ATHENS — The status of Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick for the playoffs remains uncertain, with head coach Kirby Smart not clarifying whether Patrick will play or not in the Rose Bowl.
Speaking as he began his press conference on Monday, Smart said the status of Patrick will be dealt with “internally,” using the same language Smart has used in similar matters.
“Under university and athletic association policies both those guys remain on the team and eligible to practice,” Smart said, adding: “We’re following our policy without exceptions.”
That alludes to the UGA student-athlete drug policy, which calls for a player’s dismissal after a third drug policy. Patrick would have hit his third strike, but the team and the school are apparently still sorting through things.
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