The e-mail Georgia received from the NCAA regarding the organization’s intent to investigate didn’t say much — here’s the story from esteemed colleague Tim Tucker — but its brevity should give the Bulldogs a dollop of solace. The impending probe isn’t widespread: It involves only one player and, from the e-mail’s wording, it does not appear the UGA player is the central figure.
From the e-mail: The NCAA wants to interview one player “to determine [h]is knowledge of or involvement in, directly or indirectly, any violations of NCAA legislation.”
Key words: “Knowledge of, or involvement in.”
And also: “Directly or indirectly.”
This could be little more than the NCAA wanting to interview — just picking a name — A.J. Green to ask if he was invited to the agent-funded soiree in Miami that has college football in a dither.
Stipulations: Green has said he didn’t attend — indeed, he said he hasn’t been in Miami in his life — he has not been identified as the Bulldog in question. Owing to federal law, UGA redacted the player’s name in its release of the e-mail. But just being practical, it’s difficult to imagine who else it could be.
And here’s where we return to the wording — “knowledge of” and “indirectly.” Even if the Georgia man wasn’t on hand for the party itself, the NCAA could well ask: Were you invited? By whom? Were you promised anything if you attended? Do you know anyone else who was invited? That said …
The NCAA’s inquiry regarding agents doesn’t necessarily begin and end with the party in Miami, and the NCAA doesn’t usually come calling unless it has grounds to be curious. And it’s never ever a good sign when investigators announce their intent to pay a visit. That said …
Georgia fans needn’t be in panic mode just yet. From what is known at this moment, there’s a chance this could amount to nothing much. A chance, I said.