It is a simple job to be a Monday morning quarterback — you know, with hindsight being 20/20 and all.
But it appears to be increasingly difficult to be a Friday or Saturday night quarterback.
The latest victim in the swarm of legal controversy surrounding high-profile signal callers is none other than Georgia commit and a national blue-chip recruit Christian LeMay out of Butler High School in Matthews, N.C. LeMay is now expected to be facing a 30-day out-of-school suspension for an unspecified violation.
How appropriate for this 2010 offseason in Athens.
To recap the company LeMay now finds himself begrudgingly a part of, look no further than on Georgia’s post-spring depth chart: backup Zach Mettenberger. Or if you happened to have tuned in to ESPN or other sports media outlets in the past six months, you are sure to have heard of the Ben Roethlisberger case here in the Peach State.
Going across state lines, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was cited for misdemeanor assault following his confrontation and fist fight inside of a Dallas strip club early Sunday morning.
(Yes, I know what you are thinking: Vince Young inside a strip club? This cannot be. I am completely shocked and speechless at this moment in my life. Next thing I know, you are going to claim Zach Randolph deals drugs. Um, what?)
The position of quarterback appears to be straying farther outside of the realm of leadership with each story hitting the news, perhaps because that is the most newsworthy position in football. Either way, it is not a good sign for teams when their quarterbacks (or quarterback recruits) are running into disciplinary actions and forcing their college coaches to make executive decisions to rescind an athlete’s scholarship or not.
There is a 99 percent chance that LeMay’s circumstances are varied, but Mark Richt and his staff are not newcomers to this brand of predicament.
Last year, sophomore running back Washaun Ealey’s high school teammate — Dexter Moody — ran into trouble at his Emmanuel County Institute in Swainsboro, Ga.
Richt and his staff gave Moody an unconditional release from the University of Georgia following the incident. Moody would not be the first to have such actions inflicted upon him for his mishaps. Just ask Michael Grant. Or Jamar Chaney.
The Bulldog nation should be on edge for the decision on LeMay’s impending punishment, as well as for all the details to unfold, for it could have an effect on the future landscape under center in Athens. Not taking anything away from the potential of Aaron Murray in 2010, but it would not hurt to have a player of LeMay’s talent on campus.
By most accounts coming out of North Carolina, there has been no previous issues of such magnitude in the young man’s past. A straight ‘A’ student who has been showered with praise for his morals and leadership abilities (his father is a minister to boot), this could very well just be a negative situation bubbling up from a high school mistake.
The question is whether or not this brief fall from grace will have a lasting impact on LeMay’s future with Georgia. Judging by most reports, there seems to still be an overwhelming possibility that he will still don the silver britches.
I give it 90 percent chance that he remains in Richt’s 2011 recruiting class.
The last issue Georgia coaches and fans yearn to deal with is for a Le-Mettenberger scenario — especially with the depth at the position already under scrutiny. Isn’t one off-season dismissal of a quarterback enough of a worry for the Bulldog faithful?
But if that 10 percent chance were to happen, the most optimistic assumption would be that Georgia signal callers would already lead the nation in a statistical category: Incompletions.
Just what Mark Richt’s doctor ordered.
(In all seriousness, the best of wishes to everyone involved in the incident and here’s hoping that it can be resolved in the best manner possible. Other stories and irrelevant ramblings on sports can be found at the website, Walking Into The Kicker .)
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