Posted: 1:59 pm Friday, August 1st, 2014

Video: Bulldogs address off-the-field issues 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS – I’ll be filing a detailed report later today that you’ll be able to read on MyAJC.com about Georgia’s off-season disciplinary issues and the Bulldogs’ reactions to them. But in the meantime I wanted to go ahead and share what Georgia coach Mark Richt and some of his players had to say about it at UGA’s Preseason Football Media Day on Friday.

Richt was unflinching and unapologetic in answering the media’s questions about whether the Bulldogs’ have a discipline problem.

“Well, the guys that misbehave have a discipline problem,” Richt said. “That’s why we discipline them. The rest of the guys don’t. Some are still here and some aren’t. That’s just part of the consequences for not doing what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it.”

Richt said he’s largely unconcerned about the public perception — if there is indeed one — that Georgia recruits unruly players.

“I can’t really worry about that,” he said. “We’re going to hold true to what we believe is right. We’re going to take care of business if business comes up, and then play football.

“The great majority of our guys are doing a great job and I’m really proud of them. There’s different levels of issues, obviously, but even a good man makes a mistake sometimes. But we’ll take care of those things. We have always and always will. We’re not going to hide from that.”

At least a dozen of the Bulldogs’ players were available for interviews before they took the field Friday afternoon for the first preseason practice of the summer. And all of them were asked about the disciplinary and perception issues.

“When I see that kind of stuff, it hits me kind of hard,” junior outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. “First I feel bad for my teammate who gets into trouble. Speaking about (Davin) Bellamy, I feel bad because he’s a friend of mine, he’s had a great summer and he’s really not that type of a guy. He made a mistake. … But it doesn’t show the true side of him.”

Said senior captain Chris Conley: “There’s been a lot more punishment handed out on our part. We decide what those punishments are going to be and we enforce them. The players have had a hand in that. We’ve met with those players as groups and as individuals. We explain to them: ‘This is what you’re doing wrong, this is what you’ve got to do to fix it, this is what’s going to happen if you don’t fix it.’ The fact that it’s coming from player-led leadership and less from coaches I think is a good thing. I think this team is going to take a turn for the better as a result.”

“We called a team meeting a couple of days after (Bellamy’s DUI arrest),” said senior cornerback Damian Swann.”It wasn’t to single anybody out, it wasn’t to rag on guys. It was just let guys know that we’re all in this together and everybody needs to deal with this situation together. We need to hold ourselves accountable and let small stuff turn into something big and keep happening over and over again.”

Richt was emphatic on the point that Georgia does not recruit miscreants and defended the Bulldogs’ system of checks and balances.

“We do everything we can to get to know these guys,” he said. “There’s only so many times we’re allowed to. But I’ll say this right now: Bellamy made a mistake; it was stupid; he know’s it; he’s remorseful. But he’s not a bad person. … It’s like I told him, ‘I don’t like that you made the mistake, but I’d rather you make the mistake now and learn from it than be 30 years old with a wife a kids and a good job and maybe lose your job or your marriage. You gate that it happens and I don’t condone it. But we certainly do everything in our power to learn from it.”

Richt said there is a “vetting process” during recruiting and pointed to a recent unnamed commitment Georgia rescinded its offer to after the recruit was repeatedly posting unsavory tweets under different handles on his Twitter account.

“If you look at who we sign, they’ve got offers from five to 20 schools that we compete with,” Richt said. “Other schools have players that have an offer from Georgia and a lot of different schools. It’s not that we’re all recruiting bad guys. We’re all doing our homework. … There’s definitely a vetting process we’re very serious about.”

Running back Todd Gurley:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3708377256001

Quarterback Huston Mason:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3708377261001

Cornerback Damian Swann:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3708349619001

111 comments
ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Just exactly How are The Georgia Bulldogs addressing their off-the-field issues ?  I have not seen them do anything about it for 14 seasons now, other than to punish them more.  Addressing it, however, is not happening.  You cannot wait until it happens again, and then punish them more.

