Posted: 7:37 pm Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Richt: UGA’s 4 arrestees already getting disciplined, more to come 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS —  Georgia coach Mark Richt came a little closer Tuesday to revealing some of his disciplinary plans for the players who have run afoul of team and school policies since last season. But he stopped shortly of making a definitive ruling on the four players accused of theft.

Tray Matthews, Uriah LeMay, Jonathan Taylor and James DeLoach have continued to practice with the team since they were arrested on theft by deception charges on March 17. The Bulldogs completed their fourth practice of 15 this spring — and first in full pads — on Tuesday afternoon amid blustery conditions. All four were present and accounted for, as they have been since the first day on March 18.

Since the Bulldogs are clearly investing time and effort into continuing to train the foursome, Richt was asked if that was a sign that dismissal was off the table for the offending players.

“Ah, I wouldn’t put anything out of the realm of possibility right now,” Richt said after Tuesday’s two-hour-plus workout. “Right now we’re just allowing them to continue to work. When the discipline is laid out — there’s some happening right now, just early-morning running and things of that nature — but there’s more to come. Just  thinking it through real good.”

Because of the players are charged with misdemeanor crimes, their punishment is a decision of “the head coach’s discretion,” according to UGA’s student-athlete handbook.

Richt did intimate that he’ll follow UGA’s conduct-code guidelines when it comes to the discipline of receiver Justin Scott-Wesley. Scott-Wesley was arrested last November on misdemeanor marijuana possession and paraphernalia charges while he was sidelined with a knee injury. UGA’s marijuana-use policy calls for a suspension for 10 percent of competition dates, or one game in the case of football.

“We’ll stay with our policies on that,” Richt said.

Richt did say that Shaq Wiggins won’t be subjected to any team discipline. The sophomore cornerback was arrested an jailed in January for driving on a suspended license and speeding. Richt had never commented publicly on Wiggins’ arrest.

“Nah, there’s not going to be anything on Shaq’s deal,” Richt said Tuesday.

In the meantime, the Bulldogs were all business on the practice field on Tuesday. It was their first day in full pads and the coaches took full advantage of it. The highlight of the day was a three-on-three, offense-versus-defense competition simply to get a first down on three downs and points were awarded accordingly.

“We had a very good day,” Richt said. “Very, very spirited. … That usually cranks off the hitting pretty good and gets everybody’s blood pumping. And it did.”

NOTES: Receiver Michaal Erdman, a senior walkon who caught three passes last season, has a fractured right foot and is out for the spring, according to the Bulldogs’ injury-illness report circulated after Tuesday’s practice. It’s not known when he’ll be cleared to practice again. … redshirt freshman inside linebacker Paris Bostick hyperextended his right knee and was limited to running on Tuesday. Richt described the injury as minor.

294 comments
DawgNole
DawgNole

ThomasBrown: ". . . Hogwash Dawg350

9-4

Maybe 9-5, like we always are."

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Let's see, we're "usually" 9-4, but we're "always" 9-5.

Yup, good ol' TB--what a wealth of knowledge and sensibility he offers us here on the blogs.

DawgNole
DawgNole

Thomas Brown: ". . . The Bulldogs in 2014 face on the road # 5 Missouri and # 4 South Carolina, later in the season # 2 Auburn, # 8 Clemson in game 1 with all these injuries and suspensions like last year costing us the game, and would love to face-off against # 7 Alabama in The SEC Championship Game

or, we have all these built-in excuses for our usual 9-4 season . . . .

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Our "usual" 9-4 season???

The UGA football team has finished 9-4 ONCE (2006). "Usual"?

DUH.

As "usual," you're out of touch with reality.

ElStinko
ElStinko

Auburn is a disgrace to the SEC for becoming the FIRST SEC team to lose a title game.  And no I am not counting the LSU loss when they played Alabama.  Auburn is the disgrace!!!!!   Period.

