SEC media days: Waiting on Richt as NCAA hovers at Georgia (UPDATED)

Georgia coach Mark Richt will address the NCAA's inquiry into his program today.

Georgia coach Mark Richt will address the NCAA's inquiry into his program today. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

(UPDATED AT 10 a.m.)

HOOVER, Ala. — Good morning. Welcome back to SEC media days, which at some point in time I’m sure was a nice little gathering of writers from newspapers — yeah, yeah: which, were delivered by wagon train — to collect background information for the upcoming season.

But there’s nothing low key about it now. Day 1 seemed more like somebody fired a cannon.

A brief rundown, in case you missed it:

The NCAA is conducting an “inquiry” -- I’m not sure if it qualifies as an investigation yet — into Georgia’s program. Officials have not said what they’re looking for but it’s believed to be related to all of the recent stories regarding illegal contact between college players and agents. For what it’s worth, wide receiver A.J. Green, whose name came up in a couple of  internet stories, has denied involvement.

A small group of us are meeting with coach Mark Richt early this morning, prior to his scheduled major news conference with the rest of the media. Tim Tucker and I will post his comments as soon as we’re able.  As always, I’ll be sending out Tweets throughout the day on Twitter. You can follow me @JeffSchultzAJC.

If you need to get caught up on the Georgia story, here’s a link to a blog I wrote yesterday when Tucker broke the story, and here’s Tim’s updated news story. My favorite part of Tim’s story might be the remark from former teammate Michael Moore, via Twitter: “Hahaha. This talk about A.J. is hilarious. That country boy ain’t never been to Miami!!! You can put those rumors to rest.”

♦ Alabama coach Nick Saban was a walking soundbite Wednesday on AgentGate.  He likened agents to “pimps,” and I’m not sure if he was including his own agent, given his past movement from LSU to Miami (NFL) to Alabama. At one point, Saban also said, “Maybe we need to not be so self-absorbed,” when it comes to this issue. As several readers responded: Pot, meet kettle. Here’s the link to my column on Saban.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS, did a power point presentation, attempting to sell the world on why the BCS is such a great thing. Half the people in the room didn’t believe him. The other half were asleep. Here’s the link to the story.

♦ Lost in everything else yesterday was a great remark from Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who took offense to previous remarks from Saban that a drawback to the spread offense (which Mullen coaches at MSU and previously at Florida and Utah) is it doesn’t prepare quarterbacks for the NFL. Mullen’s response: “I’m not going to knock him. I don’t know his personal record. I’ve coached the spread offense and I have a lot of more first-round quarterbacks drafted than he has in his career as a head coach. Develop them for the NFL, I don’t know. In the last six years, I’ve had two of mine [Tim Tebow and Alex Smith] get drafted in the first round.”

That’s it for now. Check back later and I’ll have something new on Georgia.

UPDATE: Threw this into comments below. Richt just met with a small group of reporters (he has yet to hold his formal news conference).

In short, he said he has been asked by the NCAA not to speak publicly about the “inquiry” into the program, but all I can tell you is he didn’t act overly concerned about it.

– As for A.J. Green, he responded to some questions about his name being brought up in internet reports, saying he is not concerned and he has never even been to Miami  (the reference being to stories of an agent’s party in South Beach). We’ll have more on this later.

Richt, when asked if NCAA is looking at just one or more UGA players: “I don’t know at all and I’ve been asked not to to talk about it.”

Unlike Saban, Richt said he doesn’t think “agent problem” is any worse now than it was before.

Richt on “agent problem” “If there was an easy answer, I think we would’ve already found out what it is.”

Previous SEC/Georgia posts

NCAA inquiry is the last thing Georgia and Mark Richt need

It’s no coincidence Saban suddenly is concerned about agents

SEC media days: Hey, who let the BCS in here?

We’re LIVE at SEC media days (with no shortage of storylines)

NCAA reportedly investigating Florida (but temper excitement)

Can Dogs end Alabama-Florida monopoly in SEC title game?

Listen up, Ole Miss: I’ve got Colonel Reb’s replacement

Follow me on Twitter @JeffSchultzAJC and Facebook.com/JeffSchultzAJC

131 comments Add your comment

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2010
8:27 am

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

BMDPD

July 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

Finally, Bronze.

JB

July 22nd, 2010
8:32 am

Typical Saban: If you ain’t doing it my way, it must be wrong…..

