Posted: 12:18 pm Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
By Chip Towers
ATHENS — Josh Harvey-Clemons is no longer a Georgia Bulldog. The former 5-star signee was dismissed by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday for a team rules violation.
It was at least the third strike from a disciplinary standpoint for the sophomore safety. Harvey-Clemons was in the midst of a four-game suspension for second violation of athletic association’s drug guidelines, the AJC confirmed last month. Georgia, as is its policy, has not specified what happened to precipitate this latest action.
As for his dismissal, one would think that places Harvey-Clemons in exclusive company. But it does not.
By my count, that’s more than two dozen players who have left the Georgia program with eligibility remaining since 2010. The majority of those have been for disciplinary reasons. At the moment I don’t know how that compares league wide. Suffice it to say, the attrition seems high. And it’s not limited to also-rans.
Harvey-Clemons joins former 5-star running back Isaiah Crowell, 4-star defensive back-turned-quarterback Nick Marshall and quarterback Zach Mettenberger in being handed their walking papers by Georgia. But as we know, UGA is one of the SEC’s most stringent teams when it comes to discipline. And that’s something for which neither Richt nor Greg McGarity apologize.
The Bulldogs, of course, are among the minority in the conference that takes away playing time for a first-offense of the team’s drug policy. LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu and Florida’s Aaron Hernandez are among former players who have said they violated their school’s drug policies multiple times without having to sit out from competition. LSU finally booted Mathieu in 2012.
Former UGA President Michael Adams was a proponent of establishing a league-wide drug policy, if not disciplinary standards. That, of course, never happened and remains a controversial issue at the SEC.
I’m going to refrain from commentary here and instead leave that you folks. Let me know how you feel about UGA’s stance on discipline and drug use in particular. However, please keep it clean and philosophical. We’ll have no choice but to ban those who cant’ discuss the issue maturely and intelligently.
In the meantime, here’s a working list of attrition UGA has endured in the last four years for various circumstances. It does not include signees who were unable to meet academic entrance requirements. I may have overlooked something so let me know ifs you think I did and we’ll add it.
Player, year — Comment
DB Josh Harvey-Clemons, 2014 — Dismissed for multiple rules violations
QB Christian LeMay, 2013 — Transferred for lack of playing time
DB Shaquille Fluker, 2013 — Transferred for lack of playing time
TE Ty Flournoy-Smith — Dismissed for multiple rules violations.
LB Alec Ogletree, 2012 – Multiple-game suspension for drug-policy violations
DB Bacarri Rambo, 2012 — Multiple-game suspension for drug-policy violations
TB Carlton Thomas, 2012 — Quit team after multiple suspensions
WR Sanford Seay, 2012 –Dismissed for rules violations.
DB Chris Sanders, 2012 — Dismissed for rules violations.
DB Nick Marshall, 2012 — Dismissed for rules violations.
TB Isaiah Crowell, 2012 — Dismissed after arrest on felony gun charges.
CB Sanders Commings, 2012 — Two-game suspension for off-season arrest
CB Branden Smith, 2012 — Disciplined for off-season arrest
CB Jordan Love, 2012 — Transferred for lack of playing time
LB Marcus Dowtin, 2011 — Dismissed for failing to reveal off-season arrest.
TB Caleb King, 2011 — Ruled academically ineligible.
DB Jakar Hamilton, 2011 — Transferred due to lack of playing time
DB Derek Owens, 2011 — Transferred due to lack of playing time
OL Brent Benedict, 2011 — Transferred due to philosophical differences with UGA’s strength staff.
OL A.J. Harmon, 2011 — Transferred due to academic difficulties
RB Washaun Ealey, 2011 — Transferred after multiple disciplinary run-ins
LB Nick Williams, 2011 — Transferred due to lack of playing time
DB Makiri Pugh, 2010 — Transferred due to lack of playing time at UGA.
QB Zach Mettenberger, 2010 — Dismissed after conviction for sexual battery.
TB Dontavius Jackson, 2010 — Dismissed following suspension for DUI arrest.
LB Demetre Baker, 2010 — Dismissed following DUI arrest.
DE Montez Robinson, 2010 — Dismissed after arrest on domestic violence charges