Early losses: Clemson suspends four for UGA

These two guys will also miss the game, but not due to suspension. (Jason Getz/AJC)

These two guys will also miss the game, but not due to suspension. (Jason Getz/AJC)

These two guys will also miss the game, but not due to suspension. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Proof that college football really is a year-round sport: Clemson has announced that four Tigers will miss the 2014 opener at Georgia, which won’t be played for nearly six months. “They broke a team rule,” coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement, which is pretty much what every coach says when issuing such statements.

Two are returning starters, and one of those is named Beasley. But not Vic Beasley, the superb defensive end from Adairsville. David Beasley, a guard from Carver-Columbus, has been suspended for the Georgia game along with defensive end Corey Crawford, also from C-C. (Here we note that Isaiah Crowell, who was briefly a Bulldog, hailed from Carver-Columbus.)

It’s probably too soon to be handicapping the game — actually, given that Clemson lost quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins and will be playing in Athens, Georgia should win, shouldn’t it? — but the four missing Tigers would seem to offset the absence of Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who had been suspended for the game before getting booted from the squad altogether. (Harvey-Clemons also missed the 2013 Clemson game due to suspension. But he’s not from Carver-Columbus. He’s from Lowndes.)

And that’s enough of that. I’m guessing we’ll spill enough ink and occupy enough Internet bytes discussing this game before Aug. 30. No need to get too excited too soon.

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GTBee
GTBee

I'm GT so naturally can't stand UGA. But hate Clemson and Dabo just as much. Can the game. end 0-0???? THWG and Clemson too!

NotDisappointed
NotDisappointed

I still believe it's going to be a good game between Georgia and Clemson.
I am so ready for College football to return.

As usual, Ramblin Wreck and I'm out!

NCDawg
NCDawg

Kudos to Dabo for doing the hard thing.  His fan base is probably not very happy but he did the right thing.  I sure wish that more coaches would do it the right way.  All schools have the incidents, I'm sorry but you have to be a complete fool to think that it doesn't happen everywhere.  The issue is how it is handled and Dabo did it the right way even though it will probably put him at a competitive disadvantage.  Doing the right thing is rarely easy.

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

Our game with UGA is positioned poorly.  We're not early in the seanson to take advantage of the off-season arrests and we're not late enough for the academic casualties.

TU
TU

Preseason predictions are dicey,i.e. Auburn's worst to first last year. Their greater difficulty will be following the Clemson game up with a trip to Columbia where their recent trips have been mostly inept. Also, their back to back trips to Mizzou and Arkie will be another big challenge. 


grh0317
grh0317

Clemson could lose 10 players and still have no problem

beating the dogs. 

ARdawg
ARdawg

Dabo, like Richt doesn't tolerate the bullsnip many other coaches do. Nerds, listen up, rather than try to make this an opportunity to disparage Richt as you always do, celebrate the fact you have at least one coach in that cupcake conference that has fortitude and a set of cajones

ChubbE
ChubbE

Mark Bradley owes EVERYBODY who has attended and currently attends Carver High School in Columbus, Georgia an apology.  The derogatory comments and tone towards the school is very idiotic, unprofessional, appalling and immature. 

ColumbusDawg
ColumbusDawg

Everyone I know said the same thing after news broke that JHC would sit out three more games: How long until he is gone. It is sad, but necessary. It seems new beginnings for UGA keep coming. Every year the headlines are about Georgia's suspensions. So far a HUGE breath of fresh air has blown through Athens. I don't want to jinx anything, but it sure seems that the tables are turning somewhat. I have a feeling that the current thoughts on 2014 starters at many positions are premature. There are going to be some surprises for the better. I know the pundits all think they know what the OL depth chart is going to be, but I think surprises will arise here also. Richt just might get the wind at his back in 2014. Here's hoping!

Ball_Coach
Ball_Coach

Leave it to F_UGA fans and CMR to declare a championship in the off-season. F_UGA mutts stop whining so much and be more realistic about your team.

A good a SEC storyline would be see which of the bottom tier teams Tenn, F_UGA, Vandy, or Kentucky improves the most this year. Now that is news and something we can all chat about. .

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

I wonder if the other team in South Carolina would do the same as Clemson and suspend players if they had the same issues come up.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

But too bad it wasn't VIC Beasley instead. Dude wreaked havoc on Kenarious Gates last year. I never really liked Gates. He got owned by every good DE he faced for most of his college career. Good thing Gates is outta here.


Can we get some better tackles for this season? I really hope it's not Theus and Houston. If so, Mason better work on his track speed!

