I was in a rush to make deadline Monday night, so I didn’t include a few bits of information on the half-game suspension of linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu in the story either that went on the blog or in the paper.
Coach Paul Johnson said he decided on a half game because the punch was so out of character and because that’s what the ACC would have handed out if he had been thrown out of the game. NCAA rules state that a player ejected for fighting (the definition covers Attaochu’s strike) in the first half of a game can play the following game. A player ejected in the second half of a game must sit out the first half of the next game.
The ACC decided not to add any further discipline. I don’t know the timing of the ACC’s decision and the school’s.
I saw a couple posts that said a full-game suspension would have been better as it would have set a precedent or set an example for his teammates. That may well be the case, but that wouldn’t be very just to Attaochu.
Sorry it’s not the normal volume for a Tuesday. A little behind. I’ll have more around 1 p.m. from the Johnson news conference, with links.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog