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UGA AD: ‘we’re upset’ over spate of arrests

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To say that Georgia has had its share of off-field issues this offseason would be an understatement.

Over the past few months, seven Bulldog football players have been arrested on charges of varying degrees of seriousness.  Two of those arrests, one of which involved a felony, occurred in the past week alone.

Suffice to say, it hasn’t gone unnoticed by head coach Mark Richt‘s boss.

People are upset, we’re upset,” athletic director Greg McGarity told the Athens Banner-Herald, “and we’ve got to work even harder to try to do things that will help us avoid these problems but at the end of the day, a young person has to make a decision. You see that not only with 18-year olds but you see that with 50-year olds that make poor decisions.

“When you do have a problem, it makes you go back and just take another look, take a second look on what’s registering and what is not.”

McGarity and Richt have taken steps to curb the untoward behavior, although its yet to bear any real tangible fruit.

According to the Banner-Herald, “[p]layers this June spent a weekend with former special operations officers to work on team building and leadership.” Additionally, former players and university police officers have addressed the team in an attempt to change the mindset of those who may be in danger of stepping across the line off the field.

A mentor program was instituted shortly after McGarity took over as well, an offseason that saw a whopping 11 arrests in 2010.

Still, McGarity insists the onus lies on him to change the culture. And, right now, the AD doesn’t like what he sees.

“All this is a reflection of my leadership and that’s the part that basically disappoints me,” he said.

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11 Responses to “UGA AD: ‘we’re upset’ over spate of arrests”
  1. cougar2424 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:10 AM

    Lemme fix that title:

    “UGA AD: ‘we’re upset, although not surprised’ over spate of arrests”

    Kudos to John Taylor for using the Word of the Day – “Spate”

  2. friarjack61 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:31 AM

    The brainless AD people NEVER check into the character background of these ‘punks’. They are NOT, student-athletes, but jerks with ghetto, crime life backgrounds, who should NEVER be on a college campus.
    Schools will NEVER LEARN, if they do not start to check the character backgrounds, including those of their supposed friends. Remember, that these same jerks that are recruited and leave early, have entourages, that are the equivalent of ghetto gang members. The ghetto environment controls their existence.
    Wake up colleges and universities, and start recruiting student- athletes, once again.
    Let the pros start a minor league, like baseball, so all these characterless jocks, can earn a living, between arrests, and draft dates.

  3. seminolez says: Jul 30, 2014 12:05 PM

    what ever happened to gamecocker?

  4. woebegong says: Jul 30, 2014 12:08 PM

    Friarjack,

    So your idea then, is not to try and improve their lot in life, but just kick them on to the next level. Nothing will change if you give up on them, even if they have or have had problems in life.
    If you don’t make an attempt to change culture, it will most likely stay the same and in a country as great as we are suppose to be, that is not acceptable.

  5. friarjack61 says: Jul 30, 2014 12:51 PM

    Woebegong, You will never change these jocks, if they interact with the same crowd. THEY have to accept a new culture, and realize that education is the true avenue to a better life….IF they can conclude that a better life is away from the current one ?

  6. ducksk says: Jul 30, 2014 1:01 PM

    “All this is a reflection of my leadership and that’s the part that basically disappoints me,” he said
    Sounds good. But actions are louder than words. Show me the money AD’s and shine some light, it is indeed what you are all paid very very well to do.

  7. wadaea says: Jul 30, 2014 1:30 PM

    Team mates have more effect then the coaches. If the team leaders make it known they will not allow this to reflect on the team or school you will see it in the behavor. Its obvious there is no team leadership or pride in the school.

  8. packerbadger says: Jul 31, 2014 8:06 AM

    Its the $ECheat. ALL they care about down there is winning college football games. What do you expect when you have a bunch of sixth grade reading level idiots?

  9. woebegong says: Jul 31, 2014 8:27 AM

    Now aren’t you just the cutest thing Sugah, LOL. Take another valium and it will calm you down some PD. You are worse than an old record that has been listened to for too long and has scratches (envy) in it.
    You will keep going however, because it is your only source of amusement other than playing with yourself, so enjoy it.

  10. microbrewuga says: Jul 31, 2014 9:50 AM

    You win games or you lose your job. Some kids that are troubled are great athletes. I guess there is some risk management involved here and UGA seems to be on the losing side of risk quite often lately. I’m an alum and it is very frustrating to see all this going down.

  11. packerbadger says: Jul 31, 2014 11:05 AM

    I remember a number of years ago a professor at UGA whistle blew on the football program. Some football player down there actually graduated but literally couldn’t read. $ECheat! The colleges and fans down there couldn’t give two kraps about these kids; all they care about is hopefully being able to brag about their college football wins. They use and ruin kids lives/futures so they can pound their chests. Nice.

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