Georgia starting cornerback Branden Smith won’t be suspended after all.
Coach Mark Richt said that the senior won’t have to sit out the season opener against Buffalo on Sept 1. as had been widely expected.
Smith was arrested during a traffic stop on a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge on March 11 in Alabama en route to a spring break trip to Panama City, Fla. Smith said Saturday that he returned “right away” from Alabama and tested negative for marijuana in a university-administered test and also tested negative in a court-administered test in Henry County (Ala.).
“After just gathering all the information, determining what happened, we’ve got peace that we’re doing the right thing,” Richt said after practice Saturday morning.
Smith entered into a pre-trial diversion program in Alabama, which he said he has completed.
Still yet to be revealed by Georgia is the status of safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, who both are also facing possible suspensions.
Cornerback Sanders Commings and outside linebacker Chase Vasser are suspended for two games following off-season arrests.
WISCONSIN: Detectives investigating an assault that left star Wisconsin running back Montee Ball with a concussion have identified “several persons of interest” and believe the altercation might be related to a fight five days earlier, Madison police said Saturday.
Investigators determined that a fight occurred late on July 27 and into the morning of July 28 involving Wisconsin students, members of the football team and others, according to a police statement. Ball was present but there is no indication he participated in the fight, police said.
ARKANSAS: John L. Smith was his usual exuberant self during his first media day as the Arkansas head coach.
The former Michigan State and Louisville coach cracked jokes Saturday about his lack of hair, called the athletic ability of several of his players “pretty” and compared star quarterback Tyler Wilson to a rose that’s “started to blossom.”
Along the way, Smith left no doubt about what he and the Razorbacks expect on the field this season.
“Right now we’re talking about one thing, and that’s our expectation of winning a national championship,” Smith said in one of his few completely serious moments of the news conference.
KENTUCKY: Players will be banned from using Twitter at training camp.
Before the shutdown, kicker Landon Foster tweeted that the hardest thing about camp will be the lack of Twitter.
NOTRE DAME: For what it’s worth, Everett Golson took the first set of snaps at Notre Dame’s first preseason practice.
The sophomore is one of three quarterbacks – along with Andrew Hendrix and freshman Gunner Kiel – competing to start the start the opener in Dublin, Ireland, against Navy on Sept. 1.
DUKE: The school says injured receiver Blair Holliday is expected to be transferred to an Atlanta center for treatment of brain injuries.
Holliday has been hospitalized since he suffered head injuries in a July 4 boating accident on a central North Carolina lake.
The school said Saturday that he will be admitted to the acquired brain injury unit at the Shepherd Center.