UGA not only football program dealing with domestic violence issues

ATHENS – I was traveling yesterday when UGA announced it had decided on a two-game suspension for starting cornerback Sanders Commings at the start of next season.

Even though Georgia coach Mark Richt has avoided commenting on the subject so far, a spokesman told me Richt decided on the two games Wednesday after a series of meetings with Commings and conducting his own investigation into the matter. Commings, 21, was arrested by UGA police on Jan. 21 and charged with domestic violence/simple battery for allegedly hitting his former girlfriend.

Commings is scheduled for a March 22 arraignment before an Athens-Clarke County judge, so his legal case remains unresolved. Meanwhile, the incident is also being investigated by UGA as a possible violation of student conduct code. That review is ongoing, though I’ve reported on some of the interviews that were already available through the Freedom of Information Act. Those documents lead one to believe it the case might not be as cut-and-dried a case as the original police reports indicated.

Meanwhile, Georgia is not the only SEC team having to deal with a domestic violence issue. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel today, Gators freshman tight end A.C. Leonard was arrested Wednesday night on domestic violence charges. Leonard was due to be released on his own recognizance Thursday and Florida coach Willi Muschamp has yet to comment on the situation.

Said spokesman Steve McClain: “Coach Muschamp is currently traveling and unavailable, but he will address the matter later today.”

There have been some other recent precedents as well:

On Feb. 3, Clemson dismissed wide receiver Joe Craig due to a domestic violence incident. However, apparently that was Craig’s second such charge. He was indefinitely suspended and ultimately missed three games last season due to the previous incident.

Conversely, Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw did not miss any playing time after he and his girlfriend were both arrested on domestic violence charges in 2009.

Which brings us to where we are today. Commings has already been issued a two-game suspension while his legal issues remain unresolved. So how do you guys feel about that? Should the Bulldogs have waited until his matter had run its course through the university and local legal systems? Do you trust Coach Richt’s judgment and/or did he get it about right? Is Georgia going too easy on Commings?

Intelligent, thoughtful comments only, please.

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A person SMART enough to know......

February 16th, 2012
5:15 pm

LawDawg…exactly I am not sure why Richt did anything yet or didn’t suspend him like Johnson did until it is settled. R Hall was suspended until the matter was resolved. That meant no practice no team weight lifting no nothing.
Even If he is found innocent in a court of law, then the student disciplinary comity should have him on probation and the Domestic violence classes.

A Father

February 16th, 2012
5:17 pm

Chris: I posted what a directly involved witness told me the very next day. I will not name the student that was a witness just as you want name the names of those standing between Sanders Commings and the girl either.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 16th, 2012
5:29 pm

Was it only Guys who said Commings did nothing?
Was it only Girls that said Commings did something?
Were the girls that said Commings did nothing girlfriends of other football players?
Do the people that said Commings did something afraid to be in Athens if their names get out?
Would other students and football players non-violently intimidate the witnesses?

Ghost

February 16th, 2012
5:37 pm

Bigtimetechfan, Hall was suspended for 1 game.Shouldn’t ever touch a girl in harmful way unless she has a weapon.Turn and walk away or suffer the consequences.

SecFan

February 16th, 2012
5:38 pm

When it comes to the win-at-all cost philosophy on suspensions, Richt takes a back seat to nobody. He could have suspended Crowell for the Florida game last year, but opted for the New Mexico St game instead. When you’re on the hot seat, doing the right thing is inconvenient, even for St. Mark.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 16th, 2012
5:49 pm

Georgia Tech defensive end Robert Hall was suspended indefinitely from the football team by coach Paul Johnson after being charged with battery last Sunday.
http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/techs-hall-suspended-after-547048.html
Nice that the AJC didn’t do a write up on the charges being dropped.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 16th, 2012
5:51 pm

Ghost that is what HALL did. He pushed her an a bathroom shut the door and escaped their Apartment.

aladawg

February 16th, 2012
5:54 pm

Okie Dawg, it is a damn good thing that you aren’t in charge of anything, you moron.

