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Updated: Georgia’s projected starting safety suspended one game

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Y’all know the offseason drill by now: no news is good news if it relates to your favorite school.

So, yeah. Sorry in advance, Georgia fans.

According to documents obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bulldogs safety Josh Harvey Clemons was implicated about two weeks ago in a dorm room incident involving the use of marijuana. The report states that police were called to a residence hall after the smell of marijuana was detected coming from a room with Clemons and former UGA tight end Ty Flournoy-Smith inside. (Head coach Mark Richt said last week that Smith would likely transfer to JUCO).

Though no physical evidence of pot was found in a search of the room,  and therefore no pot possession charges were filed, a digital scale was found and the two admitted to smoking marijuana.

I know. Terrible.

Richt has not commented on the matter yet. The UGA Athletic Association’s marijuana-use policy says that first-time violators face a suspension of 10 percent of completion dates. That would seemingly translate into a one-game suspension for Clemons — the Aug. 31 opener against Clemson — but that has not been made official.

As a freshman in 2012, Clemons played in all 14 games for the Bulldogs and recorded as many tackles. He is projected to start for UGA this fall.

Updated 1:00 p.m. ET: Mark Richt has broken his brief silence on the Josh Harvey Clemons situation. At SEC spring meetings, Richt confirmed to the AJC that Clemons will be suspended for the Bulldogs’ season opener against Clemson.

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21 Responses to “Updated: Georgia’s projected starting safety suspended one game”
  1. fitz66 says: May 28, 2013 10:52 AM

    thUGA never fails us.

  2. woebegong says: May 28, 2013 10:56 AM

    He is about the last kid I would have suspected to get into trouble. Fooled me for sure. After he struggle, of fighting his granddad to even get to go to UGA, I would have figured he was a pretty level headed young man. Now he will have a mark against him, and have to work harder to gain the respect of the coaches, players and fans. I am glad at least that his roommate is no longer part of the team and now it has become evident why he is transferring. That was his second strike already in his young career at UGA.
    He knew the rules and now he has to pay for it. He was being counted on at his position this year and it may a little bit of a problem for the Clemson game. When will these kids ever learn and grow up?

  3. gamustangdude says: May 28, 2013 11:09 AM

    From a UGA fan, I hope he gets suspended for more games, at least 4. Every year UGA has one or two guys that believe the rules don’t apply to them. Richt needs to send a stronger message than ever. Clemons is a projected starter, and as such he needs to be held to a higher standard. Richt needs to show these guys that there a bigger things in life than football. Each decision has an effect, you don’t abide by the rules, see how it not only affects you, but the people who depend on you as well. I hope UGA suspends him for more than one game, and if UGA loses those games hopefully the light bulb will go off. Every off-season UGA has a few players that miss the memo. A stronger message needs to be sent.

  4. rolltide510 says: May 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    UGA fans told me last year’s team was “selfish” as the future NFL players all had big heads, but this year was different.

    Nothing ever changes at UGA.

  5. bertenheim says: May 28, 2013 11:20 AM

    Truly shocking.
    He’s in college.
    He wasn’t in a vehicle.
    Leave it up to the coach.

  6. birdcen says: May 28, 2013 12:02 PM

    Roll tide 510? You’re an idiot. How’s your offseason going? Talk about thug. You had players rob students at gun point and steal. Wasn’t it three people kicked off the team? Or four? Be smart before you post stupid comments. You’re better than that.

  7. fatediesel says: May 28, 2013 12:26 PM

    This is why you schedule a cupcake for the first game of the season. You can get the suspensions out of the way and still get an easy win.

  8. bertenheim says: May 28, 2013 12:41 PM

    Scheduling cupcakes in September isn’t an SEC thing.
    Scheduling them in November is.

  9. woebegong says: May 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    Clemson is going to test the DAWGS young defense pretty much in the first game, so I don’t think it is a give me, by any means. Either way though, UGA was going to be counting heavily on it’s offense to get on top of Clemson anyway. It may turn out to be a scoring marathon, which I think would favor UGA.

