UPDATED: Richt mum but suspensions still expected for Rambo, Ogletree

ATHENS — Georgia coach Mark Richt remained tight-lipped about the availability of safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree for Saturday’s season opener against Buffalo.

It has been reported since March that the two all-star defenders are suspended for the first four games following a second violation of the UGA athletic association’s marijuana-use policy. However, neither Richt nor any UGA officials have confirmed those reports to date.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs listed both players as starters in the depth chart for the first game, which was released before Tuesday’s weekly news conference. However, Richt retreated into evasive mode when asked what he expected to see from those players during Saturday’s game.

“I just think we’ll have to wait and see,” he said coyly. “Time will tell.”

Alan Ingram, Rambo’s head coach at Seminole County High in Donalsonville, said in no uncertain terms back in March that Rambo told him he was going to be suspended for the first four games of the season after he and other UGA players allegedly failed surprise drug tests shortly after spring break. Ingram said Rambo told him it was  his  second violation of UGA’s marijuana-use policy for student-athletes, which calls for a suspension of 30 percent of competition dates and said that Ogletree was in the same situation. In the case of football players, that means four games.

Reached by telephone on Tuesday at Seminole County High, Ingram said he has no reason to believe anything has changed.

“I’ve seen Bacarri on several occasions since then and we honestly haven’t spoken about it,” said Ingram, a high school coach for 41 years. “I suppose he’s just going on with everything and will see what happens. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know anything more than I do. Of course, they may have told him not to talk to me about it. I just don’t know.”

Ingram said it’s possible he could be left out of the loop. So far he has been the only person to speak on the record about the situation. He said Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo came down and met with him shortly after Rambo’s news broke in March.

“Mike came down here a few days later and we discussed it,” In gram said. They didn’t have a problem with [Ingram talking]. I certainly didn’t have a problem with it. I did what the kid asked me to do. I’ve been around long enough that there’s not much that can hurt me anyway.”

Neither player has been made available for interviews since that information came to light six months ago. There have been indications that the Bulldogs, at this point, are trying to use the uncertainty as a strategic advantage against their opponents.

Richt admitted that Georgia has modified its disciplinary policies, which previously included an announcement beforehand that a player was being suspended from play.

” I don’t know if there’s anything etched in stone, but we are handing it a little bit different this year,” Richt said. “I don’t know if I can even say why. But we are definitely handling it just a little bit different.”

Regardless of all the rhetoric, it’s clear that Georgia is expecting to have to shuffle its defensive lineup early in the season. The Bulldogs already know they’re going to be without Sanders Commings, who’s two-game suspension for a domestic violence arrest was announced in February. Starting outside linebacker Chase Vasser is also out two games due to a May arrest for DUI. Converted receiver Malcolm Mitchell was listed as the starter at Comming’s boundary cornerback position and Ramik Wilson is listed as the starter at Vasser’s Sam linebacker spot.

It’s anticipated that senior Christian Robinson will get the call at Ogletree’s Mo linebacker position. Former walkon Connor Norman is listed as Rambo’s  backup at free safety or the Bulldogs could move strong safety Shawn Williams to free and start Corey Moore at the strong safety. Clearly, the defense is expecting to make adjustments.

“These guys will be out for a while, but it won’t be a problem because whenever they come back we’ll be ready to play and we’ll have more depth,” said Robinson, who is listed as the backup for Ogletree at “Mo” inside linebacker. “They just tell everybody to be ready; you never know where you could be [playing]. I might be playing cornerback. Who knows?”

Ingram certainly isn’t expecting to see Rambo play early this season. But he said he believes the experience will ultimately be good for his former pupil.

“Bacarri’s a grown man now and he’s just going to take it,” Ingram said. “Whatever comes down is what’s going to happen. He wants to do some big things at Georgia, whether it’s seven or eight ballgames or 10 or 12, whatever. That’s the way he’s looking at it and that’s the way he sees it.”

214 comments Add your comment

laughing cow

August 28th, 2012
11:00 am

There’s a typo i think. ” [...] shortly after Rambo’s news broke in Marsk [.]” Is that supposed to say MARCH?

I apologize for making it a post, I usually email but I’m not on my personal computer to do such and this is easier.

PMC

August 28th, 2012
11:07 am

oh I don’t know. I don’t know why it’s information they really have to give us. Only Gamblers and other teams coaches really need to know that information.

yo mama

August 28th, 2012
11:09 am

spell check anyone?

