For months before Georgia gave Washaun Ealey his unconditional release to transfer on Monday, there had been speculation that the tailback could land at Georgia Southern.
The Football Championship Subdivision program distanced itself Tuesday from the possibility that the rising junior will play for Eagles head coach Jeff Monken.
“Georgia Southern has not been and will not be in conversation with Washaun Ealey,” Rose Carter, Georgia Southern assistant athletic director for athletics media relations, said by e-mail.
The Statesboro school is some 30 miles from Ealey’s home in Stillmore.
Ealey rushed for 1,528 yards in two seasons at Georgia – leading the Bulldogs in rushing in 2009 and 2010 – but carries some baggage after being suspended twice since last August.
“There’s still plenty of options out there for him,” Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon said Monday night, “so we’re trying to do what we can to put him in a good position still.”