In dismissing safety Tray Matthews on Tuesday, coach Mark Richt said that Georgia is “trying to make room for guys who want to do things right.”
Being disruptive in a class was the final chapter that ended up with Matthews being shown the door, Matthews said Thursday
“I didn’t do anything really though,” Matthews said. “The only thing I did was talking to my classmate besides me and we got into a little argument. It was two guys arguing about a sport (about some players). That’s what it was. Me and another athlete were arguing about a sport. It was kind of loud. It wasn’t even that loud, but a professor was talking while we were talking. That’s disrespectful of course. But nobody was disrespectful to him at all.”
Matthews, a rising sophomore, was taking a class taught by Ronald Bogue, a professor in the Comparative Literature department.
Matthews said Auburn, Louisville, Alabama and Florida are schools he’s involved with as a possible transfer destination.
That’s why he doesn’t want to talk much more about the incident in the class.
“Some coaches are telling me not to talk about it no more,” Matthews said Thursday morning from his home in Newnan. “Basically, just move on.”
Matthews told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday night that he was asked to leave the Children’s Literature course of about 30 students on Tuesday on the final day of Maymester classes but did not.
Bogue has not responded to a request seeking comment.
Matthews said Bogue emailed someone on Georgia’s academic support staff and they got in touch with Richt.
Matthews already had discipline issues including when he was one of four football players arrested prior to spring practice for “double-dipping” UGA-issued stipend checks.
Matthews and the other players arrested–former Bulldog receiver Uriah LeMay, defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor and defensive end James DeLoach–are to appear in an Athens court later today for an arraignment. Matthews indicated a pre-trial intervention program could be in the offing.
“I know everything is already worked out,” Matthews said.
Matthews started six games last season, making 36 tackles with an interception and a forced fumble.