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.