ATHENS, Ga. — A series of arrests. Players kicked off the team. It has been a tumultuous offseason for Georgia football, raising questions about the way coach Mark Richt runs the program.
Richt insists there are no major issues, just a few bad apples.
His players, on the other hand, thought the situation was serious enough to meet before the start of preseason practice on Friday.
"We just felt like we needed to get together and hash some things out," linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "That's the first time we've done that in the three years I've been here."
There was plenty to discuss.
Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was kicked off the team after being suspended twice last season. Four players were arrested on illegal check-cashing charges, including another starting safety, Tray Matthews, and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor. Both were later dismissed, Taylor after another arrest for the alleged beating of his girlfriend.
Last weekend, freshman linebacker Davin Bellamy was arrested in Athens on charges of driving under the influence.
"We needed to get everybody together, get the leaders together, and just get it fixed," Jenkins said.
But Richt said it's not fair to blame the entire program for the actions of a few.
"The guys that misbehaved have been the problem, and that's why we discipline them," he said. "…The reality is, if you look at the guys we sign, they've usually got offers from five to 20 other schools we compete with. That doesn't mean we're all recruiting bad guys."
Also, Bulldogs receiver Malcolm Mitchell had arthroscopic surgery after re-injuring his right knee this week.
Auburn: Quarterback Nick Marshall and cornerback Jonathon Mincy won't start in the Tigers' opener against Arkansas. Coach Gus Malzahn didn't say how long either will remain on the bench against the Razorbacks on Aug. 30. Marshall was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and a window tint violation during a July 11 traffic stop in Georgia. Mincy was arrested and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana in June.
Miami: Linebackers coach Micheal Barrow is taking a sabbatical and won't be with the Hurricanes this season to tend to an undisclosed family matter. Hurlie Brown is moving from running backs coach to fill Barrow's spot, Tim Harris will replace Brown with the running backs, and former Hurricanes wide receiver Kevin Beard was hired to fill Harris' role as assistant director of football operations.
Pittsburgh: Sophomore defensive back Titus Howard was suspended for the season by coach Paul Chryst, who cited disciplinary reasons.
Basketball: Incoming freshman Trayvon Reed won't be allowed to enroll at Maryland after he was arrested Wednesday in College Park. The 7-foot-1 center was charged with second-degree assault, second degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest, the Baltimore Sun reported. … The famed hardwood court at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main. AD Dan Guerrero said that the entire floor will be replaced by the end of October, and no regular season games would be affected. The cost is unclear.