Greg McGarity certainly hasn't been able to 'ease' into his new job, has he? With all of the off-field, Fulmer Cup winning shenanigans going on, I'm sure he's just shaking his head over this latest poor decision. And make no mistake, A.J. screwed up. Does the punishment fit the crime? Of course not. It's excessive. But it is what it is. Anyway, the feeling I have right now in the pit of my stomach is very similar to that Sunday morning feeling I have after a loss. It almost burns, and there is no comfortable sitting position that makes it go away. It just has to fade on it's own.
Chris Low of ESPN makes a valid point:
Maybe the Bulldogs will overcome. They certainly played well in their opener, but you can't help but wonder when all the off-the-field drama will finally catch up with them. They've had nine players arrested since March, going back to former quarterback Zach Mettenberger's arrest and his eventual dismissal from the team. And now they find out they will be without their best player the entire month of September.
Will this harm the team or galvanize it? Is there any way we can win the next three without A.J.? Will the offense have a hangover from the NCAA's bloated decision?
Marlon Brown...we need you. Now. Tavarres King...could you come to the customer service desk? Kris Durham...cleanup on aisle 8. Israel Troupe...remember the Auburn game? Another one of those would be nice. Rantavious Wooten, you're the ball carrier.
One thing is for certain: We'd better protect the ball on Saturday. Carolina thinks they smell blood and it's up to the Dawgs to smack 'em in the mouth ASAP. But they cannot play from behind all day. This decision will have an effect. Sure, we've got other weapons, but not having A.J. will hurt at some point.
C'mon defense. Hunker Down.