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LeMay spurns high school, will prep for NCAA

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08:07 AM ET 08.18 | After passing for 3,296 yards with 44 touchdowns as a junior, Georgia recruit Christian LeMay will not be headed back to Butler High School. LeMay has decided to forgo his senior year of high school to complete graduation requirements "in a private setting," according to his father. He will not play football other than to prepare for his college career with private trainers. ... Mr. LeMay would not say whether his son had been assured his admission to Georgia with his freshman eligibility intact.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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August 18, 2010  08:32 AM ET

This is a sign of how ridiculous the times have become.

August 18, 2010  08:52 AM ET
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This is a sign of how ridiculous the times have become.

imo, this makes him the Bryce Harper of college football....ridiculous indeed.

August 18, 2010  09:07 AM ET

Hey....you wanna do something totally unique....something different....something no one else is doing....try STAYING IN SCHOOL....what a concept.

August 18, 2010  09:13 AM ET

It may be a sad commentary to what our society has become, but I would be lying if I said I would not do the same thing in his shoes. His best chance at hundreds of millions of dollars is to play football. Chances are he was not going to be a Rhodes Scholar anyway.

August 18, 2010  09:18 AM ET

I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that his dad is a preacher and he got busted getting a BJ in the girl's locker room a few months back. Maybe he was going to be suspended. Maybe daddy doesn't trust him any more. It might not be 100% a football decision.

August 18, 2010  09:23 AM ET
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Winner winner chicken dinner./thread.

I know I am late to the game in saying this but I have to tell you. You have the best collection of Avitars on T&A. Please keep up the excellent work.

August 18, 2010  09:24 AM ET

Can any UGA fan confirm or deny that he was suspended for 40 days from school for an undisclosed reason?

August 18, 2010  09:31 AM ET

August 16, 2010
"We first want to thank all of those who have supported our family during this time. The emails, letters, text and words of encouragement have been life fueling from supporters of Christian both locally and nationwide. We specifically want to thank UGA 2011 Class recruits Chris Conley and Ray Drew for standing with our son and contacting him daily. Panthers WR Kenny Moore and QB training coach Steve Calhoun for working him out over the summer. Also, Sporting News and all the other recruiting networks that maintained Christian's National Ranking on their boards.

As a result of Christian's youthful infraction (that does not involve drugs weapons or any form of violence). Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools imposed a severe punishment on our son in which we appealed to their highest form of due process. On July 26th the CMS board maintained the merciless ruling of a 40 day reassignment to an alternative school "To possibly be reviewed in 30 Days". Which is an addition to a 4 day suspension already served. The ruling also states that after completing the reassignment days he could "possibly" return to Butler. Meaning it is "possible" that he could not return to Butler. Adhering to such a severe ruling would not only prevent Christian from playing until November due to the ten day conditioning rule (If returned to Butler HS), But it would also hinder him academically as the alternative school does not provide the required classes needed for him to finish in the fall of 2010 and move on to the University of GA. In January.

Given the unwillingness of CMS to apply a more reasonable consequence for such a youthful infraction, as disheartening as it is, We must make the decision to move on and focus Christian's attention to preparing for enrollment at the University of Georgia in January. Although, rumors suggest that Christian would likely transfer to one of the excellent programs such as S.C. Byrnes, South Point, Greensboro Dudley and even Victory Christian Center, Christian could not imagine playing his senior season at any place other then with his brother Uriah and his teammates at Butler High School.

Therefore, having come to resolve that following the CMS consequence would not accomplish "student achievement" for Christian. We as a family have concluded that he will forgo his senior football season and focus on his preparation to attend the University of Georgia. We are quite honored that other colleges continue to show strong interest in Christian attending their school. However, we have continued healthy communications with UGA coaches & the commitment remains the same on both ends.

Christian will now prepare himself for the next season of his life as he takes this time to become stronger, Spiritually, Academically and Physically. With the help of fitness trainer Any Hendel of Cross fit Charlotte and QB coach Steve Calhoun of Armed and Dangerous, Christian will certainly be prepared to arrive in Georgia this spring ready to compete. We are fully confident that His best days are still yet to come. GO BULLDOGS!!!"

-The LeMay Family

August 18, 2010  09:47 AM ET
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Christian and Uriah. Gotta love those names.Still doesn't sound like a happy ending to me.

Sounds like it is an extremely expensive happy ending, which as you state, FJJ, makes it not so happy.

August 18, 2010  09:48 AM ET
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doesn't sound like a happy ending to me.

well when the previous post said he was busted... I did not figure he was referring to his nut

August 18, 2010  09:50 AM ET

I guess "youthful infraction" is code for a BJ if you are a pastor.

August 18, 2010  09:51 AM ET
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I guess "youthful infraction" is code for a BJ if you are a pastor.

i want one of those tickets

August 18, 2010  09:52 AM ET

Let me ask you guys (and gals) this, if all this is true, and the kid would not get to play football until November, do you still condone his actions of leaving school and training "privately"? Given he can't keep will junk in is pants, he has limited options.

August 18, 2010  09:56 AM ET
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You have the best collection of Avitars on T&A. Please keep up the excellent work.

T&A? Freudian slip maybe?

August 18, 2010  09:58 AM ET
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I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that his dad is a preacher and he got busted getting a BJ in the girl's locker room a few months back. Maybe he was going to be suspended. Maybe daddy doesn't trust him any more. It might not be 100% a football decision.

There's always the other side of the story. Not unlike a lot of athletes who use to "suffer a minor injury" requiring a few weeks of rehab shortly after their most recent drug test.

August 18, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Future UGA headache!

August 18, 2010  10:01 AM ET
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Let me ask you guys (and gals) this, if all this is true, and the kid would not get to play football until November, do you still condone his actions of leaving school and training "privately"? Given he can't keep will junk in is pants, he has limited options.

If you ask me Dad can keep him under wraps all he wants now. The minute he goes to college he will go wild. Also by not having this year of "game speed" will he still be the talent he is today?

August 18, 2010  10:20 AM ET

I've heard nothing about the age/gender of the other party to the "youthful infraction" or what punishment s/he received. Also, in these times, the temperment of the community could be a prevaling influence on the school's hard line on Lemay's suspension.

Purportedly, Lemay was to have finished HS this Fall semester and be able to enroll at UGA at the outset of 2011. If this is so, it doesn't indicate an academically challenged individual.

Lemay will still have to meet requirements for a HS diploma and/or UGA admissions.

August 18, 2010  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Let me ask you guys (and gals) this, if all this is true, and the kid would not get to play football until November, do you still condone his actions of leaving school and training "privately"? Given he can't keep will junk in is pants, he has limited options.

I think it was more dad's decision than his. If he couldn't play football either way, he should have sent the kid to the alternative school. At least that way he might have learned that actions have consequences. All he is going to get from this situation now is that when he screws up, dad will be there to bail him out.

 
August 18, 2010  10:29 AM ET
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If he goes to Georgia early, he will not count towards the 28 recruiting max the SEC has set in place.

If he enrolls early, he would count towards last years max of 28, and I am assuming Georgia signed less than 28, so that would work out.

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