ATLANTA (AP) - The losses and arrests continue to mount for the Georgia football team.
Baker was arrested early Sunday in Athens and charged with DUI, underage possession of alcohol and improper driving. He is the 10th Georgia player to be arrested this year.
Richt was asked if players were previously warned that no more arrests would be tolerated.
Baker, 19, was a linebacker who has not played this season and did not travel with the team for Saturday night’s 24-12 loss at Mississippi State.
Georgia (1-3 overall, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) has lost three games in a row for the first time since 1990. It is 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 1993.
The coach would not confirm there is a new zero-tolerance policy on arrests, but he said players should get the point.
“Well, I think all of our guys understand that they need to behave, I’ll put it that way,” Richt said.
Richt has generally suspended players for first offenses but other players have been kicked off the team.
Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said Baker is expected to remain enrolled at least through the fall semester.
In a statement released by the school, Richt said Georgia will assist Baker “in finding a place to continue his education and football career and hope that he’s learned a valuable lesson from this mistake.”
Baker said in e-mail to The Associated Press that he will have no comment on the dismissal before his court date.
The Orange Park, Fla., native was booked into the Athens-Clarke County Jail at 4:26 a.m. and released on $1,500 bond several hours later, according to the booking report.
Richt said the continued problems with arrests and three-game losing streak make this the most difficult of his 10 years at Georgia.