I heard more than a few questions like this raised yesterday after the news about the suspended running backs was released. Can’t say I’m much surprised by that; it’s the nature of the world we live in these days. And I certainly don’t have any direct knowledge to say whether questions like that are justified on this occasion.
But there are a couple of things I do wonder about in response to that concern.
First, if Richt was going to manipulate the situation, wouldn’t it have been cleaner to do it by timing the test so that the results weren’t produced until after the Florida game as opposed to timing the release of the bad news? That way, he’s got plausible deniability in spades as opposed to taking the risk of covering up knowledge beforehand.
Second, for all those hinting at Richt’s supposed perfidy here, isn’t it worth considering that this kerfuffle would be a total non-issue at more than fifty schools which don’t suspend players the first time they flunk a drug test?