Richt, Grantham intentionally vague on status of suspended players

ATHENS – At this point, Georgia’s Mark Richt is starting to sound a bit like a broken record. The Bulldogs’ coach keeps getting asked about the availability of  defensive stars Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo, and he keeps refusing to say.

Asked Tuesday if their presence atop the depth chart at their respective positions meant they might play against Missouri on Saturday, Richt said with a wide grin, “I would say I’ll let y’all know when the time comes.”

Both players missed this past Saturday’s opener against Buffalo. Afterward, Richt admitted for the first time they were out due to disciplinary suspensions. He wouldn’t say for how long, however.

Rambo’s high school coach, Alan Ingram of Seminole County High School, said back in March that Rambo and Ogletree had each flunked UGA-issued drug tests and were suspended for the first four games per the athletic association’s marijuana-use policy. Neither Richt nor anyone from Georgia has ever confirmed that report.

Richt was asked Tuesday if he was simply looking for a competitive advantage.

“I don’t know,” Richt said. “I would just as soon not give them all of our business. If there is some uncertainty at all then just like any kind of personnel on either side of the ball, if we weren’t sure about if this guy were playing or that guy is playing it’s just one more thing game day that you have to make certain that your players understand who’s in the game. It could be helpful.”

In the past, Georgia has announced its suspensions ahead of time and still does so in the case of player arrests. Cornerback Sanders Commings (domestic battery) and linebacker Chase Vasser (DUI) were each suspended two games because they broke the law. But Richt was forthcoming only after knowledge of their arrest became public.

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is glad the Bulldogs are being deceptive about the players’ availability.

“Here’s what I think: I don’t know why you’d tell anybody because it’s not illegal,” said Grantham, who spent 11 years as an NFL coach before joining the Bulldogs in 2010. “Unless everybody is going to disclose all their information, why would talk about your team in that regard? To me you don’t talk about things like that.”

In the NFL injuries and suspensions had to be disclosed by a certain date each week. There is no such rule in the SEC or in college football.

“If everybody’s not going to talk about it and be on the same page, then I don’t think we should say anything, in my opinion, injuries or anything,” Grantham said. “Until it’s a league rule and you have to say something, until everybody plays on the same page, you do the least that you can.”

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said the uncertainty is not complicating his team’s preparations.

“You prepare for the scheme,” Pinkel said. “Obviously I don’t know if they are going to be back or not. We can’t worry about that, we have to enough things to be concerned about that we have control over. If they play, they play. I don’t know what else to tell you.”

Here’s Richt on a few other things from Tuesday’s weekly news conference:

On whether cornerback Malcolm Mitchell (sprained ankle) will play . . .

“We’re not sure. . . . We’re hoping; we’re hoping. He did not practice [Monday].”

On whether freshman Todd Gurley would start at tailback this week . . .

“We usually don’t decide until Thursday how we’re going to decide who starts. We’ll have a guess-timate by about Thursday after practice, but I would think you’ll see more of the same as far as the guys who got carries. You’ll probably see the same guys getting carries, but it’s just a matter of how many.”

On importance of Saturday’s game . . .

“We don’t want to start out behind. You never want to start out behind the eight ball and getting into a chase mode right off the bat. I don’t think anyone wants to be sitting there at the first game in league play relying on people to help us get to the SEC Championship game. It’s huge. All SEC games do count so much, and the first one especially is big. If you win it, it hopefully creates momentum for you and gives you a chance to continue to control your own destiny in the race to Atlanta. I’m sure everybody is thinking the same way.”

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143 comments Add your comment

Nacoochee

September 4th, 2012
9:19 pm

Go Dawgs! Show how to kick butt “old man” style!

Maconbulldog

September 4th, 2012
9:19 pm

NCDawgfan

September 4th, 2012
9:25 pm

I need to fix my flux capacitor to I can fast forward to Saturday!!!

Agridawg

September 4th, 2012
9:31 pm

GO DAWGS, dazzle them with Bowden Ball

AFDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:44 pm

I know the rule says a player must sit out for 30% of the games for a 2nd offense — but do they have to be consecutive? If not, CMR should be selective as to which games they sit out. He needs to only punish those two players and not impact the entire team.

sandiegodawg

September 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

good suggestion AFDawg- I am not recommending kids smoke weed but it is less harmful than getting drunk- and throwing beer bottles at your neighbors’ cars. Irritated TN fans start commencing in 3,2,1…

ChattaDawg

September 4th, 2012
9:47 pm

@NCDawgfan Spot on! BTW the Tech trolls sure are quiet today.

DAWGnFL

September 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Even after following these “DAWGS” for more than sixty years, I still get excited when they play! It is “GREAT to be a DAWG!!!” Man, I would like to see all those DAWGS ready to play, now that would be the treat of the week end, maybe the month!

