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Ex-UGA DB Tray Matthews tweets he’s headed to Auburn

As it turns out, the SEC hasn’t seen the last of Tray Matthews.

In the same tweet that he announced he was leaving Georgia, the defensive back stated that “Auburn or Louisville will be my new home.”  In another tweet posted to his Twitter account early Saturday afternoon, Matthews revealed he would be moving over to the SEC West and continuing his collegiate playing career on The Plains with the Tigers.

AU, it should be noted, has yet to formally announce Matthews addition to the roster.

To satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Matthews will be forced to sit out the 2014 season.  He will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014.

Earlier this offseason, Matthews was one of four Bulldogs arrested on multiple counts of theft by deception.  Each player had been accused of essentially double-dipping: taking their UGA stipend checks, cashing them via a mobile app, then cashing the actual check elsewhere.

Matthews was a four-star member of UGA’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 5 safety in the country.  Despite being limited by a hamstring issue for the early part of the season, Matthews started six games at safety as a true freshman in 2013.

At AU Matthews will join Nick Marshall, who left Georgia a couple of years ago and, after a stint at the JUCO level, transferred to Auburn and quarterbacked the Tigers to the BCS title game this past season.  Oddly enough, Matthews had a hand — literally — in the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare” that helped propel the Tigers to the title game.

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15 Responses to “Ex-UGA DB Tray Matthews tweets he’s headed to Auburn”
  1. woebegong says: Jun 14, 2014 1:42 PM

    It is beginning to be a parody of sorts for Auburn. “Let Mikee eat it, he eats anything”. If you get into trouble at UGA, head over to Auburn, they will always take you.

  2. rsmeans says: Jun 14, 2014 1:50 PM

    Well being an Alabama fan I am not too fond of Auburn but I must admit that they take offenders like Matthews and Marshall and usually turn them into productive members of society something that most teams in the country such as UGA do not appear to do.

  3. woebegong says: Jun 14, 2014 1:57 PM

    If you remember correctly, Marshall went to a JC school and got into some trouble there and finally ended up at Auburn.
    It is not a matter of how a school makes them productive members of society as you should well know. It is what school will tolerate their behavior and who will welcome them with open arms, as long as they can play football.
    The final straw on Matthews was his getting into trouble while in the classroom. The judge actually gave the 4 of the guys that were involved with the check kite trick a pretty easy sentence, so that wasn’t the final straw.
    Some schools hold their players to the same standards as the other students and some do not.

  4. mcjon22 says: Jun 14, 2014 2:49 PM

    Fixed the headline for you!

    ‘Ex-UGA DB Tray Matthews tweets he’s headed to Jail’

  5. cowbulls says: Jun 14, 2014 6:41 PM

    I have tried to give the schools that give these young men a fresh start and blowing numerous second chances at UGA the benefit of the doubt. This is just too outrageous to ignore.

    Auburn should be ashamed of themselves for taking Matthews. There is no excuse other than they are willing to sacrifice their credibility in order to win a football game.

    Trey Matthew managed to pack a lifetime of trouble into just over a year at UGA. There were problems with teammates that led to physical altercations. He was a locker-room cancer. He was caught double cashing checks. H had no concern for team rules and flaunted them, for example dancing down the hallways of the team hotel after midnight before games. His girlfriend drama was ridiculous. The final blow was when he continued his pattern of disrespect of professors and getting an education by yelling at a professor.

    If Auburn finds this type behavior acceptable in the road to win football games then I feel sorry for their graduates. It won’t take long before the business communities regard a degree from Auburn as a joke.

  6. liverpoolred04 says: Jun 14, 2014 6:44 PM

    Cowbulls you are a dumbass, can’t believe you wasted all that time to type that up thinking anybody gives a damn about what you say….that is all.

  7. cowbulls says: Jun 14, 2014 6:50 PM

    Liverpoolredo, I see I hit a nerve with one of the Auburn grads that’s degree is being tarnished with every criminal hired to play football. You are the type companies like mine will put application with your Auburn your Auburn degree on the bottom of the stack.

  8. irishdodger says: Jun 14, 2014 6:54 PM

    What stipend check? I thought these poor kids couldn’t afford a pizza? What a mockery…

  9. jman2020 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:05 PM

    He’ll make UGA pay just like all da other UGA players that were picked up by the Auburn

  10. patbocam says: Jun 15, 2014 1:41 PM

    Every school out there gives these guys 2nd chances. Stop kidding yourself! High school sports, college, & pros. Your second chance just doesn’t always come from where your mistake happened. Get over it.

  11. woebegong says: Jun 15, 2014 1:53 PM

    Actually Matthews di9d get two chances. The first strike was the check kiting deal, and his second chance he blew by getting thrown out of class. He might grow up and become a fairly decent young man, but my money is on him getting into trouble, during time when he can’t be on the football field for a year.

  12. dcroz says: Jun 15, 2014 1:59 PM

    “I’m truly blessed for this opportunity and second chance that God and Coach Gus has blessed me with. I’m excited and ready to Excel at AU”

    Gotta love how someone who perpetually stays in trouble has the nerve to thank God for “blessing” him with a second chance. It’s as if everything he’s done has been nullified just because he invoked God in his tweet. This is why I tend to stay away from politicians who keep telling me how they’re Christians; you can usually bet the more they’re telling you about their faith, the more they’re trying to distract you from their sins.

  13. dhardy8207 says: Jun 15, 2014 2:44 PM

    Now where in the world did all those Auburn fans go that bashed Saban for giving DJ Pettway a “second chance”?… Atleast DJ went to a JUCCO, continued his studies and kept his arse out of trouble to prove he was worthy of that second chance.

  14. woebegong says: Jun 15, 2014 2:50 PM

    At the rate Auburn is going, the only question remaining is whether the stripes on the uniform are horizontal or vertical.

  15. clemsonmatt says: Jun 15, 2014 10:21 PM

    This is why Auburn wasn’t a good fit for Chad Kelly. He was just obnoxious. Auburn insists on real criminal street cred. Like Scam “Laptop” Newton.

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