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Posted Jul 12, 2010
A bad start for the SEC in the month of July has spiraled.
Last week was certainly not the best of weeks for Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia’s football programs.
Like a cyclic wheel, drawing off the gravitational pull of the moon, the events have moved from one location to another and then back again to kick off the month of July.
As the second decade of the new millennium kicks off, coaches are moving quicker to deal with discipline for infractions by players.
It has not been a good month for Georgia mixing alcohol. Four total arrests from the top of the athletic department to the bottom have everyone in Athens wincing, most notably Mark Richt.
The bar brawl in Knoxville forced Derek Dooley to make an early return from his vacation. It was not the best of times as two players have been charged, one of which found himself dismissed immediately from the program.
Ole Miss and Houston Nutt had given a problematic player three chances to get it right. As Nutt put it, “he was already on thin ice.”
Nutt sent wide receiver Patrick Patterson packing for his third violation of team rules offense. He would not identify the offenses. The Rebels are very thin in the pass catching dept., maturation cannot happen fast enough.
Dooley moved quickly when he got on the scene. The coach did not wait for the ink to dry on any paperwork before making a decision to dismiss sophomore Darren Myles, Jr. from the football program.
The Volunteers coach suspended Marlon Walls and Greg King indefinitely for their part in the bar fracas melee. Freshman DaRick Rogers fate will be determined later.
On Friday Dooley said,
“It is a privilege, not a right, to be a member of the University of Tennessee football team. The most important responsibility of that privilege is to properly represent this institution and our supporters on and off the field.”
On Sunday, Richt dropped the gavel on running back Dontavius Jackson.
Richt said Jackson will not participate in the teams first six games. Wide receiver Tavarres King will be suspended for the team’s opener on Sept. 4th.
Richt’s statement noted,
"All our players need to understand that it’s a privilege to be a Bulldog, and their conduct needs to reflect the standards we expect.”
Jackson has now been charged with six misdemeanors, including a driving under the influence of alcohol charge, leaving the scene of an accident, underage possession of alcohol.
King, listed as a starter on the Bulldogs spring depth chart, has been charged with underage possession of alcohol.
July kicked off with an embarrassing, scandalous arrest of the Bulldogs Athletic Director Damon Evans, driving under the influence, with the possession of a woman’s red underwear tucked between his legs.
Making matters worse were for Evans, the married father of two children; held the red panties of 28 year old Courtney Fuhrman, who was present in his car with him. It was damning news for everyone associated with Georgia athletics.
Georgia Safety Jordan Love was charged earlier in the week after refusing to comply with police who were responding to fireworks being shot off at McWhorter Dorm.
Richt has seen seven football players arrested this year alone.
With SEC Media Days kicking off in less than two weeks, it is certain the other nine coaching faces have spoke to their teams, or have had someone let them know the air had better stay clear.
Many SEC preseason camps will begin on August 4th.
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