In Tallahassee, a football player can get caught stealing, be cited for a misdemeanor, plead out, do some community service and be back on track with his life in a matter of days.
In Athens, the coaches can’t get through the disciplinary phase of the four kids who were arrested for theft by deception and charged with misdemeanors in March because… well, because Athens-Clarke County.
But there may be more to the hold-up than Richt looking for a strategic advantage against Clemson. The fact is, the players’ cases have yet to be adjudicated by the Athens-Clarke County court system. What happens there could have a bearing with what happens with football going forward.
Arraignments for the four players are expected to be set for the next session, June 3-5, according to Athens-Clarke County solicitor general C.R. Chisholm. The cases were originally scheduled to be heard April 17, but Chisholm said Monday he had to move them back simply because of the volume of documentation involved. He said investigators submitted a phone-book size file on the case. With all the other misdemeanor cases he has to prosecute, he simply hasn’t had time to review it all.
But Chisholm vows he’ll get to it soon.
A “phone-book size file on the case”? Good grief.