Georgia St. dismisses Bo Schlecter
Georgia State dismissed quarterback Bo Schlecter and indefinitely suspended kicker Christian Benvenuto and linebacker Dexter Moody for their roles in a bar fight in Atlanta early Thursday morning, a school official told ESPN.com on Friday.
Georgia State athletics department spokesperson Allison George said Panthers coach Bill Curry will have no further comment about the incident.
WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Thursday night that Schlecter was arrested after he was involved in a fight outside of Moondogs bar in the Buckhead section of Atlanta.
Chris Hannaford, 23, vice president of Tuff TV, told ESPN.com he was leaving Moondogs with a friend at about 2 a.m. ET Thursday. As they crossed the street to get to their car, Hannaford said he was approached by Schlecter and another man. Two other large men then joined them.
"Two guys came up from behind us and started poking us and trying to provoke a fight," Hannaford said. "It was totally unprovoked. I'd never seen these guys before this whole incident. I'd never seen them ever."
Hannaford said a Georgia State trooper drove by and told the crowd to disperse. A short time later, the four men came back and attacked them, according to Hannaford. He said he was hit repeatedly in the face and the back of his head and was treated for injuries at a local hospital. Hannaford said an Atlanta police officer broke up the fight and placed the four men in handcuffs.
"It was unbelievable," said Darryl Cohen, an Atlanta attorney, who represents Hannaford. "They were just walking back to their car and were accosted. A Georgia State trooper broke it up and these guys came back and got them again."
Schlecter, a sophomore from Wellington, Fla., started four games for the FCS program last season, throwing for 550 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also played wide receiver and punted for the Panthers and was the team's No. 3 quarterback in spring practice.
Moody, a junior from Twin City, Ga., was the Panthers' leading tackler last season with 65 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and one interception. Moody, a former prep All-American, originally committed to play football at Georgia, but spent two seasons at Fort Scott (Kan.) before enrolling at Georgia State last season.
Benvenuto, a sophomore from Palm Coast, Fla., scored 46 points for the Panthers last season, making 9 of 17 field goal attempts and all 19 extra points.
Georgia State officials announced earlier this month that the school is joining the Sun Belt Conference and will compete in football in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013.