A funny thing happened on the way to the stadium…

Another South Carolina player bids to become a member of the Stephen Garcia support group.

… USC defensive back DeVonte Holloman was arrested  Saturday and charged with DUI. The report said Holloman was arrested at a sobriety check-point on George Rogers Boulevard, which runs directly in front of Williams-Brice Stadium.

Holloman is a returning starter at safety.  Care to predict the odds that he’ll be on the field in Athens?

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18 responses to “A funny thing happened on the way to the stadium…

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Why yes, I’d be happy predict the odds he’ll be on the field in Athens: barring debilitating injury, it’s a certainly. As punishment, if Georgia kicks off he’ll sit out South Carolina’s first offensive series.

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  2. TennesseeDawg

    There goes some of your practice time, Devonte! Hope you’ve learned your lesson!

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  3. zdub

    100% chance he plays in Athens. I would be willing to wager that somehow the charges get dropped considering that, according to USCe fans, this is Holloman’s first offense.

    Things for USCe are getting eerily similar to what UGA went through last few pre-seasons. Important guys keep getting arrested but the coach does not come down hard enough on them (I know there are a few discrepancies, i.e. Z. Mett, but bear with me). If Spurrier feels like he needs Holloman, just like Richt felt he needed Ealey after the hit-and-run, he will give him a little 1-game suspension against the nothing team then bring him back for the big game in week 2.

    In Spurrier’s mind Garcia has gotten 5 or 6 chances so why shouldn’t Holloman?

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  4. CDB

    You can’t tell me that selling a jersey for $1000 is 4 times as bad as a DUI. I predict a one game suspension though. What a joke.

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  5. gatriguy

    Spurrier would sell his soul to beat UGA. Everything he does can be justified as means to an end.

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  6. Macallanlover

    Looks like a maximum one game suspension, could even be less given what passes for SC discipline. Shameful, I am embarrassed for SOS and the Cock fans. They need an intervention.

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  7. Stoopnagle

    At UGA, that’s AUTOMATICALLY 10% of the season. He would miss at least 1 game and a quarter. If memory is right, we’d round up for two games because we’re always on the lookout for a competitive disadvantage.

    Sometimes I wonder why we don’t just join the ACC and get it over with.

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  8. Spike

    One chance down. Five more to go.

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  9. Mayor of Dawgtown

    One of the USCe players who reeks (of alcohol) while wreaking havoc.

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  10. Cojones

    You mean “while being wreaked”.

    President Lincoln quote parody,” Find out what all the other QBs are drinking and send some to Garcia”.

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  11. Didn’t Clint Boling get a DUI in offseason 2008 and make it back in time for USC?

    Let he who is sinless cast the first stone.

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    • That’s because the charge was dropped. If the same thing happens in this case, no harm, no complaints.

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      • I don’t mean to be cynical, but I think we all know what “charges dropped” typically means in a DUI case. Didn’t Boling refuse the breathalyzer? I have a hard time believing he wasn’t intoxicated based on the facts.

        Holloman blew a .08. If Columbia is still like it was when I was in school there, the charges will be dropped to reckless driving with a BAC that low. Which is what would happen in most other jurisdictions, as well, I should add.

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        • Feel free to be cynical, but at a school where players get arrested for failing to disclose their middle names, I’m not sure what “typically” means.

          And, again, if the charges against Holloman are reduced, so be it. Keep in mind though, that those reduced charges still involve alcohol. At Georgia that’s an automatic suspension for 10% of the season, which Richt has always enforced as a two-game suspension. We’ll see what happens in Columbia.

          And if you think this is just about automatic penalties, Richt sat a bunch of players for a season opener on the road at Clemson because they sold rings. At the time, that wasn’t an NCAA violation. You really think Spurrier would do something similar if the same facts presented themselves?

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          • If a reduced charge for Holloman is an offense involving alcohol, I believe Boling’s was, too. Regardless of whether the charges were dropped, common sense says that refusing a breathalyzer is evidence of consciousness of guilt. If Richt had been following his rules to a T, he would have suspended Boling for two games instead of one.

            I should note, by the way, that I don’t mean to call out Richt on this one. I think Richt is a standup guy and an ethical beacon in the conference, as I think I’ve said many times in my conversations with you guys. However, I think there’s oftentimes a lot of gray area in these cases, and both Richt and Spurrier have exercised their judgment many times in letting players off relatively easy when they believed the circumstances warranted it. Is it always right? No. I’m inclined to believe that Spurrier let Garcia off way too easy. I’m also inclined to believe that Richt let Boling and Washuan Ealey off easy. And before you say Ealey’s offense didn’t involve alcohol, please remember that DUI laws are intended to keep the roads safe. Ealey got in an accident on a suspended license, which suggests that he was more of a hazard to the roads than Holloman. Our culture stigmatizes DUIs more heavily than what Ealey did, but I’m not so sure that’s well placed. As bad as DUI is, MADD has skewed the way we viewed these crimes, to the point where what is usually a victimless crime is now viewed as much worse than many forms of lying, cheating, and stealing.

            At any rate, the main point of my post wasn’t to call out Richt for anything. It was to say that college football fans at all schools tend to get whipped up into a frenzy at the perceived lack of discipline in rival programs, all the while neglecting what’s happening in their own backyard.

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            • I’m probably in the minority on this, but I don’t have a problem with how Spurrier’s dealt with Garcia, amusing as it’s been to watch. His last few issues haven’t involved breaking the law, so that’s the OBC’s call on how it’s best handled.

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              • I can see that argument, which is why I haven’t been very vocal in my criticism of Spurrier / Garcia. Most of Garcia’s recent issues have been pretty minor. I just tend to think that part of the issue with any of these behavior problems is whether or not the player learns from his mistake. With Boling and hopefully Holloman, the mistake is a one-time thing. Not so with Garcia. That’s what I don’t like about the situation.

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