Georgia Tech’s Attaochu suspended half-game

Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu will sit out the first half of the Yellow Jackets’ game against Duke on Saturday as punishment for throwing a punch at Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas last Thursday.

Tech coach Paul Johnson made the decision after reviewing the game video. He said he decided on a half-game suspension as that would have been the punishment had he been thrown out of the game and because the strike was out of character for Attaochu. Johnson said he gave Attaochu additional disciplinary measures that are between him and Attaochu.

“It’s out of character for him,” Johnson said. “Certainly, that’s not his M.O., and that’s why it’s not more. But I think that certainly, we don’t condone that and I know he’s learned his lesson, but there still needs to be something. You have to pay a price when you mess up.”

Johnson said Attaochu, whose strike of Thomas drew a personal foul penalty and was a momentum-changing play in the Hokies’ 37-26 victory that dropped the Jackets out of ACC title contention, was embarrassed and sorry for his action.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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James

November 14th, 2011
6:25 pm

Sounds reasonable. I’m willing to bet you don’t see him do that in a Tech uniform ever again.

Sensei John Kreese

November 14th, 2011
6:28 pm

Does the ACC have a policy on this?

19

November 14th, 2011
6:28 pm

I expected a whole game.

Tech76

November 14th, 2011
6:30 pm

Given the impact his stupid action had on the outcome, I’d say he’s getting off pretty easy… Except we don’t really know what “other” arrangements CPJ has in store.

Ol'JacketFan

November 14th, 2011
6:30 pm

That is about what I expected. I think the ACC only has a say if the player is ejected and I think that’s the same for all conferences.

Worm

November 14th, 2011
6:31 pm

Reasonable..His true suffering is knowing he probably cost Tech the game,the division title and a better bowl game.

Ol'JacketFan

November 14th, 2011
6:31 pm

Also, I am quite sure there is a bit of internal punishment as well……………..I wonder how may steps he’ll run before this week is over ;-)

Burdell

November 14th, 2011
6:32 pm

Punishment fits the crime.

Tech76

November 14th, 2011
6:33 pm

…and probably a noon start time against UGA. Not much of a season for tailgating, that’s for dang sure.

GaTruth

November 14th, 2011
6:33 pm

Oh yeah, sit him for the Duke game. Isn’t that convenient. You know Johnson accelerated the evaluation process so he could rest him against what amounts to a AA program. If he had let it run the normal course, the guy would be sitting against UGA. Blah, blah, blah…

See how stupid that sounds?

Irrespective of how many stupid kids do stupid things on each team, GT and UGA have head coaches that do the right things. Good job Johnson.

PROBATION Nation

November 14th, 2011
6:34 pm

And the wheels on the bus go round and round. It never stops, does it? PROBATION and now thrown out of competition for forgetting he was in a football game and thought it was a bar fight. I guess you reap what you sew. Just another black eye for this program.

Doubting thomas

November 14th, 2011
6:38 pm

What bone head move. On national TV uggggh”..just stupid..how many games will Johnson sit out for his 4th down decision?

Reality check

November 14th, 2011
6:39 pm

Can someone suspend CPJ also for going for it on 4th down on his own thirty!!! Go DAWGS!!!

WnE

November 14th, 2011
6:39 pm

Kinda shameful for the ACC to not do something about this.

It will be hard for the Elitist, douche-bag segment of the GT Fanbase to criticize CMR & uga when our high & mighty CPJ gives one of his angels the same punishment as CMR gave to one of his players.

If the ACC is really concerned about blows to the helmet then the suspension should be one FULL GAME, a UNC player got punched in the gonads and the offending Miami player got a full game, if head injuries are that important, then a punch to the helmet should warrant a full game just like a punch to the nads.

Just sayin’…………….

Techster

November 14th, 2011
6:41 pm

Without knowing the unknowns, I’d say this is nail, hammer, smash!!! Clearly the young man made a critical mistake at the worst possible time. May he learn from it and have a great future.

Doubting thomas

November 14th, 2011
6:43 pm

This just in Coach PJ will suspend his left eye for the first half of the Duke game for going for it on 4th down at his own 30. He will have the training staff apply an eye patch after warm ups.

headley lamar

November 14th, 2011
6:44 pm

Funny thing is .. If he had been using drugs he wouldn’t have missed anytime at all.

Tech’s drug policy is that lax.

19

November 14th, 2011
6:46 pm

GaTruth, I know Georgia followed proper procedure and I don’t talk poorly of the Bulldogs. I pull for the Dawgs except November 26th. Good luck Dawgs against Kentucky. Like they need it! LOL

Go Jackets!!!