Top Dawg

August 28th, 2012
11:12 am

@Chip Towers– Any updates on K Houston? How often is he tested? What a lame response by the NCAA by the way on the appeal. I hate it for him and his family.

Layinlow

August 28th, 2012
11:13 am

I can’t believe that ogletree has occurred a second failed drug test. I thought he was the real deal and this is very disappointing because he has a chance to be a real star. I guess one more strike and he is out and his nfl career would be in jeopardy. I can understand a kid making a mistake and failing one test but after that you have go to wake up and realize what is at stake.

Moobs Johnson

August 28th, 2012
11:13 am

4 games for magic brownies, what a nimrod. When will players realize that stupid decisions like this not only affects their current team but also their draft position.

uncle kirk

August 28th, 2012
11:13 am

Maybe if the head coach would have shut his mouth to begin with and not made it his business to blab to the press, there would be a better chance of a lesser suspension. Sure, nothing can hurt him….but it can sure hurt the player he is supposedly trying to help.

HBTD1

August 28th, 2012
11:16 am

Depth chart has been released both Rambo and Alec ogletree are starters.

McDawg

August 28th, 2012
11:19 am

Rambo “should” only be 2 and Ogletree 4-we are going to miss both these guys

chilidawg

August 28th, 2012
11:22 am

Speculation, speculation. Why not just wait until CMR makes a statement?

PTC DAWG

August 28th, 2012
11:23 am

I just with the penalties that UGA imposes were in line with our competition in the SEC.

I see no need to go overboard on this.

Dad Dawg

August 28th, 2012
11:23 am

I agree with you uncle kirk. Seems his HS coach wants a little publicity and to announce something like that is disrespectful to both Rambo and UGA. How would he like it if some Jr. High coach spoke out about some player he was now the coach of, and revealed something confidential at the time?

Carolina on yo minds!!!!

August 28th, 2012
11:27 am

It don’y matta….The Cocks will run all over dat @ss in the next few weeks no matter who’s suspended!!!!

Mr. Dawg

August 28th, 2012
11:33 am

I have to second uncle kirk’s comment. What good could possibly come from Ingram going public with this whether it is accurate or not? Perhaps if he’s wrong it would be a welcome relief for Bulldog fans and in the future people will take note of this. On the other hand, if his information is wrong you would think that Richt would be forthright in clarifying that. In any event, if Rambo and Ogletree have to sit out four games that will be significant. One thing players of their caliber should be reminded of is that while a suspension from games is one thing and it hurts the team, perhaps even more critical to them individually is what this might do to their NFL draft status. This could be very costly for them in that regard.

carolina is silly

August 28th, 2012
11:35 am

must be sad to have to post on UGA pages about a game that doesn’t take place until Oct. 6. Doesn’t Carolina play someone before then? I’d worry about that game first.

Mark Richt's Goatee

August 28th, 2012
11:41 am

Slow news day…..

D from Charleston, SC

August 28th, 2012
11:43 am

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Carolina on yo minds!!!!

August 28th, 2012
11:45 am

y’all gonna get a taste of what’s coming to ya during the game against Pansy Vandy! Except it’s gonna be far worse for y’all….Prediction…after y’all get beat 63-6 by the mighty Cocks…Saint Richt will be fired!!!!!!!!!

put me in coach

August 28th, 2012
11:46 am

If you know Alan Ingram then you know he loves to hear himself talk. As a head coach he should have kept his mouth shut but that would have been out of character for him.

UGA Insider

August 28th, 2012
11:53 am

I had someone ask me about possible coaching changes this year in the SEC and it got me thinking…The SEC East could be in store for a possible facelift as far as coaches.

Tenn is desperate for money and glory and I think Petrino is as good as hired already.
I think Franklin moves on from Vandy this season… maybe Auburn of Arkansas.
I see J Phillips in UK getting canned.
Muschamp could go either way. If he gets canned I could see Petrino being offered that job as well.
CMR and Spurrier are safe but will only coach about 2-3 more years..

It’s going to be a fun fall.

dean

August 28th, 2012
12:03 pm

TN fans are one thing, but there is nothing worse than a cocky cock fan.

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
12:04 pm

UGA Insider….To say that Tenn is despearate for money is a joke. Glory? Maybe, just like every other SEC school. However, Tenn has all the money it needs, trust me.

Factor

August 28th, 2012
12:06 pm

If those players played for AL, they would not be suspended. FACT.

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
12:06 pm

Factor…what’s your point?

NorthAugDawg

August 28th, 2012
12:11 pm

UGA Insider… you seem to always have some pretty terrible “inside” knowledge… Bon-Fires and Beers don’t count as inside knowledge.

