On Friday the new head coach booted sophomore defensive end Chauncey Rivers after another arrest in DeKalb County this week.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” Smart said in a statement. “He’s been given previous opportunities to remain on our football team but continues to exhibit a lack of good judgment and commitment to the standards we require and expect from our players. He’s put himself in a difficult position but we hope he finds a path that will provide some direction in his future.”
It marks Rivers' third arrest on drug charges, which immediately activated UGA's policy on dismissals. The Stone Mountain native was arrested in the Atlanta suburb of Doraville and arrested on four charges - felony violation of Georgia’s controlled substance act, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, keeping a controlled substance not in an original container and a handicapped parking violation.
Rivers is the first player new coach Kirby Smary has dismissed from the program. It leaves the Bulldogs' defensive line with ten total players, and that's if nothing silly happens before newcomers Chauncey Manac and David Marshall enroll in a few weeks. UGA will for sure be missing Jonathan Ledbetter for the season-opening game against North Carolina due to his arrest earlier this spring. It remains unclear if Julian Rochester, who was arrested on felony charges of possessing a weapon in a school zone and second-degree criminal damage to property, will be suspended for the opener against the Heels.