The longest tenured SEC head coach has dealt with this before, and it’s nothing new to him.
Following the arrests of four players – Tray Matthews, Uriah LeMay, James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor – on theft charges, Mark Richt didn’t lay out or announce any immediate discipline for the four players. In fact, all four players practiced yesterday.
Richt did promise consequences after practice, but he hasn’t laid out what those consequences will be yet, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. He also expounded upon how he goes through a process of determining the punishment for all matters.
“You’re disappointed, obviously,” Richt said. “You have to decide, start deciding what you’re going to do about it. At Georgia, we’ve never tried to hide things. If somebody makes a mistake, we clean it up. We don’t hide it. In due time, everyone’s going to know what’s going to happen because of it.
“Some things when it comes to discipline are very public and some things aren’t. I’m not sure exactly where this is going to fall. If there’s something that we need to let everybody know, we’ll let y’all know.”
Richt was then asked whether the fact that all four players practiced is any indication they aren’t going to be dismissed.
“I would just say there’s always a process that I go through before I make a decision. Sometimes it happens rapidly and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m not going to say anything other than if there’s something I need to report to everybody, I will.”
Richt then added that he’d address the matter head on and handle it appropriately.
“A lot of our policies are stiffer than most people’s. If you’re going aggressively go after certain things, sometimes your business becomes a little more public than you want it to be. But in the meantime you don’t want to act like it didn’t happen. We’re going to address everything head on and handle it appropriately and move on from there. That’s just part of the learning process.”
Georgia gets a bad rap when it comes to player discipline and players getting arrested. Richt, however, has handled matters appropriately. I also think Richt’s tenure – the longest in the SEC – actually works against him. Other programs have had just as many arrests over the last decade, but since it’s all been under Richt’s watch, there’s much more finger pointing going on, whereas other programs have had three or four different coaches during that time.
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