dawgster

February 16th, 2012
5:56 pm

@A Father…you may or may not be right about the incident…I am assuming ww will find out and sure that Coach Richt knows the story better than you or any of us…To spout off a comment that you did regarding Coach Richt and his discipline tells me you know very little about how he handles these type of situations. I can promise you he takes it seriously…You don’t have to look too far down the SEC to see a possibly top-tier QB playing for LSU that was dismissed by Coach Richt for mistreatment of a young lady…At this point there is very little respect for your opinion of the matter at this point the way I see it…As you so elegantly commented you would have handled it differently..Right now there seems to be difference of opinions from some witnesses of what actually happened to this point…Oh, and by the way I do have two daughters, one grown and the other thinks she is grown, so yes I would take it very seriously, but I wouldn’t come on a blog site and make absurd statements such as yours…

Monkey

February 16th, 2012
6:04 pm

dURp

February 16th, 2012
4:15 pm
Shocking Ol Nicky Saban didn’t suspend his star athlete. What a joke!

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Italian_29

February 16th, 2012
6:07 pm

Yeah, A Father, that is why Commings GF had NO MARKS on her, because SC hauled off and hit her as hard as he could. YOU SIR have a BS in BS.

Monkey

February 16th, 2012
6:10 pm

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/02/tide_commit_reuben_foster_tryi.html

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LaGrange, Georgia linebacker Reuben Foster is not only one of Alabama’s top recruits for the Class of 2013, he may also be one of their top recruiters. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive star is rated the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247Sports and surprised recruiting analysts by committed to the Crimson Tide back in July of 2011. Since then, Foster has been public about his efforts to help recruit other elite players to the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, including the one player in the nation ranked ahead of him by the recruiting services.

Fellow Georgia resident Robert Nkemdiche (pronounced kim-DEE-shee), a defensive lineman described by some analysts as a once-in-a-generation type player, is the unanimous choice by all four major recruiting services as the nation’s top prospect for the Class of 2013 and in recent weeks, Foster has told both ESPN and 247Sports that he is actively attempting to convince Nkemdiche to commit to the Crimson Tide.

“Me and Nkemdiche met for the first time not too long ago and he’s cool,” Foster told 247Sports’ Charles Power. “I could see myself playing with him. He’s a real good defensive end and one I’d like to play with on the next level.”

“He was talking about Alabama like he wanted to commit right there. I was like ‘do it.’ I think he’s going to commit to Alabama.”

Foster, who visited Alabama for their first Junior Day event in January, is coming off a spectacular junior season in which he compiled 185 tackles, including 34 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. While he continues to be pursued by other schools, including the home-state Georgia Bulldogs, Foster reiterated in both interviews that he is firmly committed to the Tide.

“I knew where I wanted to go,” Foster told ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf. “My family knew where I wanted to go. They love Alabama. I love Alabama. Plus, who wouldn’t want to get coached by Nick Saban and Kirby Smart? They’re NFL-style coaches.”

Alabama will host its second Junior Day event this weekend and while it’s not yet known whether Nkemdiche will attend the event, a number of the nation’s top junior prospects are scheduled to be in attendance. Alabama secured three commitments for the 2013 class at its last Junior Day event

Since Carvell does not like posting the truth….here you UGA fans can get the real scoop.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 16th, 2012
6:10 pm

Italian_29 he can still be charged if he barely hit her because people were in between the two.

TampaGator

February 16th, 2012
6:16 pm

Committing domestic violence, especially if you are a man hitting a women, is reflective of deeper, more troubling emotional issues….or a reflection of a serious lack of maturity. Either way, domestic violence (when a player puts his hands on a woman in a violent manner) should not be tolerated anywhere, but especailly on a college campus. Cummings and Leonard should not play football at Georgia or Florida next year. They need anger management counseling and a long period of time to “earn” their way back on the teams…..without a scholarship. I believe both forfited their right to be on an athletic scholarship when they hit a woman…for any reason. But….of couse….both deserve their time in front a a judge. I think Richt announcing his penalty before the situation is resolved is wrong. He should have waited until the final verdict on the case was in. In the meantime, the players (both Cummings and Leonard) should have been, and should be, suspended from all team activities….but keep their scholarships until the final verdict is in on their guilt or innocence. Richt, I believe, acted too soon and too little. He should have waited.

VININGS DAWG

February 16th, 2012
6:19 pm

Congratulations to Coach Richt for making the tough decision. Look at Anthony Grant would made some tough decisions regarding his players. Gene Chizik kicks Mike Dyer off team for some bad decisions and attitude on Dyer’s part.

Would Nick Saban make these decisions?

Italian_29

February 16th, 2012
6:20 pm

A person SMART enough to know……., I was referring to A Fathers comment about SC hitting the girl as hard as he could and I call BS on that, if he did “hit her as hard as he could” she would at the VERY LEAST have a mark, if no a broken jaw. I realize that it takes very little to catch a charge especially if it is a DV situation.

tim

February 16th, 2012
6:25 pm

As a fan I am disappointed anytime something of this nature happens. The problem has a lot to do with our society these young men in many cases have watched this type of behavior in their lives, so they think its the correct way. One would like to think that by time they get to college they would have a clue about the rules of society they don’t. It is a difficult decision for CMR and now my coach Mr Muschamp try to teach or kick them to the curb. The problem with the latter is someone else will snatch that player up in a heartbeat and the youngman will have learned nothing. The other part of the equation is the young lady, so many of them today will get in the boys face daring them to act. Now as a 56 yr old married 37 years my generation was taught never hit a woman, walk away easier said than done. No matter what decision these coaches make someone is going to complain that they didn’t do enough or they did to much.

CaliDawg

February 16th, 2012
6:28 pm

The UGA program has domestic violence issues? Please report on all the other incidents other than Commings to refer to a program with domestic violence issues. Does the “program” really have issues? Or an incident?

Dawg48

February 16th, 2012
6:38 pm

When Tech beat UGA for the first time in like 8 years I sang. It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Monkey

February 16th, 2012
6:38 pm

Got to love an idiot making judgements on Nick Saban when Nick Saban keeps his and his players business private and deals with his and his players issues inhouse.

You guys crack me up about Saban running players off but NONE of you know WHY he runs a player off…maybe he not BEHAVING Properly or is breaking University rules.

You guys cannot have it both ways.

By the way, he did run off law breakers his first year at Alabama, he discovered a text book issue and suspended players indefinetly without waiting for the SEC or NCAA to make a ruling, and he sat players for not attending classes all in that first year. He got their attention and made them understand they are there to get an education and to play football.

Since those dark days he has won two BCS titles, graduated more players than anyone else but Vanderbilt and is more than capable of running his program.

GTBob

February 16th, 2012
6:40 pm

Is Georgia going too easy on Commings?

Yes they are. He should be kicked off the team like Clemson did with Joe Craig.

Cdpridg

February 16th, 2012
6:46 pm

Wrong again Bob….you dont know the facts…therefore your opinion is not a responsible judgement

Dawg48

February 16th, 2012
6:47 pm

Shut up Bob!

NCDawg

February 16th, 2012
6:47 pm

Anyone ever notice that there are usually more fans of other teams trolling around on UGA blog than there are actual UGA fans making comments? I think that they are wannabes… kind of like they say most homophobes are actually gay people that are raging against their own self loathing. These trolls are wishing they could be real bulldog fans.
I can’t imagine going to a rival’s website/blogs and mouthing off. It’s pretty juvenile.

Let the courts do their thing and we’ll see what happens. If the eyewitnesses are friends of the girl of course they are going to say he hit her. Hopefully it all gets straightened out in the courts.

GTBob

February 16th, 2012
6:52 pm

If the eyewitnesses are friends of the girl of course they are going to say he hit her.

Why would they say he hit her if he really didn’t? What do the witnesses have to gain by lying?

Italian_29

February 16th, 2012
6:56 pm

Bob, have you ever heard that we are “Innocent until proven guilty” as provided by our legal rights? Yeah you would like to kick someone, that hasn’t even gotten his day in court, off the team, because then your bugs may have a slightly better chance to make a ring with the UGA vs GT game on them.

Ghost

February 16th, 2012
6:56 pm

Smart on June 11th he was suspended indefinitely, On July 26th it was changed to 1 game.
http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/07/26/ga-techs-robert-hall-hit-with-one-game-suspension/

GTBob

February 16th, 2012
7:06 pm

Bob, have you ever heard that we are “Innocent until proven guilty” as provided by our legal rights?

