Your daily dose of sanctimony from Mark Bradley:
… Still, Richt needs to grasp that current events have swung public perception against his brand of gentle prodding. It would be a shame if Georgia’s first national championship since 1980 gets lumped with Florida State’s 1993 triumph (remember the Foot Locker raid?) and Nebraska’s 1995 crown (remember Lawrence Phillips?) as tarnished titles. This is too sound a program, and Richt too good a man, for that to happen.
Richt said he has “already read [his players] the riot act” and is considering rendering downtown Athens off-limits. But will that be enough to halt the run of late-night distress calls to this increasingly frustrated coach?
Look, I’m certainly not defending what occurred, but most of what’s happened in the offseason has been alcohol related. The truly serious offense – Michael Lemon’s assault – has been dealt with by outright dismissal from the team and the school. Surely that’s as firm a punishment as could be doled out to the player. As for the rest of the misbehavior, Bradley seems to indicate that Richt isn’t being tough enough with his choice of suspensions and internal discipline.
So, I’m just curious what Bradley would suggest as a new, improved course of action for a kid caught in public with a beer in his hand, or too many in his system. Public stocks? Tasering the little darlings any time they don’t follow the law? Caning? Because if he’s got something that would seriously reduce underage drinking, he’s wasting his talents as a newspaper hack.