September 5th, 2013 09:27 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Mark Richt, Marshall Morgan, SEC, Southeastern Conference
Georgia placekicker Marshall Morgan will not have his suspension lifted this week. The Bulldogs’ top kicker will have to miss two big games — Clemson last week, South Carolina this week — due to a summer arrest for boating under the influence.
The University of Georgia has the SEC’s toughest policies regarding failed drug tests and arrests involving drugs or alcohol.
Walk-on kicker Patrick Beless and Adam Erickson remain the Dawgs’ backups, though Mark Richt won’t allow them to speak with the media. “They’ve got enough to think about right now. I don’t need them becoming media darlings right now.”
For Georgia, the school’s stance on drug/alcohol-related issues is somewhat self-defeating (and we don’t mean on the field). On the one hand, UGA school officials can stand proud amongst their SEC peers knowing that they don’t put up with things that a lot of other folks do. On the other hand, the annual start-of-the-season suspensions give the uninformed the impression that Richt runs not a tight ship, but a prison barge — “His guys are always in trouble.”
In reality, at most places, Morgan would be back kicking in a key SEC showdown this week. And at other places, he would have never been suspended at all.
Just another reason we’re in favor of the Southeastern Conference taking control of such matters with a one-size-fits-all policy.
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