In the last two years, South Carolina has managed wins over both Florida and Tennessee, but they still haven't beaten Georgia since the arrival of Steve Spurrier. That's nothing new, South Carolina has only beaten UGA in 13 of the 55 total meetings between the two schools. Now it's looking like Georgia is a little tougher off the field, too.
UGA reserve linebacker Akeem Hebron was arrested for underage possession of alcohol early Sunday morning. On Monday, Hebron was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season. The 6' 1" 220-pound redshirt freshman was slotted as Georgia's second-team weakside linebacker going into spring, but will now have to wait until mid-September to make his presence known. Had Hebron chosen to play his college ball at South Carolina, he'd probably already be back with the team given Spurrier's recent handling of Carolina QB Stephen Garcia's arrest for underage drinking and running from the cops.
Both players are underage, both were drunk (or drinking), but Garcia was suspended and reinstated in the same week, while Hebron's punishment is much more severe. The interesting point here is less about young college men drinking and more about the men coaching them. Compare Spurrier's comments on Garcia:
He's told everyone it was the worst day of his life. Getting handcuffed and taken into jail and spending the night there and about all the next day also - hopefully it was a good scare for him and he won't get himself in that kind of position again.
To Mark Richt's statement on Hebron:
We regard this as a serious matter. There are team rules as well as civic laws that have to be adhered to. Akeem will have to pay a price, and hopefully he has learned a lesson that will serve him not only during his college career but for the rest of his life.
One is intended to make you feel sorry for the kid, the other means to let you know that the kid has been made to understand why what he did was wrong. It's up to you which you think is better, but to me, it's another case of the Gamecocks coming up short.