Martinez on joining Dogs in bowl: Nah ... that's OK

Photo by Peter Simeone

Photo by Peter Simeone

ATHENS - Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and two other Georgia assistants fired by coach Mark Richt this week have declined the invitation to coach in the Bulldogs' bowl game.

Coach Mark Richt says Martinez, defensive ends coach Jon Fabris and linebackers coach John Jancek decided they will not remain with the team for a bowl game. Georgia expects to land a bowl invitation on Sunday, possibly to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

Richt says the three are "outstanding men and outstanding coaches."

Richt says he will work with defensive line coach Rodney Garner and graduate assistants Todd Hartley and Mitch Doolittle in preparing the defense for the bowl game.

The three coaches were told on Wednesday they would not return in 2010.



Georgia defensive end Montez Robinson was suspended indefinitely from the team Friday following his arrest Thursday on charges involving two altercations with a female student.

Robinson, 19, was released from the Athens-Clarke County jail on $2,000 bond Friday afternoon after being charged with misdemeanor simple battery and felony criminal damage.

It was Robinson's second arrest in a week. He was charged with underage possession of alcohol Monday after police responded to a call about glass breaking in a parking deck.

Coach Mark Richt said he was "certainly disappointed" as he announced Robinson's suspension.

"We have expectations and standards for our student-athletes and his actions are not in line with those," Richt said. "We are suspending him indefinitely from all team activities."

Robinson is charged with assaulting the student on Oct. 20 and criminal damage for allegedly breaking taillights on her car Monday.

Robinson, a freshman from Avon, Ind., has played as a backup this season. He excelled in his chance for more playing time against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 7. He had five tackles and two sacks and was named Southeastern Conference defensive lineman of the week.



AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn football has been disciplined for secondary NCAA rules violations during its highly publicized "Big Cat Weekend" last May.

The Tigers were temporarily barred from contacting a half-dozen recruits who participated in the event. Assistant coach Trooper Taylor was banned from off-campus recruiting until the end of last month, and five other coaches who participated received reprimands.

Auburn announced the penalties Thursday night in response to open-records requests from media outlets. Coach Gene Chizik said the football program didn't mean to break the rules.

"We unintentionally committed a secondary violation and have cooperated fully with the Southeastern Conference and NCAA, and are moving forward," he said in a statement.

Auburn acknowledged the event violated NCAA rules and imposed penalties on itself, but the Southeastern Conference added to the punishment.

The penalties stemmed from the event in May, when recruits participated in the school tradition of rolling Toomer's Corner with toilet paper. The recruits were introduced to the crowd and members of the media were on hand, both of which are prohibited. The penalties do not affect the eligibility of the six players, two of whom have said they would attend Auburn.