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February 18, 2014

Kramer: Blame Harvey-Clemons, not UGA policy

Valdosta native dismissed from Georgia

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ATHENS —

Take Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who is not even two years removed from his dismissal from Georgia. He ressurected his career at Garden City (Kan.) Community College and led the Tigers to the biggest turn-around in college football last year – to within three points of a BCS title.

“If a guy has a situation where he doesn’t finish here at Georgia, a guy that signed with us, my goal is for him to find a new home and have success at it,” Richt said last November.

Some argue that Richt’s drug policy is too stringent, but that’s not a coaching issue. Take that up with athletic director Greg McGarity. But having spent the last three years there as a student, I appreciate that Georgia is among the SEC elite in drug constraints – because that’s certainly the case for “regular” students, too. 

A student drug or alcohol arrest for consumption – on or off campus – results in an immediate 12-month probation from the date of resoluton. Even the most minor subsequent violations result in a suspension from school for a minimum of a semester (16 weeks). Should the student dare to draw a third infraction, they can kiss goodbye any chance of warrantly walking through the hallowed Arch.

These policies separate Georgia from the rest as one of the top academic schools in the conference.

Harvey-Clemons may go on to play professionally one day should he revitalize his character. But he will never have the privilege of possessing a degree from the University of Georgia. 

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