Kearney to practice until UGA makes decision

ATHENS — Freshman linebacker Tavares Kearney will suit up for Georgia when the Bulldogs begin fall practice Friday, but his disciplinary issues may be far from over.

Tavares Kearney did not receive a letter sent to him last week by Kim Ellis, Georgia's associate dean of student affairs, because it was mailed to his local address and he had already gone home to Tucker after withdrawing from his only summer school class. That miscommunication caused a delay in the process that could lead to his expulsion from school.

"He didn't even know my office existed," Ellis said.

Kearney met with Ellis on Monday to get his official letter, and he has until the end of the week to contact Ellis and set up a preliminary meeting that will outline the next steps of the process. At that meeting, Ellis and Kearney will determine if the player will face one or two disciplinary hearings for an incident in which he confronted a teaching assistant who accused him of attempting to cheat in a class.

How long the whole process will take can't be determined yet, Ellis said. "It's all going to depend on the path of resolution," she said. "It could be this week and it could be three weeks from now. We've had cases that have taken six months."

Bulldog coach Mark Richt has indicated Kearney will be with the team at least until his issues with the university are resolved. Richt did not return a telephone message left at his office Monday but sent word through a representative that Kearney will be with the team Friday.


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