Nobody looks good here: A.J., UGA or the NCAA

A win over South Carolina without A.J. Green definitely would be sweeter. (Associated Press)

A win over South Carolina without A.J. Green definitely would be sweeter. (Associated Press)

In the wake of all the ranting and tweeting we UGA fans did yesterday about the NCAA hammering A.J. Green, probably the wisest thing we can do is focus on what Mark Richt told his team: The Bulldogs football program is bigger than any one player.

Sure, the loss of Green for the South Carolina game (and two more if the school’s appeal fails) will hurt. OK, it’s not as bad as losing your quarterback or both your tailbacks. As someone noted, Green probably only would have touched the ball five to 10 times in the game. But let’s face it, those could have been among the most important five to 10 touches, making the difference between a first down and punting, or between scoring a touchdown and having to settle for three points — or no points.

Green is a big-play guy and while I’m not selling Tavares King and Kris Durham short, it’s unfair to expect them to just “step up” and take his place. They’re good; he’s great.

Still, it’s a team sport, and a decidedly more troubled Georgia squad showed last year that it can do pretty well without A.J., managing to hang on and beat Auburn after he went out with injury, and beat Georgia Tech without him. And it wasn’t the loss of Green that cost the Dogs the Kentucky game. The Gamecocks write off the Georgia receiving corps minus Green at their own peril.

So, yes, the Dogs’ task in Columbia got a bit more difficult, and it was going to be tough enough as it was. But if they somehow prevail, the win will be a bit sweeter, won’t it?

As for Green, my feelings are decidedly mixed. It was a dumb move to sell that jersey, especially to an “agent,” because he knew it was wrong. When you break the rules knowingly, it’s certainly a little more than “a mistake in judgment.” He let his team down.

Back in the summer when Green was saying that all Aaron Murray had to do “just throw it. It don’t have to be a great ball; it can be whatever, and I can make a play on it,” we saw that as a confident player just stating the facts. Maybe we should have seen it as a player who’d become a bit too full of himself. Who maybe thought he was bigger than the team.

Life has a way of equalizing things, though, and so Green may miss a third of his junior (and probably last) college season.

UGA can sell his jersey, but A.J. Green can't. (University of Georgia Bookstore)

UGA can sell his jersey, but A.J. Green can't. (University of Georgia Bookstore)

And yet as culpable as he is, the situation definitely isn’t fair to Green. As others have pointed out, colleges make millions off their players and UGA sells replicas of Green’s jersey, but he can’t sell his own jersey. Yes, it’s the rule, and he knew it was the rule, but it’s just one more example of the hypocrisy that riddles college sports and the NCAA.

What’s even more unfair is the four-game suspension handed down by the NCAA, which UGA is rightly appealing. Bama player Marcell Dareus got suspended two games for flying to a party in Miami at an agent’s expense while Green got four games for selling his jersey. Both broke the rules, but somehow that doesn’t look like equal treatment.

The NCAA said it reduced Dareus’ punishment because of “mitigating circumstances.” Hopefully those amounted to more than just playing for the defending national champion.

Bottom line: If A.J. had gotten into a fight in a bar or driven drunk, he’d have missed fewer games, and that’s just ridiculous.

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UGA

September 9th, 2010
10:18 am

Nicole

September 9th, 2010
10:19 am

I couldn’t agree with you more. I think the punishment is way too harsh for what he did. I am a Dawg fan but I wouldn’t wish this on any team.

Okay

September 9th, 2010
10:19 am

Second — And, Bill, you are correct.

Electric

September 9th, 2010
10:21 am

Did he sell his High School or College Jersey? I am hearing different stories.

ed

September 9th, 2010
10:21 am

or punch his girlfriend in the face and get suspended one game

Former D1 Athlete

September 9th, 2010
10:22 am

UGA can sell his jersey, but A.J. Green can’t. (University of Georgia Bookstore) —Its not HIS jersey. Im sick of all this whoa is me crap when it comes to NCAA players. They get to go to school and get an education. They live for free and they eat for free, their books are paid for. And “we” feel sorry for them. They also have the ability to make lots of money VERY SOON through the NFL. Im sick of this overwhelming sense of entitlement we show these STUDENTS. The funny thing is that the media now has the consensus that these “kings” are in some way treated unfairly. WHAT A BUNCH OF GARBAGE.

Former D1 Athlete

September 9th, 2010
10:23 am

AJ Green doesnt take “HIS” jersey home, they belong to UGA. Spare me Billy.

DawgNation

September 9th, 2010
10:24 am

Before the hate posters come on I agree with you Bill. This team has enough all around talent to make up for AJ’s absence. Time to work on the plan without him and move on.

guy

September 9th, 2010
10:27 am

if he’s really hard up for $$ why cant he just do what most other college kids do and get student loans? he could pay them back immediately with his NFL signing bonus after school. i don’t buy the whole ’system is corrupt’ argument. these kids get an opportunity to get an education, as well as the facilities, training, and stage they need to showcase their talent to get to the next level, to say nothing of the free room and board, tuition, food, etc.

no excuse for it in my mind.

RxDawg

September 9th, 2010
10:28 am

I think it’s time to let players go to the NFL whenever they want to. We have to remove the temptation of all this crap going on. Let’s get players who actually want to be there.

Jeff

September 9th, 2010
10:29 am

I wonder if Coach Richt understand the ANGER of the fan base over this. AJ and his lame appology was like a slap in my face considering the amount of money I have contributed to this program. If coach Richt was smart- he would sit him the entire season. AJ is full of himself and needs to be brought back to earth. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sick of this crap. AJ is SORRY HE GOT CAUGHT! For him to talk smack like he did saying just get it close to me. I hope Richt will not let him on the sidelines I dont want to see him laughing and playing around like I did this last week.

JayDawg

September 9th, 2010
10:31 am

D1 athlete so your saying when they sell a jersey with his name on the back that the value doesn’t go up its different if they sell it with just the #8 but when they start putting his name on it the jersey is his

Glory Glory

September 9th, 2010
10:31 am

Georgia doesn’t need AJ Green to win…….

just ask Georgia Tech………….. 30………..-………..24

baldy87

September 9th, 2010
10:32 am

Boo freakin’ hoo. THIS is exactly the kind of situation where young men get taught to shun responsibility. AJ gets a free education, free books, free room, free meals – and he repays the institution learning that is giving him all this by knowingly violating rules. This is the same institution that he’ll have to thank for the millions he will make next year. I say, kick him off the team, and maybe the next young man will actually make a decent decision. Enough is enough. It’s not okay to cheat – it’s not okay to wear your pants falling down around your ankles – it’s not okay to listen to music that glorifies prison, killing policemen, and having sex with “ho’s” – it’s not okay to conceive a child and then leave that child’s mother to raise it by herself – it is not okay to be a gangster – and it’s not okay to BREAK RULES. Let’s have the slightest amount of courage to stand up and say, “no – you cheated – get out.” And yes, I’m a Dawg fan, but I’m sick of it.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
10:33 am

“And yet as culpable as he is, the situation definitely isn’t fair to Green”

Hmmm, maybe if he wasn’t such a liar, it wouldn’t have cost him 4 games.

I guess you fleabags believe he didn’t take that trip to Miami too.

There is no bottom to how pathetic you mutts will go.

One thing is for sure though, you guy’s hit and run this state.

I can see the red panties falling from the sky.

Former D1 Athlete

September 9th, 2010
10:34 am

Jay, they dont put the names on the back of the jeresey’s do they?

DAWG TRAPPED IN AUBURN

September 9th, 2010
10:34 am

great point Bill. I think we’ll still be able to hang there with south carolina providing the defense holds them . I do think the defense will show up helping murray have a close win

Destin Dawg

September 9th, 2010
10:34 am

Appeal… it was a mistake in judgement by a 20 year old… not a huge crime.. 2 games is plenty.. Go AJ !!

Dawg House

September 9th, 2010
10:34 am

Universities should put a portion of the jersey sales for each player into a fund, and give them the money after they exhaust their eligibility.

The same cut should be required by each school, to avoid a recruiting advantage.

Destin Dawg

September 9th, 2010
10:35 am

here come the PATHETIC Techies..

CHDawg

September 9th, 2010
10:36 am

Folks,
I think UGA’s receiving corps is the deepest and best to ever grace the field in red and black. We will miss AJ, but the Dogs should do great without him. This could make us that much stronger for the latter half of the year. All things work together for good…A young man made a dumb decision, but sometimes we forget how hard things are financially for some of the players. Slap his wrist, maintain a deterrent, but the NCAA needs to remember that NCAA football is paying for most of the athletic departments and a whole lot more–the sentence needs to be lightened in my opinion.

Denver Dawg

September 9th, 2010
10:36 am

wondering what his family life is like… Where are you, mom and dad???? Somebody put some SPENDING MONEY in these kids’ pockets!! Then perhaps they can quit breaking the rules and letting their entire team down!

JayDawg

September 9th, 2010
10:37 am

Someone does cause I bought one

Dawg House

September 9th, 2010
10:37 am

RAMBLE ON……

you realize you just made something up, then go mad (envious) at us for it……… you see that right??

But maybe AJ Green should have not sold his jersey, and beat the crap out of his girlfriend like GT’s Robert Hall did. Then he would only have to sit out 1 game.

GeoffDawg

September 9th, 2010
10:37 am

…or attempt to gouge out someone’s eye and get half a game.

