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Zach Mettenberger’s mom to sit this one out for LSU-UGA week

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I’m not exactly sure how many people know about this little factoid, but Tammy Mettenberger is an administrative assistant for the Georgia football program.

Mrs. Mettenberger has actually been a trusted assistant for many years for Mark Richt, and for years even before he became the head coach more than a decade ago. She also happens to be the mother of LSU’s starting quarterback, Zach Mettenberger.

With Georgia facing LSU this weekend, there might be a bit of a conflict of interest there. And, likely mutually, that conflict of interest will be removed from the building.

Sunday night, Richt told reporters that Tammy Mettenberger has been given the week off from her normal duties ahead of a Saturday matchup with LSU dripping with both SEC and BCS implications. Gracious as always, Richt seemed to indicate it was not a hard decision to reach and one that would be beneficial on all fronts.

“She loves her son, obviously, and it would be awkward for her to be hanging around all week,” Richt said on Sunday night. “I told her enjoy it, go have fun, do some things you wouldn’t normally do this time of year, and enjoy it.”

As familiar as Richt is with Tammy Mettenberger, he’s almost as familiar with her son.

Zach Mettenberger began his collegiate career with the Bulldogs, coming to Athens as a four-star member of UGA’s 2009 recruiting class. After redshirting as a true freshman, Mettenberger was in line to win the starting job in the spring of 2010 before off-field legal issues led to his dismissal and, after a season at the JUCO level, a landing spot at LSU in December of 2010.

Biding his time the past two seasons, Mettenberger has come into his own as the starting quarterback and given the Tigers its first real, viable threat in the passing game in years.

Ever classy, Richt says he continues to root for his administrative assistant’s son — except this week.

“We’ve been knowing Zach since he was a very young kid,” Richt said. “We all really like Zach and want the best for him, but just don’t want him to win the game this weekend. That’s the only thing that’s different from normal, is we’re competing against him this week.”

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23 Responses to “Zach Mettenberger’s mom to sit this one out for LSU-UGA week”
  1. thegamecocker says: Sep 23, 2013 9:40 AM

    I really admire Coach Richt as he exemplifies what class is all about. Win or lose he always demonstrates the same demeanor. He is a very good person and does many kind actions which many of us don’t ever get to know about. He and Coach Spurrier have much in common in that regard as do many of the SEC coaches. Giving Ms. Mettenberger off this week is just another example of that kindness and consideration. Good luck this week Coach but I have to root for LSU for obvious reasons.

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 23, 2013 10:09 AM

    Mark Richt is a classy gentleman. Sometimes I think he is too good of a man to be a major college football coach, but he is. My family and I have many long time friends who live in and around Athens and relate many things he does under the radar, especially for children.

    I am glad he gave Zach’s mom the week off. Another nice thing Richt does, just because he is who he is.

    I would rather not have to go into Athens, but then again which team would want to? I think, I hope we will be ready. Another test for LSU this season. I hope the offense and defense are ready for it.

  3. microbrewuga says: Sep 23, 2013 11:21 AM

    I believe Coach Richt looks at eternal significance when making his decisions, which may not be in the best interest of a national championship for my alma mater……………I’m ok with that.

  4. chc4 says: Sep 23, 2013 11:48 AM

    This should be a really good game. High scoring affair.

  5. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 1:08 PM

    Isn’t Mettenberger a sex offender?

  6. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 23, 2013 1:54 PM

    Tainted arn’t you a IDIOT!!!!!

  7. Deb says: Sep 23, 2013 2:20 PM

    Memo to self: After reading one of these feel-good stories, just skip the comments because without fail some idiot like taintedlombardis will spoil the feel-good mood.

    Nice story. Didn’t know about the Mettenberger connection to UGA. Definitely puts his mom in a difficult position this weekend. Looking forward to a good game between two strong programs!

  8. tigersgeaux says: Sep 23, 2013 2:37 PM

    That’s what I need, more memos to self. ha.

    I did not know Zach’s mom was a close assistant to Richt. This does make this interesting.

    A week off! Wow! That is what I need.

    Tigers Geaux!

  9. sssjim7 says: Sep 23, 2013 2:48 PM

    Hrm… in order to be fair to Mr. Tainted…

    “Mettenberger signed with Georgia in 2009 out of Oconee County High in Watkinsville, Ga., and was in a hotly contested starting quarterback race with Aaron Murray and Logan Gray (who ended up transferring to Colorado). But in March of 2010, Mettenberger was arrested outside of a local bar after allegedly grabbing the breasts and buttocks of a woman, and also was charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction. He ultimately pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, the alcohol-related charges were dropped, and he was sentenced to two concurrent, 12-month probationary periods under the state of Georgia’s first-offender act. He also was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and 40 hours of community service.”

    So, yeah he is a *convicted* sex offender… who has apparently made amends and turned his life around… so good for him…

    Who is paying his mothers’ salary? If she is a state employee and paid by tax dollars… not sure if that is legal unless she is taking the week off without pay… or on paid vacation…

    Just curious… and for those wondering why I even bothered to post the above info… I felt the responses to Mr. Tainted’s post were unfair and excessive…. he did make a valid point that was not addressed in the article…

    Just my .02

  10. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 3:04 PM

    Thanks Jim. As usual our rational and factual postings are drowned out by the usual gumps that post with their emotions.

