NCAA probe of UGA could be much ado about not very much

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.

105 comments Add your comment

2BT

July 26th, 2010
4:03 pm

Nail em anyway! I’m sure they’ve done many things crooked!

SavannahDawg

July 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

2BT, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

F-105 Thunderchief

July 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

Yeah, I think this is going to be a tornado in a shot glass.

Josh Kinsey

July 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

2BT you missed out!! FIRST!! Boom. Follow me @jkinsey60

B Ville' Dog

July 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

Heck, Georgia went 4-0 without AJ last season. Much bigger than 1 guy.

Ok, either way. Got dsome great WR’s, TE’s, and SE’s.

Joey

July 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

Amen to that Mark! Great pic too.

Heath

July 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

This is just the NCAA working to distract UGA so they can try to keep JortsNation In the SEC title game.

Josh Kinsey

July 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

Bville dog- wow you’re totally right. UGA is just better off without AJ “cause he’s just one guy”.

You have got to be kidding me. One guy matters so much if he’s the best guy!!!!

ScoutDawg

July 26th, 2010
4:12 pm

Damn, the Bradley rule being in effect means we are wrong, SO wrong. Somehow we are now guilty and may find ourselves on 20 years probation or maybe THE Dealth Penalty. Thanks Mark.

cptzzggyy

July 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

The “NCAA sleuth” looks a lot like a guy that lived down the hall in my dorm at UGA back in the early sixties.

F-105 Thunderchief

July 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

Basil Rathbone is my favorite Holmes, followed by Jeremy Brett and Peter Cushing.

insider

July 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

This article is also much ado about nothing. Do some research and have some info about something before writing such useless articles.

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

SavannahDawg, if we’re requiring rational thought here … well, that rules me out.

Mike Adams

July 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

Did I just hear the SNAP of a Rubber Glove behind me? Hey! Hey! HEY NCAA do be doing that to me I am Mike Adams I get away with everything.

Who Cares

July 26th, 2010
4:18 pm

I think the best explanation offered is that the NCAA wants to ask AJ Green about the agent party in Miami. It would make sense that he would have been invited. If he turned it down (which I believe he did), it would make sense for the NCAA to ask what was offered in the way of transportation, entertainment, gifts, etc.

They will probably also ask other general questions as long as they have him. Such things as even though he didn’t attend, did the agenct send AJ any gifts.

This is all speculation. It might not even be AJ they speak with, but that would make the most sense. I believe AJ values is honor and eligibility too much to have engaged in questionable activity.

Time Out

July 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

So the NCAA wants AJ to turn on his boys?

Steve

July 26th, 2010
4:21 pm

Savannah Dawg I love the Billy Madison reference. Other topics include: My Wife the Cheating Tramp.

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
4:23 pm

Think Basil Rathbone is everyone’s favorite Holmes, F-105.

Gravy Train

July 26th, 2010
4:24 pm

I think Florida, Bama and S. Carolina have more to be worried about. They have players that got caught on the take. Spurrier and Meyer looked and sounded fully prepared to endure the stuff hitting the fan in the very near future, while Saban would rather deflect the blame on the agents in question. The NCAA is talking to AJ to get more info for building a case against the other guys, Cell phone cameras are a mofo, huh?

Thank God for CMR.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

The NCAA makes a lot out of nothing. Then it takes them long enough for the SAINTS the SAINTS to win a Superbowl before they bust Reggie Bush, OJ MAYO, and USC. Come on this is a joke.

Will

July 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

The NCAA is about as transparent as the Obama Administration…. Be careful what you say AJ, and bring an attorney on your behalf!

F-105 Thunderchief

July 26th, 2010
4:26 pm

Nigel Bruce’s comic muttering makes him the only Watson worth mentioning in my opinion.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

Mark saw The Hounds of Baskerville at the FOX for their Summer Movie Series when I was like 8. Love Basil he was so classy.

