Update: Three more Tech players suspended – for a half

John Dewberry helped Bill Curry win in Athens. But not in Birmingham. (AJC file photo)

John Dewberry helped Bill Curry win in Athens in 1984. The QB was no help in Birmingham in 1985. (AJC file photo)

Update: Georgia Tech announced Sunday that three more players — defensive Anthony Egbuniwe and defensive backs Michael Peterson and Louis Young — has been suspended for the first half of Monday’s Independence Bowl. They broke curfew in Shreveport, which I believe trumps John Dewberry’s curfew-breaking in Birmingham in 1985 for sheer ingenuity.

It’s that festive time of the year when Georgia Tech lets us know which of its players won’t be playing in a bowl game. The Jackets arrived in scenic Shreveport on Thursday, just in time to offer the following release:

Shreveport, La. – Georgia Tech announced today that four football players, including two who have already earned their undergraduate degrees, will not play in Monday’s AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl because of various academic issues.

Senior defensive end Robert Hall and senior linebacker Anthony Barnes are ineligible to compete in the game against Air Force under NCAA academic guidelines. Sophomore wide receiver Stephen Hill and senior safety Mario Edwards are both ineligible for not meeting Georgia Tech academic requirements.

Of the four players,  Edwards and Hill were listed as starters on the Yellow Jackets’ most recent depth chart.

A few questions: How can you earn your degree and still be academically ineligible? Has any Jacket had a more disappointing season than Hill, who was touted as the next Demaryius Thomas but who hasn’t played well and now won’t play in the bowl game at all?

There’s a time-honored Jacket tradition of players getting docked for the postseason. Usually it’s the quarterback: John Dewberry was suspended for the All-American Bowl in 1985 for breaking curfew in Birmingham, which is tough to do, and in 2006 Reggie Ball was declared ineligible for the Gator Bowl, which brought a strange career to its inevitably strange end.

These latest suspensions constitute just another installment in an ongoing Tech saga. On the bright side, the Tech Four won’t be remembered as the most egregious college football development of Dec. 23, 2010. That dishonor belongs to five Ohio State Buckeyes, chief among them quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who were suspended for five games of the 2011 season — though not for the Sugar Bowl — for NCAA violations that include receiving improper benefits from …

A tattoo parlor. Seriously.

By Mark Bradley

372 comments Add your comment

2BT

December 23rd, 2010
7:44 pm

such a hater!

mwh6767

December 23rd, 2010
7:46 pm

Mark, fyi it was Mario Butler who had the int and touchdown return against duke. I know that takes a little sizzle off you column because Edwards really didn’t accomplish anything this year.

The Dude

December 23rd, 2010
7:49 pm

Mark,
Hall and Barnes have graduated and exhausted all their eligibility. They don’t have the option of applying to grad school to play in the bowl game.

mwh6767

December 23rd, 2010
7:50 pm

Of the four player really the only one that hurts Tech is Robert Hall. He wasn’t a starter( was last year until injury) but was getting significant minutes in the d-line rotation and IMO when the line consisted of him, Cross and Barnes was much better against the run. Bout the only thing Stephen Hill had a chance of catching in Sherevport was the FLU.

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
7:50 pm

say it ain’t so Mark!

It makes no sense

December 23rd, 2010
7:51 pm

I can’t wait for the explanation on how graduates at the Joke by Coke can be academically ineligible…..It will make as much sense as an NCAA ruling these days.

Seriously?

December 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm

I would much rather have only 4 deemed academically ineligible than 11 players arrested. Which “saga” is more important there Mark?

Typical

December 23rd, 2010
7:52 pm

On the bright side… These 4 can now go buy tickets for the UGA bowl game since those red & black folks can’t sell half of their allotment.

brandy

December 23rd, 2010
7:53 pm

where the blank is the academic advisor/coach for the football team? That is who should have to answer for not monitoring the progress of Hill and Edwards..although the bigger disgrace will always be when the Chan Gailey bunch allowed QB Reggie Ball to miss the Gator bowl game his senior year, what a shame that was. Chan was too busy trying to get a job in the NFL so glad he was canned.