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Get with thre program

September 4th, 2012
9:49 pm

Unitl a uniform discipline polciy exists for ALL schools, I say Richt should do whatever it takes to win. Other schools have been using selective suspensions. Time for UGA to join the crowd.

Paul in NH

September 4th, 2012
9:52 pm

Richt was asked Tuesday if he was simply looking for a competitive advantage.

“I don’t know,” Richt said

Of course he is not making announcements about suspensions for competitive purposes – duh

Huh?

September 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

Suspending playes for selective games? What a joke. If it was any other team getting ready to play UGA that did that, you guys would be jumping up and down about it.

kingdaddy

September 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

It doesn’t matter what Coach Richt does, the haters will criticize him either way. I say let them play and let’s win the game…

Huh?

September 4th, 2012
10:03 pm

Of course kingdaddy…because winning is all you care about.

What about doing it the UGA way? What about all the bragging UGA fans have done about how UGA is tough on players? You ready to throw all of that in the trash to win a football game?

I think Richt should stick to his principles…if not, then UGA is no better than all the other teams you guys crucify.

Dawglasville

September 4th, 2012
10:15 pm

Line up the eleven we have and get after it. I understand the coaches not talking about it but I think that most of us are sick of hearing about it. I believe it is going to be a shoot out. Like the Joe Cox game in Arkansas. Hopefully the “Old Men” will come out on top.

kingdaddy

September 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

Huh
What is it about sarcasm you don’t get? All of you outsiders come to the UGA blogs to criticize anything and everything. No matter what Richt does, a troll will hate on him. That’s why we really don’t care what you guys think. Tell me this Huh, what is LSUs drug policy? Don’t worry about UGAs ok. Until the rules are all uniform, worry about the Tigers. Do you really care or do you just want to nag us about everything??? That’s what I thought…

Haka-Dawg

September 4th, 2012
10:25 pm

If Tree and Rambo makes the trip to Columbia, they’ll sit out the 1st half and play the 2nd… it’s an old school wishful thinking.

Kau Ringa Pakia! BLEH!

OkieDawg

September 4th, 2012
10:26 pm

CMR needs to show more emotion than “coy”. Someone needs to remind him that McGarity changed his contract relative to the “buy-out clause”. Another season of past nightmares like the U. of Colorado, UFC and Mich.State will not be tolerated. AND seems like Jon Gruden is positioning for the job…he loves Ga. football!

Paul in NH

September 4th, 2012
10:31 pm

CMR appears to be a principled and honorable coach – no way he plays people for Mizzou and then keeps them out of another game as a make up.

Nub

September 4th, 2012
10:32 pm

Rather odd that you rarely EVER hear of any suspensions etc at Bama… We know who runs that state ….

William

September 4th, 2012
10:35 pm

This is stupid. They are out for four games. Missouri, Fla. Atl., and Vanderbilt. End of story. No way around it.

GA Sandlapper

September 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

Huh?

September 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

kingdaddy…well that’s a first. I’ve never been accused of being an LSU supporter.

Actually, I think Mark Richt is awesome. That’s why I said he needs to stick to his principles. I would hate to see him lose them to try to win one ballgame.

There will never be a uniform drug policy. Do I think there should be? Yes. However, NOTHING is uniform in college football. From facilities, to coach’s salaries, recruiting budgets, academic entrance standards, seating capacities, etc….it’s all different. So why would the drug policy be any different? The NCAA will stay out of the way trust me.

ole dawg

September 4th, 2012
10:43 pm

No OkieDawg… Gruden loves the way CMR runs his offense and prepares his players for the NFL. Don’t think he is positioning for the job when he is endorsing CMR’s offense. You went a long way for that one.

Columbus

September 4th, 2012
10:49 pm

Richt gonna show Sheldon how to play MAN football. Not punk little BOY football. Sheldon, the JC transfer, played ONE game against a nobody and running his mouth…how good was his offense last year overall? How many wins and losses against INFERIOR defenses compared to what he will be facing this year, particularly Sat night? Yeah, what this MANS offense from the sidelines. The spread is nothing new BOY. We faced BETTER spreads than the one you will bring to the field Sat! We played against Tebow for 4 years. We whip em in BOWL GAMES….

You run that spread Sheldon, you NOBODY and turn the ball over and we will grind out the clock with the 4 horseman, balanced passing game of long, medium and short range, ball control, keep the defense well rested and in that lower humidity. The ONLY chance Missouri has is to NOT turn the ball over. What did they do last year against a good defense? You say we play old man football?! We won the Eastern division in the SEC 4 times snce 2000 and 2 SEC Championships with this offense and SHOULD ahve won the National Championship in 2007. Wait until we got an OL together for a couple years….Sheldon you will wish you NEVER saw the SEC. THIS IS MANS FOOTBALL BOY.

