Georgia Tech wide receiver Jeff Greene is no longer with the team, according to his high school coach. Starr’s Mill High coach Chad Phillips said he was notified over the weekend.
“We’re trying to help him get re-directed and get off the mat, find a place for him to go and proceed,” Phillips said.
Phillips said that Tech coaches had been frustrated with Greene’s effort and attitude and that they and Greene “decided it would be best to part ways.” Phillips expected Greene, a sophomore in eligibility and class standing, to attempt to transfer to continue his playing career.
“It’s a crying shame,” Phillips said. “The (coaches) bent over backwards to help him. He was on his way to getting a college degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. It’s a shame he had to be a little selfish.”
More than once, Tech coach Paul Johnson noted Greene’s size-speed combination and potential to become the Yellow Jackets’ next great receiver. Last spring, Johnson said that he wanted Greene to be more consistent in effort and pass receiving and planned to get on him because of his ability. This year, Greene leads the team with 18 catches for 284 yards, a 21.8 yards-per-game average, with two touchdowns. He started seven games.
For the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl against USC, that leaves Corey Dennis, Chris Jackson, Jeremy Moore and Darren Waller as the top options at wide receiver.
Greene could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog