Isaiah Crowell — the SEC’s fifth-leading rusher — gave himself and the Georgia program a black eye this week when a failed drug test led to his suspension from the team for a week.
This news came on top of preseason rumors that Crowell was having a hard time adjusting to college life and college football.
But Mark Richt says his star tailback — who was prematurely compared to Herschel Walker by some — is far from a finished product at this stage of his life:
“I feel like he is going to grow up from this in some ways and I think is going to be better for it. Sometimes things happen in life that will help you grow up a little bit quicker.”
The coach also said that his running back is “very remorseful” and that he was encouraged by the way Crowell took his punishment. “… I think it was one of the better conversations I’ve had with Isaiah since he’s been here.”
Crowell’s high school coach also believes his former pupil has learned his lesson.
Lucky for Crowell his lesson seems to have come in a relatively minor way. There was no arrest. There was no violent crime, no DUI.
One failed drug test can serve as a wake-up call. Here’s hoping Crowell answers that call.
On a sidenote, the AP has now quoted two people “familiar with the results” of the drug test as saying that the tests were administered last Wednesday, but the results were not confirmed until Tuesday, when the suspensions were announced.
Georgia AD Greg McGarity said yesterday, “We don’t play games around here. For someone to insinuate that we are being selective like that is absurd. We don’t manipulate things. We are going to conduct our program with respect and do things the right way. For anyone to claim otherwise is irresponsible.”
Richt added: “We didn’t know anything until Monday evening. That’s when we knew we needed to start thinking about what’s going on.”