OkieDawg
OkieDawg

Steve Spurrier is so much smarter than the guys at UGA. USC had an offensive tackle arrested and Spurrier immediately issued a statement saying he was suspended from the team and was not allowed to associate with the team. The story is over and the player returns a couple weeks later and never misses a game...remember Garcia. UGA has players arrested and CMR keeps the story alive and in the press by being coy. Again today, CBS sports line is reporting that CMR is still considering what he will do. Do something and don't keep the story alive!!! It keeps the story in the public fore front.

doggoneit
doggoneit

ThomasBrown: What did you expect: Exactly what happened: We got a new defensive coordinator. THe Best

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

ATL25, I believe you may win the "Biggest Idiot Auburn Fan Ever" award. I have news for you moron, the Dawgs defense figured Gussy Wussy's crap out in the second half, and went with the strategy of making the thief Marshall win the game. If not for the idiot JHC knocking the pass that was four feet off the mark into your receivers hands the strategy would have worked perfectly. You can bet that Jeremy Pruitt still remembers how to derail Gussy Wussy's little high school offense, and that coupled with the UGA defensive player's experience with it in 2013 provides for a long day in Athens for the War Eaglets. Expect a butt whipping between the hedges Auburn boy.  

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Well, yeah, the defense was really weak, especially the secondary; but the offense did not convert 3rd Downs, led the nation in Turnover Margin, and did not feature our best athletes but a smallish QB who cannot run, hold onto the ball, not throw interceptions, nor outrun 300 lbs SEC linemen for 4 years in a row.  And, neither offense nor defense could carry the # 122 punt return nor # 108 kick-off return units.


All in all, 7 teams ranked for 2013 season, and lost 5 of them.


What did you expect from that ?


15-0 ?

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will finish 15-0! You haters best believe that!

Preston2
Preston2

To me the best way to punish these idiots is to put an armed university cop with um and have them pickup trash on the campus when they're not at practice or class. They need to know what they did was stealing but extremely stupid. Have extra work at practice as they're doing now. But I would do all I could to embarrass them to make them understand what is only done by fools and very selfish folks. I wouldn't dismiss them are suspend playing time, but embarrass the hell out um. They seem to have enough inside to do that.

DawginLex
DawginLex

So to summarize


I am right again, as always. Defense wins championships


Later boys

ATL25
ATL25

How soon we forget...


How many posters have said uga was unlucky against Auburn last year? Perhaps uga is lucky Auburn took their foot off the gas up a few td's.. perhaps uga is lucky Murray's phantom touchdown was called a touchdown (though the css cameras showed it clearly short on the first airing of the uga postgame show- removed from the second airing).. The hail mary was lucky, yes.. Luckily the refs blew the Murray td so we could see the hail mary. AU won't take their foot off the gas this year. WDE


Ga will prob finish 10-2 again in the weak East, but will again lose in the SECCG if they make it because the team is weak mentally from hearing about how good they are from the delusional fanbase. 

NCDawg
NCDawg

@OkieDawg What you aren't saying is that Spurrier doesn't do that with every case.  We don't hear about some of them until later.  Like the 5 suspensions of Garcia?  You conveniently forget that Crowell was booted, not suspended and the charges were later dropped.  Same with Nick Marshall.  


He is wondering if it does any good to boot them and then have them pop up later to be a pain in your butt.  Think of it this way.  You are in a war and you have 4 insubordinate soldiers.  You're first impulse is to boot them but there is a chance that those soldiers may end up fighting for the other side so you have to reassess the situation.  What can you do that will be adequate discipline without damaging your position.  Ever thought of it that way?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@OkieDawg


Exactly Okie.  And, cease with the we Love the 8 arrested/suspended in 2014, too.  Train them to obey the rules by clear concise expedient statements, not mixed signals confusing them as we do here.

NCDawg
NCDawg

@ColumbusDawg I think he has forgotten what a great motivator revenge is.  And revenge on your home field is even sweeter.  Ask South Carolina.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@ThomasBrown  Injuries are why UGA lost as many games as they did last year.  If Gurley and Murray alone stay healthy, they lose just one regular season game to Auburn and probably rematch with them in the SECCG.  They had a chance to beat Missouri without Marshall, Gurley, Bennett, Mitchell, and Scott-Wesley.


