UGA gives top rusher Ealey release

photo Georgia running back Washaun Ealey. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Troubled Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey is now former Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound junior from Stillmore, Ga., has been granted an unconditional release so he can transfer to another school for the 2011-12 academic year, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt announced Monday. Ealey was suspended for three weeks in February after failing to report for an early morning run that was discipline related, and he was unable to compete in any of the three spring scrimmages because of a pulled hamstring.

"Washaun and I have had several conversations in recent weeks," Richt said in a released statement. "We both have come to the conclusion that a transfer to another institution would be in his best interest."