They will not be getting off scot-free, but Georgia will not suspend defensive end James DeLoach or defensive lineman John Taylor for any amount of time during the upcoming football season. According to the Associated Press, both players will receive “significant additional internal discipline,” although the details of those disciplinary actions is unconfirmed.
DeLoach and Taylor were two of four Georgia football players arrested and charged for theft by deception back in March. They, along with safety Tray Matthews and receiver Uriah LeMay, all appeared in Clarke County State Court on Thursday and agreed to complete a pre-trial intervention program in exchange for having the charges dropped.
“Guys aren’t going to be perfect and when they do something that needs discipline, we are going to follow through on it,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said following the arrests. Richt later said he would not rule anything out, including suspensions, but it was important to allow the legal system play out first.