Freshman defensive end Chauncey Rivers was arrested last night for the second time in a little over a month for possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. Now we've discussed at length in this forum the relative merits of the state of Georgia's drug laws. This isn't a call to rehash that debate. Suffice it to say that of all the trouble a college kid can get into in Athens on a Friday night, that's at the low end of the scale.
But it is against the law. And against University policy, which mandates a four game suspension for a second drug-related offense or positive drug test. So assuming this was not a case of mistaken identity or other wacky misunderstanding, Rivers is headed for at least four games of unexpected leisure. This is not a small thing. Rivers was not a key contributor on the 2015 defense, but with guys like Sterling Bailey and Josh Dawson graduating, Rivers was going to be in the hunt for more playing time in 2016.
Now, he gets to be the test case for the Kirby Smart disciplinary regime. Smart also gets his first concrete experience with the drug policy that is a source of pride for some within Bulldog Nation and a point of frustration for others. All while hosting the most important recruiting weekend in years and trying to lock down all-important assistant coaching hires. Welcome to the show, Coach Smart.