TinaT

July 22nd, 2010
8:37 am

UGA = cheaters = red panties = investigations = DUI = Jan Kemp = The Cesspool of the South.

papadawg

July 22nd, 2010
8:38 am

Being College Graduates & Students how can you be so STUPID when rules are involved

Jeff

July 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

Keep the posts coming, Jeff!

Mark in Loganville

July 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

Green lied to Richt. That’s going to cost him dearly.

Remarkable

July 22nd, 2010
8:41 am

Remarkable

It’s easy to accuse someone before the facts are in. Thats exactly want got Obama in so much trouble lately. Everyone had better wait until the facts are known before they jump on the blame band-waggon. Do you really think UGA would be bringing AJ Green to SEC Media Days this a.m. if there was anything to this story? There will be 1,000 members of the media there asking questions.
Wait and see who’s in the clear and who’s not. . .

Chad

July 22nd, 2010
8:43 am

Sure he wasn’t there. They want to spend all this time and money and go to Athens just to ask him that. Give me a break. Maybe the idiot used a debit card. Maybe there’s video. Maybe a tweet. The ncaa isn’t going to athens just to ask hey were ya there. They go to ask what were u doing there. And of course he will deny. If he’s suspended for a season, bye bye top 20 draft and million.

We know what you want.....

July 22nd, 2010
8:45 am

Jeff, if you cross your fingers, wish on a falling star, carry 4-leaf clovers in your pocket, and rub your rabbit’s foot keychain, you may actually get what you truly want – an NCAA santion at UGA.

GeoffDawg

July 22nd, 2010
8:46 am

Regarding AJ, it’s pretty simple: if he was in Summerville, then people saw him. Just have the NCAA make a few phone calls to South Carolina and this whole thing will go away.

Clay

July 22nd, 2010
8:48 am

Shultzie, don’t go all “Woodward and Bernstein” on Richt this morning on the NCAA thing. You know he can’t talk about it!

Clay

July 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

Alright Shultzie, don’t go all Woodward and Bernstein on Richt this morning. You know he can’t talk about it!

We know what you want.....

July 22nd, 2010
8:50 am

Jeff = Obama voter

Jacob

July 22nd, 2010
8:51 am

Jeff
So why would the ncaa send someone to athens? Just to ask hey were you there? Why would they spend the time and money if they didn’t have some kind of evidence that he was likely or definitely there? If it walks, quacks and swims like a duck, it’s a duck.

Steve

July 22nd, 2010
8:52 am

Why are you hard on Schultz? He’s just reporting what’s going on. If you want to assess blame, blame the stupid players and the sleezy agents. Both are to blame. Not a friggin ajc writer. Idiots.

Argie

July 22nd, 2010
8:56 am

The fact he’s a country boy makes me think even more that he would want to go to Miami. That’s stupid logic.

GaDawg

July 22nd, 2010
8:58 am

GT=Athlete Heroine addicts who overdose = Joe Hamilton = Terrorist= Faculty Credit Card Thieves=Athletes who beat women=Sword slaying students = Scum that grows at the bottom of the Cesspool of the South = TinaT what’s your point again?

Clay

July 22nd, 2010
8:58 am

I’d go to South Beach if I was invited . . .

Richt's Dance

July 22nd, 2010
8:59 am

I heard Richt has the team working on a secret but very creative endzone taunting dance if they ever score against florida this year. It will involve players on the field and from the bench, doing a bunch of crotch grabbing and throat slashing, even better and more involved than the highly acclaimed 2007 endzone dance! Richt—he’s always thinking ahead!!!!!

We know what you want.....

July 22nd, 2010
9:03 am

Richt’s Dance
July 22nd, 2010
8:59 am

Would you have preferred the UGA players discharge AK-47s and wave dead girlfriend’s credit cards in the end zone? Ooops, the UF players have a lock on that.

SatchelBuzz

July 22nd, 2010
9:03 am

Shreveport in late December,…..book now. With or without him,..happy Holiday nadlickers.

THWG!!!

A Whales Bagina

July 22nd, 2010
9:03 am

Why cant players go to a party? Was it the free booze or something?

Gatorzip74

July 22nd, 2010
9:04 am

Remarkable-
That’s exactly what happened when the Pouncey allegation broke.

TommyP

July 22nd, 2010
9:06 am

From what I’ve heard, Georgia had several players at this party….and they were all seniors or had declared for the draft.

