Georgia cornerback and rising senior Sanders Commings is facing disciplinary action from the University of Georgia as well as the Clarke County court system, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Commings was arrested in the late evening of January 21 on charges of domestic violence and simple battery after allegedly striking his girlfriend in downtown Athens. He'll also face an investigation by the University's office of student conduct, according to the AJC. The alleged victim is also a student at the University of Georgia, and it's expected that Commings will face a judgement and a possible punishment - including expulsion - by the University before his March 22 arraignment:
According to documents obtained by the AJC through a Freedom of Information Act request, the incident is being investigated as a possible violation of UGA conduct regulation 3.3 for "physical abuse." Commings was informed via an intra-campus letter from Stevens dated Jan. 23 that he is under investigation for "physical abuse, physical intimidation, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person or violates a legal protective order."
The AJC report mentions that former UGA football player Jeremy Longo was among those who gave a statement to university officials that Commings did not strike the accused victim.
Without Commings, the Bulldogs' depth in the secondary could be incredibly thin heading into the 2012 season. Commings was considered a starter for next season, and despite returning Bacari Rambo, the Bulldogs lose Brandon Boykin to the NFL Draft, as well as two underclassmen, Nick Marshall and Chris Sanders, who were dismissed for a violation of team rules (thought to be stealing money and possessions from another player). Both were expected to compete for playing time at corner.