Mighty Dawgs

August 28th, 2012
12:24 pm

Funny how Cock fans consider their team “mighty” after back-to-back career years. Go and actually win something of some significance before you spout off “mighty” talks. Winning the East once when Georgia, Florida and Tennessee are down doesn’t mean you are a good program. You were fortunate and any future reference to Carolina winning the East will be followed by this side note.

WDE

August 28th, 2012
12:27 pm

Can we just tee it up and play already !

NCAA is a joke

August 28th, 2012
12:28 pm

Enter your comments here

Skipping our way to the SEC CG

August 28th, 2012
12:28 pm

UGA fans say ‘ Slow News day…” ‘ Nothing New Here”…and ” wish others would impose penalties as we do”….and on and on……lets see….TM7 gone at LSU, Rogers gone at Tenn, Dyer gone at Auburn….and on and on….

Georgia fans are the whiners, make the most excuses, while playing the easiest schedule in the country at ANY BCS Conference with In Conference and Outer Conference games.

Whine some more….and when that OL cannot block anybody and Murray is running for his life all of you UGA fans will turn on each other and your coaching staff.

NCAA is a joke

August 28th, 2012
12:29 pm

Maybe they can transfer to LSU for a few games. LSU will let them, and they need the help.

Skipping our way to the SEC CG

August 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

Factor

August 28th, 2012
12:06 pm
If those players played for AL, they would not be suspended. FACT

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Prime example of someone who KNOWS Nothing about Any other school but thinks he does to make himself and his fellow Doggie fans feel better.

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
12:30 pm

Mighty Dawgs…I’m not an SC fan, but they did win 11 games last year (to UGA’s 10) with a much more difficult conference slate. I don’t see how what a team did 30 years ago makes any difference now. A lot of media folks are predicting SC to be the best team in the East this year, so it’s not just the one SC fan on this blog.

Top Row Dawg

August 28th, 2012
12:31 pm

Huh? UT lost $4 million this past year. Just saying,,,,,,,

can’t fill that big rusty iron outdated stadium with tiny cramped seats making an 80,000 seat stadium cramped with 100,000 obese screamers. But at least they have Women’s basketball for a few more years maybe.

Link

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/8308243/tennessee-volunteers-athletic-department-posts-398-million-deficit

Pitbull

August 28th, 2012
12:35 pm

Chip Towers is a girl.

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

Skipping…couldn’t agree more. It is a MYTH that UGA has tougher penalties than any other school. That MYTH was created and gained traction a few months ago when Commings, Ogletree, Rambo and others started failing drug test and getting into trouble….it was the SPIN that was fabricated to offset the bad news and to make themselves feel better.

The fact is that all schools kick players off the team and suspend players. Dooley is on the hottest of hot seats, and just kicked off one of his main offensive playmakers. UGA fans either need to be proud of the way CMR handles problem players, or long to be like other “thug” schools that they talk about all the time. However, they seem to want to split the difference…that is, they want to pound their chests, and at the same time whine about “disadvantages…”….I’m sure that’s what Muschamp said last year when Crowell played after having failed a drug test.

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
12:39 pm

Top Dawg….wow you show your ignorance. Mike Hamilton was one of the worst ADs ever…however, he was also the best fundraiser in history.

Big Rusty Outdated Iron Stadium? Again, you show your ignorance. UT just completed a 300 million renovation, with plans for 200 million. 4 million loss? Ok…but UT has 400 million in coffers…

Please do some research before you post.

WDE

August 28th, 2012
12:43 pm

Huh? Really are you just dense or is this just an act? One other school other than UGA suspends players for a first offense of the drug policy , can you name that school …newsflash its not Bama, UT, UF or Auburn…and as for whining…just line up and play us…you and Nancy skipping declare your schools and when we play lets talk….or will you just continue to whine about our schedule or our coaches etc….blah blah blah

drew

August 28th, 2012
12:43 pm

coach ingram needs to shut his mouth, period. He’s the main reason all this stuff leaked out. If the media and whoever inside the program would keep their mouth shut about stuff then we wouldn’t have as many suspensions. Do you honestly think an Alabama beat writer would leak information like that without having an ear full from Nick Saban. He is the kind of the cover-up. Everybody just needs to chill out and be quite and maybe this will all go away. Turn a blind eye and pretend it never happen. Athens PD needs to do the same when they pull one of our starters over. #TRUTH

tbia

August 28th, 2012
12:45 pm

huh?

