Comments create controversy for Christian Green’s coach

It seems that my little report on five-star recruit Christian Green created a bit of controversy down in his hometown of Tampa.

If you recall, I wrote about this dynamic 6-2, 195-pound quarterback/wide receiver in advance of his trip to Athens this past weekend for an official visit to the University of Georgia. In that report I quoted Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez talking about all the connections that Green had with the Bulldogs, namely that his older cousin E.G. Green played wideout under coach Mark Richt while Richt was at Florida State and that Green was buddies with fellow Tampa natives Aaron Murray and Orson Charles, who played at rival Plant High and now play for Georgia.

Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez made a quip about Murray helping recruit Green for the Bulldogs. “Yeah, Aaron Murray’s been working on him,” Henriquez said with a laugh. “Aaron tried to recruit him away from Tampa Catholic over to Plant when he was over there, too. So I guess he’s recruiting him again.”

Well, apparently that comment created a firestorm down in Tampa. TampaBay.com wrote a whole story about it. They cited Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) rules, which state that “anyone affliated with a football program – including a player — trying to lure another player to a school is a recruiting violation.”

Henriquez shrugged it off in the TampaBay.com article.  “It was just a kind of off-the-cuff statement,” he said. “They’re good friends. They know each other well. It was kind of just a running joke.” And he said basically the same thing to me when I called him Monday night to find out what all the fuss was about. “It was said in jest,” he said. “It’s no big deal. Don’t worry about it.”

Anyway, I’ve tried and tried to get us an update from Christian Green about his actual visit to UGA. But for whatever reason I just can’t get the kid to call me back. His voicemail is full and he hasn’t answered texts. Maybe he’s upset over the Murray quip, though Henriquez doubted as much.

The Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Harry filed a report about Green’s trip to Athens but it quoted only Christian’s father, Hiram Green. Mr Green said only, “He has the utmost respect for the Georgia program. And all the respect in the world for Coach Richt.”

As far as I can tell, Nick Valentino of UGAsports.com has been the only one to track down Green about his Georgia visit so far. In the  subscription-only report, Green said, “I really enjoyed it. It went really well. Coach Richt, [receivers] Coach [Tony] Ball and pretty much all the coaching staff did something to make me feel comfortable. It was a good experience for me.” It also quoted Green as saying Murray was indeed recruiting him again.

“Yeah, he was trying to get me to come up there to Georgia, and I’m hoping we can play together someday,” Green said. “But I got to make my own decision.”

94 comments Add your comment

Cdawg

September 29th, 2009
11:27 am

First…very interesting…we shall see what happens

RFP

September 29th, 2009
11:33 am

Chance to play early + Aaron Murray throwing the ball = good opportunity for Christian.

Kevin

September 29th, 2009
11:39 am

All I want for Christmas is new coordinators that are able to extract the talent given and maximize it. Sometimes I get the feeling if Tebow had hypothetically came to UGA that he woulda sucked and if Stafford would of went to Oklahoma or Texas that he would of done way better and had passed for way more than 25 tds.

I want a smash mouth defense and a offense that can light up a score board. And for God’s sake quit the directional kicking Richt!

Native Atlantan

September 29th, 2009
11:44 am

It would be nice to see him in Athens, but I’d be willing to bet he stays in state.

78 DAWG

September 29th, 2009
11:55 am

Tech could never be better than the DAWGS, jeff schultz is mud, his article is dumb. schultz is obviously a lying liberal nazi, why does the ajc employ losers like him.
If your kids don’t have health care they should have been born to richer parent, ha!

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
12:01 pm

I do not think that this will lead to anything.Everyone in this state knows that the UGa cheats.

rduck

September 29th, 2009
12:16 pm

I suppose Tech was just lucky last year in your dimwitted eyes hey 78 DAWG?

Griffin

September 29th, 2009
12:29 pm

Where is naganole????? He seems to know everything that Green is thinking. Wasn’t he the one saying that UGA runs the pro style offense because they don’t have the talent to run the wide open attack FSU runs? I guess USF with their 2nd string QB has more talent than anyone.

Buford T. Justice

September 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

I for one will be glad when recruiting is over. I actually wish all of this information was not out there. I think it puts to much pressure on some of the kids to try and live up to.

BigMike Said..

September 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

“I’m hoping we get to pla together someday”! In the words of the great STEVIE WONDER, signed sealed delivered I’m yours!!

BigMike Said..

September 29th, 2009
12:41 pm

Before I get shot at, I realize the Y was missing!!!

