Bulldog coach Mark Richt is aware of the sentence and said in a statement released Tuesday that Swain will not face a game suspension as a result of it, but that might not be the end of the story. Athletic director Damon Evans indicated later in the day, while speaking to The Telegraph, that he plans to discuss Swain’s situation with Richt and more punishment could be added to the internal discipline the football team plans to impose.
“I’m going to get with Mark and have some conversations with him about the situation in its totality,” Evans said. “Anything is possible, but I don’t want to say I’m going to add to it. I think it’s the appropriate thing for me to look at it.”
Richt indicated in his statement that he thinks Swain’s jail time and 40 hours of community service is punishment enough. Swain, who has 85 career tackles, is expected to start the Bulldogs’ 2005 season opener in place of the suspended Kedric Golston.
“With the time in confinement, Darrius is paying a heavy price for his license violations,” Richt said. “Hopefully, he has learned an important lesson.”
Darrius Swain was arrested for driving with a suspended license on April 30. It was his second arrest for the same offense in a three-month span and his third since January 2004.
The Bulldogs have had 11 players arrested in the last 14 months, but Evans doesn’t think the team has a major discipline issue, he said.
“I’m not concerned that we have any problem in our program,” he said. “I think Mark handles things in an appropriate manner.”