I think the punishment is too harsh for the individual act that Caleb committed. Ultimately, he's guilty of being stupid. However, at some point Mike Adams, Greg McGarity and Mark Richt have to say enough is enough. Ultimately, it stops being about 1 arrest. You have to look at the big picture.
If you're a UGA football player you know that unpaid tickets result in suspended licenses. You also know that suspended licenses result in jail time, and you know that Richt, the administration and the fan base have had just about enough of the arrests. You've been warned that subsequent arrests will be dealt with more harshly.
So you can't be pissed or shocked that you get whacked for two games for essentially being dumb.
Eleven arrest this season is complete and total non-sense. I recognize that there's a MASSIVE disconnect (as Blutarsky called it) between the UGA Administration and the surrounding police force for this to be an issue with Caleb. I also recognize that at many other schools this never results in an arrest. But it doesn't matter. Eleven arrests is eleven arrests. And it's not all paperwork and boys will be boys stuff.
It's already hurting us with recruiting as Bama is using our arrest problem to help sway Crowell. And that's why I care the most.
I also care because I think it speaks to the leadership of the program at the player level. The team needs a gigantic kick in the ass, and it has needed one for a long time. At some point, that kick in the ass has to come from a guy like Shockley, Pollack, Greene, Gilbert, etc. There's a black hole in terms of leadership within the team that's existed since the 2007 season ended.
Don't think so? We were in a four game losing streak without a players only meeting being called. That's incomprehensible to me. As a point of comparison, LSU was 5-0 and had a players only meeting after almost losing a game.
Teams with great leaders have fewer off the field problems, and they win more on the field.
Until our Mark Richt and our Strength and Conditioning program get back into the business of producing real leaders, I don't expect that our on the field discipline or our arrest record will improve. And yes...that's what the S&C program used to brag about the most. Not the size of our players or fictitious 40 times, but the program's ability to develop true leadership.