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BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK: Georgia player to be suspended after charge? UGA recalls plaques from players inscribed with '7-6'

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

ATHENS -- University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt has not yet decided whether to suspend a football player after learning he was charged with assault last year.

Athletics spokesman Claude Felton said Monday that Richt is on a recruiting trip and hasn't had time to look at the case against 21-year-old Marcus Dowtin. Police records show Dowtin, a backup linebacker, was charged with second-degree assault in Ocean City, Md., in May.

Multiple media outlets reported that it was over a bar fight where Dowtin knocked a man unconscious. Online court records show the case was resolved on Dec. 21 but no further details were available.

Dowtin didn't play in the Liberty Bowl, but Felton said that was not related to the charge. Richt didn't learn of the incident until Monday.

Dowtin could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

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JUMPING THE GUN: Not so fast, Georgia.

The school distributed plaques to its senior football players at its annual awards gala in December with 7-6 inscribed as the team's record. The problem, though, was that the Bulldogs were 6-6 at the time.

Sure enough, the school had to take back the 23 plaques after the University of Central Florida defeated Georgia last week 10-6 at the Liberty Bowl.

It's not the first time the school has had to revise senior plaques, Bulldogs spokesman Claude Felton said. He said the team routinely includes a bowl victory in the record on the plaques during the annual gala, which is always held before the bowl game in December.