UGA grad assistant suspended after DUI charge

Georgia Bulldogs graduate assistant Courtney Coard was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and improper driving and has been suspended from the team by coach Mark Richt. Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald reported Coard’s arrest.

This is Coard’s first season as a defensive grad assistant with the Bulldogs. Previously, he was the defensive line coach at North Carolina A&T for four years. He has been in coaching since 2008 and has also spent time at Grambling and North Carolina Central.

Regarding his arrest, the timing could not be worse. Georgia is poised to potentially make a lot of noise in the SEC this season, and Richt is going to have little patience for off-field issues involving both his players and his staff. If Coard is going to be a part of things, he’ll have to get his head screwed on straight and figure out his priorities as Georgia has come too far in 14 years under Richt to suddenly take a step back in the new College Football Playoff era.

Georgia opens the season at home against the Sun Belt’s Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on September 5.

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