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.