Courson said at the time that coach Kirby Smart, then a second-year head coach, had “zero” input on the new policy.
Today, violators of UGA’s substance-abuse policy must attend alcohol- and drug-awareness classes, receive counseling and often are subjected to future testing and monitoring.
Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed that he was aware of Norton's situation and believes the terms and conditions are “appropriate.”
“We’re just following the policy,” he said.
McGarity said the Bulldogs’ substance-abuse policies are in line with the university’s and are intended to focus more on treatment rather than punishment. He said all athlete offenses are reviewed by what’s called a “comprehensive action plan committee,” which consists of the senior woman administrator, deputy athletic director, executive AD, and the faculty athletics representative.
“After an investigation and review of the facts, (the panel) will forward a recommendation of penalties to the athletic director,” according to UGA’s 2019-20 student-athlete handbook.