  11. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 23, 2013 3:20 PM

    Mark Richt looks like Kevin Costner.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 23, 2013 3:28 PM

    Yeah, definitely have to send her away for the week. Not that she would, but have to remove that temptation from the situation….

    I’ve always liked Richt but felt that that program has under achieved until recently. Glad my Aggies don’t have to play the Dawgs this year.

  13. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 23, 2013 7:25 PM

    Tainted, your still a Idiot!

  14. Deb says: Sep 23, 2013 7:57 PM

    @taintedlombardis …

    Your posts are rarely, if ever, rational or factual and you never post to make a valid point. You post to slam the SEC–the gumps as you noted in your “thanks” to sssjim7.

    I was aware of Mettenberger’s issues when making my post about your idiotic comment and stand by my original assertion. You are an idiot who spoiled a feel-good mood because that is what you do. Mettenberger’s past isn’t relevant to this post, nor did you bring it up for any positive reason. You posted it because you are a subhuman troll who slobbers garbage on every post about an SEC team or player. sssjim7 didn’t owe you any consideration–as he’ll discover if he sticks around here long enough. Too bad he wasted his keystrokes on someone who didn’t deserve it.

  15. tigersgeaux says: Sep 24, 2013 12:11 AM

    Jim: “Points not addressed by the article” There are many points not addressed by the article since the article is NOT about Zach Mettenberger, but about his mother and about Coach Richt.

    Tainted did not give the full story, but rather just a partisan, bigoted, and biased jab at the young QB for LSU and then, as usual, a swipe at the SEC. So you both inject something into this story, that the story was not about.

    Has Zach turned his life around?— Coach Richt thinks so, Coach Miles thinks so, and numerous other coaches, counselors, and other people think so.

    However, the ever-complimentary Tainted wants to bring up his past anytime any story related and not on him appears. Tainted wants to jab the SEC. Have fun. Get your jollies. Meanwhile get a real life.

  16. gmsalpha says: Sep 24, 2013 7:29 AM

    “We’ve been knowing Zach…”
    I’ve been knowing. Pssh!

  17. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 24, 2013 9:54 AM

    gmalpha: Maybe Coach Richt was speaking for himself and one or more members of his staff? ha!

    Richt IS a good man. He has paid the salary of one of his assistants out of his own pocket before when they had an emergency and no off time available, so he may be doing the same for this long time trusted assistant Tammy.

    I have tickets now, so I will be going. One of few purple and gold amidst a sea of red.

  18. southernpatriots says: Sep 24, 2013 2:21 PM

    Moments ago, I received a telephone call that my long-time friend and legendary LSU coach and AD, Paul Dietzel died at the age of 89 after a short illness. He passed a short time ago, so arrangements have not yet been made. We are in communication with his family and wanted to make this news available to all LSU Tiger fans.

    Paul Dietzel coached Billy Cannon and his teammates to a national championship and then returned some years later to be the AD at LSU.

    Thank you.

  19. thegamecocker says: Sep 24, 2013 3:12 PM


    For 20 years Paul Dietzel ruined athletics AND academics at South Carolina. I forgive him for that because of our affiliation with the SEC. But when he convinced the then Admin at SC to leave the ACC, he dissolved all the hard work and success legendary Coach Frank McGuire achieved. That’s a fact. Now I will say I hope Paul Dietzel RIP. The Gamecocker

  20. dhardy8207 says: Sep 25, 2013 10:41 AM

    “We are in communication with his family and wanted to make this news available to all LSU Tiger fans.”


    Not a tiger fan, but as one from BAMA nation we extend our sympathies to Coach Dietzel’s family and the LSU family as well….

    Roll Tide….

  21. southernpatriots says: Sep 25, 2013 10:55 AM

    dhardy8207: No offense intended. Sorry. Never meant to exclude BAMA nation or any others.

    Spent last evening with the Dietzel family and friends. Funeral on Friday at First Methodist in Baton Rouge. Family made one request…in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to:

    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    Coach Dietzel was very involved with them for decades.

    Thank you and thank all.

  22. mrba4775 says: Sep 25, 2013 8:01 PM

    zach will be a franchise qb in the nfl, then his mother will not have to work @ UGA, unless she wants too.

  23. suprmous says: Sep 28, 2013 2:27 AM

    Lord have mercy, I see where there’s niceness we still have one or so who feel they’ve been led to open their mouth and make off the wall comments that ruin the mood of the good people. Gamecocker, gatorsnapper, Tigersgeaux, and southernpatriots I just do believe some should learn some manners, what’cha think? Sorry to hear bout Coach Dietzel, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a fine organization and they do wonderful things. All 3 of the Holy Terrors were part of it and not because I grew up with em but they and the others that belong to the organization have truly got some tear jerkin testimonies bout their lives. They’ll truly make you think.

    Any who’s and what’s it. May the eye of Mike be upon the team as they go to battle with those pesky mutts later. Everybody have a good weekend.

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