Matthews dismissed from Bulldogs

Rob Saye

News came down on Tuesday that sophomore safety Tray Matthews will no longer be part of the Georgia Football program. Matthews first tweeted out the news that he was gone and soon the athletic department confirmed.

“We are trying to make room for guys who want to do things right,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement released by the school.

“I’m sorry UGA family,” Matthews said via Twitter. “I swear to God I love yal (sic). I’m crying right now but I won’t forget. Love the Dawgs. Auburn or Louisville will be my home.” Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald reported that he spoke with Matthews but that Matthews wouldn’t say what led to his dismissal from the program. Weiszer also added that Richt has not commented further on the reason for Matthews being dismissed. However, the AJC confirmed Thursday that it was a verbal altercation with a professor that led to his dismissal.

Louisville seems like a natural fit for Matthews after defensive coordinator Todd Grantham left Georgia to head for the Cardinals sidelines this offseason. Fellow 2013 signing class member Shaq Wiggins, a cornerback, decided to transfer to Louisville this offseason, and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is also a Cardinal after being dismissed from the Georgia program in February.

Matthews played in eight games in his freshman season with the Bulldogs, including six starts. During his one season in Athens Matthews racked up 36 total tackles, four pass breakups and an interception.


It was announced last Friday that Georgia’s Aug. 30 opener at home against Clemson will kick off at 5:30 p.m. The contest between the Bulldogs and Tigers will be broadcast that Saturday evening on ESPN. Earlier last week, CBS announced that Georgia’s Sept. 13 game on the road against South Carolina will be its first nationally televised game. That kickoff time is set for 3:30 p.m.


Many preseason college football magazines have already reached newsstands, with several picking the Bulldogs in the top 10.

Both USA Today and Athlon picked Georgia to start the season ranked No. 8 in their top 25s. Both of these magazines also picked the Bulldogs to win the SEC East.

Lindy’s has Georgia in the 12th spot of its preseason rankings and believe that Georgia will finish second in the east behind South Carolina. Sporting News has the Dawgs at No. 15 and also picked UGA to finish second in the division behind South Carolina.

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