Ogletree, Rambo sit one more game as Dogs-Vandy prepare to kickoff

ATHENS — Rumors, perpetuated by chatter on a fan site, ran rampant Saturday that Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo would be available to play in tonight’s game. Their logic was that the UGA Student-Athlete conduct code calls for a suspension of 30 percent of competition dates for a second violation of the school’s drug policy. Simple mathematics reveals that to be 3.6 games for a 12-game football season, such as the Bulldogs have. So, it was reasoned, they should be able to come in the second half of Saturday’s game, or 36 minutes in.

However, a closer look at the new  student-athlete handbook uncovers a clause that stipulates that the number of games be rounded up or down “to the nearest whole number.” For your edification, here’s how the whole clause reads, which may clear up some other misconceptions:

If suspension is determined for the student-athlete by the Director of Athletics and Head Sport Coach, the suspension must be served immediately and in successive competitions. The suspension is for sanctioned athletic contests (e.g. scrimmages, summer athletic tours, etc. shall not be counted as game suspensions). The suspension percentage number calculated will be rounded to the nearest whole number. A suspension cannot be served concurrently with an injury or illness. If the suspension occurs during the season and the length of the remaining season, which includes post-season competition, is not sufficient to carry out the entire suspension, the remainder of the suspension will carry over until the next sport regular season. Student-athletes under competition suspension shall not dress in uniform during their suspension. Any exceptions related to dressing for competition will be determined by the Athletic Director in consultation with the Head Coach. Under no circumstances will confidential information regarding a student-athlete be publicly disclosed.

Thus, we have what we thought we had, a four-game suspension for the two star defenders Ogletree and Rambo and apparently also for Alexander Ogletree. Alec’s twin brother, a fullback who goes by the nickname “Zander,” also has not played in the first three games. However, he has dressed out for each game. But a tweet by Zander this week seems to indicate that all three players will be coming off of suspension after Saturday night’s game. Wrote someone on Zander’s Twitter account: “All I got to say when next Monday come Me, @B_easy_uga9 [Alec] and @brambo18 [Rambo] are on a mission! #realtalk.”

For the fourth straight week, Ogletree and Rambo were not dressed out at Sanford Stadium before Saturday’s kickoff against Vanderbilt. For the fourth straight week, Zander Ogletree was. But don’t expect Zander to play.

18 comments Add your comment

dawggirl

September 22nd, 2012
7:03 pm

This is nothing different than what we already knew. We’ve known they wouldn’t be playing until next week.

Jay

September 22nd, 2012
7:09 pm

WDE

September 22nd, 2012
7:13 pm

Well if they can’t fo so be it….but lets not take anything for granted Vandy had nothing to lose and everything to gain we have to play hard and fast mistake free football for 4 quarters tonight..Go Dogs !

Frank Lane

September 22nd, 2012
7:32 pm

The Zander thing makes no sense.

poopdawg

September 22nd, 2012
7:44 pm

Frank , Zander jaywalked once and thought about it another time . Equals 4 game suspension. Your right it makes no sense.

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Pj

September 22nd, 2012
10:39 pm

This is what we already knew – dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb

Sunbury Ga dawg

September 22nd, 2012
11:53 pm

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bucket

September 23rd, 2012
12:34 am

So I guess all the UGA haters will apologize for saying UGA is not serious about discipline. I personally wish that UGA would change the policy until the entire conference chooses to play by the same rules, but you have to admire the Dawgs coaches and administration for sticking to their guns even though it caused them to be without 2 of their best players. As it played out they won all four games, but they could have been used against Missouri and even Vegas didn’t see what was going to happen tonight.

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