SEC Coaches Teleconference: Mark Richt Quiet on Rambo and Ogletree Suspensions

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 29, 2012

Georgia S Bacarri Rambo
Georgia S Bacarri RamboKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Ever since March 30, when it was reported that Georgia starting safety Bacarri Rambo and starting linebacker Alec Ogletree would be suspended for multiple games each for violation of team rules, we've had to refer the suspensions as "reported."

Why?

Georgia has yet to comment on them.

That trend continued on Wednesday, when Mark Richt again successfully dodged the question on the SEC coaches teleconference heading into Georgia's Week 1 battle vs. Buffalo.

"Well, the update is that we'll have to wait until Saturday to find out," said Richt. "Sorry about that."

ESPN.com reported in March that Rambo's suspension is drug-related, and his high school coach told the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald that Rambo's suspension was due to the consumption of a brownie that contained marijuana.

The longer that Richt and Georgia holds off on commenting on the suspensions, the more likely it is that they will play. 

Whether it's due to an appeal process or some other factors that could cause the suspensions to be reduced, it's clear that Richt is being non-committal for a reason.

Rambo finished last season as the SEC's leader in interceptions with eight, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Ogletree finished the season with 52 tackles, despite missing six games after injuring his foot in the opener vs. Boise State.

One thing is certain, Georgia could use them in its Week 2 showdown vs. Missouri.

The Tigers posted the ninth-best rushing offense in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) last season at 243.46 yards per game. While star running back Henry Josey may be out, Kendial Lawrence beat Josey out prior to last season and is more than capable of picking up the slack behind start quarterback James Franklin.

 

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