COOL CLYDE

November 14th, 2011
6:52 pm

If Jeremiah Attaochu got a half game suspension for a punch thrown during a heated time of a game and (Aaron Pryor got a six (6) game suspension for selling his jersey after he went to the NFL but the infraction accured while he was in college, Reggie Bush got his Heisman award taken from him after he was had been in the NFL for a few years)then what should Ben Rottenburger get for alledged RAPE TWICE and the entire PENN STATE FOOTBALL Program should be ABOLISHED. See where I’m going with this!!! Sounds like we punish who who we want to punish?

19

November 14th, 2011
6:53 pm

@WnE, do really think the hits are equal?

He probably should have got a game though.

Go Jackets!!!

roughrider

November 14th, 2011
6:53 pm

” You have to pay a price when you mess up.”

What was CPJ’s punishment for going for it on 4th and 1 from his own 31 ?

collegeballfan

November 14th, 2011
6:54 pm

Good move Johnson.

Do What?

November 14th, 2011
6:55 pm

Fish Fry suspends him for the first half of the Duke game, but yet never took him out of the game! What’s wrong with this picture? Generally speaking when a player commits the type of personal foul Attachou committed he’s benched immediately. Why wasn’t he removed from the game immediately? Oh that’s right, Fish Fry values winning over everything else, which is why he played Thomas rather than sitting him and thus forfeited games. His 1/2 game suspension is appropriate, the scar of the damage his senseless act caused will linger for some time.

Where is the ACC in this matter? The SEC suspended Shawn Williams even though a penalty wasn’t assessed, along with Geathers and the Vanderbilt player. Geathers was immediately removed from the game and sat for a considerable time Once again the ACC shows what a top flight conference it is.

19

November 14th, 2011
6:55 pm

Ol'JacketFan

November 14th, 2011
6:56 pm

As I stated earlier I don’t think the ACC has standing to act unless the player was ejected. From what I know of the offending player his actions were out of character and I feel the punishment is in line. As to Kwami Geathers and Logan Stewart, I made no dergatory comments at that time and won’t make any now. Players get caught us with action on the field and it is up to their respective head coaches to determine the appropriate punishment. Unless and until their actions warrant intervention from the league it in the hands of their coaches and it is over and done with.

19

November 14th, 2011
6:59 pm

He had to run the stairs

Ol'JacketFan

November 14th, 2011
6:59 pm

I don’t think the SEC suspended Gaither or Stewart, I think it was done by their coaches. I may be mistaken biut I think that’s how is happened. I don’t know if Sean Williams was sat by the league or Coach Richt.

OK, Ol'JacketFan...

November 14th, 2011
7:03 pm

If the SEC suspended the two UGA players and the Vandy player, why do you think the Tech player’s action did not “warrant intervention from the league”? Being ejected has no bearing on suspensions for “conduct unbecoming”…

OK, Ol'JacketFan...

November 14th, 2011
7:03 pm

It was by the league – do you really think Richt would suspend a player unless he had too?

Geez, COOL CLYDE...

November 14th, 2011
7:05 pm

…your rationale is quite irrational, though I know what you may be trying to say – but to equate the entire Penn State team with an individual’s actions is a bit far fetched…those guys had nothing to to with a crime commited by their coach 9-14 years ago…

PROBATION Nation

November 14th, 2011
7:06 pm

The League sat Williams for a head-to-head hit during the game. Logan Stewart was suspended by the league for an illegal/chop block and Geathers was suspended by the SEC office for a retailiation punch to Stewart for the illegal block. Geathers and Williams were flagged in the game. Logan Stewart was not flagged. The SEC reviews all game film on Monday and hands out suspensions on Tuesday. Yes, they were suspended by the League office.

Glass House Rocker

November 14th, 2011
7:07 pm

Coach Johnson took appropriate action. What happened to the FSU player who WAS ejected from the Miami game for what appeared to be clean–abiet hard–hit on the Miami receiver? Can the Conference review the refs call and decision to eject the player? What happens to refs who make bad calls during a game?

Ol'JacketFan

November 14th, 2011
7:07 pm

As I said I don’t think it was the SEC that handed down the suspension, I think it was their coaches. It is my understanding that the league does not act unless the player is ejected. It that the right action? If a player is ejected I think his action warrant a review and, if determined by the leagure to be appropriate, a suspension. Does any personal foul call warrant a suspension? I don’t think that every personal foul called in a game leads to a league mandated suspension.

And, worm...

November 14th, 2011
7:08 pm

…this kids play had a part in the loss, just as every other player’s and HEAD COACH’S dumb a– calls during the game – it is really unfair to throw the kid under the bus, though that is what CPJ did, but we all know he is a MOE-RON…

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
7:08 pm

Do What? for what it’s worth, I doubt Johnson knew exactly what happened, since it was not replayed on the stadium screen, and the majority of the fans in the stadium didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know what happened until I texted somebody watching on TV and asked. The refs should probably have ejected him, but since they didn’t I think it is at least relatively safe to assume that Johnson thought it was just like any other personal foul. The refs screwed up first by not stopping the play when they should have (about 5 seconds earlier), and then by not ejecting Attaochu. I’m not trying to make excuses, but I think that COULD be a reasonable explanation as to why Johnson didn’t bench him. Like I said, the refs probably should have ejected him, and I have to admit to being a little surprised he only got a half-game suspension. If we can’t hold Duke for one half without him, I doubt that his coming into the game in the second half will make much difference. We need to take control of the game from the opening kickoff.

Burdell

November 14th, 2011
7:08 pm

Well said, Ga Truth.

GO JACKETS!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
7:09 pm

HOW did Johnson throw him under the bus? EXPLAIN THAT, PLEASE !!!

Give it up Ol'JacketFan...

November 14th, 2011
7:09 pm

…it was the SEC, not their coaches, that suspended those 3 players…

Ol'JacketFan

November 14th, 2011
7:10 pm

I would hope Coach Richt would suspend a player if he felt his actions warranted a suspension. If I am incorrect about the SEC handing down the suspension, then I am in error. I hope ALL caoches have the guts to sit a player even if the league doesn’t. If CPJ had sat the Tech players for more, I would not have had an issue with it.

Give it up Ol'JacketFan...

November 14th, 2011
7:10 pm

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Golden Tornado

November 14th, 2011
7:10 pm

I planned to watch the GT-VT game again tomorrow night, to judge whether Attaochu was “hacking” for the ball, as he said, or really slugged the guy. But Coach Johnson has already reviewed it, and has done the right thing with the young man.

Ol'JacketFan

November 14th, 2011
7:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
7:12 pm

Golden Tornado, I saw the replay after I got home, and I don’t think he was “hacking” for the ball, as he said. His half-way balled-up fist struck Thomas’ helmet, but it looked to me more like a glancing blow….not that that matters. Still, the refs had the option of ejecting him and did not for some reason.

Write it right

November 14th, 2011
7:12 pm

@PROBATION nation:
One reaps what one sows; one SEWS what one rips!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
7:14 pm

LOL @ “reaping” and “sewing”

OK, supersize...

November 14th, 2011
7:15 pm

…Johnson first threw the refs under the bus by castigating them tremendously during the next TV time out. Then, after the game, his comments to the esteemed controller of this blog, castigated #45 and plamed him fior the actions, and, basically the loss. Go back and re-read CPJ’s comments to Ken right after the game…

And, form where I sat, directly across from the spot on the field where the punch was thrown, I could see that a late hit was made, though I did not see the punch; I just thought it was a very late hit that was being correctly called (it was actually called both by the back judge and by the ref on the spot – I will agree, however, that the whistle did seem a bit late…

Tampa Wreck

November 14th, 2011
7:16 pm

From what I know of this young man, this was definitely out of character, and I know he already feels very bad. That said, I think a complete game suspension was in order. I don’t think this sends the messaage that it should to the rest of the team.

High School

November 14th, 2011
7:19 pm

Rumor has it that he was late to Home Room.

Alabama Jack

November 14th, 2011
7:20 pm

Ken, thanks for the fine job you have done covering Tech this year. We do appreciate it. I have decided to no longer read any of the blog comments because of the dawgs and dawg wannabes who can only tak trash and spread bad information. Life is just too short for all that crap. I will continue to read your posts, but none of the responses.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 14th, 2011
7:21 pm

OK…., I listened to Durham’s interview with Johnson immediately after the game, and he DID NOT castigate Attaochu in the least. I don’t recall reading what he said to Ken. Again, I couldn’t see what happened, but everybody around me thought before the call was actually made that VT was going to be called. I have no idea what Johnson saw or didn’t see, or thought or didn’t think, but it IS possible that when he chewed out the refs he might have had the same assumption that the fans in my section had.