Frank

September 29th, 2009
12:46 pm

No rduck, tech was not lucky last year, they were the recipients of a gift.

THWGT

Kendawg

September 29th, 2009
1:04 pm

Is it really any surprise that Jeff Schultz said he would pick Tech over UGA. He knows very well that there are more UGA bloggers than Tech has, just as there are more UGA fans and attendees at games. He said that to rile up the Bulldog nation, and it looks like he’s succeded. Maybe we should just pay less attention when he says something negative about UGA. It’s not like he has a very high IQ. If he had a high IQ, he’d be doing something with his life.

Nick

September 29th, 2009
1:11 pm

I cringed when I read that article of yours yesterday, Chip. I had hoped it went under the radar but apparently it didn’t. Hopefully nothing comes of it and there were no apparently unintentional violations on Murray’s or Charles’ parts.

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
1:14 pm

I have called the NCAA about this possible recruitment violation.It is certainly not right to be pestered by these current Bulldog players.

Saint Simons

September 29th, 2009
1:26 pm

Hey big mike.. You forgot the y on play … Just making sure you know that. Take care and have a nice da

WD Dawg

September 29th, 2009
1:45 pm

George P, I can’t wait to hear what the NCAA has to say about a Florida high school recruiting violation. I hope it was a toll free call.
Also, I’m sure that young Mr. Green feels “pestered” by Aaron Murray. That’s why he said….and I’m quoting here, “Yeah, he was trying to get me to come up there to Georgia, and I’m hoping we can play together someday.”
It sounds like the young man is really being bothered by Aaron.

gregdog

September 29th, 2009
1:51 pm

To the tech poster (Burdell) saying everyone knows UGA cheats..are you just stupid? They are talking about Murray trying to recruit him to his HIGHSCHOOL being a possible violation…not Murray trying to recruit him now at UGA. I see that quality education you received at GT has paid off with great reading comprehension skills…jeees…

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
1:52 pm

I used this….Ascertain what type of rule violation occurred. The first type is a major violation, which is a violation that gives a member institution an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage. The other type is the secondary violation, which is a rules violation that gives a member institution a limited recruiting or competitive advantage.I would call being pestered by Bulldog players a competitive advantage over other schools.

Pitbull

September 29th, 2009
1:52 pm

Same Chip Towers. Anything to harm UGA regardless of your assignment by your “newspaper.”

Christian Green obviously has good sense to not acknowledge your text messages or return your calls. If all high school recruits had that much sense then you might have to go out and get a job.

I was hoping when you were taken off the UGA beat that we got rid of you. But it seems you are a pathetic one trick poney trying to hurt UGA any way that you can.

Go crawl back under your rock you slimey piece of trash.

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
1:57 pm

Thet are mailing me a packet and told me to make a complaint at the UGA compliance office.Evidently,this is very serious to them.I will keep everyone posted.

BBR

September 29th, 2009
2:02 pm

“Pestered by these Bulldog players”… really?!?!? Isn’t it normal for players to try to talk their friends into coming to their school?? What a moronic statement.

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
2:12 pm

It is unfair BBR.For once in your life,you need to put aside your favoritism for UGa athletics and accept that this is wrong.I have also enclosed a note to the SEC Rules Committe.I am sure that they will be happy to help.

Chip Towers

September 29th, 2009
2:15 pm

I don’t cover UGA, Pitbull, and I love you too. . . .

The violations to which we refer here, George P Burdell, are Florida High School Athletic Assoc. violations, not NCAA violations. The assertion was Murray tried to recruit Green to Plant High, not UGA. And when a kid is on an official visit, you better believe that the players are going to try to recruit him there.

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
2:18 pm

But being harassed by phone while not on an official visit?…….

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 29th, 2009
2:22 pm

George P Burdell, I’ll bet you were the kid in the back seat of mama’s car crying, “he’s looking at me mama make him stop”. Now you’re all grown up and yet still want to be a tattle tail. I bet your mama is proud.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 29th, 2009
2:24 pm

And to you Chip, thanks for your work, most folks appreciate it.

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
2:25 pm

I am 76 years old young man.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 29th, 2009
2:31 pm

76 years old is a little long in the tooth to be a tattle tail, don’t you think? And for the love of God George, please keep us posted on what the SEC rules committee does with your note. My personal guess is they throw it out like the piece of trash that it is

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
2:33 pm

Why did you have to correct me Chip? I kind of liked the fact that I was spouting off about contacting the NCAA (like I have any connections with them), phone harassment, and claiming everyone knows UGa cheats. I mean, when O’Liary played academically ineligible players for like 3 years, it was just an oversight. Not like we were cheating.

