. Click here.

It’s a great rule. Because if it wasn’t in place, how quickly would another SEC coach be moving for Demery about now?

You may recall in 2012 when then Georgia coach Mark Richt dismissed defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor following felony domestic violence assault charges. Taylor spent a year at a Mississippi junior college before transferring to Alabama, which led to deserved criticism of coach Nick Saban. The Athens charges against Taylor were still pending.

Two months later, Taylor was arrested in Tuscaloosa for third-degree assault and domestic violence third degree criminal mischief, stemming from an incident with a 24-year-old woman. Saban then dismissed Taylor but the stain on the coach’s reputation lingered.

There should be zero tolerance in the area of domestic violence. Coaches can find other players. Credit to Smart for not just making the right decision but doing so quickly.

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

31 - 0 isn't enough to keep this loser's obsession down.

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Conley accused of rape.

Urban houses another thug. Big surprise.

Too bad Conley won't be able to share a cell with Hernandez so Urban could get a 2 for 1 pass at the corrections facility visitation ward.

PTC DAWG1
PTC DAWG1

Next stop, Louisville or AU via JC.  

OH:IO
OH:IO

When four-star dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones committed to Ohio State last July, he pledged to bring several of the top prospects from the state of Georgia with him. It's not a bad strategy, either, considering the Peach State is one of the most talent-rich areas in the country.

Among his top targets? Stockbridge, Georgia, four-star defensive end Brenton Cox, who committed to Buckeyes on Tuesday evening. 

dawg fan
dawg fan

You'll get a few but not enough. The beatdowns from the boys down south will continue mostly unabated. Too much speed and depth. It seems Cox wanted to pad the stats against Indiana and Rutgers instead of compete.

We've moved on.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Foster asked not to show up to the draft. Conley accused of Rape. Looking good bammer rammer and 31 - O - Hi - O.

Maybe Mike Price and Mike Dubose can roam the sidelines for you again Willie. Bawahwahwahwah

OH:IO
OH:IO

Down goes gym dog coach.dogs got nuttin' but 1980.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawgNole


Living in the past, lying hypocrite????


Got nuttin'. Beating OSU  by a mere 7 points with John Cooper with one foot out the door does not a National Championship make.


On the other hand, that was a DECADE AFTER the dogs one and only NC. 



woof woof

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

I absolutely live in the past when it's relevant, and unlike you, I don't hypocritically chastise others who bring up relevant history.

You took yet another potshot at the Dawgs, and I gave it right back to you by pointing out that they're undefeated against your pretenders--so yes, lying hypocerite, it's relevant.

"Got nuttin'" is soiling your pants on national TV by disgracefully scoring ZERO points while getting slaughtered by Clemson in a clearly undeserved playoff berth. That does not a NC make, either--now does it, c*ntbreath?

Suck on that one some more if you can remove your thumb from its customary location in your a*s.

OH:IO
OH:IO

@DawgNole @OH:IO


Booked your annual toilet bowl yet? 


I'll gladly take our Playoff record. You don't have one, Mr. Living in the Past if its Relevant Dog is A HOLE. 

PulaskiDawg
PulaskiDawg

Can the Seminoles and Cardinals contain their excitement. Auburn, LSU, and Ala. can't sign under SEC rules. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Kirby may need to cutback on that all you can eat at the Golden Corral. 


So the Dawg fans at G-Day drop from 90K to 60K in one year. Pepsi should be delivering those 2017 Pre-Season NC Banners to the Dawg fans next week. As usual only one per family. They do good work.

dawg fan
dawg fan

His level of butthurt is definitely approaching yours.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Figures the focus of your obsession would be the midsection of an overweight male, but do you have to share it with us?

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgNole @OH:IO Overweight?...that's the biggest understatement since Noah said looks like a shower today.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Stay on topic, which was oh:io's sick-minded obsession with the midsection of an overweight male.

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

As if he had a choice.  Ridiculous to praise this decision.

dawg fan
dawg fan

He actually did have a choice your freaking moron. He's the head coach.

Mulk
Mulk

@dawg fan Smart had the choice when he recruited him - the kid has a history of this kinda thing. I bet a lot of people in Brunswick were aware. He couldn't even wait until he got her to a Brunswick Waffle House.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Mulk I guess you need to let FSU, Michigan, Bama and about 10 other schools know since they offered him a scholarship too and saw him fit to attend their school.  You haters are absolutely pathetic and an embarrassment to yourselves with how much UGA owns you.  Your credibility on this whole story is laughable. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@dawg fan @Mulk Maybe Kirby should buy mouth pieces for his players girlfriends and baby mama's?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Don't thank me now, Mr. Impressive Vocabulary--just do it!

Hit the damn books and learn elementary English; then you can thank me for helping you appear less ignorant.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgNole @TOJacket You read books stupid...you hit your baby mama if you play for UGA...hey, made another rhyme.

OH:IO
OH:IO

Let's give Kirby a W already and not play the late November Cupcake Classic.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

I don't think we want to kill the UGA-GT series. It's fun for us the vast majority of the time.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@OH:IO

Or we could go with Bowling Green--you know, the one whose offense the previous year got you all panting and aroused, as if it were relevant.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

You said earlier that you "liked" oh:io. Now you're calling him a perv.

Grow up.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Nope. YOU typed them, as follows:

"I like OH-IO because he, like myself . . . ."

Now, own them.