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February 18, 2014

Kramer: Blame Harvey-Clemons, not UGA policy

Valdosta native dismissed from Georgia

ATHENS —

Josh Harvey-Clemons’ beleaguered Georgia career has come to an end.

The junior safety and nickel back was dismissed on Tuesday for a violation of team rules, according to coach Mark Richt.

Harvey-Clemons, the five-star recruit out of Lowndes County in 2011, played in 25 games during his two years in Athens, of which he started 11. He was a a focal figure  on a Georgia defense that struggled mightily last year  with an interception, two fumble recoveries and 66 tackles, good for third on the team.

It’s a sour ending for a player who had great potential, but this isn’t his first run in with trouble. 

Harvey-Clemons was already in the course of serving his second suspension in eight months, which would’ve allegedly kept him out of the first three games of the 2014 season. The first stemmed from a UGA police report in June that cited Harvey-Clemons admitting to smoking marijuana in a campus dorm. There was no confirmation to the second infraction, though multiple media reports signaled a failed drug test.

Georgia’s drug policy – across all 19 men’s and women’s sports – calls for suspension of 10 percent of the season for the first violation (one game for football), 40 percent for the second (up to four games) and dismissal for the third.

Georgia has not confirmed the latter two offenses to stem from drug sanctions, but you can judge based on the facts and ensuing series of events.

Having covered Georgia for the past two and a half seasons, it irks me to see Harvey-Clemons career end so abruptly. But the writing was on the wall from the day he inked his commitment. Recall that his letter of intent did not arrive in Athens until the morning after Signing Day despite numerous claims otherwise from he and his grandfather, Woodrow Clemons.

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