GeoffDawg

July 22nd, 2010
9:08 am

Jacob, it’s called a fishing exercise. You do realize that the IRS performs random audits as well?

Diablo69

July 22nd, 2010
9:08 am

GaDawg I think you made TinaT’s point for him/her. You stay classy!

DawginLex

July 22nd, 2010
9:08 am

Satchel,

The ACC has a tie in to Shreveport now. More likely for GT to end up there than UGA.

I thought you Tech boys were smart? Didn’t do your homework did you? Oh well, it is the same way at work. All the nerd engineers come up with these big costly ideas and the real men in charge like me tell them how much we can actually spend. The nerds then have to go back and re-design everything from scratch.

We know what you want.....

July 22nd, 2010
9:10 am

Pouncey said he didn’t take the money……..he “earned” it.

GeoffDawg

July 22nd, 2010
9:11 am

Argie, the word “logic” didn’t belong in that post. Some people actually prefer a slower paced lifestyle. Thonged women on South Beach makes for a nice mental image but that’s not everyone’s speed.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

July 22nd, 2010
9:12 am

Could someone direct me to the football coverage? I thought I was in the sports section but all the stories are about legal matters. Is there football here? Heck, I’ll even settle for soccer or cycling.

UGA 2X

July 22nd, 2010
9:12 am

are the SEC media days carried on radio anywhere?

A Whales Bagina

July 22nd, 2010
9:13 am

I heard Nesbitt was there making out with Reggia Ball.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

July 22nd, 2010
9:14 am

Yeah, good question, Whale. Is is not an NCAA violation for a player to do drugs, but is a violation if he didn’t pay for the drugs?

Jacob

July 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

Fishing. haha. Sure. Man the excuse making on here is pathetic. How one dimensional will uga be if they lose AJ. They will run the ball more than Tech. Haha

A Whales Bagina

July 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

Well is anything actually illegal if you don’t caught?

Jacob

July 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

And geoff
Right fishing. You have maybe 50 athletes to investigate. Hmm IRS has a pool of 200+ million taxpayers to potentially audit. Ncaa has about 50 players. Yep more brilliant logic from UGA fans!! Man you are some demented in denial dogtards.

We know what you want.....

July 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Jacob

July 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

We ran more than tech last November in Atlanta. Thanks for reminding me, though.

Jeff Schultz

July 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

FYI — just left a small media session with Mark Richt. He said he was asked by the NCAA to not talk about the “inquiry” but, for what it’s worth, he didn’t act overly concerned about it.

We know what you want.....

July 22nd, 2010
9:22 am

Jacob

July 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

Speaking of “brilliant” logic – you’re saying there are 200 million people in the US that actually pay taxes? LOL!!!

Jeff Schultz

July 22nd, 2010
9:22 am

SEC spokesman Charles Bloom told reporters in main media room that the NCAA requested Georgia not talk about the issue. Somehow I get the feeling that won’t stop questions from others being asked.

Jeff Schultz

July 22nd, 2010
9:23 am

Before Richt met with small group of reporters, there was access to AJ Green who said this morning he has never even been to Miami. So much for reports that he made have had contact with an agent down there.

lanier

July 22nd, 2010
9:23 am

NCAA hovers you say With wording like that I say you are better suited for the National Enquirer Jeff

Jeff Schultz

July 22nd, 2010
9:24 am

I’m going to start transcribing quotes from Richt now. He had some pretty good comments summing up what it’s been like this summer. Puts things in perspective very well.

dan

July 22nd, 2010
9:25 am

whale
how about the plane, or gas for car or hotel. most if not all of these players grew up together in SC. They knew each other. You know he went, all those players where from SC & he grew up with them. You can’t tell me if you have a chance to go to South Beach for Memorial Day over some stupid town in SC at 21 you would not go.

We know what you want.....

July 22nd, 2010
9:26 am

dan

July 22nd, 2010
9:25 am

You said “you know he went”. Wow! Apparently you have some insider information. Why not post your contact information so Jeff can forward it to the NCAA?

dap01

July 22nd, 2010
9:30 am

The headlines to this article are much more dramatic than the actual article.

A little over the top!

Big Whoop

July 22nd, 2010
9:31 am

I hope Moore is right about A.J.

Remarkable

July 22nd, 2010
9:33 am

Thanks Jeff. Why do you think the NCAA doesn’t want CMR to talk about this whole thing at a Media Frenzie?