Georgia dismisses Josh Harvey-Clemons from football team

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Josh Harvey-Clemons’ troubled Georgia career is over.

Georgia's Josh Harvey-Clemons had a star-crossed career with the Dogs as talent didn't mix with off-field issues.    TODD BENNETT/FILE
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Georgia's Josh Harvey-Clemons had a star-crossed career with the Dogs as talent didn't mix with off-field issues.

The school announced in a two sentence press release Tuesday afternoon that the safety/nickel back was dismissed from the team for a “violation of team rules.”

Harvey-Clemons already was in the midst of serving his second suspension. The rising junior would have missed the first three games of the coming season after being held out of the bowl game, a team source had said.

A five-star prospect from Valdosta, Harvey-Clemons was third on the team in tackles last season with 66 and had one interception and three fumble recoveries.

He was suspended for the season opener last season at Clemson after UGA police were called to a dorm room last May to investigate the smell of marijuana.

Harvey-Clemons told police he had smoked marijuana. A second violation of the athletic association’s drug policy calls for a four-game suspension and a third violation calls for dismissal from the team.

Woodrow Clemons, Josh’s grandfather, declined to comment during a brief conversation about the reason for the dismissal, but said he talked to Harvey-Clemons the last couple of days.

“Of course, he’s down,” he said.

The loss of Harvey-Clemons takes away one of Georgia’s most talented players on defense for new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

Georgia’s secondary returns cornerbacks Shaq Wiggins, Damian Swann, Brendan Langley and Sheldon Dawson and safeties Corey Moore, Tray Matthews and Quincy Mauger. The Bulldogs moved receiver Tramel Terry to safety during bowl practices and signed junior college defensive back Shattle Fenteng and high school defensive backs Malkom Parrish, Dominick Sanders and Shaq Jones.

FALCONS: Receiver Roddy White has been arrested on a warrant charging him with failing to appear in court.

White was booked into jail in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday. Officials say White was initially stopped for speeding and is free on bond.

A copy of the warrant says White failed to appear in court last March after he was cited for driving a vehicle with tinted windows that were too dark.

A Falcons statement says, “we anticipate this will be resolved shortly.”

• Longtime analysts Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will not return to CBS’ “The NFL Today” pregame show.

Marino leaves after 13 seasons with CBS, while Sharpe joined for the 2004 season, giving him a decade on the show.

CBS says recently retired star tight end Tony Gonzalez will join the network as an analyst for “The NFL Today” as well as other programming.

VANDERBILT: New coach Derek Mason has indefinitely suspended defensive line coach Vavae Tata after he was charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident Sunday morning.


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