Originally created 05/12/05

Richt says he won't suspend DT Swain



ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Darrius Swain began a 45-day jail sentence Tuesday for his latest incident of driving with a suspended license, but coach Mark Richt said he will not suspend the defensive tackle.

The senior from Decatur entered guilty pleas Tuesday morning in Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court on the suspended license charge and a charge of following a vehicle too closely from an April 30 arrest.

Swain, who was booked in the Clarke County Jail at 12:03 p.m. Tuesday, also is required to perform 40 hours of community service and will be on 12 months probation in the plea deal. Swain also was sentenced to 45 days for violating his probation, but that sentence will run concurrent with the suspended license sentence.

"I'm sorry we're here," attorney Ed Tolley told Judge Kay Giese when Swain appeared before her for the second time in as many months.

Swain pleaded guilty to charges of driving with a suspended license and speeding on April 7 and has been arrested three times in 15 months for driving with a suspended license.

Richt said Swain will be disciplined internally.

"With the time in confinement, Darrius is paying a heavy price for his license violations," Richt said in a statement.

PARKER RULED INELIGIBLE: In Atlanta, academic troubles have ended the football career of Georgia Tech's Travis Parker.

Parker, a three-year starter and former All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer on the Yellow Jackets' defensive line, has been ruled ineligible for the 2005 season.

"I hate that we lost Travis Parker," coach Chan Gailey said in a prepared statement.

Another defensive line starter, tackle Joe Anoai, underwent surgery after spring practice. But he is expected to recover in time to play this fall.