Entering the 2012 season, Georgia Tech could find itself down a part-time offensive line starter from the 2011 season thanks to an off-field incident.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, offensive tackle Tyler Kidney was involved in a fraternity house “fight” earlier this month. As a result, head coach Paul Johnson has disciplined the player — 25 hours of community service and extra conditioning work.
“I am extremely disappointed in Tyler Kidney’s actions on the night of April 13 and have spoken to him about the consequences of his poor decision-making,” Johnson said in a statement. “This is an unfortunate incident and is not reflective of Tyler’s attitude and actions during the time he has been in our program.”
Fortunately for Kidney, the two alleged victims decided to not press criminal charges. Potentially unfortunately for Kidney, “he could face sanctions for violating the student conduct code.”
The Journal-Constitution detailed what led to Kidney landing in Johnson’s doghouse:
According to an incident report from campus police, Kidney entered the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house and ripped a “T” from a wall of the house. After being told to leave the house, Kidney shoved a fraternity member into a wall. When another student intervened, Kidney “began swinging on both men,” according to the report’s narrative, opening a cut above the eye of one student and a cut on the nose of the other.
Kidney was originally a walk-on player at Tech before earning a scholarship last year. He started six games in 2011 and is line for a starting job this season as well.