Georgia Lady Bulldogs Marjorie Butler and Tiaria Griffin have been suspended for the first three games of the 2013-14 season for failure to adhere to standards of the program.
“We have expectations of all of our players,” coach Andy Landers said in a release. “In this regard, Marjorie and Tiaria have come up short. Certainly games are important to all of us involved with Georgia Basketball, but not more important than living up to the standards that we’ve established for more than 30 years. That foundation has always been a vital part of our success.”
Butler, a sophomore guard from Knoxville, Tenn., averaged 2.3 points last season and saw the floor for 10.9 minutes a game. Griffin, a sophomore guard from Monticello, Miss., contributed 7.3 points an outing, averaging 18.7 minutes a night on the court.
The Lady Bulldogs, who open the 2013-14 season on Sunday when they host Presbyterian, lost starters Jasmine James, Jasmine Hassell and Anne Marie Armstrong to graduation after they reached last season’s Elite Eight.
Griffin is expected to step into a bigger role this season to help replace the production of James, who was the team’s second-leading scorer and played the most minutes last season. Griffin and Butler will see the floor for the Lady Bulldogs’ fourth game of the season, which is Nov. 19 against Furman at Stegeman Coliseum.