In that case Mark Richt just performed a horrible act by suspending a man who hasn’t been proven guilty in a court of law. Is that correct?

Cdpridg

February 16th, 2012
7:07 pm

Bob and the number guy…51 something are residents here on UGA blogs….losers

intheknow

February 16th, 2012
7:18 pm

Monkey are you posting your BS on here again? You have got to be the most pompouS ass to ever post on here. You and your man love for Saban really show the true nature of you Bama fans.No matter the facts, you distort them so you can feel better about your coach. The fact that he consistantly looks the other way while some of his players break the law shows his true character and also shows the kind of person you are for defending him.You need to quit looking at yourself in the mirror and patting yourself on the back…..your not as great as you think you are. 90% of the people around you are laughing at you behind your back….Monkey…your name says it all! LOLLOLLOL

To Tell The Truth

February 16th, 2012
7:24 pm

Stop recruiting these guys from the HOOD and you won’t have these types of problems with your program! You ever notice that most of the time the only players that are getting in trouble are Black? What gives? Now, think about this before you begin to label me as a racist!

ugab

February 16th, 2012
7:27 pm

Commings has witnesses saying he did not hit the girlfriend. What do you do when a women jumps on you? Some women will woop a mans butt. I hope Commings did not lay a hand on her. It sound like it is not the 1st time this has happened with the couple.?????If you can’t get along, you need to be apart. I hope the is a lesson learned for the young man. He was bar hopping at the time. lol. The dawgs will need Commings this year. Hopefully there will be no more suspensions and no one gets hurt

boykin

February 16th, 2012
7:29 pm

GT: Read the University policy..nothing to do with the law.

ugab

February 16th, 2012
7:29 pm

Most of the recruits in any college are from the hood. Plus these are young men.

ugab

February 16th, 2012
7:31 pm

Win at all cost for Saban!!! He does have a NC/

A person SMART enough to know......

February 16th, 2012
7:31 pm

ghost and all charges were dropped as well. He pushed her in the bathroom and slammed the door so he could get out of the apartment.

boykin

February 16th, 2012
7:32 pm

Read your lasts texts…should be kicked off the team…etc…what a moron

Augusta Dawg

February 16th, 2012
7:39 pm

If Commings was found innocent at a trial, would he still be suspended for 2 games?

GTBob

February 16th, 2012
7:39 pm

Commings has witnesses saying he did not hit the girlfriend.

Yes, and 4 witnesses flagged down the cops right after the incident and said he struck her. Obviously somebody is lying.

A person SMART enough to know......

February 16th, 2012
7:44 pm

again on the witness….
Was it only Guys who said Commings did nothing?
Was it only Girls that said Commings did something?
Were the girls that said Commings did nothing girlfriends of other football players?
Are the people that said Commings did something afraid to be in Athens if their names get out?
Would other students and football players non-violently intimidate the witnesses?

Monkey

February 16th, 2012
7:51 pm

intheknow

February 16th, 2012
7:18 pm
Monkey are you posting your BS on here again? You have got to be the most pompouS ass to ever post on here. You and your man love for Saban really show the true nature of you Bama fans.No matter the facts, you distort them so you can feel better about your coach. The fact that he consistantly looks the other way while some of his players break the law shows his true character and also shows the kind of person you are for defending him.You need to quit looking at yourself in the mirror and patting yourself on the back…..your not as great as you think you are. 90% of the people around you are laughing at you behind your back….Monkey…your name says it all! LOLLOLLOL

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No reason to pat myself on the back. The damn ring I wear on my finger that says 1992 National Champions that I earned as a G.A. says enough. Not sure many of you have had that opportunity.

You just hate it because I post the truth, counter the biased Recruiting Blog written by Carvell with facts, ( by the way….3 websites around the south have posted his(Michael Carvell) picture as a HOMER recruiting blogger) that the AJC editors have allowed him to get away with posted partial truths, the fact that graduating, winning, and allowing your kids to leave the school with an opportunity to do well in life after football means something.

