A source close to the team confirmed the news to GamecockCentral.com on Saturday afternoon. The source said that Sherman had decided to quit, although receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr., Sherman’s position coach, told GamecockCentral.com that if the decision had been made, Sherman had yet to inform the coaching staff. Sherman, when reached by phone, said, "I don’t want to say nothing right now."
I wouldn't rule out the possibility that things may change here by tomorrow. However, if this sticks, I'm not sure I would worry about it too much. Sherman is by all accounts well liked by his teammates, but he wasn't exactly making a big impact on the field. He hasn't had many memorable kickoff returns, and he wasn't seeing the field much at RB / WR. The only difference his departure will likely portend will be that we'll see Ace Sanders or Damiere Byrd join D.J. Swearinger on kickoff returns sooner than later, and I'm not sure that isn't for the best anyhow. That said, Sherman seems like a really good kid, so I wish him the best in whatever he decides to do.
Running back Caleb King has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2011 season, likely ending his career at Georgia. This is being discussed as a huge blow to Georgia, but I'm not so sure I think it's a big deal. Although King was tabbed as a likely starter, it's no mystery that the Dawgs are placing their hopes on incoming freshman Isaiah Crowell to take that spot sooner than later. King's departure eliminates Georgia's safety valve if Crowell isn't ready to be this year's Lattimore or Dyer, but it's not like that wasn't something the Dawgs were dreading all along. If Crowell doesn't produce, Georgia's offense was always going to struggle, with or without King. It's Crowell or bust for the Dawgs, same as it ever was.