In this case, a crackdown.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said the two-game suspension he issued starting tailback Caleb King for Monday’s traffic-related arrest represented stricter guidelines in punishing off-the-field incidents for Bulldogs players.
… Richt has stopped short of saying there is a “zero tolerance” policy now in place. But considering Baker’s dismissal, players are now saying they’ve noticed a change in Richt’s handling of these matters as the arrests have compiled.
“Everybody knows at this point in time, if you get in trouble, you’re going to get a pretty good lashing,” said wide receiver Tavarres King, who was suspended for the first game of the 2010 season for an alcohol-related arrest this summer.
“There’s been a change in Coach Richt, not necessarily in a bad way,” defensive end Abry Jones said. “But you can tell how much he cares about us. He sees he has a certain responsibility for us. And this change getting stricter, taking away a little bit some stuff we could usually do, I wouldn’t say that’s a bad thing, because we know we didn’t do the right thing in the first place. He stepped up and did his duty as a coach to control the team and keep everybody on a correct path.”
Jones said Richt is now taking the step of revoking privileges for players to be able to go out to the downtown district in Athens.
“He’s taken those away,” Jones said. “That’s pretty much it so far. But he’s been more strict about how we act and things like that.”
Five’ll get you ten that three years from now I’ll have commenters complaining that the stricter rules are impeding recruiting.