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

if we can get through the month without loosing anyone else I see us winning the east easy and heading for destiny in atlanta it makes me want to vomit when i see the high standards we hold ourselves to to only come 5 yards from winning it all because we loose to a team that has no standards. its sickening but january us real dawgs will have the last laugh.

TU
TU

It must be the environment in Athens. We never read of such going ons at the Citadel.


gtcaryd
gtcaryd

What is this i here about Nick Saban suspending 3 players? I thought that he just swept stuff under that big rug he has. 

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

I'm with ya C-Kirk...........don't let anyone tell you different.........RED

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

Sounds like gtcaryd is felling a little poorly this evening.............Let's all send him a great big 'ol fat hug.............................mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

No way Clemson scores more than 17 points on this Defense. Georgia's Defense is going to surprise a lot of people this year. These running Back's are so big and good maybe we should go to a Wishbone. It will be a shame if our Offensive Line can not open holes. If our Offensive line is any good at all it will not surprise me any if we run the ball 60 times a game or more. Not to use these 4 Running Backs often should be a crime and Bobo locked up. Our Linebacker's will make us all proud. What a great looking bunch . We don't need Defensive Back's if the Quarterback doesn't have time to find someone open. Ray Drew is in the best shape of his life. I hope he is faster because of it.

The only group that didn't look like Championship caliber is the Offensive Line but I hope it is because of the first day of practice. I was guardedly optimistic before today but after seeing how ready so many are I am way past that . This could be what we have been waiting for. Go Dawgs.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MoistDawg I missed the MoistDawg, that's like missing the return of Tommy "wildfire" Rich.

Grant1296
Grant1296

@gtcaryd Your Tech brothers are gonna turn on ya gtcaryd...

your slowly becoming a Bammer...

OH-IO
OH-IO

@TravisBickle2014 If it looks like a cesspool, acts like a cesspool and smells like a cesspool, it's a cesspool. 

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@C-Kirk WWWWhhhhooooaaaa Nelly...while I am cautiously optimistic, we have a green D backfield and a new scheme for our D Linemen, playing lighter and quicker...let's play a few games and assess at that time...I feel pretty good about Clemson, since we're in Athens, but then we go to Columbia...by the end of that game we'll know more about the defense...I think the O-Line will surprise this year...time will tell...go dogs

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@gtcaryd @MoistDawg i miss the old gcw days we need to embrace our history and bring some of these legends to athens to teach our young man toughness and swagger ric flair and the horsemen got into all kinds of trouble but never ended up in jail because they were to smart i even remember when they broke dusty rhodes leg.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@OH-IO @TravisBickle2014 buckeye, if it looks like a troll, acts like a troll and smells like a troll, it's a troll...if it is a cesspool, why keep rooting around in it...it is amazing the lives that are consumed by Athens and UGA football...go dogs

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@ThomasBrown @C-Kirk 


Any of Climpson  D remaining from the group that  gave up 70+  points in their bowl game a few years ago????

Terry1961
Terry1961

@gtcaryd I'm going with mucus, or snot. what ever you want to call it,  but lung?  You Tech Fans, and your urban legends. LOL

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

@gtcaryd 


What happened to you were dating a gal who was at the Georgia Institute of Technology ?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ThomasBrown @gtcaryd Thomas, that is what you assumed. My youngest attends the Institute. I thought someone said you had your own blog now.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@OH-IO @Dewnsav @TravisBickle2014 nah, just tired of you two twins soiling any story on UGA...gonna hit back every now and then...bachen' it this weekend, so I have a little more time...usually I am am out living life...you oughta give it a shot...maybe go to Athens for a weekend...wink/wink...go dogs 

Grant1296
Grant1296

Not really that hard Gtcaryd ...

Send in a undercover with a really good fake I.d...

If they serve they're busted...

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@TravisBickle2014 @Grant1296 Not sure they arrest a bar, but they do issue citations and/or revoke the liquor license. Can you troll the athens websites some more and find out the citations given out?


Thanks