The defense was even worse than Willie Martinez, but it looks like they have fixed that replacing Grantham with Pruitt and Tracy Rocker.

thebucket
thebucket

@ThomasBrown You are a one-trick pony with an agenda. Our best athletes on offense  missed huge chunks of the season last year and our offense still set records. Why is that so hard for you to understand? Who did want to play QB last year? Mason? The guy you said is worse than Murray. A freshman Bauta or true freshman Ramsey? The defense and special teams and injuries killed the season last year. Not Murray and not the offensive production.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Dawg350  I agree. Nobody will stop this machine. With the defense we're going to have...watch out.

thebucket
thebucket

@Preston2 All good points and another thing that I would do is not allow them on the playing field if they are suspended. It drives me nuts to see suspended players laughing it up on the sideline or throwing the ball around while the team is getting prepared to play game they should be participating in. Let them walk the steps and sell concessions with a shirt that says "I should be playing today, but I did something stupid."

NCDawg
NCDawg

@ATL25 Took their foot off the gas?  Give me a break.  Malzahn would never allow that.  The truth is that that they panicked when the Dawgs started stopping them.  They tried to throw the ball and it didn't work because Marshall couldn't take the heat.  The "Fluke" was a horrible decision, a terribly under thrown pass, that Marshall completely lucked out on.  And Murray got in.  Murray carved your turkey buzzard rear ends up in the 4th quarter.  He still almost won it after the fluke.


And how about the the delusional turkey buzzards thinking that they will make it back to the SECCG?  The weak East still has 2 teams that could beat the turkey buzzards and perhaps 3 if Florida can manufacture some kind of offense.  The horseshoe dropped out and we will see how far you go this year.

WDE
WDE

@ATL25  how soon indeed you guys went up 20 on us due to the worst half of football we played all year, and then wonders of wonders our defense showed up and we ran the ball down your throats the 2nd half of the 3rd and the entire 4th quarter...sort of like your bunch did to Bama in the Iron Bowl. Take your foot off the gas...hell we stuffed the ball down your throats just like we have 6 of the last 8 times we have played your bunch...bring all you got this year you'll need it. Delusional is thinking your program is better when your 2 of 8 . 

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@ATL25



It's a 15 game season for 2 teams this season.


Are we taking a few games, off ?


Or, you not counting certain games - like there's some built-in Excuse for those games ?


I see it as 9-5, losing to # 2 Auburn, # 4 South Carolina road, # 5 Missouri road, # 8 Clemson and # 7 Alabama SEC Champ game if we are allowed to play them with this record.


I cannot calculate 10-2, nor any discussion of a weak schedule 2014.


2014 before the play-offs even start-up we have 5 games vs top 10 teams if we play # 7 Alabama SEC CG, and you run in here ATL25 to tell us


THAT is weak schedule ?


Dufus of the day award for that, son.


Who is your team ATL25 ?


Got 5 games vs Top 10 teams before the play-offs if your team plays conference championship game ?


Or, 1 ?

DawginLex
DawginLex

@ATL25 Auburn 2014   8-4


The flukes won't happen again


Enjoy

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Just wished it away.  And, don't talk to them about 7 years' of losing - just last year, having the excuse of injuries.  Certainly leave out 2009 and 2010 - those are not allowed to be included.  2011 when we beat no one, does count, with no wins over any team ranked for the season.  And, you can talk about the 5 losses most current season.


2011 can be discussed, it has been so decreed here :


LOST to Boise State

LOST to Michigan State

LOST to LSU

LOST to South Carolina


beat long bunch of nobodies.


Wonder why we can talk about 2011 ?


Maybe I should have asked that ?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@thebucket


I thought you said we lose as a team ?


We lost 5 games last season, lost 18 games latest 4-year period, lost 26 games latest 6-year period, lost 22 of our latest 29 games vs ranked teams these seasons after 2007, and have lost every game on the road vs a ranked team for 7 seasons and 4 months except # 13 Georgie tek in 2009.


Now, what is the excuse for that, again ?


I am sorry I am having a hard time following it.


Did you just say the reason for all this losing after 2007 as a team are injuries last season ?


I believe that's what you said ?


Ah, B.S. thebucket.


Just B.S.



Posted by thebucket at 10:02 a.m. Mar. 14, 2014                                       

" Thomas Brown - Murray did have some bad turnovers in his career "


Hard to argue that one, thebucket, sir.


