Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The exodus has begun
We were among those that felt a sign of true change in Athens would be defections, in bulk. If things were changing and expectations being raised, we'd inevitably have kids that had grown comfortable, were unwilling to work hard, or had other issues leave the program when the level of effort required became more than it was worth to the kid. Marcus Dowtin is gone, and said to have been one of the primary problems (our opinion is its more on the staff lacking control of the locker room if the kind of problems Dowtin is accused of causing were true). Nick Williams is leaving. Now Dean Legge of Dawgpost.com is reporting Tanner Strickland saying 'No Mas'.
Maybe his shoulder is bigger hindrance now than it was when he played every game in the past season and this is a true injury defection. But we need room for new blood, and this helps create it. We wish Strickland the best as he moves on with his life and gets his degree, but hopefully this is part of a sign that much more is being expected and demanded out of the players this off season, and a few more kids will follow him out of that locker room. Oh, and that John Jenkins, Isaiah Crowell, Ray Drew, Jay Rome, Malcolm Mitchell, among others are soon walking the other direction through it.