Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings was suspended by coach Mark Richt for the first two games of the 2012 season as a result of his domestic violence and simple battery arrest in January, the school announced Wednesday.
Commings is a former Westside High School standout.
The victim, a 23-year-old University of Georgia student who lived with Commings, declined medical attention after a confrontation with Commings in downtown Athens, Ga., at about 1 a.m. on Jan. 21. A police report alleged that Commings “made unwanted physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature.”
Commings was arrested later that morning on the misdemeanor charge and released on $1,000 that afternoon.
He will miss the Sept. 1 season opener against Buffalo in Athens and the Sept. 8 Southeastern Conference opener at league newcomer Missouri.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN: Authorities arrested 17 students at Texas Christian University as part of a six-month drug sting, including four members of the football team.
Arrest warrants painted a startling picture of the Horned Frogs, with a handful of players who allegedly arranged marijuana sales after class or around practice and who told police that most of the team had failed a surprise drug test just two weeks ago.
According to police, players sold undercover officers marijuana during the season and as recently as last week.
“There are days people want to be a head football coach, but today is not one of those days,” coach Gary Patterson said in a prepared statement. “As I heard the news this morning, I was first shocked, then hurt and now I’m mad.”
Three prominent defensive players were arrested: linebacker Tanner Brock, the leading tackler two seasons ago, defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey and cornerback Devin Johnson. The other player is offensive lineman Ty Horn.
Brock was being held on $10,000 bond at the Mansfield, Texas, city jail. Johnson and Horn were being transferred to the jail on Wednesday afternoon and Yendrey had not been arraigned.
It wasn’t clear if the players had been kicked off the team.
PENN STATE: Friends, relatives and admirers remembered former Penn State coach Joe Paterno as a man who inspired and motivated them and who tried to live according to the tenets of his religion.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett was among the hundreds of people who attended a memorial service for Paterno on Wednesday at a Roman Catholic church in Harrisburg, Pa.