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College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen dies at 38

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The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.

In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 3, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)

2019

THE HEADLINE: Former Kentucky QB Jared Lorenzen dies at 38
THE SYNOPSIS: The loss of the Hefty Lefty at such a young age sent a jolt through Big Blue Nation.

2015

THE HEADLINE: PETA investigated two (Michigan) Wolverines and a wallaby
THE SYNOPSIS: PETA, the bane of college football fans across the country.  And schools.  Like Colorado.  And Mississippi State. And Georgia.  And Texas.

2015

THE HEADLINE: Kirby Smart: Alabama didn’t value OSU QB Cardale Jones enough
THE SYNOPSIS: This was one of the more head-scratching admissions of any offseason.  ‘Bama had a month to prepare for Jones, who had a breakout game in the Big Ten title game against Wisconsin.

2014

THE HEADLINE: Clemson tweaks South Carolina in tweet
THE SYNOPSIS: In November of 2014, Clemson snapped a five-game losing streak to South Carolina.  Since then, the Tigers have won six straight in the rivalry.

2012

THE HEADLINE: Barry Alvarez: Tide turned down shot at series with Badgers
THE SYNOPSIS: Three years later, Alabama and Wisconsin squared off in a one-off neutral-site affair.

Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt has misdemeanor charges dismissed

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One Georgia football player has successfully navigated the legal system.

In very late February, Devonte Wyatt was arrested by officers from the Clarke County Sherriff’s Office on three misdemeanor charges following a verbal altercation with a female in which he has a relationship. The rising senior defensive lineman for Georgia football was facing one count each of family violence, criminal trespass, and damage to property.

Four months later, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, all of the charges against Wyatt have been dismissed.  A county official told the Athens Banner-Herald that, “[a]fter carefully reviewing the evidence and consulting with the alleged victim, we decided to dismiss the case in the interests of justice.”

It had been alleged that a verbal altercation at an on-campus residence ultimately led to Wyatt kicking the female’s door “multiple times from the hallway, damaging the door and forcing it open.” The damage to the door was estimated to be less than $500.

It’s unclear if Wyatt will be in line for any type of punishment from the Georgia football program.

“I’m disappointed in the misconduct that is outlined in the incident report,” UGA head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement at the time. “This is not indicative of the behavior we expect from our student-athletes who represent the University of Georgia and our football program. We will address it internally in the appropriate way.”

Wyatt was a four-star member of the Georgia football Class of 2018 after beginning his collegiate career at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.  The past two seasons for the Bulldogs, Wyatt has played in 25 games.  In a baker’s dozen appearances in 2019, he led all interior UGA linemen in tackles with 30, while his 27 quarterback pressures were second on the team.

His lone start at Georgia came in the Sugar Bowl win over Baylor.