Richt not ready to announce punishment

ATHENS - Mark Richt is "very close" to announcing a punishment for Kedric Golston and Derrick White, he said Friday.

Golston and White were arrested after a bar fight early last Sunday morning. Richt hasn't decided on what the punishment should be because he's still gathering all the facts about the incident in which White was charged with disorderly conduct and Golston was charged with simple battery on a police officer, obstruction and disorderly conduct.

"I'm still working to get everything I can on that," he said. "I'm not pleased about what happened, but until I have a real good feel for what I want to do, there's no sense rushing (a decision)."

Georgia isn't the only program that has had problems. Tennessee and South Carolina also have had players on the wrong side of the law this spring. Bad behavior from players is more common between the end of spring practice and the start of fall practice because that's when players have the least supervision from their coaches, Richt said. Kedric Golston and Derrick White were arrested 12 hours after the G-Day game.

"This time of year tends to have more of that kind of activity," he said. "It is what it is. We just have to make sure we react properly."

There are some places that are off-limits for Georgia's players but Richt is reluctant to put all of downtown or many downtown bars on that list for fear of pushing his players to places with even more potential for trouble, he said.

"We try to educate them the best we can, but, as you can see, we still have an issue we have to deal with," he said.

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