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Bill what do you think

September 9th, 2010
10:38 am

CMR could see the writing on the wall, hence the redshirt comes off Mason and Gray moves to reciever. On the other hand I look for Kris Durham to have a big breakout year. It seems like forever back before the injury bug hit Kris but his first year he would catch everything thrown near him. Gray is also going to open some eyes this year. Having people to throw too is not something Murray should worry about. Yes A.J. will be a big plus when he returns but the world will not stop turning or the sun will not come up tomorrow because A.J. can’t play. Maybe the bar was raised somewhat but we still can get over it.

Dawg House

September 9th, 2010
10:38 am

Denver Dawg….

reports are, AJ’s dad recently lost his job, like so many other families struggling. It is also believed he sold his jersey as a result of this. Do not blame his parents for him trying to help his family out.

sogadog

September 9th, 2010
10:39 am

Former D1 athlete, well said.

BAMA STAN

September 9th, 2010
10:40 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

A.J. did a double whammy:
1. Sold college memorabilia – NCAA punishment is missing 33.3% of the season games.
2. Illegal contact with an Agent.

$1000.00 for a jerey = payoff from an agent.

He did this to himself and in doing so – screwed over his teammates and UGA fans. He will miss SEC league games against SC, ARK and MISS ST.

We can gripe about the NCAA all we want to – but the players and coaches know the rules and you can not justify breaking the rules by stating how unfair it is for college kids to get to play football in front of huge crowds, have their college paid for – and a chance to play professionally making hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not millions – all before they turn 22 years old. If the NFL fails – they still have opportunity and education to make a great living – just like the rest of us that paid for our own education and go out everyday to make a living.

I have been very consistent:
1. When BAMA was caught cheating – we deserved the penalties we got – and let’s face it – it could have been worse. BAMA broke the rules – we need to be held accountable. we needed to clean house and start over.
2. Same applies to all current Bama players – I have no problem with whatever suspensions were handed down to BAMA players for their actions.
They break the rules – HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE!!!

UGA has lost plenty of games with AJ GREEN on the field – and have won plenty of games without AJ Green on the field.

UGA will be just fine without him – and I still think will beat USC in Columbia.

guy

September 9th, 2010
10:40 am

dawghouse: doing that still gives a recruiting advantage to larger schools. a school like texas can offer a recruit a hell of a lot more $$ from jersey sales than one like clemson, just based on the size of their fanbase. even if the % cut is the same, larger schools will still be able to offer the promise of more $$.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
10:40 am

Dawg House,

You got me. I really can’t see red panties falling from the sky.

AthensBodhi

September 9th, 2010
10:44 am

Former D1 athlete… You are wrong about the school owning his jersey. Players get Their jerseys as a bowl gift after every season. I know because mine are framed in my parents basement. Learn your facts before u open your mouth.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
10:45 am

Robert Hall was trying to defend himself from his hot headed girl friend who lost control. He never threw a punch. Her injuries were due to her own actions.

Scott W.

September 9th, 2010
10:46 am

@Jeff if you don’t like the return on your investment quit contributing. Everyone is as tired of hearing where’s my Championship as you are of hearing the self aggrandizement by AJ Green. Do you know AJ?

just fyi

September 9th, 2010
10:47 am

Just fyi to the person who suggested it, when you’re on full scholarship and get a meal plan, you can get grant money based on need, but not a student loan for costs beyond the Pell Grant. There’s no demonstrated need for it.

thUGa watcher

September 9th, 2010
10:47 am

Players agree to obey the rules when they sign. If they do not, stuff happens. Lying increases penalty.

If this thug stuff occured at other schools, you non-alumni would be gleeful.

Scott W.

September 9th, 2010
10:48 am

Where are you Mom and Dad? Denver Dawg, ever consider that AJ’s parents can’t afford to send him $. That maybe he did this to send them $.

BAMA STAN

September 9th, 2010
10:49 am

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

One more thing – AJ did make a bonehead decision – and is being held accoutable. It’s not like he is a now a convicted felon. Hold him accountable – then move on.

robodawg

September 9th, 2010
10:51 am

Agreed on all points. Hope we pull this one out without him. Missing that many games will knock him out of the individual awards too. A complete season with the expected highlight catches might have taken him to New York.

Scott W.

September 9th, 2010
10:52 am

With a fan base like this who needs Tech?

GO DAWGS

September 9th, 2010
10:54 am

I hope the appeal works!! I’m disappointed in AJ and ALL the Dawgs that have gotten in trouble, but I just don’t see how people can blame CMR for players actions while off the field and on THEIR own! Their scholarships don’t come with 24 hour babysitters. At some point they have to have common sense and responsibility. It makes me believe even more that college players that are on full rides should have to play out their entire 4 year career or payback the school for launching their multi-million dollar career if they leave early. GO DAWGS!

GeoffDawg

September 9th, 2010
10:54 am

“Her injuries were due to her own actions.”

RAMBLE ON!!!, your wife’s divorce lawyer probably just made a “ca-ching!” sound while pumping his fist.

AthensBodhi

September 9th, 2010
10:54 am

P.S. There are a lot of people on here taking shots at a 21 year old kid they have never met. I hope that makes you’ll feel really cool. Imagine if your worst decision was national news!? Get off your high horse!

DawgNation

September 9th, 2010
10:54 am

I wish any of you who constantly mouths off that AJ lied to prove it. What part of the NCAA findings stated he lied? Also prove he went to Miami. The NCAA did not come to this conclusion and from what he was found guilty of never mentioned the Miami trip investigation. So put up or shut up your slanderous comments unless you can provide proof.

turkeycaller

September 9th, 2010
10:55 am

I agree with your leading point that nobody looks good in this thing. I also agree the kid could have felt he was more important than the team. However, he won’t play against SC and two other games as well. Suit up and play football. This thing is history and I think the team will move on in a positive direction.

Furman Bishop

September 9th, 2010
10:56 am

Richt better get use to playing without Greene. Greene ain’t going to be around next year anyway. Come to think of it, if things don’t improve in Athens soon, Richt may not be around much longer either.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
10:57 am

btw, my red panties are size XXXL, in case any of you boys were wondering ;)

hypocracy

September 9th, 2010
10:58 am

i dont agree with the president, so i’m not going to pay my taxes.
it’s not right that the us government is using my money to fund things i don’t agree with.
when i get thrown in jail, tony, will you be writing an article on my behalf?

didn’t think so, buddy.

we got two sets of rules folks………

Gbal

September 9th, 2010
10:58 am

Former D1 Athlete – As big a UGA fan as there is, but you are correct and I can not believe the writers are defending him. Bill and Barnhart of all people. We all live by rules and pay the consequences for breaking them. They are getting a full ride education and a path/training to the NFL – A university is getting procededs from jersey sales in return to support the entire atheletic program at the school and to pay all the kids expenses. Not a bad deal at all. And not a bad rule.

He took money from an agent/supporter – A $45 jersey for $10000.

Be great to have AJ on the team but can win without him.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
11:00 am

I guess I was confusing AJ with the “hit and run dawg” about his drivers licenses.

It’s so hard keeping track. You know whose in jail verses whose cheating with you guys.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
11:02 am

Here comes my impostor. LOL

what a loser.

Another Steve

September 9th, 2010
11:04 am

The comparison with Bama player Marcell Dareus needs revisiting. To his credit, when Marcell Dareus first realized the party was agent related, he immediately left and was totally upfront with the NCAA investigation. The same cannot be said for AJ.

Its difficult to make an accurate assessment without all the facts.

Hobnail Boot

September 9th, 2010
11:05 am

I am a Dawg fan and AJ is a great player. I for one am sick of picking up the paper and reading this junk day after day about mistakes and bad decisions we are making. I would love for this not to be true and AJ plays this weekend but it’s not going to happen. The coaching staff have some tough decisions to make. They need to start making examples of the kids that are acting this way. I have had it!!!!!

hornblowermg

September 9th, 2010
11:05 am

Uga. should dismiss Green from the football program immediately.Is there actually a substantial insurance policy with an equally substantial premium involved? If so, then who paid the premium? If Green is more worried about jeopardizing his pro future than he is about playing winning football for Georgia, then he needs to retire from Georgia football right now and get on with his NFL stuff. There is much more to all of this than a $1,000 football jersey. The seemingly excessive penalty was probably for something that has yet to be revealed.

JBD

September 9th, 2010
11:05 am

Bama Stan… “accept the punishment”…

That’s garbage. Alabama appealed an original 4 game suspension just recently which was dropped to a 2 game suspension.

MATHDAWG

September 9th, 2010
11:07 am

It may be time for the top athletic schools to leave the NCAA. The NCAA has outlived its purpose and is ruled by the “also rans” for their benefit. There is no appreciation for what schools like UGA, UF, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma, etc have done to make college football the top sport in the USA. The NCAA is still angry at GA and OK for suing them over broadcast rights in the 1980’s. Tlhis has a lot to do with the severity of A.J.’s punishment. I say, “to hell with the NCAA and let’s form a new organization that will benefit the top athletic colleges.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
11:11 am

I’ll leave you fleabags alone now. I just love listening to how the world is not fair to the UGA football program though. It’s so entertaining.

I’ll be back next week for another round excuses and crying.

I’ll leave ya’ll now with my impostor.

Bo

September 9th, 2010
11:18 am

Not only will we miss AJ’s 5-10 “touches”, we’ll miss the opposing defense having to account for him. Which can only make it more difficult to run the ball. Hopefully Murray will catch the SC secondary sleeping on the passing game for a big play or three.

Tech Sucks

September 9th, 2010
11:20 am

Hey Former D1 Athlete… How many people bought your jerseys when you were rocking college athletics?

