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UGA’s Official Scholarship Tally: 72

It took a freedom of information request for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to finally obtain a full tally on the number of scholarship players Georgia will have available for football this fall.  That number?  72… 13 below the 85-scholarship limit.

Chip Towers of The AJC points out that Southern Cal — starting its scholarship reductions this season — will have three more scholarship athletes than the Bulldogs.  That should put things into perspective.

Still, recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner says he’s happy with the thin red line that remains in Athens:

 

“I do like the quality of the young men that we have in the program.  Some of the guys that we’ve lost — and we’ve lost a lot of guys — you wish you could have been able to save a few of those.  It definitely would have helped our situation.  But a lot of those guys we made the decision to cut and move on.  It wasn’t a university decision or whatever.  It was just, what do we want this program to be known as, what do we want it to be?  It’s a double-edged sword.”

 

Sounds good, “What do we want this program to be known as,” and all.  And we all know that UGA has rather strict policies when it comes to arrested players.  But Georgia’s high horse isn’t quite so high after word came Saturday that cornerback Branden Smith — arrested in March for misdemeanor marijuana possession — will not start the season on suspension as expected.

“After just gathering all the information, determining what happened, we’ve got peace that we’re doing the right thing,” Mark Richt said.  Indeed, the head coach has likely got more details on what happened with Smith than any outside party.  Also, Smith entered a pretrial diversion program in May, which apparently allowed the starting DB to avoid suspension.

A misdemeanor marijuana possession charge probably wouldn’t have ended with a suspension at many schools, but Georgia has touted its tougher standards for quite a while now.  You can’t have it both ways.  You can’t point to a strict rulebook one minute only to look for loopholes if your secondary depth starts to look bleak heading into an SEC opener at Missouri.

 


9 comments
badbadhoggie
badbadhoggie

I think uga's best chance at a national  chamionship is to start a prison team!

KnoxvilleDawg
KnoxvilleDawg

KnoxvilleDawg

If you had taken the time to check the complete story, you would know that Brandon Smith was stopped in Ala. He immediately came back to Athens,   was tested,came back negative. He was tested by court, came back negative. Getting stopped in Ala. for a faulty tail light  will not get you  suspended,  even by UGA.   Vandalism of someone's car, on the other hand would, 

 

 

 

 

 

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KnoxvilleDawg
KnoxvilleDawg

 @badbadhoggie 

In order to field a national champion prison team, we would need two  Vols  that are native Georgians. Da'Rick(bar room brawler)Rogers & Deion (Mind if I steal a few I Phones) Bonner. 

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @KnoxvilleDawg 

 

I did read the whole story.  And I read the stories written in March, too.  They all included the fact that Smith was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession.  Key word: possession.  Apparently, it's you who need to read the whole story.  

 

Smith wasn't arrested for failing a drug test or for smoking pot in Alabama or anywhere else.  He was arrested for marijuana possession.  So whether he passed or failed a drug test after the fact doesn't have a darn thing to do with that possession charge.

 

Matter of fact, if he were innocent of the possession charge, it's interesting that he would enter pre-trial diversion rather than cry out, "I'm innocent, I had no weed!"  

 

It's also interesting how you pick and choose the facts you like.  

 

John

KnoxvilleDawg
KnoxvilleDawg

 @John at MrSEC 

Good points. I disagree that Coach Richt was looking for loopholes & trying to have it both ways. If you look at his  record of dealing with players over the last 10 years,he has been consistent. I listen to you on Fridays &  watch your show on Sundays. I was surprised that you were so critical of CMR  & Coach Spurrier (CSS well deserved) but looked at Coach Dooley through Orange colored glasses.If there has been a coach tougher in  college currently please let me know. By the way, love your website. Check it out several times daily    

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @KnoxvilleDawg 

 

I notice that at no point did you come into this discussion...

 

http://www.mrsec.com/2012/08/ut-qb-bray-heading-to-court-for-hot-dogging-on-jet-ski/

 

...and say anything about me being pro-Tennessee or looking at things through orange glasses.  

 

You came to this site and tried to discredit it (me) by saying I'm a fan of one SEC school over another.  Well, tell that to the Tennessee fans who always say I hate them and love someone else.

 

Fans of all schools see what they want to see: "The media hates my school, loves everyone else."  But 99% of the time, the bias is in the eye of the beholder.

 

John

KnoxvilleDawg
KnoxvilleDawg

 @John at MrSEC 

I appreciate your response. I heard your response on Friday's radio show. I  guess that I took your comment about looking for loop  holes the wrong  way. Please accept my apology.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @KnoxvilleDawg 

 

This is nonsense.

 

Last Friday, on a Knoxville radio show, a caller made point after point about how UGA won't win a national title under Richt because of discipline issues.  I argued against every point he made and made it clear that UGA has a tougher arrest policy than other schools.  (Which is why I found the decision on Smith to be somewhat surprising.)

 

The week before, I got bombed by Tennessee emailers who didn't like me suggesting on television that Derek Dooley consistently looks the other way when stars get in trouble.  

 

How that makes me anti-Richt or pro-Dooley, I have no idea.  You might want to get your ears checked.

 

As for Spurrier, the only way he came up on CSS was when Nick Cellini asked me why he's now picking on Hugh Freeze.  I said, "Because Freeze responded to him."

 

For the hundredth time, I should probably take note of that fact and just not respond to anyone who posts anything -- even nonsense and lies designed to hurt this site's credibility -- in our comment areas.

 

I could give two flips about Georgia or Tennessee or any other college team.  I'm a pro fan.  College sports are filled with cheating coaches, cheating boosters and a small percentage of fans who think everyone is out to get their team.  Those fans... I hate.  I mean I despise them.    

 

Sadly, it's usually that tiny group who go to comment boxes and leave remarks claiming somebody's out to get their team.  Well, from dealing with nonsensical fans on both sides of the Georgia-Tennessee divide who claim I "hate" their schools, I've come to realize that I'll win either way when those two teams play this fall -- because one team's small collection of "everybody hates us" fans will be left crying themselves to sleep. 

 

John

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