Sep 28, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs safety Tray Matthews (28) reacts with students after defeating the LSU Tigers at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated LSU 44-41. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Tray Matthews Dismissal From UGA Highlights Problems With NCAA System

Georgia coach Mark Richt dismissed sophomore Tray Matthews from his team on Wednesday after a classroom disruption.  What the “classroom disruption was” still seems to be up for debate on social media and the always reasonable college football message boards.  This wasn’t Matthews first spat of trouble though, he was also part of a group of UGA players that were cashing checks multiple times.

These types of incidents are part of sports and life in general.  

People do things that they shouldn’t and must face the consequences for those actions.  Mark Richt probably made the right call in this case since Matthews had a history of problems.

Georgia will miss Matthews going forward as he was supposed to be a integral part of the UGA defense, but it’s not a serious loss either.  Matthews started six games last year and had solid game experience, but UGA has a lot of young talent behind him.  It will not take long for some younger UGA players to take advantage of his absence.

Matthews will be able to transfer to any school he wishes after the release, but will be required to sit this season out.  Auburn and Louisville were mentioned by Matthews yesterday and seem like very likely landing spots.

If that doesn’t work then UGA fans can always use Matthews as their “we had terrible attrition so Mark Richt deserves a 17th rebuilding year” line for this year, everyone wins.

IMG_1595 Tray Matthews isn’t some super bad guy who we should ridicule, he’s a kid that made some dumb decisions. I’m glad my dumb calls weren’t scrutinized like those of collegiate athletes, I would be in trouble.  Let’s not pretend this guy is Aaron Hernandez, and let’s not pretend this guy is an angel.  He made some mistakes, he will now faces the consequences for those mistakes.

What is disturbing about Matthews to me is what class he was in when his “classroom disturbance” occurred.  Matthews was in a children’s literature class as part of this communication studies degree.  Now we all took a few classes in college that didn’t make any sense, just because we needed the credits, I took conservation of resources. (I CAN RECYCLE!)  These athletes however have advisors who are much more involved in their class choices and schedule than a regular student, so it’s probably a good bet that someone picked that class for Matthews.

The NCAA says that the reason they can’t pay the players is because they are students, but if they are pushed into majoring in eligibility are they really students?  The NCAA is running a broken system that is set up to benefit the pockets of the universities, it’s time we stop this “they are getting an education” charade.

Sure Matthews had something to do with it too, he could have picked another degree.  If you are treating college football as the NFL farm system though, and are sure you’re going to the NFL, then you just want to do the minimum.  The problem is that just like these kids are young enough to make dumb decisions, they are young enough to believe adults who tell them they will make it in the NFL.

The system may be getting a little better, but it’s still predatory and exploitative.

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