The Process 1, Michael Adams 0

If Kirby Smart never accomplishes another thing during his time as Georgia’s head coach, he still deserves a commemorative plaque mounted somewhere in Athens for having a hand in this:

There are changes in store to the University of Georgia Athletic Association Substance Abuse Policy.

In a summary obtained by 11Alive, the new policy appears to remove the former stipulation that any arrest regardless of the outcome in court automatically counted as a violation of the Substance Abuse Policy.

According to the 15-page document dated Sept. 1, there are now two levels of violations which now apply to student-athletes attending school at UGA.

They are:

Level 1 — “Defined as possession, use, or facilitating the possession/use of alcohol.”

Level 2 — “Includes, but is not limited to, any violation involving the operation of a motor vehicle after consumption of alcohol and/or the use of drugs, acts of violence while using alcohol or drugs, destruction of property, disorderly conduct, or intoxication level that requires medical treatment or results in medical being called, even if treatment is refused, and any drug violation.”

Any violations of the Level 2 variety are considered violations of the Substance Abuse Policy.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity deferred comment when reached by UGASports until the complete UGA student-athlete handbook could be obtained via open records.

News of the changes came to light following the Dec. 4 arrest of Bulldog linebacker Natrez Patrick and wide receiver Jayson Stanley.

In my wildest dreams, never did I think this was a possibility.  I would love to have heard the Come-to-Jesus meeting somebody had with Morehead about UGA’s substance abuse policy.  (I’d settle for somebody getting a quote from Adams about having one of his perceived major accomplishments watered down, though.  I guess Georgia’s done with lobbying for drug policy at the SEC Spring Meetings.)  There’s nothing like a national semi-final game to make bureaucrats focus.

What’s that?  Oh, hells yeah, they’re playing.

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50 responses to “The Process 1, Michael Adams 0

  1. Russ

    Feh! Feh on Michael Adams.

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  2. Not sure I would want to go fishing with Kirby. He would not let you take the boat in until he had cast over every hump and point in the lake.

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  3. The Georgia Way

    I was just informed I will no longer be working at the Butts-Mehre building.

    Rest assured, it’s been fun, y’all.

    Stay moral, and always #COMMITTOTHEG!

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    • Don’t sell yourself short, man. There will always be a place at B-M for moral platitudes and raising funds at the same time.

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      • The Georgia Way

        Thanks for the reference and the kind words of encouragement. It means a lot, man.

        Think I’ll head over to the Milledge Center this afternoon and apply for a job at their call center. If all goes well, you will be hearing from me soon.

        #COMMITTOTHEG

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        • TXBaller

          Georgia way, I thought we kicked your ass to the curb and sent you south to Miami. You’ve been replaced with Its my way or the highway bitch.

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          • The Georgia Way

            Baller, it was my son, The Miami Way. He had a rough start down there because of ‘Da U’ and all it stood for, but rest assured, he is doing very well.

            That rosary chain they have now…it was his idea.

            #COMMITTOTHEG

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            • Got Cowdog

              Relax, Way. Everybody is caught up in all this winning and stuff. The offseason is right around the corner, there will be lots of opportunity For you

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  4. Bright Idea

    Adams left and took this long to figure out he was gone?

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    • No. It took this long to figure out UGA’s drug policy might have an effect on the program’s fortunes.

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      • Maybe I’m reading this incorrectly, but the only relief given in the policy is an alcohol-related offense with no other circumstances. Being run in for drug possession including marijuana still seems to be a violation of the policy.

        Therefore, underage possession of alcohol or passing out on a toilet in a downtown bar would not be considered violations of the policy.

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  5. Granthams replacement

    Michael Adams will choke on his 4th donut when he reads that article.

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  6. WF Dawg

    So, if I’m understanding the article correctly, the tiers of penalties for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offenses remain the same, but now arrest alone doesn’t count as an offense? The latter part of that seems so intuitive, I can’t believe it wasn’t in place already.

