UGA’s Mark Richt OK with cost of program’s war on drugs

HOOVER, Ala. | Georgia fans certainly notice when one of its players gets sacked with a drug-related suspension under the school’s stringent drug policy.

Coach Mark Richt was asked about a competitive disadvantage that might create.

“We’re not worried about that part of it,” he said. “We don’t want our guys to do drugs, OK? I don’t want my son to do drugs. We’ve got policies that are stronger maybe than some when it comes to the punitive part of it. That’s kind of what everybody talks about. Georgia ends up suspending their guys a little bit sooner in the policy, which I’ve got no problems with.”

Safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was twice suspended for violations of Georgia’s drug policy before he was dismissed this offseason.

Richt said Georgia also educates and offers counseling in an effort to help players.

He hopes it helps them for later in life when they be married or have kids and risk losing a job because of “something that never got nipped in the bud while they were in their college days.”

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