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Richt Says UGA Doesn’t Have A Discipline Problem

By SEC standards, Georgia had a relatively crime-free 2011 after Mark Richt instituted a get-tougher policy regarding discipline issues.  Unfortunately, a pair of starting cornerbacks have been arrested for possessing marijuana and punching a woman in recent weeks.

Still, Richt says his program doesn’t have a discipline deficiency:

“When guys do make mistakes, two things are very important: How we handle it and how he handles it.  Are we going to discipline our players the way they ought to be disciplined according to what they’ve done?  I think we do that.  I think we do that more strictly than most people do.  If you look at other people’s policies, ours is much tougher than just about any other policy I’ve seen.  So because some of our guys end up with a game suspension or whatever it may be, a kid at another school may do the very same thing and their policy doesn’t say that it has to be that way.  I mean, I don’t care what they do.  All I’m saying is I think it’s important how you handle it.”

Richt is correct.  The University of Georgia has a Student-Athlete Handbook that spells out exactly what punishments coincide with arrests.  An arrest for “alcohol or drug-related misconduct” requires — in the case of football — a one-game suspension.  No running steps, no early workouts.  A suspension.  No argument.

Boys will be boys and no coach can be responsible for 100 players 100% of the time.  But Richt — and UGA’s code — have helped cut back on arrests overall in the past year-and-a-half. 

Until Will Muschamp can drive the remaining Urban Meyer recruits out of Florida’s program, maybe he should institute the same policy as Georgia.  For now it’s the Gators who’ve dealt with double-digit arrests since Muschamp’s hiring.



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