Frank Lane

September 9th, 2010
11:20 am

Suspend him for the season. It will cost him NFL bucks and teach a lesson that needs to be learned.

80 Dawg

September 9th, 2010
11:22 am

Our season really could rest on the game this weekend, if we lose , which I dont think we will, reshirt him for the rest of the season and bring him back next year. He is due to miss about a third of the season , so why not

bufbox

September 9th, 2010
11:27 am

Maybe he should have gifted the jersey to his dad… then dad could sell it if there was a true financial need. Surely the NCAA can’t control that… but would probably try anyway.

Dirty Dawg

September 9th, 2010
11:28 am

Hey folks, tell me just who did ‘Marcell’ think was paying for that trip and why he, of all people was being invited – along with some other ‘high-profile’ college football players – to Miami’s South Beach for a ‘partee’? I mean even if it hadn’t been ‘paid for’ by ‘agents’, he knew damned well that his momma and daddy hadn’t paid for it and for sure he hadn’t. So don’t tell me that he, all of a sudden, had an epiphany – after he got down there – and came back home (did he pay for that return trip, or use the return ticket that had been provided? And even if he did ‘reimburse’ somebody he used the money. My point is just when and where did he acquire these ‘mitigating circumstances’?

As for A.J…his ‘crime’ is getting him a third of the season…how does that compare to attempting to gouge out an opposing players eye(s) and getting one half of a Vandy game? Or claiming to be an innocent bystander to an armed robbery, or in a separate case involving another ‘playa’, a gang-bang, beat-down by eight of your teammates of an off-duty policeman, that garnered nothing in the form of punishment? Oh, by the way, don’t you find it interesting that the bi-polar coach of the ‘eye-gouging’ thug said at the time, in rationalizing his ‘punishment’, that ‘this wasn’t who this young man is’. Now we find that that same ‘young man’ – now in the pros – has a ’sex-tape’ making the rounds of the internet, so I suppose the ‘coach’ was right, the young man isn’t an ‘eye-gouging thug’ after all, he’s a shlong-swinging exhibitionist.

Urban

September 9th, 2010
11:30 am

Totally too much, should not have been over a 1/2 game suspension. If it was me, I’d send Spikes to the NCAA and let him gouge their eyes out.

bufbox

September 9th, 2010
11:30 am

80 Dawg .. he ain’t coming back next year… redshirt or not. His draft status might suffer a bit… but he will go 1st round in any scenario short of criminal or very immoral activity.

1eyedJack

September 9th, 2010
11:31 am

Dr. Adams, you need to hire better lawyers.

I can’t see where you can make any arguement that these kids are being taken advantage of. No one held a gun to their head and forced them to sign a scholarship to play football. They have the right to go to work and make money if that is what their priorities are. That scholarship does pay in the form of tuition, books, housing, and meals (all anyone really needs) for five years which is worth $100,000 or more plus lifetime earning potential.

If I write a book and sell you the rights to it for $100,000 then I have no recourse if you make $10,000,000 off of it.

Having said that, does anyone out there know if so-called “disadvantaged” student-athletes are able to qualify for Pell Grants to help with expenses? Some of my students get up to $1000 a semester from Pell to cover incidentals on top of their Hope.

West Coast Two Stars

September 9th, 2010
11:31 am

looks like Richt called Les Miles for advice, Les hung up on him

DaRick

September 9th, 2010
11:33 am

Wow! I’m glad we at Tennessee don’t do anything serious like this. If AJ was smart, he would have sneek punched and kicked tha NCAA. I got no penalty for that.

80 Dawg

September 9th, 2010
11:34 am

Yeah i know he isnt coming back …. But it will sure hit him the backside next year during the draft if he doesnt play at all this year. Plus we dont know if the NFL teams are going to be locked out next year. So why come out bufbox

bufbox

September 9th, 2010
11:39 am

Maybe cuz he tired of having to scramble for a few bucks to go see a movie and then have enough left over for Varsity

AJ Green

September 9th, 2010
11:42 am

hey , can i borrow a dollar

Coach Richt

September 9th, 2010
11:47 am

Things are looking up

September 9th, 2010
11:50 am

well guys at least were not in the SEC east……………….Oh wait

Sam

September 9th, 2010
11:53 am

Just another brotha tryin to get a dolla

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

No, really guys, it’s me, I really do have massive red panties, to conceal my gaping hatchet wound, from getting plowed by the entire UGA football team. I’m just bitter that none of them called me back, that’s why I’m obsessed with trolling your blogs, sorry :(

Will

September 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

I think the NCAA has their priorities out of whack. Green gets suspended for four games for selling a jersey. Numerous players have been suspended for associating with agents. However Masoli can rob someone and use drugs with no suspension whatsoever. This is a great message to send to the young atheletes of America. Way to go NCAA.

Ed

September 9th, 2010
12:02 pm

Let me be clear, the Univ. of Georgia like any other big time program is in it for themselves. But I’ve never bought the argument that the players are somehow victims. UGA is providing Green with a free university education if he’s inclined to take it, and also one heck of a venue in which to showcase his talents for prospective employers who might pay him tens of millions of dollars (before he even proves that he’s an NFL-level performer), as well as companies that might be willing to pay millions for him to endorse their products. I had to use student loans, the GI Bill, and work meniable jobs to get a degree that paid a modest entry-level salary in the real world.

The fact that Green even WANTED to sell his UGA game jersey pretty much says it all about modern players.

MIKE T

September 9th, 2010
12:06 pm

I’ll be back next week for another round excuses and crying.

Check back at the end of Nov. after we kick Tech’s ass
and win number 61.

SONNY

September 9th, 2010
12:08 pm

I LIVE FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL–MOSTLY THE DAWGS–BUT I AM SICK OF THIS–RICHT NEEDS TO GO, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH–IT WONT CHANGE WITH HIM. IT TOOK HIM 3 YEARS TO FIRE 3 BAD COACHES. ENOUGH

Former D1 Athlete

September 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

TECH SUCKS…YOUR GIRLFRIEND SLEPT IN MY JERSEY. SHE NEEDS TO GIVE THAT BACK.

McDawg

September 9th, 2010
12:10 pm

what is all this talk of undisciplined UT players in the SHOWERS??-is this a hold over from Kiffin and crew ripping off their shirts??-a GT tickle pile??

someone needs to investigate (NCAA lawyers you may never be a US Attorney but man think of the headlines)

it is no wonder Da’Rick followed boyfriend Nancee to Knoxville

GeezusDawg

September 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

For comment, read my post on Barnhardt’s blog.

The horse is sufficiently dead. Move on ….

McDawg

September 9th, 2010
12:14 pm

BTW -it was his jersey given to him by the Independence Bowl but as far i can tell there were 2 or 3 infractions

1) selling the jersey (1 game)

2) receiving benefits from an agent (2 games)

and maybe not sure

3) obstructing an investigation by lying (1 game)

the kid from Bama simply received benefits from an agent (2 games)

Sam

September 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

Ramble on: where is the evidence that Green ever lied in this investigation? It is going to be a great day when Georgia State gets bigger crowds than Tech.

McDawg

September 9th, 2010
12:19 pm

let the dawgs run wild-the junk is back in the trunk-Garcia won’t know what hit him

ty webb

September 9th, 2010
12:19 pm

Fomer D1 athlete,
Don’t know what sport you played but you’re an idiot. If it was his independence bowl jersey that he sold, it was HIS jersey. The Jersey is a gift that the team gives to each player. You’re welcome. Save all the sanctimony.

From 11-3 to 14-0

September 9th, 2010
12:23 pm

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Go Yellow Jackets !
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Sam

September 9th, 2010
12:24 pm

If he got $1K for an Independence Bowl jersey, just imagine what a Sugar Bowl or BCS title game jersey would go for!!

PowerDawg

September 9th, 2010
12:28 pm

Hey, I’m a huge fan of A.J. Green.

I think he made a poor decision to do what he did and I believe he realizes it also. I also believe he is genuinely sorry for having caused the distraction for the team.

It’s true that the university makes a huge sum of cash on his name and number. Yes, he is getting a college degree and has no educational expenses because of his scholarship. But he is also a young man walking around with very little money in his pocket while he is there. I’ll guarantee you it was difficult for he and his family to come up with an extra grand to pay back his obligations. Probably very difficult, especially in this economy.

I don’t fault him for selling HIS property on e-Bay or wherever. The speculation that the person that bought it was “considered an agent” is just plain BS. Hell, I’m very interested in his promotion. I have several substantial bets with colleagues on his chances for certain accolades this year… I think he should receive serious consideration for the Heisman and believe he might be the #1 overall NFL pick..does that make me an agent?

Seriously, Dawgnation…FOUR games? AYFKM? The kid from ‘bama takes the cash and airline ticket to the party in South Beach and hangs with agents all night… well, he just has to pay back the money and gets a TWO game suspension? Seriously?

Why the difference? Mitigating circumstances? You mean like… he plays for Alabama. Hasn’t the NCAA learned it’s lesson with that school in recent years? Now they get a pass? That dog won’t hunt.

Sorry, I just don’t see the comparison as anything but biased. The circumstances are not even remotely similar. One guy was trying to raise a little pocket money by selling something that belonged to him. The other one was purely and simply trying to establish a pipeline to the NFL riches and sold his a$$ for the
privilege of rubbing elbows on the beach.

The NCAA needs to be sued out of existence if they do anything less than reduce Green’s suspension to the same TWO games as the other guy. It’s only fair.

