December 21, 2006

Bulldogs strengthen offensive line for 2007

After waiting for 22 days to learn his fate from his second
alcohol related arrest in less than a year redshirt freshman center Ian
Smith found out his fate from head coach Mark Richt. After practice
on Thursday, coach Richt announced his decision about Smith's future with
the program.

Coach Richt made his final decision about the fate of
Ian Smith suspending the redshirt freshman for six games including the Chick-fil-A
Bowl. Smith's first game back for the Bulldogs will be on October 6, against

"We are going to let Ian remain in the program
and he has a six game suspension starting this game and then there will be other
things that we do," said Richt. "He will have early morning running
and some community service, but we will definitely get him on a program that
will help him with this issue because this is a serious issue."

Smith will have to attend counseling and meets for his
problems with alcohol as well as serving community service.

"Ian is in counseling and the main thing for him
is to get help with his issues with alcohol and we had to decide if it is better
for him to be here or move on somewhere else," said Richt. "I was
thinking about moving him onto GMC for a year and then bringing him back, but
we thought our best opportunity to help him with the alcohol situation was to
keep him here with us on a daily basis. That is why we decided to let him stay."

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