2BT

December 23rd, 2010
7:53 pm

Seriously though, what’s the over/under on the number of your negative articles about GT for the year 2011? I’m going to set the number at 9 1/2. I figure Hewitt will get at least 4 more during the course of this season. D Rad will earn 1 or 2 more for not taking the Maryland AD’s lead and pulling the trigger a la Friedgen. Danny Hall will somehow draw your negative pen at least once. The question is, will next year’s football team Constitute (no pun intended) at least 3 or 4 hatchet jobs? I’ll take the over.

2BT

December 23rd, 2010
7:55 pm

and btw, first. Guess I can sleep better because of that! :)

sharecropper

December 23rd, 2010
7:56 pm

Well, I get it that two of them “exhausted” their eligibility. What I don’t get is: isn’t this bowl game part of the 2010 season, and not of the 2011 season? I find that very odd, to punish with ineligibility two guys who did what “scholar athletes” — a fraudulent NCAA term if ever uttered — are supposed to do but frequently do not: graduate.

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

Kudos, 2BT.

And I’m sorry, but I don’t see much “hating” herein.

Worm

December 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

john D.U.I. Berry..Remember him well…Tech 45-Dawgs-13-Dewberry .16
A woman beater and a guy who robbed the pizza man are declared ineligibile-SHOCKING

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

Mark, did you see where Jim Tressel and Gene Smith tried to fall on their swords and say the players weren’t “properly educated” on the rules of selling memorabilia?

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
7:58 pm

I’m pretty sure A.J. Green could have offered a seminar, Coach Grantham.

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:00 pm

No one even remotely connected with college football has not heard about AJ and the sold jersey. And the 4 game suspension.

Do I understand correctly that those Ohio State players will play in the Sugar Bowl but are suspended for 5 games next season?

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:01 pm

Maybe “properly educated” means how to get away with it.

Worm

December 23rd, 2010
8:02 pm

Eddie Mcshan is off the hook for the 70 or 71 bowl game?

mwh6767

December 23rd, 2010
8:02 pm

2BT, take the under. Bradley just wrote two articles in two days about Tech. That will cover his Tech quoto til this coming August when he will write an article about how Tech has no talent on the team and won’t win 3 games. He will back to writing about the color of Richts poop, to which the uga fans will give him heck about the article being negative. So the next day to get back in their good graces he will write another article about even though the poop was an ugly brown color it smelt like rosebuds.

mwh6767

December 23rd, 2010
8:02 pm

excuse me it should have said quota.

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fan of Tech football

December 23rd, 2010
8:03 pm

Hope Hill will study hard and play/have a great season next year in the (I’m sure) expanded Tech pass game!

GT Won This Game Too

December 23rd, 2010
8:03 pm

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Dirty Jacket

December 23rd, 2010
8:04 pm

“Usually it’s a QB” — and then you cited TWO whole quarterbacks, separated by two decades? Two of them are not NCAA deemed suspensions — Edwards and Hill did not meet Georgia Tech requirements. Has UGA ever suspended a player who met the NCAA requirements? Probably not.

So Bradley, please continue with your UGA biased opinions. How did it feel when you didn’t get accepted into Tech?

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
8:04 pm

Actually, Eddie McAshan wasn’t just suspended for the 1972 Liberty Bowl. He was suspended for the Georgia game, too. (He’d skipped a practice because his request for extra tickets to the game in Sanford Stadium was denied.)

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:05 pm

the fact of the matter is this: these players see the coaches making major bucks off of their sweat and talent and just want a piece of the action. Who can blame them? The NCAA with all its corruption? Mike Slive?? Give me a break.

fire Paul Hewitt

December 23rd, 2010
8:05 pm

The last news report said Ohio players would play…..whats the deal?