Ed

September 9th, 2010
12:29 pm

I’m beginning to think that incidents like this (remember the ‘02 SECC rings that ended up on Ebay) and players getting arrested are just par for the course as long as Richt is the coach. It’s time for UGA to find a new coach. Richt simply has no control over this program because it’s obvious that he’s not respected or feared by the players. Heck, they freakin’ DANCE on the sidelines during timeouts. It’s obvious that Richt has tried to mold UGA using the 1980s-90s Miami Hurricane model. It’s not working out, coach.

Former UGA Player

September 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

“ty webb” speaks the truth. Every player receives their bowl jersey at the end of every season. The jerseys (valued at $50 wholesale) are given to players out of the $500 limit total bowl package gift from the University, sponsors, etc. It is HIS jersey to keep, just as I have 4 of MY OWN today. If I wanted to sell any of those four, I could… legally.

Now I wouldn’t sell any of mine, but then again none of mine are from an Independance Bowl. With his family circumstances, and the fact that he’ll have at least 1 jersey from a better bowl to keep as a personal momento…I can’t really blame him here.

Murphy

September 9th, 2010
12:36 pm

O.K enough is enough.Yes A.J broke the rules and he along with our football team is paying the price.Whats done is done. Move on. We have plenty of talent at UGA-Richt needs to use it.Put Brandon Smith out there and let him torch the USC seconadry with his speed.The USC secondary is suspect with or without A.J Defense wins championships-Time for Grantham to earn his salary! We can make a statement on Saturday! We have the talent-do we have the coaching to overcome this?

WilliamG

September 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

This is a true question, not a comment. As I understand it his father lost his job and – this is the story anyway – A.J. was trying to help. If that’s true that puts a different light on things, at least in my eyes.

OK. Now the question. It’s obvious that he’ll go high in the pro draft and that the family’s money problems should be over then. Would it violate any rules if a local bank loaned the father money – there would be no mention of A.J. in the loan at all, his future earnings would not secure the loan. It would just be an unsecured loan. But there seems little doubt that the loan could be repaid in a year or two.

Just wondering. If anyone knows let me know. I can’t see how that could violate any rules since – on paper, with the loan – there would be no mention at all to A.J.

Former D1 Athlete

September 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

Ty Webb…right or wrong. UGA has been in trouble for this EXACT thing before when the players sold SEC rings on ebay. Just dont sell your jersey till you get the millions of dollars from the league. Then youre in the clear, simple as that. Poor AJ.

Ben

September 9th, 2010
12:45 pm

If some schools took more precautionary measures when it comes to career college recruiting, they could possibly avoid incidents such as these.

bad brad

September 9th, 2010
12:46 pm

Hey former D1 athlete,
Just wondering where you went to school since they didn’t teach you the difference between whoa and woe.

boo boo

September 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

The ‘ Evil Genius ‘ is smiling in Columbia.

Virginia DAWG

September 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

Enter your comments here

Jeff

September 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

Scott W…..you’re an idiot….return on my investment????? no stupid, that was not the point. I contribute money to this institution so I and anyone else has the right to demand players/coaches conduct themselves in a way that does not put a black cloud over our university and program nor put the players that do work hard and follow the rules in the position they are in. Plain and simple….break the rules…suffer the consequences. As a former athlete- I understood that well. I also had a coach (Billy Henderson) that would not tolerate it. Its time for OUR coach to send a once and for all statement to this team and future players…..that messaage still has not gotten across…

Virginia DAWG

September 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

Think about his. If an employee of a company lost his/her ability to do their job through wrongful activities they would be terminated or at least put on leave without pay. Example: a delivery person or truckdriver gets a DUI and loses his license…can’t work, so can’t be paid. AJ isn’t working (playing in games) for 4 weeks. Maybe they should prorate his scholarship for this period.

Red

September 9th, 2010
12:57 pm

Leading the nation in arrested players, AD caught drunk & cheating, best player suspended for selling jersey & lying to NCAA (that is why it is 4 games). Had enough, friends. UGA football is an embarassment to any objective fan. Mark Richt is a good man….he cannot seem to inspire the same in his team. Will always support him, but UGA continues to allow the football program to define the public image of the school. We are better than this, but nobody knows because the football team is a disgrace. Undefeated seasons don’t mean a thing without character….ask Reggie Bush and USC.

Trent

September 9th, 2010
1:01 pm

Scott W: Poor AJ- you’ve got to be kidding me! It’s fans like you that condone or excuse this behavior that amaze me. AJ and the “9″ other players that somehow feel they are above the rules should be dismissed from the team. You don’t see 9-10 arrest in Gainsville, Tuscaloosa, Baton Rouge, Austin do you? That’s the difference between us moving to the next level and those schools already being there….its called DISCIPLINE and that translates to GAMEDAY!

Delbert D.

September 9th, 2010
1:01 pm

From NCAA.org:

An appeal is NOT a new hearing that provides a second chance to argue the case. The Infractions Appeals Committee will reverse or modify a ruling of the Committee on Infractions only if the individual or school can prove one of the following:

The ruling by the Committee on Infractions was clearly contrary to the evidence;
The individual or school did not actually break NCAA rules;
There was a procedural error that caused the Committee on Infractions to find a violation of NCAA rules;
The penalty was excessive and is an abuse of discretion.
The Infractions Appeals Committee does not consider evidence that wasn’t presented to the Committee on Infractions.

Dostoyevskiy

September 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

I’m slow, so if I (now) understand it, selling the jersey was just a ruse to allow Green to collect one grand from an aspiring agent. Right? (or wrong?).

Former Midget Football Player

September 9th, 2010
1:03 pm

I used to play wide receiver for the Pop Warner Bulldawgs! I got to keep my jersey. I scored a touchdown once when I recovered a fumble in the end zone.

how2fish

September 9th, 2010
1:05 pm

Red lead the nation in arrested players..really how do you know? Get the info from the fools at the Fulmer Cup? The guys that don’t even list the 8 Notre Dame players arrested at the same party…do we have too many yes do we lead the nation..I damn sure doubt that .And was AJ arrested? Undefeated seasons don’t mean a thing without character….ask Reggie Bush and USC…are you mental..Bush and family reaped benefits from agents for years and the coaches knew about it…how in hell do you equate that with 1 player selling a jersey..he will pay for what he did and we will move on..

Dawg 39

September 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

I agree. Let Richt Go. The next coach will not win 90 games, 3 SEC East titles, & 2 SEC titles in the very competitive SEC during his first 9 years. He will also not have the graduation rate & GPA excellence that CMR has had.
It is time for the Dawgs to settle back to the mediocrity that they enjoyed from 1983 until CMR took over. This being competiive in every aspect of the program Is too nerve wrecking for this OLD DAWG.

bad apple dawg

September 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

AJ KNEW what he did . stop the excuses !

georgia87

September 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

So, he sold it on Ebay? How many of us have any idea what kind of person is on the other end of an Ebay transaction?

how2fish

September 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

Trent wow your a bigger idiot than yellow fuzzy…..how many arrest do you think have been made in G’ville in the last 3 years…its a lot..where most of them BS underage drinking beefs..yeppers..you calling CUM’s program out of control??

bad apple dawg

September 9th, 2010
1:20 pm

Georgia 87….. He broke a rule period. So now he faces the consequences. He made the decision to break a rule. It wasnt a mistake blind homers. Y’all need to quit blaming the NCAA. . AJ is at fault .

bad apple dawg

September 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

DAWG 39 ….Richty Richt aint the only coach out there that can Win at Georgia. Get a friggin life !

LMA

September 9th, 2010
1:28 pm

Great post by Jeff. I’ve actually met Coach Henderson a few times myself. Great individual. Did you play for him in Athens?

BG

September 9th, 2010
1:32 pm

4 games is way to extreme!! Why did the bama kid get 2 games and Green got 4? The bama kid got about 1800 compared to 1000 Green got. Something is wrong with this picture. Maybe, someone needs to check up on the NCAA!

how2fish

September 9th, 2010
1:33 pm

bad apple dawg you broke a rule you made a statement and didn’t back it up..what coaches and when could they start..what do you offer as proof that one they could win more than CMR and two they would come..until you can answer these questions grasshopper..go away!

yellowjacketjack

September 9th, 2010
1:34 pm

what everybody is missing is YES, the bookstore sells the #8 jersey for $39.99, but AJ sold his jersey for $1000. must be a nice jersey or simply an agent overpaying in order to get AJ to sign with him in NFL dealings

DawgNation

September 9th, 2010
1:41 pm

Can not wait till Saturday so we can move on and quit hashing over the same old stuff from blog to blog to blog.

Former D1 Football Player

September 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

Former D1 Athlete – actually the university gave the jerseys to AJ and the rest of the team after the Bowl Game. So actually it was his jersey. This is pretty standard for teams to do after a Bowl Game. You obviously didn’t play D1 football. What did you play Tennis?

Ed

September 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

Please don’t compare UGA to UF or any Florida school. Richt’s apparent attempt to emulate those programs is what got Georgia in this mess to begin with. Remember when Donnan got slammed for coddling Quincy Carter, a real lowlife? Quincy would just be one of the guys on Richt’s teams.

And it burns me up that Washaun Ealey is still a Bulldog. Being a traffic scofflaw or having an open container is one thing, but this guy is a THIEF, plain and simple. We can talk about what a wonderful guy Richt is all he wants, but the fact is he thinks that stealing someone else’s property is worth a one-game suspension against a joke of an opponent. Got to be at full strength for South Carolina, after all.

Lou Holtz once suspended his top two running backs before an Orange Bowl against a heavily favored Oklahoma team – for rules violations, not crimes. His 3rd-string back ran for more than 200 yards and Arkansas kicked the crap out of Oklahoma. That’s leadership, that’s the ability to inspire and motivate players, and Richt simply doesn’t have that.

