ATLANTA (AP) -- Coach Mark Richt suspended tailback Washaun Ealey on Tuesday for failing to follow "the Georgia way."
Ealey, Georgia's leading rusher last season, can't participate in team activities and is barred from team facilities during the suspension. Richt placed no timeframe on the suspension and left the door open for Ealey's return.
"We have certain expectations and standards that apply to all our student-athletes," Richt said in a statement. "We expect them to do things the right way, the Georgia way. If Washaun does things the Georgia way, he'll be back in good standing."
Richt's statement did not disclose specifics of what led to the suspension for Ealey, who is not new to the coach's doghouse.
Ealey was suspended for the 2010 opening game following his arrest for driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.
Despite missing the game, Ealey led Georgia with 811 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. Georgia's running game was a disappointment as the Bulldogs finished 6-7 for Richt's first losing record in his 10 seasons in Athens.
There has been much speculation, fueled by comments from Richt, that Ealey and Caleb King could lose playing time at tailback to one of Georgia's top signees last week, Isaiah Crowell of Carver High in Columbus, Ga. King missed Georgia's Liberty Bowl game with academic issues and was suspended for two games in the season for failing to appear in court to deal with a speeding ticket.
Richt said on Wednesday he expects Crowell to contribute "heavily" as a freshman, including in the 2011 opener against Boise State in the Georgia Dome.
"I expect him to come in and compete right away," Richt said of Crowell. "I wouldn't be shocked to see him run that rock in the Dome against Boise State on the opening play if he does what he's supposed to do."
ESPN.com reported Ealey failed to show up for disciplinary running. Ealey confirmed his suspension to the Macon Telegraph on Tuesday but would not say what led to the punishment.
Ealey and running backs coach Bryan McClendon did not return messages to The Associated Press.
OLIVER OUT FOR YELLOW JACKETS:
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech forward Brian Oliver, the team's third-leading scorer, will have surgery for a broken left thumb and is expected to miss three weeks.
The loss of Oliver will make it more difficult for the Yellow Jackets to improve their record in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets are 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the ACC.
Oliver, a sophomore, suffered a small fracture at the base of the thumb in Saturday's loss to Clemson. Oliver is averaging 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds while starting in 12 the team's 22 games.
Georgia Tech next plays Florida State at home on Thursday.
CHUBB STILL OUT FOR AUBURN:
Auburn basketball player Rob Chubb is still suspended after facing charges, including public intoxication and resisting arrest following an arrest by Auburn police. He also was charged with disorderly conduct and attempting to elude a police officer. Both he and an officer reported injuries.
The 6-foot-10, 222-pound center was already suspended indefinitely last week. Chubb is averaging 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds.