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The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)

 

A Georgia freshman is facing a felony forgery charge over allegations of passing a counterfeit $100 bill last summer, the third player to be arrested since the Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Defensive back Latavious Brini was taken into custody Tuesday evening by the Clarke County sheriff's office. He was released about three hours later on $5,700 bond, jail records show.

Media outlets reported that Brini's arrest stems from a July incident in which the counterfeit bill was used to make an $8 purchase at a pet supplies store, with the suspect receiving $92 cash in return. Police said the store realized later at a bank drop that the $100 bill was fake.

Brini, a Florida native, has not played this season and was likely to take a redshirt.

School policy calls for an immediate suspension from competition for a felony arrest, pending a review by an athletic department committee.

A Georgia spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick and receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested hours after Georgia defeated Auburn 28-7 in the Dec. 2 SEC championship game in Atlanta. Patrick was charged with possession of marijuana of less than an ounce, which could lead to his dismissal from the team since he has been arrested twice previously on marijuana charges.

Coach Kirby Smart has not said whether Patrick will be kicked off the team.

Stanley, who was charged with DUI drugs, possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and speeding, faces a two-game suspension.

Wofford: Coach Mike Ayers has retired after 30 seasons as the Terriers' football coach.

Ayers, 69, announced his decision Wednesday. He leaves with 207 wins at Wofford, the most in program history.

Ayers took the school from NAIA into the NCAA, first in Division II before stepping into the Football Championship Subdivision. The Terriers reached the Division II playoffs in 1990 and 1991.

They made the FCS playoffs eight times since 2003, including the past two years. This season, Wofford finished 10-3 and reached the FCS quarterfinals before losing last weekend to North Dakota State.

The Terriers won five Southern Conference championships under Ayers including this past fall.

Arizona State: Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will leave the program after coaching against N.C. State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl later this month.

Bennett said he made the decision for personal reasons. He met twice with new Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards, who said in a prepared statement that he hoped Bennett would remain on staff.

Augusta Chronicle
 
December 14, 2017
 
 
 

 

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