Any man( let alone an athlete) strikes a woman I have little patience for.

Got to love the word you UGA fans use….”TROLL”….but when a negative (often done on the Recruiting blog) artice is written about Saban and Alabama you guys are the first to run that major pie hole trap and make up all kind of crap that is just untrue.

If you guys posted legitimate arguments instead of made up facts you would be better off.

These are facts:

Alabama has won 3 RECOGNIZED National Championships since UGA’s last in 1980

Alabama has seen its graduation rates among football and basketball rise since Saban/Grant arrived while UGA has seen their numbers fall.

Alabama has more first round draft choices( or will have after this NFL draft) than UGA since Saban arrived.

Nick Saban is 3-2 against Richt

The truth hurts but facts make your argument.

bartender

February 16th, 2012
7:57 pm

Modawg worries about bama, he should worry about the dawgs sticky paws and the woman whuppers they have on campus…..

01HAWK

February 16th, 2012
8:02 pm

No story here AJC. Charges were dismissed. The young lady slapped UPSHAW. No discipline by SABAN was necessary.

AJC has it out for BAMA all the time. Go ahead, BAMA will win without you. Have a nice night AJC.

Both Upshaw and Kendall Gryzb were arrested after getting in a on-campus fight back in August. (She allegedly slapped him after seeing him talk to another woman and it escalated from there.) Earlier today, a judge agreed to drop the charges against both of them and expunge their records, provided they both complete anger management classes

LeftCoastDawg

February 16th, 2012
8:03 pm

@ 7576Dawg – TCU’s players were expelled immediately because they were deemed as drug dealers. So TCU’s policy is ZERO TOLERANCE, no going light on those players and rightfully so. I’m interested in seeing where those 4 players (3 starters) end up playing next.

GTBob

February 16th, 2012
8:05 pm

If Commings was found innocent at a trial, would he still be suspended for 2 games?

In all seriousness, if he is found not guilty then any suspensions should be dropped.

01HAWK

February 16th, 2012
8:06 pm

To Tell The Truth …………………………………….You probably could not win if you had only white players or all black players………………………….At least you could not win it all such as a BCS TITLE.

01HAWK

February 16th, 2012
8:13 pm

Rich will get RICHER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………………………ROLL TIDE ROLL

LaGrange, Georgia linebacker Reuben Foster is not only one of Alabama’s top recruits for the Class of 2013, he may also be one of their top recruiters. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive star is rated the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by 247Sports and surprised recruiting analysts by committed to the Crimson Tide back in July of 2011. Since then, Foster has been public about his efforts to help recruit other elite players to the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, including the one player in the nation ranked ahead of him by the recruiting services.

Fellow Georgia resident Robert Nkemdiche (pronounced kim-DEE-shee), a defensive lineman described by some analysts as a once-in-a-generation type player, is the unanimous choice by all four major recruiting services as the nation’s top prospect for the Class of 2013 and in recent weeks, Foster has told both ESPN and 247Sports that he is actively attempting to convince Nkemdiche to commit to the Crimson Tide.

“He was talking about Alabama like he wanted to commit right there. I was like ‘do it.’ I think he’s going to commit to Alabama.”

01HAWK

February 16th, 2012
8:15 pm

“I knew where I wanted to go,” Foster told ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf. “My family knew where I wanted to go. They love Alabama. I love Alabama. Plus, who wouldn’t want to get coached by Nick Saban and Kirby Smart? They’re NFL-style coaches.”

Alabama will host its second Junior Day event this weekend and while it’s not yet known whether Nkemdiche will attend the event, a number of the nation’s top junior prospects are scheduled to be in attendance. Alabama secured three commitments for the 2013 class at its last Junior Day event.

Ghost

February 16th, 2012
8:24 pm

Bob, I have read conflicting statements on what Commings did or didn’t do, but I think the suspension should stand for putting himself in that situation to begin with and not just walking away when it escalated.

A Father

February 16th, 2012
8:26 pm

Sanders Commings arrested for domestic violence as reported to police the night he reached around the four witnesses and hit the female. Now some are on here saying witnesses say he did not hit the female, are you kidding, Mark Richt has lost control of the football program.