Gravy Train

July 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

The Hon. Turkey Neck, aka, Captain Moobies the Fish Fry King is really missing Chan’s recruits. What does it say about Nesbitt and his NFL stock if he didn’t get invited to the shin-dig in Miami? Heisman candidate only in the minds of delusional Techmites.

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
4:30 pm

And let’s not forget Dennis Hoey as Insp. Lestrade.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Mark are you a TCM fan? You are pulling out names now. I think we should pull an Ole Yeller on the DAWGS. They got the Hyrdaphobi. AHHAHA

JDDawg

July 26th, 2010
4:34 pm

best way to get an honest answer about what the athletes who were invited were told in advance about the involvement of an agent and what was offered to them would be to ask someone who was invited but can prove he didn’t go.

Delbert D.

July 26th, 2010
4:36 pm

It is “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

SSIgator

July 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Could this be the revenge of the red panties?

Linda Lovelace

July 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Speak for yourself, Mark. My favorite Holmes is John Holmes.

OSCAR

July 26th, 2010
4:40 pm

AJ just looks guilty!!

hop

July 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

It is past time that we move on to the upcoming football season.it is been a very long time since uga was involved with any violations of ncaa rules.

this is going to be an awesome year for the dawgs and a bad year for the haters of ua football!

POAD

July 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

sorry Dilbert “S” in the wrong place. It did make me look at my Sheppard funny for a few weeks.

Reggie Ball

July 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

What happened to my comment?

Driver 8

July 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

Just back from my break….

Borrowing from “The Adventure of The Silver Blaze”, this one could be titled, “The Dawg That Didn’t Bark”

Andy

July 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

Sounds like a fishing expedition to me. Too bad AJ is getting dragged into this. Hopefully this will be resolved before the season starts so it doesn’t cause a distraction.

Reuben Houston

July 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

AJ Green wasn’t at the party… trust me.

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

Ha. Good one, Driver 8.

WDE

July 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

Mark- I’ve seen on a couple of the AJC blogs from other writers on the topic comments in which posters said AJ wasn’t at home at the time of the party. Is there anything to that? Obviously, that isn’t incriminating in itself, but its curious seeing it posted repeatedly on different blogs.

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Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

All I know, WDE, is that A.J. Green has maintained — forcefully and repeatedly — that he did not attend the party in Miami.

I myself will maintain the following: Neither did I.

Dawgwild

July 26th, 2010
4:51 pm

Savannah Dawg Wow love the Billy Madison quote. Perfect!

bjohndawg

July 26th, 2010
4:52 pm

I think Fulmer turned us in.

But nothing there. Like a phatom traffic jam on I-85.

sogadog

July 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

I am sick and tired of hearing about NCAA investigations, agents, bar brawls, DUIs, player arrests, AD arrests, red panties, coaches on hot seats (hot seats by virtue of poor coaching, not red panties.), conference expansion, conference shrinkage, conference realignment, Lane Kiffen, Derek Dooley’s mommy and daddy, SEC Media Days and ACC media Days. I AM READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!

jimmymack

July 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

look’s like you ought to be able to go to any party any other student would the jock’s shouldn’t be treated any differently

gdawginkalamazoo

July 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

Mark,
Didn’t Watergate start out as a third rate burglary? Since you dismissed this one so easily you now have me worried.

Nachos

July 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

Take em down, NCAA!

Too tough 44

July 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

My goodness. NCAA and NFL the time has come to prosecute these agents or so called agents from tampering with college atheletes when they know it is against the policies….Catch the agents and ban them from contact DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY of these college atheletes…Lock um up to let them know the governing bodies NCAA and NFL are serious!

bufbox

July 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

The much ado eminates from the media and the blogs, Mark.

Mark Bradley

July 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

If anyone spots G. Gordon Liddy on Lumpkin Street, gdawginkalamazoo, it’s time to disband the Plumbers and burn the tapes.