Despite avoiding Alabama, LSU and Arkansas in their 2012 SEC schedule, the Georgia Bulldogs seem to be confronting something bigger than that: themselves.
The actions of their defensive backs unit just seem to get worse and worse, and it's all very sad indeed for fans of the Red and Black.
First of all, starting corners Sanders Commings and Branden Smith got themselves in trouble. Commings is out for two games for violating team rules—which included battery charges after getting in trouble with a girlfriend in late January, while Smith got busted for marijuana possession during Spring Break.
And then comes the shot to UGA's big, foaming chops: the suspension of starting All-American safety—and appropriately—named Baccari Rambo for failing a drug test. He'll get four games.
Rambo's coach Alan Ingram told ESPN: "Bacarri went down to Panama City Beach with some friends," Ingram said. "One of the nights he went to bed before they did. He got up the next morning, was hungry and found some brownies on the table. He had some with some milk and told me, 'I got high.' The other guys got up and told him that the brownies were not for him. Apparently they were laced with marijuana."
"He was devastated," Ingram said. "Bacarri said, 'If I turn myself in, it is a four-game suspension. I don't want to let everyone down.' He wanted to go to (Georgia coach) Mark Richt and turn himself in, but he decided not to. He said, 'We'll roll the dice and see what happens.' "
He failed a drug test when he was back in Athens.
Will Rambo get his suspension shortened?
Although we're not sure what will happen to Rambo's case, we would hope that—and if the story's true—that he will see his suspension cut from four to two games.
The VFA has got one question about the whole incident: Why on earth did he decide not to turn himself in. Surely that would have probably been the honest thing to do, and more's the case, helped him avoid a long suspension? Now, there's going to be a problem for his team, and further down the line, with NFL staffs looking to see if they want to draft him.
Richt himself has refused to comment on anything until the process is done, preferring to concentrate on Spring Football. Which is going to be a pretty easy going for Georgia QB Aaron Murray, with no-one in the secondary to stop him.
Here's some highlights of Rambo and his awesome defense.