Aug 1, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt shown during practice at the University of Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Richt talks about discipline for four arrested UGA players


If you were wondering how long it would take before Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt to start handing down disciplinary action to the four players arrested and accused of theft – wonder no longer.

As reported on SaturdayDownSouth.com, coach Richt has started to discipline the four players in question, and it’s hard to tell how severe any punishments will be based on reports.

The four accused players–afety Tray Matthews, defensive linemen James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor and receiver Uriah LeMay–have been involved in team practices and meetings so far, and Richt spoke to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as to whether or not there was a possibility for the players to be dismissed from the team.

“Ah, I wouldn’t put anything out of the realm of possibility right now,” Richt said after Tuesday’s practice. “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.”

It would seem incomprehensible that the only punishments doled out to these kids is running laps and extra crunches. Dismissal may seem a lot for charges that amount to misdemeanors, but on the flip side, these kids weren’t just shoplifting cans of snuff or a pair of sneakers…they were ripping off the very institution that was supporting them.

That’s like breaking into mom’s jewelry chest and pawning her stuff when you’re still living under her roof. It would be hard to believe that coach Richt will just let that slide with some calisthenic punishments.

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