NOT I GOTTA HAVE A GIMMICKY OFFENSE BECAUSE OUR DEFENSE SUCKS AND WE HAVE NO CHANCE OTHERWISE OFFENSE!

YOU BETTER BRING SOME DEFENSE TO THE TABLE IN THE SEC…OR YOU WILL NOT BEAT ANYBODY EXCEPT MAYBE KENTUCKY OR MISSISSIPPI, NO MATTER HOW GOOD OF AN OFFENSE YOU HAVE. BOY

OkieDawg

September 4th, 2012
10:53 pm

@ole dawg…I bow to your wisdom. You are more than likely correct. Just destroy my dreams and hopes, why don’t you!! I have no reason to live, THANKS OLE DAWG :(

No hope…No change…OMG!

Columbus

September 4th, 2012
11:03 pm

Soon as we have an OL together for awhile UGA will be right there with LSU and Bama. Havent had one with any experience together since 2007 when we demolished Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl and didnt get the chance that bama got last year. Soon as we do though….Bama and LSU D-lines and the rest of their defense will have to deal with an offense that is better than both of theirs…AND THAT IS A FACT. THINK ABOUT THAT RICHT HATERS. GET AN OL PLAYING TOGETHER AND STAYING TOGETHER FOR 4 YEARS AND THAT IS WHAT HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE STAFFORD WAS A SOPHOMORE….EVEN STAFFORDS LAST YEAR WE HAD MOSTLY FRESHMAN THAT PLAYED OVER WAY THEIR HEADS….GOT TO HAVE A LINE. LOOK AT WHAT BAMA DID WITH THEIRS SAT NIGHT…GIVE RICHT A BREAK BECAUSE UGA WILL HAVE A MUCH BETTER OFFENSE THAN LSU OR BAMA WHEN WE HAVE AN O-LINE THAT IS AS GOOD AS THEIRS AND WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO MAKING THAT HAPPEN…

LOL that BOY said ALL SEC offenses are old mans offenses….Yeah and his offense is for teams that can win when playing football LIKE A MAN PLAYS IT! WHAT A LOSER AND WHAT A RUDE AWAKENING COMING FOR HIM SAT NIGHT! DEFENSE. DEFENSE. THE TEAM WITH THE BETTER DEFENSE WINS. ASK MISSOURI WHO HAD THE BETTER DEFENSE LAST YEAR WHEN THEY LOST ALL THOSE GAMES…..ASK WHO HAD THE LEAST TURNOVERS? UGA WINS 46-33. EVEN WITH HALF OF UGA DEFENSIVE STARTERS MISSING, INCLUDING 2 ALL-AMERICANS IN RAMBO AND OGLETREE AND YES OGLETREE IS AN ALL-AMERICAN WITHOUT A DOUBT….IS IT SATURDAY YET?! SCHOOL WILL BE IN FOR THAT JC TRANSFER WHO WILL REALIZE THAT HE IS STILL AN IGNORANT, ALL MOUTH, KNOW-NOTHING, WHO WILL DREAM TO BE A MAN WHEN HIS LESSON IS OVER SAT NIGHT….

DEFENSE WINS. UGA HAS THE BETTER DEFENSE EVEN WITH IT MISSING HALF ITS STARTERS….

Huh?

September 4th, 2012
11:14 pm

Columbus…if you are going to re-post, let us know at the beginning. Your novels get old.

And Bama from last year and UGA from 2007 have nothing in common….except that neither one the SEC Championship.

drbasic1

September 4th, 2012
11:21 pm

Columbus…….dam* son, I am a die hard fan also, but lighten up a little geez.

CDAWG

September 4th, 2012
11:28 pm

I say play Ogletree and Rambo; if we don’t we are going to have a really hard time winning and then there will be a lot of pissed off fans and boosters. I am tired of all these suspensions when the other teams don’t do the same. I believe in discipline but we have to remember these boys aren’t doing anything the rest of us didn’t do at their age.

G- man

September 4th, 2012
11:32 pm

Richt is just like Dooley, “”"”" They Will Play !!!!!!!!

Really?

September 4th, 2012
11:40 pm

You know they’re going to play…. This game counts whereas Buffalo….. not so much. ;)

Hairy Dawg

September 4th, 2012
11:40 pm

Somebody needing to tell the pointy heads and goody two shoes to stick where there no sun shining. Rambo and Ogleree is here to play football not be some choir boy. We got a game to win in SEC opener. Just cause Mizzou stinks is no reason not to plays our best players. We need to put the hurting on Tigers on Sat to show them what real SEC football is all abouts. Plus it helps to move up in polls with big road win spanking Mizzou to teach them the lessons.

