Georgia Dealing With
Last week Georgia
coach Mark Richt suspended linebacker Darius Dewberry for the Bulldogs' first
two games for his role in an incident at an Athens-area hospital. Dewberry was
the fifth Bulldog player suspended for Georgia’s opener on Aug 30th. Dewberry destroyed hospital property because
he was upset about an injury to a teammate.
Pattern Starting to
In this day and age it is not
uncommon for major college football teams to suspend multiple players at the
beginning of the season. With 85 college students on scholarship it is unlikely
that all of them will go through the 9 month offseason without at least one
incident worthy of a suspension.
What is the Solution?
The question is; are schools like Georgia and Penn State
doing enough to deal with these incidents? Suspending students for cupcake
games at the beginning of the season makes a public statement, but does it get
through to these kids?
Too often colleges coddle them and
try to protect them from the normal rules that apply to the rest of us. Georgia is not
doing that with Dewberry, he is serving community service for his mistake and
coach Richt made the right move by making him ride the pine for two games.