    Another observation: allowing players to self-report and enter the Medical Amnesty Program without being charged with an offense seems like exactly the right move.

    Three questions:
    1. Regarding level one violations, surely the prohibition on alcohol only applies to underage possession and consumption, right?
    2. Does the Athletic Association pay for players’ attorneys fees, or do players do so themselves?
    3. Have we always allowed players to delay the imposition of their sanctions until they’ve been able to have a hearing with an Appeals Committee, or is that a new policy? Seems it could be a convenient way to manage the timing that sanctions are imposed.

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  7. Athens Townie

    Michael Adams just got processed.

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  8. lakedawg

    Can picture Leeburn and comrades sitting in Morehead’s office explaining the new policy with MCGoof sitting in the corner lis

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  9. zdawg15

    in 10 years we will all be smoking it because science tells us to.

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  10. Macallanlover

    Since this change was dated September 1, the significant weight of the semi-final game didn’t play a role in the policy change (it may certainly have been a major factor for the timing it came out, or was that the 90 day period for freedom of information to take effect?) Georgia spent years attempting to get a level playing field with the conference, this change was more a result of that effort never making any headway than an abrupt change of position. But Kirby was clearly the light on the path to make sure we were not severely disadvantaged, in this area, going forward.

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    • FisheriesDawg

      Yep. This is where McGarity’s paranoia and the insistence on the 90-day waiting period make us look foolish. This had nothing to do with having Natrez Patrick available for the Rose Bowl, but now it looks like we just changed policy for a guy who has been arrested three times for being a dumbass.

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  11. Obtained through open records request Re: Changes in UGA Substance Abuse Policy:
    “They’ll stone you when you’re riding in your car…
    Yes, but I would not feel so all alone,
    Everybody must get stoned…”

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  12. So…the south side hedges are missing. This was pretty hush hush I would say.
    https://oxblue.com/pro/slideshow/slideshow/westendzone

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  13. As long as they are back in place for the home opener, that’s not a big deal. I only hope they were smart enough to use clippings from the old one to grow the new ones.

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    • DawgFlan

      I’m sure. During the Olympics they were removed for soccer, and UGA had a replacement set growing in a nursery in Thomson.

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      • ugafidelis

        And ‘at an undisclosed nursery in Florida.’ At least that’s how they mentioned it on TV at our home opener in ’97. I worked at said nursery and worked with the hedges a little bit. That was a cool thing for me.

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      • ApalachDawg

        Those plants are tucked away safely and securely in plant ops greenhouse out by the intramural fields just like for the olympics my Dawg brothers from another mutha.

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  14. PTC DAWG

    I been telling y’all…Kirby is on it.

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  15. illini84

    Tickets came!!!!!!!

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  16. Mary Kate Danaher

    Appologies in advance for going off topic here, but has anyone attended a tailgate function run by Dawg Days? I know they had a tailgate in South Bend, and they’re offering one at the Rose Bowl. $45 for beer and lunch seems pretty reasonable, but I’d like to hear someone’s experiences before we pull the trigger.

    Thanks.

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  17. Mayor

    We at Georgia should be more like the Russians. St. Petersburg was changed to Leningrad when the Communist revolution succeeded and all symbols of the Csar were destroyed. When Communism was overthrown Leningrad became St. Petersburg again. Also statues of Lenin, Stalin and others were toppled. Now that Michael Adams is out as President of the University of Georgia, every vestige of his Presidency needs to not only be removed, but needs to be obliterated. All policies he started need to be rescinded. Any paintings of him need to be burned. If there is a statue of him somewhere it needs to be toppled. Shred every bit of clothing he may have left behind. Burn his likeness in effigy. I volunteer to strike the first match.

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  18. Bob

    If reports this afternoon are true that Patrick failed the drug test when arrested, not sure if any new policies will matter. Third time is a charm.

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  19. Turns out you just need to be willing to push back when you have all the leverage. Who knew?

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