  10. woebegong says: May 28, 2013 12:54 PM

    My guess is he will hate facing his grand father more than facing his coaches and teammates. Granddad runs a tight ship and I would think still has a good amount to say about his grandson, whom he raised. I think the granddad is going to let him know about it big time.

  11. rolltide510 says: May 28, 2013 1:04 PM

    birdcen says:
    “May 28, 2013 12:02 PM
    Roll tide 510? You’re an idiot. How’s your offseason going? Talk about thug. You had players rob students at gun point and steal. Wasn’t it three people kicked off the team? Or four? Be smart before you post stupid comments. You’re better than that.”
    ——–

    Putting aside the fact that was the first incident of any kind in years (and your horrific grammar/spelling, hope you’re not actually associated with UGA or any other college), I don’t even remember the names of those kids, because I’ll never ever hear anything about them again. Richt has had these problems non-stop. Undisciplined teams on and off the field.

  12. dgbk says: May 28, 2013 1:41 PM

    I am not sure why fans gloat/ brag about off field issues. I’m a Gator fan I remember reading articles about muschamp going to his family church trying to recruit him. I am not going to act like this couldn’t easily be an article about a UF player. He was a five star recruit I’m sure Saban and almost every other SEC school offered him. If he has a serious issue then he need help if this is one mistake then I wont crucify him he is young and in college “stuff” happens.

  13. fahmundamahbalsaq says: May 28, 2013 1:47 PM

    Well this puts UGA on pace to have the normal amount of starters suspended for the opener.

  14. gamustangdude says: May 28, 2013 2:15 PM

    @rolltide510
    Don’t try and compare Richt and Saban’s discipline. Both UGA and Alabama have had discipline issues in the past. If you think that incident involving the 4 Bama players was the first or last incident to ever take place, there are plenty of bridges in Brooklyn I would like to sale you. This week it’s UGA, next week it’s X-football team. Richt has had problems and has dismissed students or suspended students bottom line, made them accountable for his actions or they leave. Not saying Saban hasn’t done the same, just saying Bama isn’t as clean as you would imply.

  15. bertenheim says: May 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    Maybe the problems at UGA are known because the problems at UGA are addressed.

  16. gamustangdude says: May 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    Sorry meant “sell” not “sale” screw you auto correct!

  17. gamustangdude says: May 28, 2013 4:44 PM

    FYI

    This article has 16 comments so far. Another related article, probably much worse (DE Michael Larrow Dismissed by Rutgers) has only 1 comment. Further showing the bias that SEC schools receive from non-SEC fans.

    double standards anyone?

  18. bertenheim says: May 28, 2013 4:54 PM

    The Larrow story is about a dismissal.
    No one in the SEC is dismissed prior to conviction.

  19. huskerzfan says: May 28, 2013 8:45 PM

    @ gamustangdude:

    FYI

    This article has 16 comments so far. Another related article, probably much worse (DE Michael Larrow Dismissed by Rutgers) has only 1 comment. Further showing the bias that SEC schools receive from non-SEC fans.

    double standards anyone?
    __________________________________

    Where do you see a single critical comment from somebody that isn’t an SEC fan?

    All the bickering going on is between SEC fans in this thread.

  20. bertenheim says: May 28, 2013 8:48 PM

    I have no vested interest in the SEC.

  21. gamustangdude says: May 29, 2013 10:57 AM

    @ huskerzfan

    “Where do you see a single critical comment from somebody that isn’t an SEC fan?

    All the bickering going on is between SEC fans in this thread.”

    Theres a few on here, including yourself who felt as though your two cents was worth factoring in this conversation.

    It may not be “16” non -SEC Fans, but the point I was making is that there are more non-SEC fans commenting on this thread than non-Big-East fans commenting on the other page. I can’t tell by usernames alone who is / isn’t a fan of SEC schools. I can only make assumptions by their comments. Still they are more fans who troll / comment on SEC stories than non-SEC stories…including yourself. That’s the point

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