D’oh!

Another one bites the dust for the Sugar Bowl.

Georgia will be without a third starting offensive lineman when it takes on No. 7 Baylor in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2020 (8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN). Fourth-year junior right guard Ben Cleveland will be academically ineligible to play in the game according to his father, Derek.

Cleveland struggled with a couple of classes during the fall semester per his father and was unable to earn credits for those, preventing him from being able to participate in the bowl game. He does, however, plan to return to school for his final season and he’s less than a semester from graduating with the credits he earned from the fall semester.

We’re about to find out just how vaunted that o-line depth really is.  Good luck with that, Jake.

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UPDATE:  In the for what it’s worth department,

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23 responses to “D’oh!

  1. Yikes. I have to assume he’ll go pro now.

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  2. FisheriesDawg

    Hard to see him playing next year if he flunked two classes this fall, despite what his dad says.

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  3. Mayor

    We’ll be playing our second stringers and nobody will GAS about being there. Plus Baylor has a chip on its shoulder. Shaping up a lot like last year’s bowl game against Texas.

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  4. Jake couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn the last half of the season with excellent pass blocking – not expecting this to change much.

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  5. FlyingPeakDawg

    RTDB! We’ve got Swi…errr…we can unleash Cook…wait. Hmmmmm…start Stetson, pray for the best.

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  6. PDawg30577

    Toccoa (30577) represent!

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  7. Salty Dawg

    Ok then. Now I feel like like things are going to be a bit of a challenge for us against Baylor. Especially if they are thrilled to be there!

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  8. RangerRuss

    I feel for young Ben. If you’re doing it right UGA is hard. I can’t speak for what distracts a city boy, but for a country boy it’s hunting and fishing, girls booze and weed. Being cooped up in a classroom or the library is torture. In addition he has all the practices, meetings and studying the playbook. It’s a wonder the Dawgs don’t have more disqualified.

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  9. practicaldawg

    McGarity is now offering top Magill donors the opportunity to play in the Sugar Bowl

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  10. Turd Ferguson

    Honestly, it might as well be the Cheez-It Bowl.

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  11. more spinners

    Ground Hog Day.
    Dawgs and UGA’s favorite day, every day, but more so when we go to the Sugar Bowl.
    We are going to find out just how damn good our coaching staff is in this rodeo.
    Better hope for lights out field position and the defense putting up 14 points as a minimum.

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  12. The Dawg abides

    If everyone would read the article, or at least the excerpt, they’d see it says Ben plans on returning. Also, that he only needs less than a full semester’s worth of classes to graduate. Rowe from 247 said in a post on the junkyard that Ben has always had a problem testing. His father told him that he doesn’t miss class or assignments, does well with papers and projects, but has had problems with test-heavy classes. He stated that’s what got him here.

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    • That actually makes sense seeing as how I was the same damn way. Especially with the long tests. I’d probably be, or would have been, diagnosed with ADD or something similar. From grade school to college, I always struggled with focus unless it was something really engaging. Hopefully he gets things taken care of and comes back next year.

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      • Good God. If you can’t pass an exam as a college football player today you are either especially dumb, did not have time to prepare (which is complete bullshit since others like Thomas had no issue) or do not give a shit. If he has a reading or testing handicap it would have been identified by now. This isn’t 1960. If you do not think that they gave him ample opportunity to pass you are smoking weed. He is a DGD, but goddamn, don’t paint this like he had a disadvantage when we have given degrees to guys who had to join book of the month clubs to help them learn to read and pass. Tech laughs about this and deservedly so.

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        • Debby Balcer

          Not necessarily about it being identified processing disorders are hard to get diagnosed. College courses can have only 3 or 4 tests so one bad score can tank a student. Hopefully the school is helping him but college kids do not get the same support that you do in K3- 12th grade. My daughter has her masters in special Ed from UGA so this is an interest for me. I hate how some fans like to throw our players under the bus.

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          • 123fakest

            He’s not a “college kid.” He’s a Student-Athlete at UGA. They have their own HUGE library/study hall/tutors right next to Butts-Mehre.

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            • Debby Balcer

              I doubt they have people with the skill to help that or Malcolm Mitchell would not have been teaching myself to read better.

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