Tag:Georgia Suspensions
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 7, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Quick Hits: LSU, Nebraska, Georgia

Posted by Chip Patterson

- LSU has some healing to do after nearly giving away a lead to North Carolina in the Georgia Dome on Saturday.  Unfortunately for starting right guard Will Blackwell, that will take at least six weeks.  
"I think Will will be lost for a significant amount of time," LSU coach Les Miles said at his press luncheon on Monday. "We will have T-Bob (Hebert) in there, or another of those backup offensive linemen who will step in and play well."  Blackwell is a fourth-year junior who finally got his first start against the Tar Heels.  Miles may be forced to shuffle his line up in his absence, using different combinations at guard and center.  The line played well against the Tar Heels, not allowing a single sack and leading the way for 178 team rushing yards.



- Nebraska head coach Bo Pellini looked pretty smart on Saturday for deciding to start redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez at quarterback over Zac Lee and Cody Green.  Martinez picked apart Western Kentucky on the ground for 127 yards and three touchdowns to compliment his 136 passing yards.  But following a review of the game tape, offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said what impressed him most about Martinez's play won't be found in the box score.

"Your first start in front of 86,000 fans can be an interesting adventure, and I thought Taylor was exceptionally poised and played a very competitive game -- which is how we know him," Watson said. "He's always been that way with us, but you never know how they're going to respond in a true situation and I thought he was awesome."

- Georgia head coach Mark Richt has been forced to prepare for games without knowing whether wide receiver A.J. Green as he waits for an official clearance from the NCAA regarding agent-related allegations.  Green sat out of Georgia's home opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, and is not listed as the starting receiver on the team's depth chart this week.  His official status is "TBD," but Richt seems to believe that his status could be determined before the team travels to Columbia to face South Carolina.
“I’d be highly disappointed if we don’t hear something this week,” Richt said today. “I would think we will.”Green has been practicing with the team as usual until the university receives word from the NCAA.  South Carolina also suspended players last week due to NCAA investigations.  There has been no word yet on a return date for them. 

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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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