MUCH more difficult? There was one game different. Yes, SC played Arkansas and Georgia played Ole MIss. Neither one played LSU or Alabama. ALL they had to do was beat a bad Auburn team.

Myth?

August 28th, 2012
12:46 pm

Outside of UK, name an SEC school that imposes game suspensions on the first failed drug test?

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
12:47 pm

WDE…yeah, it’s Kentucky. However, other schools have a 3 strikes and your out policy. I’m not saying every school in the SEC handles drug issues the same way. Some do it better than others.

The point is this…nothing in college football is fair and perfectly even. Atheletic budgets, facilities, academic admission leves, coach salaries, etc…it’s all different. So to go on and on about a drug policy is ridiculous. Richt hasn’t even announced Rambo and Ogletree’s suspensions (and it’s rumored that they might not get suspended at all).

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
12:50 pm

tbia…if UGA had played Arkansas and SC played Ole Miss, then UGA would have been watching the SEC CG from home.

Skipping our way to the SEC CG

August 28th, 2012
12:54 pm

Huh!

Having lived in Georgia all my life, with relatives at UGA, GT, Auburn, Alabama, FSU, and Florida ..I have been fortunate enough in my life that for the last 30 plus years to have the opportunity to be up close with practically every major football program in the south. I have seen the good, the bad and the indifferent. However I can say without a doubt that UGA fans on game day are the worse from a professional standpoint. As a whole the sidewalk fans( many many UGA folks are classy and fun to be around) are drunken fools post game who do not handle winning or losing very well.

UGA fans have had a great run with Richt, however the multitude of problems in recent years has far outweighed, outpublicized, and overrun a program that should be in the top 10 with all the talent in the state.

Too Many UGA fans are just delusional to see the truth.

Top Row Dawg

August 28th, 2012
12:54 pm

12 inch seats and an iron foundation. I’ve been to that stadium since 1968 so don’t lay no Boogee Woogee on the king of rock and roll. Until they just demolish that crappiest of all SEC stadiums and come back with concrete and steel, with 18 inch seats, all the renovation won’t do a thing. As Sarah Palin said “lip stick on a pig”.

Plus a link to back up my statement that UT lost money last year, which is just ridiculous considering the history and prestige it use to have. 4th place in the east, with a loss to UK even after 25 years. At least post about a relevant programs and don’t clog the UGA blog with UT apologist post.

Skipping our way to the SEC CG

August 28th, 2012
12:55 pm

drew

August 28th, 2012
12:43 pm
coach ingram needs to shut his mouth, period. He’s the main reason all this stuff leaked out. If the media and whoever inside the program would keep their mouth shut about stuff then we wouldn’t have as many suspensions. Do you honestly think an Alabama beat writer would leak information like that without having an ear full from Nick Saban. He is the kind of the cover-up. Everybody just needs to chill out and be quite and maybe this will all go away. Turn a blind eye and pretend it never happen. Athens PD needs to do the same when they pull one of our starters over. #TRUTH

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This Clown wants a coach to lie and the Police to NOT do their job….yeah thats the ticket!

Skipping our way to the SEC CG

August 28th, 2012
12:58 pm

You are Playing BUFFALO BULLS, not the BUFFALO BILLS. UGA could line up their scout team and win by 10….STOP Whining about suspensions, and let your players learn their lesson or move on.

Greg

August 28th, 2012
1:01 pm

You whining cock lovers just continue to embarrass yourselves on this scheduling issue. Act like you’ve been there before and won something, even though you never have and never will.

One SEC championship game appearance in your history with a 5-3 conference record yet you complain when UGA makes it with a 7-1 record. Like someone said before, don’t lose at home to a crappy AU team that we stomped and you wouldn’t have any reason to whine all offseason.

dale

August 28th, 2012
1:01 pm

uncle kirk @ 11:13am sums it up

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

Top Row….a link to back up your statement that UT lost money last year? God man, put down the PBR and do some REAL research…so you just rely on ESPN to get all your “facts”?

I live in the state of TN, and it’s all a matter of public record if you really wanted to take a look (which you don’t). On paper, UT spent more money that it took in last year…ok….but a $4 million dollar “loss” considering how much money is pledged is less than a drop in the bucket. Come on man, don’t spout stuff out there without knowing what you are talking about.

Huh?

August 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

Greg…two years in a row UGA has had the weakest conference schedule that anybody can remember. So don’t be so sensitive when someone points it out….and get used to it, because ESPN and everybody else is going to talk about it all year.