The most unsuccessful period of the Mark Richt era, not even top 25 won/lost record.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Dawg gone it

I agree. Our defense will be vastly improved. By mid season our defense will be one of the best in the nation. Floyd and drew will be unstoppable! Imagine if Lorenzo carter plays as well as floyd did his first year? It's going to be great times in Athens.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Thomas

Richt can't help it that the ball was tipped then caught by Conley.

thebucket
thebucket

@ThomasBrown @DawginLex See this is the same crap you always do. You change the argument and never respond to the initial question. In other words, you can't win with your previous argument so you change the rules. Should UGA have spiked the ball? I would have. I was at the game and the Mississippi game when UGA was in a similar situation and didn't spike the ball and Murray threw a TD right before the half. I would have spiked it in both situations, but I am not going to cry just because it didn't work. BTW, Saban agreed with Richt's call in that situation and he knows a little more about football than you or I. Their corner was beat on the play, but Mosely made a great play.


Now to my original post. Why was UGA in a situation where they had to attempt a late second comeback? Because the defense gave up over 350 freaking yards rushing!!!!!!!!!!! The offense and special teams had built an 11 point lead in that game and the defense gave it back quicker than I can say Murray is a classy guy! We have a new defensive staff in place now. I am excited about that because we needed one! Will it work? I don't know, but it can't possibly be worse. The offense on the other hand has been putting up record setting numbers in both yards and points. Which unit was weaker? THE DEFENSE SHERLOCK!!!!!!!!!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@ThomasBrown  What about last season when we beat all those top ranked teams and 2012 when we beat Florida who was then ranked #2 in the country and took #2 Alabama (Notre Dame was #1 at the time) to the brink in the SEC CG. Alabama had run everybody out of the stadium that year except UGA. 

thebucket
thebucket

@ThomasBrown @thebucket There you go again changing the yard marker again. I responded to your post that was just about the 2013 season. You wrote, "All in all, 7 teams ranked for 2013 season, and lost 5 of them. What did you expect from that ? 15-0 ?" I responded with facts from last season and what did you do Start talking about stats all the way back to 2007. But, hey, at least you have a new BFF in gtcaryd.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@ThomasBrown @thebucket  It's easy to quote stats about losing games and to ranked teams when you include the 2009 and 2010 seasons where UGA really wasn't that good.  2011 saw them get better, but 2012 and last year clearly were much different seasons.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 I was wondering how many times they were going to agree with each other.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@Dawg350  It seems with all the arrests and suspensions it's already been a great time in Athens.

thebucket
thebucket

@gtcaryd @thebucket@Dawg350 I am not trying to convince you of anything. I said I would have spiked it, too. However, you said anybody who has watched football would have spiked the ball in that situation and that is not always the case.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@thebucket

The Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos - don't you mean Peyton Manning?  Murray was a great college QB but he is no Peyton.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@thebucket @gtcaryd@Dawg350You can talk till next week and never convince me that they should not have spiked the ball, I kind of blame AM because he knew what would be best for him. Bobo would have called TO if he had been the QB.

thebucket
thebucket

@gtcaryd @Dawg350 And again they had practiced all year to not spike the ball in those situations. It worked against Ole Miss and didn't against Bama.

thebucket
thebucket

@gtcaryd @Dawg350 I have seen the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins etc NOT spike the ball in those situations and they won the game. I would have because I am more conservative by nature. It was just bad luck that Mosely made a good play and Conley caught the ball or they would have had another play anyway.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Dawg350 350, i am not trying to stirr up anything. But anybody who has watched football for 20, 30, 40, 50 years would have spiked the ball. Period!

thebucket
thebucket

@ThomasBrown So the defense gets a pass for any involvement in that game? Address the question or go away! If Mosely doesn't make a great instinctive play that then the ball goes to a wide open receiver. BTW, I thought it was Murray's fault we lost al those games. Which is it? Murray? Richt? THE DEFENSE?

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@thebucket @DawginLex

thebucket 4 minutes ago

@ThomasBrown @DawginLex

" Should UGA have spiked the ball? I would have. "

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Aaron Murray wanted to also, along with me.Instead, we ran a play at 8 seconds batted down at the line of scrimmage from a QB not into running that play but spiking it for 2 shots from the 8, who stands-in at 6 feet and three-eights an inch.

Duh.