Dawg Fed Up

September 9th, 2010
1:53 pm

I love the DAWGS….but I understand the anger at AJ and CMR…AJ knew better and CMR doesn’t have a zero tolerance policy against this type of BS.
Most GA fans want all this crap cleaned up and if that means accepting the suspension, droppping the appeal, even sitting him for the entire season, then fine by me. We can win without AJ – we have and we will – next year, we’ll have to. Don’t feel bad for AJ – he will still go in the 1st round and be a multi-millionaire less than a year from. But this is Big Business and my guess is we continue the appeal and the suspension gets reduced to 2 games…one served already.

Ferndolin

September 9th, 2010
1:54 pm

The holy NCAA operates like the fuedal system. The great prince issues commands, vests families with fifes, and off with his head (maybe or maybe not) any low-life who intentionally or unintentially defies the king. I do not agree with the notion that they are making examples of student athletes to avoid a blitzkrieg of violations. ‘Keep that finger in the dike, young man’, is their montra. But what do they care. Credibility means nothing to them. Bring it on they say. Really, the seemingly arbitrary nature of how these penalties are handed down, is cause for some real question asking, maybe evein finger pointing, heads rolling (?). What an idiotic and sef-serving organization. And there’s even a new King.

JW

September 9th, 2010
2:02 pm

Last week at the University Bookstore, they were selling game worn jerseys from the Florida game last year for 175.00 and the red and black helments for 300.00????????????

Bill

September 9th, 2010
2:13 pm

Much ado about nothing. Folks…you better start worrying about the nation going broke.

cliff

September 9th, 2010
2:14 pm

Not sure if anything happened when Alabama players were caught selling large number of textbooks? Did NCAA investigate or was it hushed up.
Was that the incident where they gave up games?

dan

September 9th, 2010
2:17 pm

UGA just needs to proceed as if they aren’t going to have AJ this year. AJ might as well just go ahead and start getting ready for the NFL draft like Dez Bryant did last year, especially if the NCAA is going to continue to be horsesa$$es about this jersey thing. I mean 4 games is 1/3 of a season, and at this point there is no guarantee that there won’t be more.

UGA is already a young team that is in rebuild mode, and Murray and Mason will have to develop chemistry with their other receivers after this year anyway. So I think Richt should just tell AJ to go ahead and declare for the draft and move on with the guys that are actually playing for him. Let the young guys get their reps./take their lumps and build for the next few years.

wildbill

September 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

How many more “mistakes of judgment” comments will be made to the media before the higher ups at UGA or the Board of Regents take notice and take charge themselves. Excuses, and parsing of words will not work here. McGarity and/or CMR must take positive action or they lose their credibility right along with their players.

DDT

September 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

Whats going on in the SEC? Players that talk like some kind of idiots that can’t speak english, could not pass a test unless someone else gives them the answers, can’t drive a car or scooter, beat up off-duty cops, can’t understand the rules of the game, worried about a few dollars so they can buy some bling, new rims for their ride or have a better crib than a dorm. Now another stupid thing to make the SEC look like a bunch of backwoods tards, the Vols head coach is teaching his players how to take a bath or shower since they dont know how to wipe their own butt or brush their teeth. My God, where were these players raised and why would anyone want them to play for their team. Lets all hang our head in shame!! This goes for all SEC teams.

uga_b

September 9th, 2010
2:25 pm

I would just like to point out something to all the people who view this indentured servitude as a working arrangement. Yes they get scholarships. However, unlike you at your job where you can profit off your position and title for things like securing speaking engagements, the college players cannot make any money based on their status. I am sure the NCAA president can command a large honararium to come speak somewhere based on being the NCAA president when not on official business.

There is a slight abrogation of freedom which AJ voluntarily entered into and violated. But it is not like a working arrangement.

run the ball

September 9th, 2010
2:27 pm

Why is it a given that AJ will not come back next year? Did he come to GA to just get paid? Did he come to GA to help win a BCS Trophy? I know everyone will think I’m crazy for saying this, but…AJ consider your senior season as an opportunity to win a NC with a fan base that will forever love you for it (even if you fail). Think about how sick we would be next year if all of our Juniors stayed. I think I’m going to start a web-site. PleaseStayAJ.com

RedcoatSousa

September 9th, 2010
2:27 pm

Ed,

The team dances on the sidelines during timeouts because we Redcoats are owning the airwaves. They can’t help themselves, and shouldn’t be blamed for it

uga_b

September 9th, 2010
2:28 pm

Another intemperate question: If someone on an academic scholarship is offered a signing bonus from a company recruiter in their junior year are they required to sit out classes and repay the money?

jimmy mack

September 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

the whole thing is unfair.two games for a $4000.00 trip 4 games for a$1000.00 jersey,no sense at all

BR

September 9th, 2010
2:32 pm

The Nerds don’t have a blog, if they did they’d stay off the UGA ones… Honestly, what is there to discuss when it comes to their pathetic team?

On that note, I agree with Jeff. I am a life long Dawg fan and graduated from UGA in 1995. I have been a season ticket holder since 2001, and my parents have been since 1967. Mark Richt HAS to do something about these players. A.J. Green is one thing (stupid, but nothing that warranted a four game suspension), but players like Ealey and Ogletree making STUPID decisions. It may take kicking a few off the team to wake the others up.

B5

September 9th, 2010
2:35 pm

Had this been a player from USC or Notre Dame, they would have gotten a ruling two weeks ago AND a two game suspension, MAXIMUM.

DDT

September 9th, 2010
2:38 pm

If the NCAA really wants to get the SEC players attention and punish them, dont make them sit out a few football games. What a joke, kind of like putting a kid in time-out for 10 minutes. Make them go to class, study and pass their exams without any help! That will put the fear of God in them.

erika

September 9th, 2010
2:41 pm

barneyb

September 9th, 2010
2:41 pm

Yes, there is disparity in treatment with the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. They are crooked in their own right, and trying desperately to stay relevant when we just wish they would crawl back under the rock from wence they came. And you can make an argument about everyone making money off the backs of the players, who are hamstrung by some really petty rules. And yes, I know that the overwhelming majority of college players will NEVER make it in the pros. And the majority of them probably never complete their degree. Which makes them unmarketable in most high paying white collar professions.

That said, bottom line is this:
These young men know this going into college. They are given a free ride- tuition, fees, books, room, and board. they experience things and get treated that no one else will ever get. Additionally, they are given a venue and an audience every fall Saturday to show their skills to the world. Talk about the ultimate job interview!

Many come from lower income backgrounds, have poor role models, and the adulation and lure of easy money is difficult to resist when you’re 18, have poor impulse control, and no accountability.
But at some point, we all have to be held accountable for our own actions, and stop deflecintg responsibility. That’s part of being an adult, and a productive member of society. We all have to abide by rules, laws, regulations, and just an overall sense of being a decent human being. the sense of entitlement they posess is cultivated at a young age if they show any degree of talent.

The program at UGA is out of control. I don’t care if they are mostly minor infractions- it doesn’t matter. I don’t care if a player needs money for date night or whatever. You signed on to do a job and abide by the rules. When you break the rules, the punishment should be severe as to create a “chilling effect” to discourage others. No respect or fear for Coach Richt, this is what you get. If you get caught jaywalking, don’t cry that it was the po-po targeting them or just coming down hard on the students in town. Act like a fool, we will treat you like one. You are an employee of UGA, and you are expect to conduct yourself in a manner that is not unbecoming to your employer.

The world of Sports is broken. The NCAA system is broken. Athletics at UGA is broken. However, until it is fixed, you know the rules- abide by them or get out. There’s plenty of blame to go around. But the buck stops with AJ Green. Good riddance, you punk. You and the rest of your buddies that took a walk on the wild side let everybody down. Best of luck to all of you pumping gas or bagging groceries; that’s if you all grow up and pursue a lawful profession.

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

Frank Stallone

September 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

D1 Athlete –

The jersey was in fact owned by A.J. and not by UGA. Players are allowed to keep their bowl jerseys for themselves so, after the bowl game, the jersey was A.J.’s property. He didn’t sell UGA’s jersey, he sold his own. Just wanted to clarify your argument, although I think you’re missing the point anyways.

Dirty Dawg

September 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

Everybody seems so certain that SC’s gonna kick our butts…many of the, so-called, experts on the new cable-sports shows have picked SC across the board to beat us even before the AJ suspension announcement. Good. Of course the ‘old-ball-coach’ ain’t fallin’ for the predictions, I think he knows that this Georgia defense ain’t like your daddy’s and you can be sure he’s got some ‘ace’s up his hole’ to overcome it. Having said that, I believe that Mr. Grantham’s got the athletes to cover the contingencies – the screens, the drags, the give-and-goes – and will give Mr. Garcia a lickin’ comparable only to the one they’ll give young Mr. Lattimore. The defense, combined with a strong running attack, a QB that won’t be rattled by the crowd – Noon ain’t night in Columbia – and a special teams superiority that very well could mean the difference in the outcome…at least that’s what I’m hoping.

JP

September 9th, 2010
2:46 pm

I am a Gator fan, but I take no joy in seeing a guy suspended. I think the NCAA will knock the suspension to 2 games, and UGA will beat USCw without Green.

dw

September 9th, 2010
2:47 pm

barneyb, I think you just nailed it. Congrats!!!!

