The Georgia Bulldogs have dismissed defensive end Chauncey Rivers after he was arrested for marijuana possession for the third time in the span of seven months, a school spokesman confirmed Friday.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” head coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “He’s been given previous opportunities to remain on our football team but continues to exhibit a lack of good judgment and commitment to the standards we require and expect from our players. He’s put himself in a difficult position but we hope he finds a path that will provide some direction in his future.”
According to the university’s student-athlete drug policy, students will be dismissed following a third violation.
Rivers was charged with a felony violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act, and three misdemeanors—possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, parking in a disabled spot and keeping drugs in a container. He was booked on Wednesday and released on Thursday.
The defensive end played in four games last season as a freshman. He had already been suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season due to his second marijuana related arrest.