Anyway, since you’ve humiliated me in front of all bloggers Bulldog and those from other schools, I have no choice but to use another blog name to post useless drivel. Thanks for nothing!!

gregdog

September 29th, 2009
2:35 pm

Burdell, I hope you are just a pot stirrer and don’t really know that it’s not a violation for Murray to try to recruit this kid. If you realy don’t know any better, then I’ll just go back to basic reading comprehension again. No where in the article was it stated that Murray was calling him on the phone. Are you just making stuff up?

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
2:36 pm

To George P Burdell

Gee, thanks for all those insightful “NCAA infractions” posts. You sound real tough there for a minute. You know, like contacting the NCAA to let them know of those egregious infractions committed by UGA when it was actually Florida high school infractions. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

From this point on I’ll refer to you as “Scoop” Burdell. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

Hey everyone, I thought all tech students, grads, and fans were soooooo smart. I’m sure the yellow jacket nation is real proud of Scoop Burdell.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Scoop Burdell

September 29th, 2009
2:40 pm

Grinch, I’ve already contacted the Dept of Homeland Security to gain access to your ISP, learn who you are, and then turn you over to the NCAA for recruiting infractions committed by UGa.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 29th, 2009
2:44 pm

Christian Geen will be good but he will be a project because he will have to change positions from QB to WR or Safety. This means a redshirt year. I am sure UGA wants him but safety is unlikely – probably WR. All this recruiting violation is just sour grapes from a high school coach that wants him to go to a college in Florida.

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
2:48 pm

To Scoop Burdell

Do get back with us when you’ve heard from the NCAA, the UGA compliance office (please don’t spend too much time filling out that packet), and the SEC rules committee. In other words, get back with us…..NEVER!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Not Disappointed

September 29th, 2009
2:52 pm

Chip the kid is more than likely going to Georgia anyway. But thanks for the info.

To the recruit: “study hard and play hard the rest will work it’s way out!”

Ramblin Wreck!

Nursing home nurse

September 29th, 2009
2:55 pm

George? George P Burdell!! Where are you? Better stay off our computer. Now, get back to your room. Diaper change time.

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
2:56 pm

It is very classless and mean spirited to use my name as your own.You are also not very kind to the elderly.You should feel ashamed.In the Tampa Bay.com article,they talked of Charles of being his “homeboy”.Do you feel that since they are “homeboys”,they would not be conversing over the phone?….

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
2:57 pm

GPB..1 DawgFlies…0

mike

September 29th, 2009
3:00 pm

“study hard” ND, these are football players there is very little studying going on by most of them. I know, I have classes with them and they never show up for classes but somehow make passing grades? It is truly unbelievable. Truly.

Perry Mason

September 29th, 2009
3:01 pm

Sounds like circumstantial evidence, Burdell. Have any proof (other than the 100 proof you’ve been consuming) to back up your theory, homeboy?

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

To Scoop Burdell

Hmmm, very interesting conclusion. If they are homeboys then they must converse over the phone. So how can we prove it, Scoop? How can we prove it?

Hey, I got an idea!! Why not contact the NCAA, the UGA compliance office, and the SEC rules committee? They always LOVE to hear from informed persons such as yourself.

BWAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Buzz

September 29th, 2009
3:05 pm

Leave the old man alone.Sad thing is,he probably is right.LOL

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
3:07 pm

To Scoop Burdell and Buzz

Why not put all this speculation to rest? Go ahead, make a few calls to the Florida High School Athletic Association and report this egregious violation. You’ll feel much better after you do so, right?

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
3:08 pm

To Buzz and Scoop Burdell

Why not put all this speculation to rest? Go ahead, make a few calls to the Florida High School Athletic Association and report this egregious violation. You’ll feel much better after you do so, right?

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
3:09 pm

Alright, Scoop, stop using my name. The two posts above are not me. I ALWAYS end my posts with a BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

George P Burdell

September 29th, 2009
3:11 pm

I don’t care about the HS misconduct.What bothers me is the infractions being done in the present.I was told that my packet will be here within five days.I will update the “very” few level headed people interested in fairness as soon as I know something.

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
3:13 pm

To Scoop Burdell

Speaking of being “very classless and mean spirited”, just how would you classify your posted threats of contacting the NCAA, the UGA compliance office, and the SEC rules committee because of an infraction in Florida High School athletics?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

The Grinch

September 29th, 2009
3:14 pm

To Scoop Burdell

Awaiting your packet? Are those 5 calendar days or 5 business days?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!