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
2:50 pm

Former Div 1 Player…the jersey that AJ sold actually does belong to him it was part of the gifts he and other players received at last years bowl game…check it out if don’t believe it…the problem was that he sold it to someone that may qualify as an agent or someone acting on behalf of an agent…With that being said, i think the penalty was harsh if you compare it to other incidents similar to this…of course there may be more to the story than we do know, but from what we know it appears that they are trying to make an example out of AJ..My question what about the Bama playere going not once, but twice to Miami, and yes maybe he was forthcoming, but two trips?…
The Univ. of Georgia and their lawyers need to make sure in their appeal that the NCAA has and is being consistant when they hand out these rulings….

Red and Black Thru and Thru

September 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

Four games? I could see maybe the first two minutes of the first quarter of a game, but four games? So he sold a jersey. Big deal. All of us sell an item of clothing on ebay and get a thousand big ones. And lying? Heck, all of us fib a little once in a while.

What say we just honor him before the kickoff in Columbia and let it go at that? Besides, I want us to win that game real, real bad.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

This is simple…this guy let his team down! No excuse for this!!!

Dawg Tell

September 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

barneyb—Love the comments.I wish Richt would post these in the locker room where all players can read them.In fact I will try to email this to the AD office. Bill ,you can send this to Richt through your contacts—Do it please!!!!

Blondie

September 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

He gets a free education and free on the job training – so why shouldn’t the University make some money off him in return to pay for that and then some? He’ll likely be a millionaire within five years, so remind me… why should I feel sorry for his inability to follow the rules and be grateful for the career boost in exchange for one more season?

What’s more, he didn’t admit this up front. He denied any involvement with agents and let the lawyers try to get him off the hook. He’s sorry he got caught. If he’d come forward and said, “Yes, I sold a jersey and I knew it was wrong. I’m sorry.” – they probably would have just suspended him for a game or two. It’s the fact that he wasn’t forthcoming about the offense that probably made the NCAA come down harder. And they should too. It instills the fear of God in players to not step out of line. Fame and fortune await you if you just follow the rules for three years – how hard is that?

Dawg 39

September 9th, 2010
3:06 pm

bad apple dawg. I have a frigging life.
I have also been attending Dawg games since Butts was the coach. If CMR goes 9 & 4 or better this year he will have sucessfully completed the best ten year run in the history of UGA football. That works for me & yes I do believe that there is not another coach out there who can do better at UGA than CMR. CMR is the best HC the Dawgs have ever had & the next one will Not be as sucessful as CMR has been. End of conversation.

Red Panties

September 9th, 2010
3:24 pm

If Richt is such a great coach, why don’t other schools come after his assistants———-answer, they DON”T. Elite programs like Bama and the Gators and LSU have other
schools trying to get their coaches, nobody wants Richt’s assistants.

Richt had to go to his 4th choice, just to get a DC, Bama, VT, LSU and SC (quitely)
turned him down and it’s not because Georgia isn’t a great school (it is), these coaches
see the discipline problems that Richt continues to tolerate and they don’t want any part
of that.

Jeffro Bodeen

September 9th, 2010
3:31 pm

This punishment for a trivial infraction is brought to you by BEN DOVER!! Motion seconded by his brother BO!

Dawg_Mike

September 9th, 2010
3:33 pm

A J Is not staying for his Senior year. Anyone that thinks he is suddenly going to feel he betrayed the Bulldog Nation better wake up. Yes, there might be an NFL lockout but by the time the lockout occurs, he will have already been drafted, signed and the bonus money will be in the bank…all $25 or $30 million of it.

What would YOU do?

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

Paga Paga Dawg…I don’t think AJ let his team down…from what i hear they will continue to support him unlike some of the fare weather fans that are only true dawg fans when things are rosy…AJ let himself down…the dawgs are bigger than one player…Yes we are probably a better team with him, but we have other scholarship atheletes who now have an opportunity to step it up…We don’t know what AJ’s reasons were for doing this, maybe it was selfish, maybe he just wanted a little money of his own, maybe his family needed it…but we don’t know his reasons, although so many on here think they do…but to me, to come on here and say “No excuse for this”, well thats just wrong and just shows you how some are taking this as a personal attack against the university…We supported this young man when he committed early to us and despite pressure to stay in SC, he remained loyal to the dawgs, we cheered him for his unbelievable catches, but now it seems people want to dismiss this young man for, yes, making a silly, or stupid mistake, take your pick…but to bash him and act like its something that none of us would have done, if we knew all the circumstances, then that is just wrong…Let him serve his punishment and then cheer for him when he gets back on the field…I can promise you his teammates will…..

Red Panties

September 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

The Vegas line has moved, SC giving the dawgs 3 1/2 points, I guess Greene was
only worth 1/2 point.

Dawghater

September 9th, 2010
3:36 pm

You have 18, 19 and 20 year old kids. They see what happens around them. CMR takes one game agains ULL from Easley for reckless driving, without a license and underage drinking in his car. One game! AJ Green get $1000 from an agent and everyone makes it sound like he was just selling a jersey on the Internet. Yes, even selling a jersey is a violation no matter the cost. Yet, AJ was getting a bribe from an agent. And UGA’s response is sit him out in a meaningless game and then appeal the NCAA’s punishment. When at UGA there isn’t any punishment. If UGA has an important game coming up you might see a kid sit for a quarter or for much harsher punishment a half. If you want discipline and mean really, then suspend someone for a year and make them red shirt and sit out. Kids pay attention to what goes on around them. If they think they can get away with something, THEY WILL! Yep, the sport is more important than the morals and rules in Athens and that’s why we will continue to read stories like this one. Right Damon Evans!

Dawg_Mike

September 9th, 2010
3:37 pm

By the way, A J does not meet the definition of a Damn Good Dawg.
Neither did Stafford or Moreno. They were here to showcase their above average talents for the NFL and it worked.
When I think of Damn Good Dawgs, I think of people like Logan Gray who would never have the talent but he has hung in there, done what was asked of him and put the team above his own self interests.

Dawg_Mike

September 9th, 2010
3:38 pm

…and Kris Durham.

Dawg_Mike

September 9th, 2010
3:38 pm

Pollack, Greenie, etc…

See the difference???

DIT

September 9th, 2010
3:39 pm

It just totally cracks me up with the techies and their “red panties” comments. They are so juvenile! They act as if they are 9 years old and have heard the words for the 1st time. Every time one of them posts “red panties” they probably giggle like a couple school girls. You wonder why people make fun of some of the techies on here and are called nerds. Well, there you have it. I do appreciate some of the other tech posters on here that do stay civil.

CMR is a great coach. Gt knows it better than anyone else with his 8-1 record against them. That’s why you want him gone.

catlady

September 9th, 2010
3:39 pm

Cummon, guys, a 4 game suspension for a $1000 bribe is pretty generous!

DIT

September 9th, 2010
3:42 pm

As for AJ. The fault is on him 100%. He knew better and did it anyways. 4 games is generous.

barneyb

September 9th, 2010
3:42 pm

Kudos, Dawg_Mike. Well said!

Dawghater

September 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

The problem is CMR is a good man and a good coach. He’s just influenced by a bunch of loser boosters

Dawghater

September 9th, 2010
3:45 pm

Hey Dawg Mike – you might want to pick a player or former player who actually has done SOMETHING!

Red Panties

September 9th, 2010
3:46 pm

Spurrier is tied for 3rd for most SEC victories (105), a win over Georgia will move him onto a tie for 2nd with Ole Miss HC John Vaught(106). Oh, BTW the coach he was tied with at 105, none other than Vince Dooley. Ironic isn’t it, kinda like Tebow breaking Walker’s rushing TD record against Georgia last year.

DIT

September 9th, 2010
3:47 pm

Dawghater(nerd) How about David Pollack who was 4-0 against tech

i'm betting he didn't come clean

September 9th, 2010
3:58 pm

if you lie or plead the 5th to delay the investigation – the penalty increases

ask dez !

Dawg_Mike

September 9th, 2010
3:59 pm

@ Dawghater-

I believe Greenie and Pollack did quite a lot, but then again showing mental toughness, resolve, determination and the ability to be a team player seems about right.
Oh, and stay out of trouble too.

Dawg_Mike

September 9th, 2010
4:03 pm

If I have to splain it then you never would have known what it meant in the first place.

Dance's With Whiskey

September 9th, 2010
4:06 pm

I’m just confused about how the Bama Player said as soon as he got to the party and found out it was agent related he “called the coach and they called the NCAA” Did they let him on the plane without somebody buying a ticket? Did he get picked up by some random that said “hey come on out to this party we are having?”

whiskeydawg

September 9th, 2010
4:06 pm

Green broke the rules, let his team down, and deserves to be punished. The schools and the NCAA have every right to collect money from the selling of merchandise, players do not. The money collected by schools from selling jerseys, hats, or anything else, goes towards a school’s general fund and the athletic programs. If the NCAA were to allow individual players to sell their jerseys or anything else, it would become a free for all and revenue which helps support the very program which is providing them a tuition free college education is diminished. As for the punishment of Green, 4 games is too severe considering what the NCAA has given out to offenses which seem on the surface worse than what A.J. did. Finally, I say to A.J. Green, if you want to make amends to your team, finish your education and play your senior year.

Nothing but the truth

September 9th, 2010
4:09 pm

Aren’t we all a bunch of hypocrites? In America, the land of the free, we have decided that for our entertainment pleasure young men must first attend certain universities in order to have a chance to make a living playing professional football. We expect these young men to work their tails off and risk career ending injury before having any opportunity for compensation. We ask them to negotiate a social climate that often requires far more financial resources than their families can access. We want them to behave like perfect gentlemen at an age in which decision making is developmentally suspect. We want this so we can cheer for old State U., and when victorious, sneer at the defeated school down the street and proclaim that our “men” are superior to their “men”.

