There has been some commotion and laugh tracks over a recent a scandal in the Georgia football program. Three of Georgia's football recruits were named in a locker room robbery incident that has blown up. T Kyle King from Dawg Sports discussed the aftermath from Georgia perspective:
These actions were foolish, the ramifications are frustrating, and the situation is sad. While it is doubtful that these young men have squandered altogether their opportunity to play Division I-A college football, they nevertheless have been moved over into the "character risk" column that could cost them scholarship offers; unless Mark Richt is anxious to try forging team unity among athletes who have been suspects and victims in the same criminal proceeding, they certainly have forfeited the opportunity to don the silver britches and play between the hedges.
What that may mean for Georgia, of course, is that, through no fault of the Bulldogs', Deion Bonner may go on to be some rival school's recruiting coup. It is a necessity that Georgia jettison these prospects; should that lead them to sign letters of intent to play for other SEC institutions, the Red and Black could be victimized twice by these events, in spite of the fact that no one who is now or ever will be in any way formally affiliated with the University of Georgia did anything even remotely wrong.
Rick Neuheisel knows all about this situation. Last year he kicked out three incoming freshmen (who hadn't started their classes yet) from the program for stealing (allegedly) fellow students' bag packs. All of them ended up in rival conference schools (Washington, Arizona and Colorado).
Now Georgia is in the same situation. The question that we can ponder whether in this kind of circumstances the conference has an obligation to impose some restrictions that would prevent rival conference schools to poach these players? It doesn't seem fair to Georgia or UCLA that they were victimized twice due to alleged misdeeds of student-athletes.