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Tag:NCAA Investigation
Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:12 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 9:20 pm
 

UNC's Marvin Austin subpoenaed

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While he's back in Chapel Hill watching his North Carolina teammates battle LSU on television, Marvin Austin no doubt has a lot on his mind.  We already know he's frustrated by everything going on with the NCAA's investigation of several UNC players' involvement with agents and being suspended indefinitely by the team, but now he's got something else on his plate.

According to an AP report in the Charlotte Observer , Austin was served with a subpeona on Friday night.

The report says that the North Carolina Secretary of State's office issued the subpeona to Austin as the state is now investigating if any laws were broken by the agents who have helped get so many players in trouble over the last few weeks.  A spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, George Jeter, declined comment on the subpeona, saying only that "it's an active, ongoing inquiry at this time."

It doesn't sound as if Austin is in danger of any legal ramifications for whatever role he may or may not have played in this mess, but the fact of the matter is that when the Secretary of State's office is getting involved, it's not good news.  Odds are it's not going to help him get back on the field anytime soon, either.

I don't think this is the kind of education Austin was hoping to receive when he decided to return for his senior season.

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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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Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Starting/Sitting: Tennessee, South Carolina

Posted by Chip Patterson

Good news for Tennessee fans as they will get to see prized recruit Justin Hunter in the Vols season opener against Tennessee-Martin.  Hunter was awaiting a decision from the NCAA Clearinghouse after being benched August 19 when an online summer class was called into question.  Now cleared for the 2010 season, Hunter will begin his freshman campaign as the No. 2 receiver for the Volunteers.

One of Derek Dooley's first recruits, Hunter chose Tennessee over LSU late just weeks before National Signing Day.  He has made quite the impression on the coaching staff this fall, and should have the opportunity to make an impact immediately.  An Olympic caliber high-jumper with a 6-4 183 pound frame, it's hard to imagine he won't.

SaundersWhile it has long been expected, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that TE Weslye Saunders will not play in the Gamecocks opener on Thursday against Southern Miss.  Saunders has been suspended since August 23 for matters unrelated to the current NCAA agent investigation, and Ol' Ball Coach reiterated his distaste for the matter to ESPN.com's Chris Low on Tuesday.

"He's not on the team. He won't play Thursday," Spurrier said.

His suspension is reportedly a result of lying to coaches about missed meetings as opposed to the open investigation regarding his trip to Miami and its funding.  Either way, the senior tight end is not doing himself any favors in the eyes of the program by continuing his missteps.

Saunders might not end up being the only Gamecock with off-field issues, as Coach Spurrier is waiting to hear back from the NCAA regarding the misuse of hotel rooms by several South Carolina players.  

Saunders, defensive backs Akeem Auguste and C.C. Whitlock could be facing punishment from the NCAA for their reduced-rate stay at a swanky Columbia hotel that lasted for months.  
Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:16 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:41 pm
 

Marvin Austin vents frustration on Facebook

Posted by Chip Patterson

Marvin Austin has long been known for a larger-than-life personality that, at times, eclipses eve his on field contribution.  His affinity to entertain the masses is not denied by anyone, and he has always been more than comfortable with social media.  

But the man who dubs himself "Anchorman" has been relatively quiet after his Facebook and Twitter status updates became the center of attention when Agentgate first broke in Chapel Hill earlier this Summer.  After several status update time stamps, TwitPic uploads, and deleted Twitter posts soon became pieces of "evidence" in the NCAA investigation (that cache is a stinger), the defensive tackle has stayed relatively mum on the issues at hand, allowing the investigation to run its course.

Of course, until he decided to take to his Facebook page to vent a little frustration.

Marvin Austin Facebook Status

From the sound of it, Austin appears to be questioning his decision to return to Chapel Hill for his Senior season.  Oh really?  He finished the 2009 season as a Second Team All-ACC selection, though many scouts projected he could have gone in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.  Now Austin, who has been moved to the 2nd team defense in preparation for possible suspension, may never get to suit up for the Tar Heels again after a few questionable decisions may have jeopardized his eligibility.  

Now if I were in Marvin's inner circle, I might remind him that the decision to return to school is not the regret, but some of the things he has done since making that decision.    


 
 
 
 
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