Get rid of athletic scholarships at academic institutions. Let the NFL develop young men into professional football players. Don’t force young men to participate in a monopolistic system that effectively forces them to provide entertainment for these universities and provide income for these universities (and the NCAA). Don’t ask these young men to insert a dangerous four year internship period into their professional development that prohibits them from participating in the entertainment free market while incurring risk of serious career ending injury.

We should all be ashamed.

bjohndawg

September 9th, 2010
4:12 pm

Wait…Here is a scene for you…..I am a player that has a car valued at $1,000….a whoopdee if you will. But I get someone that loves the program to ” buy” it for $3,000. Is the NCAA going to crack down on that. Understand you could sale ” any item one owns” to anyone. Does the NCAA regulate that?

1. If the young man cannot sell, does he really own it?
2. Four games, come on….I could understand one game, maybe two…but four? Forget what the Alabama player got, four games is excessive.

That said, while the “rule” is busted on its creators are on crack, AJ knows the rules, and he will ultimately have to play the freight on this one.

But in reality, these players are little more than slaves.
The schools put their names on the back of their jerseys( not all schools but some) and they sell them online and in bookstores and across the country.
The coaches make them wear Nike, or Reebok as per their contract, and the coach gets paid 100’s of thousands of dollars, but the players get nothing but most wear the apparel.
The schools get millions from their share of the ticket money, bowl money, TV money…and the players get nothing.

Frankly its a busted system. Unless your a coach, AD or school, then hey you love it.

bjohndawg

September 9th, 2010
4:14 pm

And for the NFL is is the cheap farm system that money did not have to buy

boots

September 9th, 2010
4:14 pm

NCAA’s phone number: 317-917-6222. They said they are getting hammered with constructive criticism from people upset with the severity of this decision. Good.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

September 9th, 2010
4:15 pm

Aw, cheer up fellow Dawg fans….my sources tell me that Obama is inviting A.J. “E-Bay” Green to the White House for a beer with the NCAA big-dawgs. They will immitate Urban and Timmy by lapsing into this big man-hug. Then, they will join hands with our President, sing Kum Ba Yah, and all will be well in the land of the free and the home of the stupid.

boots

September 9th, 2010
4:16 pm

Money made off of any numbered jersey (including those WITH the name of the player on them) should be split with the player some how (maybe 1%). Put the players funds in escrow and he gets the money when (and only when) he graduates from the school. This way, he stays “unpaid” but does get a fair amount of consideration for his efforts in selling the jersey in the first place.

@WreckBuZZ

September 9th, 2010
4:17 pm

The “mitigating circumstances” for Marcell Dareus were that he accepted money from Marvin Austin (UNC DT) to fund his trip to that party. Austin is likely to be the one who gets the longest suspension since he seems to be dirty all the way around.

Green took money directly from an agent. I think what you guys are confusing this with is Green selling some property for money. Green took money from an agent under the guise of selling a game jersey. There’s a difference.

RambleOn84

September 9th, 2010
4:17 pm

Tech fan here, but I think it sucks for AJ and UGA.

The rules themselves suck, but that’s not really the issue today…

He did break the rule (crappy as it may be), but the punishment was WAY too harsh. One to two games would have been acceptable, though I would still argue with the ethics of the rule in question.

These guys work their butts off to essentially make millions for the schools, coaches, and NCAA.

They’re not allowed to have jobs, and many come from poor backgrounds…they should at least get a stipend so they can afford some decent clothes and stuff.

I’ll be pulling hard for y’all this weekend and in every game until Thanksgiving. And I’ll be pulling especially hard for AJ Green.

RambleOn84

September 9th, 2010
4:18 pm

I like that idea, boots…but the players should get at least 10% put into their “graduation gift” fund.

TNDave

September 9th, 2010
4:19 pm

4 games to much? Yes. Who’s at fault?
AJ. These players know what they can and
can’t do. The coaches shouldn’t have to hold
their hand everytime they leave the stadium.
Everyone’s always at fault except the players.

The Cynical White Boy

September 9th, 2010
4:20 pm

I’ll bet Kevin Butler and his son, the future NFL punter, know the down and dirty….and they ain’t talkin.

Drew Butler probably knows who the real thugs are, who is already taking cash from agents, etc. Kevin sure is tight lipped about the team these days. Hmmmm.

UGA is Just Fine...

September 9th, 2010
4:23 pm

I keep hearing some say the jersey/number doesn’t belong to AJ or any other player, but in fact belongs to the school. That’s fine, but c’mon folks lets be real. There is a reason Nike decided to produce #8 jerseys the past couple of years, just like they did #24 & #7. Why do you think Nike decided to make all those #15 jerseys for UF?

Granted he broke the rule, but let’s get real, he is selling a lot of merchandise for the NCAA, Nike, and UGA.

What I’d like to see is FAIR compensation. Granted the education the players get is first class at any D-1 school, but how about for players like Green and Tebow who are selling jerseys and video games get offered the oportunity to opt out of the scholarship and recieve a percentage of jersey/video game sales etc… as long as they are a enrolled in school and in good standing both in conduct and pay for their education with the proceeds they recieve. This would take care of the “superstar” players and allow them to recieve compensation that is in line with what they are bringing to the NCAA and the University, and remove the temptation of needing a hand out from agents. Again let’s be real when it comes to this stuff we’re really only talking about the star players.
On a positive note, this could be a blessing in disguise as hopefully it forces the other players to rally around one another and step up their game the next four weeks. One of the things that having to rely on a superstar like Green can do is have players waiting around for him to make a play rather than going out and making one on their own.
(I think there was a bit of that when Stafford and Moreno were there)
Hopefully four weeks from now this will be behind the team and they can move forward.
Go Dawgs!

boots

September 9th, 2010
4:27 pm

Thanks, Ramble. This will never happen, but I think a smaller percentage is OK considering the player has zero risk or overhead in the deal. What would really end up happening is that either the player would get some money or the Universities would end up not using numbers of players but opt for generic jerseys. I do think 1 to 2 percent could add up to be a lot for great players. UGA alone sells 20 or so versions of AJ’s jersey, including some with his name on it. If the player goes pro early, they must “donate” the money to either a charity or the scholarship fund.

SickandTired

September 9th, 2010
4:47 pm

come on Bill this is not a good thing.

PMC

September 9th, 2010
4:51 pm

Ed, I think it was Alec Ogletree that was the helmet theif. Not Washaun… though I guess at this point all of the arrests in the Georgia program seem to run toegther.

rx-dawg

September 9th, 2010
4:53 pm

What you ALL seem to be confused about is that he…

a) didn’t sell the jersey to an agent, he sold it to a middle man.
b) the guy ultimately buying the article was a collector whom the NCAA defined as an agent after the fact, despite the fact the guy is not a licensed agent.
c) Games jersey’s run about $150 dollars (real ones, not replicas)…this was also an autographed jersey. I imagine a future first round draft pick’s autograph is worth something.
d) His father recently lost his job and he was attempting to make some money for his family.
e) He probably didn’t realize that what he was doing was wrong, given that he was not selling to an agent (at the time) and that he was selling his own personal property.

This is why the NCAA really needs to clean the rules up and make them a little easier to follow. It is easy to see how someone who is in as difficult predicament as AJ found his family situation to be could run afoul of some guideline along the way. What AJ did was wrong, but I am not convinced by any of the hyperbole or vicious slander by supposed fans and the uninformed masses that AJ knew it was wrong. The original investigation was into the party in Miami after TMZ posted their trash article and Marvin Austin began throwing anyone and everyone under the bus. AJ never was in Miami, has photos to prove it and didn’t lie about it as such. What more than likely got him was a search of his accounts when looking for agent payments. I’m sure $1000 stuck out like a sore thumb. Regardless, all the findings can be seen on the NCAA website if any of you trolls care to take the time to go and read what the NCAA took great time and care to prepare. There is no mention of Miami, because there was nothing to the story. AJ made a mistake yes. Should he be punished, yes. But to suggest he be suspended a whole year is ludicrous. To suggest he should be kicked out of school is idiotic. READ THE REPORT!!!! Stop just making stuff up because it sounds good and it makes you feel like you know more than you know.

Ace

September 9th, 2010
4:53 pm

He shouldn’t be allowed to practice until his punishment for rule breaking aka cheating is over.

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
4:54 pm

Hey Boots do you get a recorcing when you call…thought about calling but don’t want to hurt the situation more…I think alot of you on here miss some of the points being made..AJ’s supportes are not saying he should not be punished, he should, but the NCAA needs to be consistant when handling down these decisions..What about SC players, has anyone heard what the result of their mistakes will bring….

dawgster

September 9th, 2010
4:55 pm

Boots…that should be “so you get a recording when you call the NCAA”

Rod

September 9th, 2010
5:04 pm

Anyone that we wont miss AJ because he would only touch the 5 to 10 times doesn’t understand football. We are going to miss his blocking and the defense chaeting to him. Our running will be less effective and the other recievers will be less open with AJ’s not being there.

CLARK CO. PD

September 9th, 2010
5:05 pm

Not our fault this time!

NO excuse but how many bloggers here have been REAL POOR?

September 9th, 2010
5:40 pm

If AJ was using the money for parties and booze, that is one thing, Helping his family maybe is another. Can’t these kids get some home town business ( not talking about a school booster ) man to spot them a few bucks like $20,000 to $35,000 for a car, insurance and gas and grocery, rent money for their families, until a kid like AJ gets drafted come next winter?? It would be a loan for like 9 months until draft day.

