Mark Richt: Discipline already being handed out to four players accused of theft

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Mark Richt met with the media after Georgia’s first padded practice yesterday, and he hinted that some of the disciplinary plans for the four players who were arrested are already underway.

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Safety Tray Matthews, defensive linemen James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor and receiver Uriah LeMay were all arrested on theft charges earlier this month. Matthews, Taylor and DeLoach were charged with double-dipping their stipend checks. LeMay was charged with taking his roommate’s deposited stipend check and cashing it.

All four players have continued to practice this spring through four practices. Richt was asked whether dismissing the players was off the table, according to the AJC.

“Ah, I wouldn’t put anything out of the realm of possibility right now,” Richt said after Tuesday’s two-hour-plus workout. “Right now we’re just allowing them to continue to work. When the discipline is laid out — there’s some happening right now, just early-morning running and things of that nature — but there’s more to come. Just thinking it through real good.”

Since the charges were misdemeanors, Richt can use his discretion on the punishment, according to UGA’s student-athlete handbook. Also, corner Shaq Wiggins was arrested earlier this year for driving on a suspended license, and Richt confirmed there won’t be any discipline for him.

However, Richt can’t use his discretion for receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who was arrested on marijuana charges late last October. You can read details of the arrest here. Richt said Georgia would stay with its policies on Scott-Wesley’s arrest, which is a one-game suspension this fall.

Practice Notes:

  • UGA held their first padded practice of the spring.
  • Richt said the Bulldogs had a very, very good day at practice, and the players were pumped to put on the pads and start hitting.
  • Senior walkon WR Michaal Erdman has a fractured right foot and is out for the spring.
  • LB Paris Bostick has a hyperextended knee, and it is described as a minor injury.

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Where are all of the guys constantly talking about how georgia “is the only” school that actually punishes players. They were warned about their check cashing “scheme” and then did it again anyway. One of them took a check from a teammate. How are they still on the team? Nick Marshall got kicked off for stealing right? Oh I get it, its really about how much they think they need you going forward.