Tech’s Phil Smith suspended for bowl game

EL PASO, Texas – Georgia Tech offensive tackle Phil Smith was suspended for the Sun Bowl Wednesday for violating team rules. Smith will not play and was sent home.

Coach Paul Johnson did not have more comment on the matter. This is the second suspension of the season for Smith. He was held out of the first two games of the season, also for breaking team rules.

Smith played in a three-tackle rotation with Tyler Kidney and Ray Beno through the season. Most likely, Kidney and Beno will start and take all of the snaps.

Smith is the second starter who will not play for rules violations. Cornerback Louis Young is also ineligible for the game for disciplinary reasons.

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Burdell 90

December 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

Italian_29

December 28th, 2011
4:49 pm

Burdell 90

December 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

Love how the THUGS dropped Bama!!! Nice move to show just how good you really are!!

Burdell 90

December 28th, 2011
4:51 pm

I wonder how this will affect Smith for next year…

gt45

December 28th, 2011
4:52 pm

Phil has just never seen the light.

collegeballfan

December 28th, 2011
5:00 pm

gt 45 is correct, he just does not get it.

Best he move on if he cannot get an attitude adjustment.

pete

December 28th, 2011
5:04 pm

what an idiot. at this point i would kick his sorry ass off the team

FHstinger

December 28th, 2011
5:06 pm

WTF

December 28th, 2011
5:06 pm

Hey Burdell, you numbnut, the Dogs did not “drop” Bama, the schedule for all SEC teams was adjusted to accomodate Texas A&M and Missouri. We will pick up Bama home and home the following year, as we drop Ole Miss from the rotation. Why don’t you worry about trying to win a bown game for a change instead of worrying about our schedule. Oh, I forgot, you guys can’t win a bowl game or beat the Dogs only once every ten years or so.. Pathetic!

dawgster

December 28th, 2011
5:09 pm

@Burdell…please tell us how the so called thugs..(assuming you mean the dawgs), have any control over the SEC Schedule with the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M…Please let us know how we purposesly planned this in advance and dropped Bama from our schedule…Its one thing to dislike another team or university, but to make statements that you know have no bearing is absurd….

mwh6767

December 28th, 2011
5:10 pm

I bet Smith doesn’t play his Sr. season. Tech actually has some depth at the o-line. Beno should get better, don’t know about Kidney, think he is a little small for a tackle at 265. You have Shaq Mason, Joe, C. Alford, Lanier and McRae(Who I think is Better than Finch) as back ups next year. Just need to pack the weight on everybody!

mwh6767

December 28th, 2011
5:11 pm

Dawgster, get off your high horse. If the shoe was on the other foot, you guys would nail tech to the wall about the sched. change.

gt45

December 28th, 2011
5:13 pm

Wanting To Fart, what is pathetic is that you are over here trolling our blog. That, and the fact that your team, that you don’t play for, has the easiest schedule in the SEC, again. Perhaps your time could be better spent in anger management, or on the toilet.

Ramblin Man

December 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

Dawgster same could be said to the dawg fans who say GT tries to set up easy schedules. I also highly doubt that CMR or the AD fought to keep Bama instead of playing Mizzu.
On the topic of hand you have to wonder what Smith and Young are thinking. I know thier young but, C’MON MAN.

dawgfan

December 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

7 in a row coming up Techies. What a proud tradition.

What?

December 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

That’s just great! CPJ, how about less focus on “fun” and more on “winning” the game! I bet Utah is completely focused! Damn!

Italian_29

December 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

I just wanted to say “Good Luck” in your Bowl Game GT, I really hope you guys win and have a GREAT year next year until the 24th of Nov. Happy New Year! Also wanted to say that I don’t think having Smith suspended for the game is going to hurt your chances, your other suspension isn’t a big loss either. @ Burdell, tell it to the SEC Commissioner’s office, we didn’t “drop” ANYONE.

What?

December 28th, 2011
5:16 pm

dawgfan, there’s a tractor trailer with your name on it! Please hurry up and find the front of it!

Gorilla Biscuit

December 28th, 2011
5:20 pm

What’s up with the rules violations? Coach Fishfry losing his grip on this team? What’s next, driving a scooter the wrong way on a one-way street? Sheesh!

Techies are hypocrites

December 28th, 2011
5:27 pm

What a THUG!!!!!

Sensei John Kreese

December 28th, 2011
5:31 pm

Why would “Burdell” bring up UGA’s schedule in the first place? It’s not like it has anything to do with the article.

What?

December 28th, 2011
5:32 pm

@5:27, you don’t even know why so what do you know? Sorry, I forgot you are an idiot! Go back to eating your young a-hole!

Paddy

December 28th, 2011
5:37 pm

Burdell……..you don’t watch much football do you?

Go Dawgs

What?

December 28th, 2011
5:39 pm

Losing both players hurts! Get it under control CPJ! Tech needs this game. Either prepare to win or go home. I hope every player takes notice and mans up! Come on Jackets!

GT65

December 28th, 2011
5:39 pm

Good call by Coach Johnson..players need to wake up…

Good luck to GT & UGA in Bowl games. Some fans just don’t get it.

31-17 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

December 28th, 2011
5:39 pm

Wow, yet another GT thug? Looks like Coach Fish Fry is losing control of his players yet again.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the wreck losing their seventh bowl game in a row!