Green will be, barring major injury and/or more personal conduct issues, a multi millionaire in Spring 2011. Knowing this in advance, could a rich local town father spot these kids? Banks today have far more rules now that the moron obama is in office ( that will change very soon ) and so a bank cannot make high risk loans but an investor could at a higher % than market interest rates, like maybe 10% and no payment due with interest to accure until he signs his pro deal.

This could work for most of today’s future NFL kids and those that don’t make it, well, they had some bread for their final Junior year and the investor made a calculated gamble. Like any otherdeal it might or might not pay off for the lender.

This scenario could invite some shady characters too. I know that. Who is really NFL bound and who is not? That would fall on the sholders of the investor, I suppose. By the summer of a kid’s junior year we would have a clear handle on that.

Just a thought.

bigal

September 9th, 2010
5:56 pm

I am so tired of all the adults who will give up their first born just to be in the presence of AJ Green, then the minute he can’t help the team then to h__l with him kick him off the team. You guys forget we are the ones who give these kids these big egos then complain when they realize they are being hailed as gods. I am forty something treat me like A J Green and I am sure I will do some stupid things. to the Hipocrits!!

bigal

September 9th, 2010
6:00 pm

There are laws that can be used to deal with these agents, but the NCAA don’t want to take that route, they take the least path of resistance, the kid.

boots

September 9th, 2010
6:04 pm

Dawgster, yes, I got a recording. However, I ended up dialing a random “dial by name” extension (much to the dismay of the guy who answered), and I had a good conversation with him. I told him that the NCAA is widely seen as being out of control and that while cheating is not condoned, they should be consistent and not try to ruin a program or year over a single bad decision. Institutional cheating is one thing, but this was not in the same universe as that. I think others covered why. The guy seemed to understand that the NCAA is very unpopular and that they know this was a controversial ruling. He hinted that is why it took so long. However, he worked in IT and is certainly not in the know.

sb

September 9th, 2010
6:24 pm

FREE AJ !!!!!!!!!! If the Jersey don’t fit you must Acquit !!!!!!!!!!!

CO-STARRING LEE VAN CLEEF AS THE BAD

September 9th, 2010
6:45 pm

I would think that a rule disallowing a person to sell his own property would be unconstitutional Since this could harm Green’s future draft posistion ans possibly cost him millions, how about a class action lawsuit naming the NCAA, UGA, and the middle man that sold the jersey? Anybody got the number of the ACLU?

turkeycaller

September 9th, 2010
6:55 pm

Ed and 1 eyed jack….. Agree with both of you. Truthful and good posts in my eyes.

Blue Fox

September 9th, 2010
7:11 pm

Yep, but did A. J. lie, either to the NCAA investigators or the coaches?

Tim Rupert

September 9th, 2010
7:18 pm

As a Dawg fan, the whole thing just has me fired up even more. First the SEC officials screwed Ga in the LSU game and now the NCAA gives the Alabama Kid two games and A.J Green four and they waited the extra week so there is probabily no way Ga can get the appeal finialized before the Arkansas game. makes me wonder not only about the excessiveness of the penalty but also the timing.

I will be at the Arkansas game in Athens and A.J. Green, or not, I predict that it will be the loudest that sanford stadium has ever been. We want to win and I am sick and tired of seeing Ga treated like this. Mark Richt and Ga will turn this into motovation.

If I was Richt, I would put up a news report of the Made up from thin air call, that was made by a Tech grad on the wall and I would tell the players that the NCAA dosen’t like Ga the way they like Alabama and I would point out that Green got four games to the Alabama kid getting two.

I think we will see a very determined team this season. GO DAWGS, JUST WIN!

My Bad

September 9th, 2010
7:44 pm

point the finger at Ga Tech, the NCAA and everyone and everything else but your own program…because you justify all of it until you lose, and when that happens like I said before, you will all find religion and start pointing the finger at your own program but not until then

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 9th, 2010
8:38 pm

I guess it is official tonight. The SEC is now just a High School JV football conference. Can’t wait til the DAWGS have to play on Thursday Nights and you mutts will be just like TECH and the ACC.

ryan

September 9th, 2010
8:40 pm

You know you call UGA pups well everyone likes pups no one likes bees because you want to squash them .

Lovethemdawgs

September 9th, 2010
9:22 pm

How soon some of you forget our UGA players who sold their championship rings.

Jordan

September 9th, 2010
9:29 pm

George

September 9th, 2010
9:45 pm

A.J. – Another Jackass.

Seems like UGA has its fair share.

AltamahaDawg

September 9th, 2010
9:51 pm

Actually in this case it WAS his jersey. It’s a Bowl jersey which is listed as part of a gift package, given a value per NCAA rules, and Given to him. Doesn’t change the rule which I agree with, but it was his possession.

Pitbull

September 9th, 2010
10:36 pm

The NCAA just issued the President of SC a letter stating a further investigation today. This is bad news for SC. It could effect their morale Sat.

col fot

September 9th, 2010
10:45 pm

Mitigating circumstances for the Alabama player, i can imagine how that played out. We know somebody on that committee just LOVES the crimson Elephants. A.J. Green got screwed big time.

Baz

September 9th, 2010
11:33 pm

Tim Rupert you are right. We’ve haven’t been treated as well as the other teams. NCAA has some kind of grudge against us. Also, how can S.C. be a 3-point favorite? We should be able to run on their porous defense. GA 31 SC 17

Chuck Uga

September 10th, 2010
1:24 am

Even if he played, Georgia would lose at SC. It is just time for Spurrier to win one at home. As much as it pains me, UGA will not be winning the SEC East this year. Another loss to Ark or Miss State is also going to occur, and even moreso if Green is out for those two (he will be). UGA will have two losses heading to Jacksonville, but they may very well win that game. If not, they will finish 8-4 at best, and Mark Richt will begin what could be his final season in Athens in 2011 where he will HAVE to win the SEC Title to save his job. Hope I am wrong about this team, but I don’t believe I am. 8-4.

76-DAWG

September 10th, 2010
4:09 am

It’s time that Orson Charles and Murray step up and replay their high school championship game against SC. Charles only caught 2 balls last week and he was not able to run ,any. If Murray will throw at least 45 times I think Charles will have over 100 yards with 2 touchdowns. I think Charles is the toughest receiver UGA has after he gets the ball and turns up field.

Bama Fan #2

September 10th, 2010
6:46 am

Losing AJ Greene for 4 games may be a blessing in the long run? The team may realize that the
dawgs are not just a 1 man team and come to gather and play a team with a chip on its shoulder.
You never know how things are going to happen, just hope and pray for the best in Columbia
against the war chickens!! Good news the war chickens got the letter from the KGB about
secondary violations yesterday and that is great for Bama, both are in the led for the best player
in the country the Clowney kid!! RTR

Bama Fan #2

September 10th, 2010
6:49 am

Folks sorry bad spelling!! Need to wear my glasses!!

hangman

September 10th, 2010
10:36 am

BOO HOO….SO SAD…..

how2fish

September 10th, 2010
10:39 am

5150 P.O.A.D. we will not be like the Bugs we win Bowl games…and fill stadiums, get on TV and like girls.

how2fish

September 10th, 2010
10:40 am

hangman you must be a Bug because its GREAT to be a Georgia Bull Dog!

Dirty Dawg

September 10th, 2010
10:52 am

I suppose that among all the investigations – and now we’re hearing that more may be on the horizon from the NCAA for South Carolina, so who knows how this will ultimately play out. – the thing that got me most was the wimping out the NCAA did in the case of the Oregon QB – Mezoli, or whatever his name is – who got caught stealing lap tops and other stuff…was kicked off the team (apparently you don’t get expelled for ‘felony/grand theft’ out there)…realized that he had a loophole that would allow him to transfer and play at a major college without having to ’sit out’ a year, by 1) completing his under-graduate degree and 2) finding a school that offered a ‘post graduate’ program not available at Oregon (as if he has any intention of getting a Master’s Degree in anything but football…plus, I don’t have the slightest idea what that might be at Ole Miss, other than ‘noodling’ – that’s the word for catching catfish with your bare hands and sometimes mullets – the hair, not the fish), then 3) applying for it.

Well I thought that the NCAA had made a perfectly reasonable decision when they said ‘no’ at the last minute on the basis that ‘dodging suspensions’ wasn’t the reason that the rule was put into place, it was to enable a young man or woman to truly further their education. Only to do a complete ‘180′ and let him play (maybe it was karma when they lost to Jax State). To me the only ‘mitigation’ I think should be considered in these cases is if a kid is a ‘conniving punk’ trying to ‘game the system’, or not, and if that’s what they think of A. J. Green, then say so and we’ll move on.

dave

September 10th, 2010
11:18 am

Enter your comments here

Baz

September 10th, 2010
8:25 pm

Chuck Uga did you see Florida in their first game? The SEC East is wide open! Dogs will be undefeated going into Florida game. S.C. is overrated. In fact, UGA is ranked higher.

kdawg

September 20th, 2010
6:28 pm

My fellow dawg fans, the moment is upon us..CMR is past the typical time a coach can remain effective with a program..it is in our best interest to start looking at Gruden..If were gonna compete with Bama, The university of Urban and the other SEC teams with need a coach that is gonna get results out of these stellar recruiting classes CMR keeps getting the minimum amount done with!!!!!!! Bring Chucky in here to right this sinking ship..before we loose to Appalachian state next year!!!!!