Georgia Football: Recapping the Biggest 2014 Offseason News so Far
There is a reason why college football never sleeps.
As soon as the BCS title game came to an end in January, the 2014 season was beginning with all the offseason news.
It was no different with the Georgia Bulldogs, as they have had enough of it to last for the next decade.
It started with good news with the addition of new coaches, but it has not been good recently due to the losses of a few key players.
So, here’s a look at the biggest offseason news pieces so far.
Hiring Jeremy Pruitt
It started when Todd Grantham left his position as defensive coordinator and went to Louisville for the same position.
That did not phase the Bulldogs, as they were able to land Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt a few days later. Pruitt was a key component to the Seminoles' national title run.
Pruitt is also a great recruiter, as he was named National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports in 2012 (via Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Currently, he has been working his players hard for the 2014 season, and it should be interesting to see which players make the cut.
Four Players Arrested
One of the reasons it will be interesting to see who makes the cut is a few players got into some hot water back in March. Jonathan Taylor, James DeLoach, Uriah LeMay and Tray Matthews got arrested for cashing illegal checks. Each faced a misdemeanor charge, but Marc Weinreich of SI.com reported all charges have been dropped.
DeLoach and Taylor will not face suspensions. LeMay is no longer with the team and plans to transfer.
As far as Matthews goes…
Tray Matthews Dismissed
He’s the latest offseason news piece, as he was dismissed from the team last week.
The reason for the dismissal was that he was being disruptive in class. Tanya Sichynsky of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Matthews got into a verbal altercation with a professor. Along with that and being arrested, Mark Richt was forced to make the tough decision.
Matthews is planning to transfer and could go to Auburn or Louisville. If Matthews goes to Louisville, he would join Grantham and two other former Bulldogs.
Josh Harvey-Clemons Suspended
Josh Harvey-Clemons is currently at Louisville after spending last season with the Bulldogs. Harvey-Clemons was dismissed from the team back in February for violating team rules, according to David Ching of ESPN.com. He was also suspended twice during the 2013 season.
Losing Harvey-Clemons is a big blow because he was third on the team in tackles (66), and he also had 5.5 tackles for loss and one interception.
Shaq Wiggins Transfers
The Bulldogs suffered another loss in the secondary in May when Shaq Wiggins decided to transfer.
Wiggins, who is now at Louisville, told 247Sports (via Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph) that he wanted to go to a program that embraced his personality.
Wiggins was the only real playmaker in the secondary last season. When he was injected into the lineup midway through the 2013 season, he came up with the only defensive touchdown for the Bulldogs the entire season.
It looked as if he was going to be one of the starters this season, but as soon as Pruitt took over as defensive coordinator, he opened up every starting spot in the secondary and Wiggins saw little action with the first team.
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