Tag:A.J. Green Eligibility
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Will A.J. Green's appeal be in vain?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Georgia's star wideout A.J. Green is two games into a four-game suspension for what the NCAA termed taking money from an agent, and for Georgia fans, that's two games too many; the Dawgs are 1-1 and facing a pivotal game against 12th-ranked Arkansas at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

Georgia fans will be crossing their fingers on Friday, then, when Green will have his appeal heard by the NCAA . While nobody's saying a decision's going to happen at the conclusion of the call, and the team's preparing to play without Green, the temptation to hope for Green's immediate return is certainly there:

School spokesman Claude Felton said the appeal will be heard over a conference call, making it possible that Green could return Saturday when Georgia (1-1) faces No. 12 Arkansas in a crucial Southeastern Conference game.

Asked if he's looking to get a ruling in the case before kickoff, coach Mark Richt said, "I can only hope that."

And yet, it's kind of hard to figure out what grounds Georgia has to stand on; while it's certainly weird that Chris Hawkins , the guy who bought the jersey, is also awaiting trial for cocaine trafficking, that's hardly a relevant factor for the NCAA to consider in whether to reduce Green's suspension. If anything, the only hope Georgia's got is that the NCAA reconsiders whether Hawkins can--or should--be qualified an agent.

There's really no telling whether Green will have any luck on that front. Sure, there probably isn't much evidence to suggest Green and Hawkins made that transaction with the promise of further business, but if that were the only condition needed by the NCAA, nobody would ever be suspended. Hawkins gave money to Green, and even if he did so under the auspices of a collector, that's probably all the NCAA's going to need to uphold the four-game suspension.

Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 5:02 pm
 

UGA's A.J. Green will receive 4 game suspension

Posted by Chip Patterson

We figured that Georgia would hear an official word from the NCAA as soon as today regarding wide receiver A.J. Green's eligibility.  They did, and unfortunately it means that the star will miss even more playing time.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday afternoon that the NCAA's ruling was for junior wide receiver A.J. Green to miss four games before being eligible to play again.

According to the facts of the case submitted by Georgia, Green sold his Independence Bowl game jersey to an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.  Green has repaid the $1,000 he received for the jersey to charity.

Georgia plans to appeal in hopes of having Green’s suspension reduced. He sat out last week’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette and also must sit out the next three games if the NCAA ruling stands.


Head coach Mark Richt told reporters on Tuesday that he figured the ruling would come by the end of the week.  Green has been practicing regularly with the team, though his status on the depth chart was listed as "TBD."  A report earlier today included new details that Green had cooperated with investigators and the sale of a jersey was involved.  It is unknown whether Georgia was surprised at all by the ruling, the news of an appeal is not surprising and is almost routine at this point.

READ MORE: Dennis Dodd breaks down the NCAA's rules regarding the importance of monetary figures in suspensions.  A must-read for better understanding of the punishments.

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: September 8, 2010 11:48 am
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

Posted by Chip Patterson

Head coach Mark Richt and the University of Georgia have stayed fairly quiet regarding the eligibility of star wide receiver A.J. Green.  He has been practicing with the team and participating in activities, but his official status on the depth chart is "TBD."  On Tuesday, Richt said he hoped to hear an official word from the NCAA by the end of the week.  

The nature of his investigation was rumored to be agent-related, but Green has repeatedly denied attending an alleged agent-sponsored party in South Florida.  A report from ESPN.com on Wednesday seems to confirm that the issue does not deal with agents, but instead with the sale of game-worn jersey.
A person familiar with the NCAA investigation told ESPN.com that Green did not sell his jersey on e-Bay and received less than $1,000 for it. The source said Green has been forthcoming and honest with NCAA investigators, but added there were "some twists and turns" involved with the case.
There is little precedent for such a case, as there were not any rules regarding the sale of memorabilia until 2003.  Interestingly enough, it was a case of Georgia football players selling 2002 SEC Championship rings which prompted the institution of such rules.  

If Green were cleared, he would be able to make an impact immediately for the Bulldogs, changing the face of the offense against division rival South Carolina on Saturday.  Reports say that Georgia could hear official word from the NCAA regarding Green's status as soon as Wednesday, but the suspension (if any) is yet to be determined.


Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:47 am
Edited on: September 4, 2010 11:20 am
 

UGA's A.J. Green out due to ongoing NCAA probe

Posted by Chip Patterson

North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama have all had to sideline top playmakers because of agent-related NCAA investigations.  Now we can add Georgia to the list.

Earlier in the week, Mark Richt refused to speak on the issue of A.J. Green's eligibility, but on Saturday morning the university released a statement confirming Green's absence from the lineup against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Georgia released a statement barely two hours before game time, saying Green “will miss Saturday’s game … pursuant to UGA Athletic Association policy and pending a ruling from the NCAA clarifying his status.”
Georgia had hoped to receive word from the NCAA before Saturday's kickoff, but similarly to the other agent-related situations there has yet to be a ruling.  If Georgia had played Green and he was later deemed ineligible, the Bulldogs would be forced to vacate any potential victory.  The NCAA first informed Georgia of their investigation on July 21, Green has still been listed as the first-string receiver on the depth chart, although the coaching staff has acknowledged the possibility of playing without him.

Running back Washaun Ealey, wide receiver Tavarres King and safety Alec Ogletree will also be sidelined for Saturday's game, all due to recent arrests.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:54 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:24 pm
 

UGA's Green still uncertain for Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

GreenAs Georgia head coach Mark Richt is preparing for the Bulldogs' season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, he is having to question whether or not he will have wide receiver A.J. Green on the field and eligible.

That, however, is not a question that he is prepared to discuss in public.

"Are you expecting A.J. to play Saturday?" Richt was asked at his post-practice media briefing Wednesday evening.

"A.J. Harmon? Yeah," Richt replied, referring to a backup offensive lineman.

"Green," the questioner corrected.

"You know I can’t talk about that," Richt said. "It’s a good try, though. I just can’t talk. I don’t know the answer to anything other than I’m not supposed to talk about the situation. And I really don’t know."

Richt, Green, and the rest of the Georgia athletic department have been prohibited from discussing anything related to the NCAA's investigation as to whether or not Green has had any inappropriate dealings with agents.  While Green's case has not been as high-profile as South Carolina's Weslye Saunders or North Carolina's Marvin Austin (both of whom are suspended indefinitely), he still has yet to be cleared for Saturday's game.

Green was one of six receivers listed by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo in the rotation for Saturday, but no one would comment as to whether they were expecting the junior receiver to play.

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