And that’s why we got to stop listening to namby pamby wimps and pointy heads that tries to punish for having little partying fun. We can have interchangable players to rest Rambo and Ogletree but best mens got to start game and play till we get big lead that makes Mizzou panic and lose. Then well be set to move up in BCS ratings.

Huh?

September 5th, 2012
12:02 am

CDawg…I did the same thing in college…but I wasn’t on a football scholarship. When the boys sign up, they know the rules.

Rambo should sit 4 games (2nd run in with the drug policy) and Ogletree 2-4 games (theft last year and failed drug test this year).

Fair n Balanced

September 5th, 2012
12:09 am

My guess is that suspended players have had their butts run off in practice in extra discipline and that they play Saturday. We sure need them. Last week was a poor showing by the defense. The OL is still a question but we should have our way with MO. But we could fall behind and lose without the suspended players. We obviously need them.

Huh?

September 5th, 2012
12:13 am

Fair n Balanced….the rule says 30% of the games…not 1 game and “‘butts run off in practice.” Whether you need them or not, they need to sit.

realitycheck

September 5th, 2012
12:17 am

kingdaddy………There will never be a uniform drug policy like you are suggesting. Don’t for a second think that other schools are going to cut their own heads off like UGA does. College kids are going to do what college kids are going to do………….and smoking weed is no big deal in today’s society. UGA has chosen to cut their own head off, but don’t count on others to make that same choice!

Huh?

September 5th, 2012
12:20 am

Reality…whether you think that smoking weed is no big deal or not matters not….it’s still illegal.

The players no the rules…if they break them, they need to sit. Also, don’t fool yourself into thinking that UGA is the only school that disciplines players. UGA has had a lot of players in trouble, so it’s a more sensitive issue. However, other schools do it as well.

fan

September 5th, 2012
12:25 am

whatever Georgia does, so what…it’s certainly not the sports writers business.

Huh?

September 5th, 2012
12:26 am

fan…it’s not the business of sports writers to write about the goings on of a football team? I don’t know what planet you live on, but in the real world it is EXACTLY what sports writers do.

Paddy

September 5th, 2012
1:37 am

fan…….you say it is none of the beat writers business to know what goes on with the team? Pal, you may never advance to the lighting round with that brain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

doggone

September 5th, 2012
3:19 am

Lets go old men, keep the pressure on, it’s hard to pass accurately when your on your butt. Show these guys some real smash mouth SEC football so they will know right off what they have gotten themselves into. They say that an average of 3500 fans show up from the opponents school for their home games wonder what the will think when 20,000 dawgs come rolling into town?

7576DAWG

September 5th, 2012
3:40 am

Georgia only got 6000 tickets.

Destin Dawg

September 5th, 2012
5:55 am

10 % = 1 1/2 games means the can play 2nd half vs. Missouri !!!

Destin Dawg

September 5th, 2012
5:58 am

Dwag One…. Richt is more ethical than others, Saban, Spurrier, etc. you are a lowlife scumbag for sure !!!

65dawg

September 5th, 2012
6:35 am

Where’s the story? He’s not going to answer, so quit asking! Instead why don’t you do a story on Chris Connelly and his appointment to the special NCAA committe, which is a distinct honor!!!! All you media types want to do is dwell on the negative, instead of writing about the many positive things that exist on this team!!!!!!!!

Jimmy Crack

September 5th, 2012
6:58 am

I agree with Richt and Grantham. Why tell the soul-less meddling press ANYTHING? All the interviewers want is a story for their collection to further advance the profits of their corporate news agency as well as their own selfish careers.

The media does the Devil’s work and always has.

bulldog62

September 5th, 2012
7:01 am

The only reason the NFL gives the details that they do is to support Vegas and other betting outlets in that this information impacts the line. Betting increases viewership and the NFL has known this for years dating back to the days when Jimmy The Greek used to be a mainstay on one of the networks pre game programs. That is until that “off the record” conversation with Connie Chung.

Chip it is clear that you are getting perturbed with the lack of information the CMR is providing but think you need to take this frustration to the AD. This change in policy is designed to help UGA, not Vegas or give the media additional fodder to write about. Wright about what is happening on the field or here is an idea, go do some investigating reporting to find out the details that are so important to you as opposed to expecting ever detail be tossed to you like a doggie treat.

Go Dawgs!

tony

September 5th, 2012
7:04 am

Destin Dawg

September 5th, 2012
5:58 am

Dwag One…. Richt is more ethical than others, Saban, Spurrier, etc. you are a lowlife scumbag for sure !!!
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If this is true, why does the university of ga allow our young men to play in a unethical league(SEC)?

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September 5th, 2012
7:07 am

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