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NCAA upholds Green suspension

Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 7:28 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

For those Georgia fans out there who were hoping A.J. Green was going to be able to suit up against Arkansas this weekend we've got a bit of bad news.  Green's appeal was heard by the NCAA earlier on Friday, and the NCAA has made it's decision.

They'll be upholding Green's suspension so he's not going to be able to play this weekend.

An NCAA committee has upheld the four-game suspension for Georgia star receiver A.J. Green.

Green had appealed his four-game suspension by the NCAA for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to person deemed to be an agent. But NCAA denied his request, which means he will miss the Bulldogs (1-1) Southeastern Conference game Saturday against No. 12 Arkansas.


Of course this also means that Green will be forced to sit out against Mississippi State next week as well.

"Our concentration is the same as the last two weeks which is preparing for the next game," said head coach Mark Richt in a statement. "We'll look forward to A.J.¹s return for the Colorado game on Oct. 2."

This decision may be disappointing for Georgia fans, but it's really not all that surprising.  The NCAA has made it pretty clear how they'll be handling any contact between players and agents, and by reducing their suspension of Green they would have sent the wrong message for what they're trying to accomplish.

Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:11 pm
 

NCAA upholds Green suspension

BamaSticky, I whole heartedly agree with you. Individual punishments should be dealt out by the teams not the NCAA. They don't enforce their rules consistently anyway.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:03 pm
 

NCAA upholds Green suspension

As dschnurp mentioned above, the link to this article says "Arkansas' Green" instead of Georgia's Green. Obviously, the same person in charge of the epic website re-design failure was in charge of proofreading this headline. Let's make the site both user-unfriendly AND factually incorrect! ... I don't believe I have had a post deleted by an administrator yet - smite me, admin! Smite me!



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:58 pm
 

NCAA upholds Green suspension

Alabama fan here so I have no bias. But it sure is a shame that a player of Green's caliber gets a 4 game suspension which the NCAA upholds while Masoli at Ole Miss can get caught stealing and with drugs and basically face no consequences, which the NCAA did not uphold. I know he was kicked off the Oregon team, and found a loophole to allow him to play.........but he faced no repercussions of his actions. So the NCAA allows this, while Green gets suspended?

Same thing happens with performance-enhancing substances. A kid can drink a shake or take some pills from GNC and lose a year of eligibility in college, versus a kid getting a DUI or getting caught with marijuana, and he gets off with a 1-game suspension from the team.

Where are the lines that are drawn which enable the NCAA to decide what it can and cannot enforce as far as penalties go to these student athletes?

I say take away the NCAA's ability to enforce punishment on individual players; let the colleges do that. Save the enforcement of punishment of the NCAA only to universities.



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:38 pm
 

NCAA upholds Green suspension

MODS/Writers..

check the (frontpage)headline.. that's what happens when you do things too quick :P

anyways.. oh well.  he would have been fun to see, but i guess we'll have to wait..



Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2010 7:37 pm
 

NCAA upholds Green suspension

It's not Arkansas' Green it's Georgia;s Green.


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