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

Mark, Eddie was before your time in ATL but I’m sure you know his surname was pronounced “Macshan”. I remember that from Al Ciraldo, may he rest in peace.

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
8:06 pm

The Buckeyes were suspended for five games next season but can play in the Sugar Bowl.

I know. Makes no sense.

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:07 pm

Unfortunately, when Gene Smith told those players to take the fifth they swilled a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. heh, heh

bob

December 23rd, 2010
8:09 pm

At least they can now sell their jerseys.

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
8:10 pm

Eddie McAshan was before my time as a player. But he lived across the street from me back in the ’90s.

BG

December 23rd, 2010
8:11 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! Tech sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!

mwh6767

December 23rd, 2010
8:11 pm

According to Espn the Ncaa said that bowl game and champ. games fall under different rules than the reg. season games and the Ncaa says they make rulings on them in case by case basis. Their reasoning for letting them play was that the players thought it was their property and they thought they could sell it and the team and university didn’t benifit from the sell of the items. So what happened? Did UGA get a kickback on the AJ Green jersey or something?

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:12 pm

it must appall you Mark, having been on the sports scene for 30 plus years to see how college football has changed. the younger folks don’t recall anything about being able to sneak into Sanford stadium and sit on the grass, or watching from the railroad tracks or bridge. There are now even adverts in the Men’s rooms. And God forbid listening to the radio without hearing how (insert your favorite advertiser here) sponsored the kickoff, punt, offsides, and personal foul.

it sure appalls me.

mwh6767

December 23rd, 2010
8:13 pm

And Bradley commenting of a Tech article. Richt must be constipated!!

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:14 pm

If Tressel, etal, had any morals about them they wouldnt let those players near the Louisiana Dome.

bob

December 23rd, 2010
8:15 pm

Too bad they are not going to a BCS bowl, the NCAA would probably let them play and then declare them ineligible for 2011.

5150 P.O.A.D.

December 23rd, 2010
8:15 pm

Not sure how the 2 seniors that graduated last weekend can be ineligible. Can we get an explanation? Hill we might miss for 1 pass catch, but he has had such a bad year. Edwards and Hall really hurt. I. Johnson will have to step up and play the whole game.

Biff Pocoroba

December 23rd, 2010
8:15 pm

Paul Hewitt must be happy. This takes some focus off of his “team” losing to the school he used to “coach”. How much longer must we put up with him? I’m sure it is still the fault of the media or the fans though. I’m waiting on his Christmas tweet to find out what happened last night.

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:17 pm

but money, not morals, rules college sports.

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:18 pm

Mark, remeber etal from law classes? “and others”

Worm

December 23rd, 2010
8:18 pm

Mark, McAshan was a fabulous athlete..Might have been a better basketball player..Tony Flanigan, Ronald Curry, Nick Marshall type…Merry Christmas!

Mark Bradley

December 23rd, 2010
8:19 pm

I remember “et alia” from Latin.

Latin is a dead language, as dead as dead can be. First it killed the Romans; now it’s killing me.

JB

December 23rd, 2010
8:23 pm

Watch the spin….LMAO……. The worlds smartest players playing for the worlds greatest College football coach. Will this effect their “for sure” professional business future that ALL Tech men share….Maybe Reggie Ball can help them get in with his firm……………Air Tran………………………..LOL

mwh6767

December 23rd, 2010
8:31 pm

JB I wouldn’t toot my uga horn too loudly. As of tueday afternoon the bulldogs where waiting on grades for several players including Caleb King. And just so you don’t say thats just a rumor from a nerd “techie” that came from your own dawgs247.com

bruce mac

December 23rd, 2010
8:39 pm

Good news Tech fans, UGA just found there own Kennesaw State. Mercer is making them look absolutely pitiful. Totally out hustled and out coached as well. UGA is who we thought they were,, average.

todd grantham

December 23rd, 2010
8:39 pm

that was the pic of John Dewberry about 5 hours before he pulled a DUI in Athens. I dont think Bill Curry was so pleased with him at that point. heh, heh