Paddy

December 28th, 2011
5:40 pm

Whar? Of course Utah is more focused, they are not allowed to have alcohol at that school. Glad my parents didn’t suggest that school for me.

dawgster

December 28th, 2011
5:44 pm

@mwh6767…No actually, I honestly can say I would not nail Tech about a schedule cahnge and thats as honest as I can be….Yes many dawg fans will as would Tech fans, so I’m not on my “High Horse” as suggested…I respect Tech as a school and football program.., so I try to stay classy if possible….Neither Tech nor the dawgs have alot of control over the conferences they are in as far as scheduling goes…go dawgs

Paul in NH

December 28th, 2011
5:45 pm

GT arrived in El Paso on Monday, practiced on Tuesday and Smith was suspended by Wednesday. Sounds like someone missed a curfew or a meeting to me. Not a smart decision by Smith.

Paul in NH

December 28th, 2011
5:47 pm

mwh6767
dawgster was only commenting to the idiot who brought up UGA’s schedule for 2012 on a completely unrelated blog. dawgster (unlike his close namesake dawgfan) has always been fairly classy with his posts on the GT boards.

Goldenrod

December 28th, 2011
5:53 pm

I commend Paul Johnson for his ethical handling of this situation and his outstanding commitment to excellence above all others in this program. We still run our conference and we’re gonna steamroll the Utes! THWG, you classless mutts keep bringing up an old score, shame on you!

go42

December 28th, 2011
5:55 pm

I like the guy but he just ain’t very smert. Good luck at life.

GT Man

December 28th, 2011
5:56 pm

Guess he got bored with sightseeing at Fort Bliss, and headed on over to Juarez for some real sights.

LG

December 28th, 2011
6:04 pm

suspend him for the New Mexico State game! oh wait……….

bulldog steve

December 28th, 2011
6:07 pm

Every school has their idiots who screw up away from home. Paul in NH is right, did not take him long to be sent packing.

Really?

December 28th, 2011
6:10 pm

The north avenue trade school program is out of control. All the techies claim paul(ima)johnson’s cheap shot style of playing and classless scumbag attitude is okay with them. I guess they would rather lose with thugs than lose with normal losers.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 28th, 2011
6:11 pm

“I like the guy but he just ain’t very smert.”

Smert? I’m assuming that you meant smart, and as we’ve been told countless times, that just ain’t possible. All Tech players are geniuses.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 28th, 2011
6:12 pm

And future millionaires.

Albert

December 28th, 2011
6:18 pm

Seems like UGA does not have a monopoly on thugs being on the team.

LG

December 28th, 2011
6:22 pm

I see where Dawg players are considering leaving early….dope smoking, grass cutting, basket weaving classes must be getting harder!

Ga Tech Old Timer

December 28th, 2011
6:26 pm

Fantastic news about Smith #61 OL!! I’ve lost count of the number of times Tech has had the ball in crucial situations only to have Smith commit a penalty of some sort and cost the team a first down or touchdown. He is absolutely the worst player on the OL in many years at Tech. Believe me Tech fans – we are much better off for him to be sitting in Atlanta than taking a chance on him screwing up another drive!

Devil's Advocate

December 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

Tech plays in the ACC, UGA in the SEC. They play each other every year. What scheduling talk is worth talking about?

Lt. Frank Drebin

December 28th, 2011
6:36 pm

Per the recent AJC article, 5,000 people expected from out of town for the marquee Ga Tech – Utah game, Tech hasn’t won a bowl game in 6 years and the highlight of the bowl practice thus far has been the comfort of the bed mattresses in the hotel…….bwahhhh, hahahaha……

TECHPUNKS

December 28th, 2011
6:39 pm

Doesn’t matter what schedule TECH plays you are LOSERS!!! So much for that CLEAN program at TECH. How many ex-tech BB players have been in the news lately for some kind of felony!!

Cra3ze

December 28th, 2011
6:46 pm

Why are so many UGA fans obsessed with the Tech blog? Not only are they posting, but they are among the first to post. Do ya’ll spend your days just hanging around waiting for a new story to post? Get a life.

Destin Dawg

December 28th, 2011
6:46 pm

Go Dawgs.. beat Michigan State… drugs are down town Atl. near tech. campus.. a great college environment.. afraid to come out at night.. weekends are a nightmare.. muggins.. felonies

superDawg

December 28th, 2011
6:48 pm

burdick I would drop tek in a heart beat and add Alabama just to have some competition.

mwh6767

December 28th, 2011
6:51 pm

Gotcha Paul and Dawgster, not trying to stir up anything but really tired of trying to comment on a blog about a topic and three comments in and its already back to the usual 4th grade back and forth crap. Yes we know uga fans think tech is crap its fans are crap etc, etc.And tech fans think uga fans are stupid, etc. etc. What needs to happen is stay on your own blogs, both sides and halfway stick to the post topics!

Lt. Frank Drebin

December 28th, 2011
6:51 pm

Think they had to bring in reinforcements to stabilize the comfortable matress for Coach Classless? 5,000 people from out of town coming in for the bowl game….bwahhhh, hahahahaha…….

mwh6767

December 28th, 2011
6:54 pm

Nice try super, but you wouldn’t drop anybody to add Bama or LSU or Arky. Neither would your head coach that would be foolish. You would be looking at a almost for sure loss agains Bama or Lsu and no better than a toss up against arky. With the change of sched. you are almost assured a trip back to the Sec title game.