JaySly
JaySly

Smoking weed is no big deal -- most players smoke it - weed should be legal everywhere!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Georgia was going to win anyway, now they will win BIG. It's at home, momentum will be on our side, our defense will be hungry to prove itself and Gurley will be Gurley along with all the other talented players we have. Hell we weren't far away from beating Clemson at their place last year with a God awful defense and Gurley missing most of the game after losing Malcolm Mitchell in the 1st quarter. 



Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Sounds like Dabo realized this game was a loss to begin with, and is looking for an asterisk to minimize its impact on perceptions about a Clemson program that will lose multiple games this season, with or without suspensions.

dawgeatdawg
dawgeatdawg

carver dumbbells----school for the totally stupid-------M/C you sure at some point JHC did not go


------------------------to school in Columbus-------- school for the dopies

dawgeatdawg
dawgeatdawg

geeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz---blahahahahahahah----collage punks

HotDawg
HotDawg

About time our opponent doles out suspensions before they play us.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Carver-columbus has got a lot of riff-raff.

Many talented football players. But not much accountability for anything else in their life.

Jarvis Jones thankfully didn't fall in that trap and decided to better himself after leaving C-C.

DawgNole
DawgNole

MB: "I’m guessing we’ll spill enough ink and occupy enough Internet bytes discussing this game before Aug. 30. No need to get too excited too soon."

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That's exactly right, and there's one primary reason for it: Decent OOC competition to open the season--instead of the garbage UGA and most other FBS teams usually line up.


Strength of schedule: It's not a bad thing at all.

BCB
BCB

What bank did the 4 players rob?

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

That's too bad..Always want to see the best out of a team, but glad to see other teams besides UGA still uphold standards.

JaySly
JaySly

If Saban suspended players for the same rules that ga has he would lose half his team--he covers up all the bad stuff

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Hey Homer Brad.

Doesn't Ga every year have kids suspended for the first game?

The question  is how many?

Fair enough?

ChefTimDix
ChefTimDix

Carver-Columbus produces the most athletic auto detailers in the state of Georgia.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@NCDawg I know Dabo is relieved to find out you have give him your blessing on his "right" decision to suspend the players. When i read your post i thought i heard a choir singing in an angelic tone.

WDE
WDE

@TechTroll13   wouldn't matter you can't beat us with a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Grh30000000000

What kind of Drugs are you doing? Oxeye Cotton? Bwhahbwahbwahbwaha!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@ARdawg I think i recall CPJ suspending our WR Wallers for the first 2 games, now we have 2 cajone coaches in the ACC. Who disparaged CMR? i think he is a fine coach.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@ChubbE   If the shoe fits...and it does...MB doesn't need to post an apology.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@Ball_Coach  South carolina  the  most  tradion-less  program in the SEC  calling someone  2nd  tier. What a joke. 41-30 ringing  any bells Sc 17-44-2  vs  Georgia , get a  grip.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

South Carolina has won two championships in their complete history, the 1969 ACC championship and the 2010 SEC east title. In the SEC title game in Atlanta, Auburn and Scam beat them 50 something to 7.

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

@Ball_Coach South Carolina calling anyone bottom tier.  That's rich.
When Spurrier dies or retires, you and your third rate "program" are headed right back to 1-11.

FloTownDog76
FloTownDog76

@Ball_Coach ...Considering the fact your Cacks lost to 2 of those bottom tier teams, perhaps you should follow your own advice.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@FoSho  but it is ILLEGAL and no most players don't smoke pot.

GTBee
GTBee

So true. Spoken eloquently by someone with a high IQ. Makes total sense. UGA wont be able to process it.

GTBob
GTBob

@Birmingham__Jacket  Sorry BHAM but Im not sure grown men think like you do. This isn't the first time Dabo has suspended players for an opener.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@DawgNole  Good OoC schedules prevent teams from playing for a Title so the story goes.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@BCB They probably shared a joint, wonder how many dawgs would run hot on a piss test on that 1980 dream team. Hmmmmm...

WDE
WDE

@FoSho if memory serves Coach Saban kicked 3 or 4 players off the team for robbing a classmate last year.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@FoSho  Stop talking out of your BUTT and bring some PROOF about your accusations. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Whiskey

Retarded question.....next!

NCDawg
NCDawg

@gtcaryd @NCDawg you need to get that checked out.  That might be an indication of a more serious issue.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Just as many as every other school. Don't be naive.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@POAD2013 @FoSho  @POAD...you do the same johnny...now crawl back in your favorite Bama fan's shorts...go dogs