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Georgia CB won’t face suspension after all

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An offseason arrest for marijuana possession won’t result in a suspension of any time this season for Georgia cornerback Branden Smith after all.

Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said after Saturday’s practice that Smith has been cleared to play right away. Smith, also speaking to media, said he passed two separate drug tests in the spring — one from the university and one in the state of Alabama — and eventually received pre-trial intervention.

The corner was pulled over near Headland, Ala. back in March for following too closely and having a tag light out. According to a police report, the officer on site smelled pot in the car and found a bag under the seat during a search. Smith and a passenger were arrested.

Athletic Director Greg McGarity later said pot-related arrests carry a mandatory suspension of 10 percent of the season. That’s usually just one game for football players. The Bulldogs open the season against Buffalo.

Smith, a senior, appeared in 14 games last season with seven starts. He recording 24 tackles and two interceptions. He  also rushing 13 times for 100 yards and a TD and caught three passes for 39 yards. On special teams, Smith returned seven kickoffs for 131 yards and returned nine punts for 70 yards.

Smith is also on this year’s preseason Hornung Award watch list for college football’s most versatile player.

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9 Responses to “Georgia CB won’t face suspension after all”
  1. Andy says: Aug 4, 2012 1:55 PM

    but but but…everyone says how awesome UGA is about suspending those who deserve it. has mark richt lost control of mark richt?

  2. monosylab1k says: Aug 4, 2012 2:27 PM

    i wouldn’t expect any less from this coach and this program. open your eyes, people; they are no cleaner than anyone else, despite all their “molding young men” PR crap. signed, UGA grad

  3. raysfan1 says: Aug 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    When were these 2 negative tests? If they weren’t more than 2-4 weeks after the arrest, then he didn’t use the marijuana. (A high enough dose could actually stay positive even up to 6 weeks.)

  4. bunyanj says: Aug 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    Come on Coach Richt and AD McGarrity! This is Buffalo not South Carolina. This is when you should use those suspensions. When he gets whacked before Florida or South Carolina (that’s about as tough as the schedule gets) you won’t have this option. Sit him down for Buffalo so he won’t forget where his weed is.

  5. stairwayto7 says: Aug 4, 2012 4:27 PM

    So you can smoke pot and don’t attent classes in the SEC and NOTHING HAPPENS? Mark Emmert DO YOUR JOB..NOW!!!

  6. bigdinla says: Aug 4, 2012 4:30 PM

    What a joke! Mark Richt wouldn’t know discipline if it bit him in the ass! He is a world class enabler and this is a huge part of why UGA always chokes under Rucht.

  7. cowbulls says: Aug 4, 2012 5:07 PM

    If every college athlete that was in the area of someone that either smoked pot or was smoking pot then the entire NCAA wouldn’t have enough players to feild a kickoff team.

  8. latchbeam says: Aug 4, 2012 9:53 PM

    Of course not…

  9. mydixienormus says: Aug 6, 2012 9:42 AM

    Used the old “that’s not mine” defense.

    Very original…

    Coach Richt was dumb enough to buy it (or expect us to believe it).

    UGA does not have a discipline problem…

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