Posted February 18, 2014

Georgia dismisses safety Josh Harvey-Clemons for violation of team rules

Georgia Bulldogs, Player Dismissals, Violations Of Team Rules
Josh Harvey-Clemons

Josh Harvey-Clemons had one interception and 66 tackles for Georgia in 2013. (Sam Greenwood/Getty)

Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons,, after having been suspended for the Gator Bowl and for a reported three games in 2014 for a violation of team rules, was dismissed from the team on Tuesday. The Bulldogs defense was messy in 2013, when Harvey-Clemons had 66 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, and one interception.

Georgia initially suspended Harvey-Clemons in January. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Since then, however, several persons familiar with the situation have told the AJC that Harvey-Clemons had in fact violated UGA’s marijuana-use policy for a second time and therefore had been issued a four-game suspension, as per the athletic association’s student-athlete disciplinary guidelines. Those guidelines call for the offending student-athlete to be suspended for “not less than 30 percent of the season” for a second offense of the marijuana-use policy. In football, that comes to four games, one of which Harvey-Clemons has already served.

It’s possible that new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt — who is replacing the departed Todd Grantham — saw fit to jettison Harvey-Clemons as a repeat offender while he continues to assess his personnel. The 6-foot-5 safety was a Rivals five-star recruit in 2012.

8 comments
jacksonatl
jacksonatl

I don't think Georgia is serious about fielding a championship football team any longer.  They have accepted mediocrity and as long as Richt is there, that is what they will have.  Of course there is always going to be an excuse...tough schedule, injuries, earthquake, tornado, bad cafeteria food, the flu, etc. etc.

nomobo
nomobo

When a Safety is the 3rd leading tackler on the team, well yeah, you could say the defense is somewhat "messy" -- a typical Mark Richt defense, actually.

stagger
stagger

@jacksonatl  There are many schools around the country that would love a little 126-45 "mediocrity". Maybe you guys can fire Richt and bring Ray Goff back. Then you'll truly understand mediocrity.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@nomobo  Considering that Richt is an offensive coach lol. And the UGA defensive was terrible last season, mainly because they lost 9 starters from the previous team. Wow, everything really does happen in a vacuum with you guys are your bias

nomobo
nomobo

Uh-huh, do an examination of who they beat and who beat them, and the record starts to look not so shiny. UGA almost never beats a higher-ranked I-A team, but gets upset by the likes of Kentucky and Vanderbilt. On the othe hand, maybe that's all UGA now wants: 8-4 record; 3rd place in the SEC East; and a chance to embarass itself in an unimportant bowl game. We are fully familiar with mediocrity, which is shameful considering the incredible resources made available to UGA football.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@stagger @jacksonatl  and Richt actually makes his players accountable, placing discipline above winning. I wish all schools should be so lucky, and I don;t even like UGA

nomobo
nomobo

So Richt has no say in UGA's lack of emphasis on defense? The reason why Richt looks clueless on the sideline is because he IS clueless.

stagger
stagger

@nomobo  I get all of that. And no NC's. Just saying, be careful what you wish for. I was a student at LSU from 90-94. In the late '80's Bill Arnsparger had the Tigers rolling along pretty good. But by '88 he was nudged into "retirement" because he just couldn't get them over the hump. That began a run of the worst stretch in the history of LSU football. Which I was, unfortunately, witness to.