Richt on NCAA probe: ‘We’ll see what they gather’ (UPDATED)

(11:29 a.m. and 12:04 p.m. updates below)

HOOVER, Ala. – Georgia’s delegation arrived here this morning for SEC Media Days and immediately faced questions about Wednesday’s news that the NCAA will send investigators to campus for an “inquiry.”

In interviews before their formal appearances before the media later this morning, Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green said he has “never” been to Miami, where various players’ attendance at an agent’s party reportedly led to NCAA probes at three other schools, and coach Mark Richt said he doesn’t believe the NCAA inquiry will necessarily bring bad news.

“I don’t know if it is [bad news] or not, quite frankly,” Richt said. “By the way you posed the question, you’re saying it’s never good news [when the NCAA investigates]. Then you’re saying it’s bad news. I don’t necessarily think it is bad news.

“I’m sure they’re gathering information, but we’ll see what they gather.”

Richt said he does not believe the NCAA probe will be a distraction to the team, which starts preseason practice on Aug. 2.

Asked if he is worried at this point about having a player or players declared ineligible, Richt said: “I’m not going to make any comment about anything having to do with the investigation.”

Asked if the NCAA is looking into the activities of one player or more than one player, Richt said: “I don’t know at all. And actually I’m asked not to make any comment about it.”

UGA associate athletic director Claude Felton said the NCAA requested that the school’s officials, coaches and players not comment on the matter until the inquiry is completed.

Green, Georgia’s top pro prospect, has said that he was asked by a Georgia official on Tuesday if he attended the agent’s party in Miami and that he said no.

He reiterated this morning that he has “never” been to Miami.

“I’m not even focused on that,” Green said of the tumult about the NCAA probe. “I’m just focused on getting ready for the season.”

Asked if he is worried about what might come of the investigation, Green said simply: “No.”

Asked if it is a hassle, he said: “Not really. Just random stuff, but it’s not a hassle.”

UPDATE 11:25 A.M.:

Before the full media contingent, Richt’s topic turned to his team and the approaching season, of all things.

He seemed decidedly upbeat.

“Everything I’ve seen so far makes me think we’re going to have what it takes from an emotional standpoint, a physical standpoint,” he said.

Despite a turbulent off-season that has included the arrests of seven players, the arrest and resignation of  the athletic director and now an NCAA inquiry, Richt said it has been a good offseason from a football standpoint.

“There is an energy we have this offseason we probably haven’t had in a while,” he said.

Richt said the team has high respect for redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray and is rallying around him.  Richt said he believes the offense will be improved this season with a good complement of run and pass. He said he hopes Green stays healthy all season and believes he will improve as a blocker.

And to the inevitable question of how he feels about reports putting him on the occupational “hot seat,” Richt said: “I understand the business. I understand how things go. I don’t worry about it.”

UPDATE 12:04 P.M.:

In the big ballroom before the full media contingent here, A.J. Green honored the request by Georgia officials that he not discuss the NCAA inquiry.

Asked if that frustrates him, if there are things he would like to say but can’t, he said: “It’s not my place to comment on it. I don’t feel like I have to.”

On another matter, Green confirmed that he has taken out an insurance policy to protect his future potential NFL earnings against a career-ending injury.

More to come.

Please follow @ajcuga for quick updates from Media Days.

Earlier story updated: NCAA contacts UGA, says it will launch ‘inquiry’

247 comments Add your comment

yeah

July 22nd, 2010
10:13 am

ForsythDawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:17 am

Hopefully we won’t have anything come up. Crossing my fingers here, Tim.

Riiight

July 22nd, 2010
10:17 am

AJ is just following what he learned from Damon. LIE! Who’s the girl? Oh were just friends. Why are you holding her panties? Oh she asked me to while I drove her home!

BobDog

July 22nd, 2010
10:17 am

A.J.’s presence at the media event is good news. If he had been in Miami, surely UGA wouldn’t have let him attend.

ForsythDawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:18 am

More Techies trolling the UGA blogs. Riiiight, why don’t you concern yourself with your second-rate team in your second-rate conference.

Some Sense

July 22nd, 2010
10:19 am

Mark’s responses seem a mite prickly.

Riiight

July 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

I think he confused Miami with Miami Ohio!

yeah

July 22nd, 2010
10:22 am

AJ just doesnt seem the type to be involved in something like this. The players who have been mentioned so far all share one thing in common….extreme stupidity ( read the N.C. players twitter message about the event if you dont believe that.) What scares me are former players being involved and UGA having to pay the price.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

July 22nd, 2010
10:23 am

@Riiiight, how can someone with your screen name be sooo wrooong ?

SatchelBuzz

July 22nd, 2010
10:28 am

Dude say’s that he’s never been to Miami,..case closed. Move along, nothing to see here,…..just another mediocre season on the horizon.

THWG!

TBOMACHINE

July 22nd, 2010
10:29 am

BOBDOG: I AGREE 100%

Schmeckdawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

yeah, I am a huge DAWG fan, but, I don’t understand your concern about former players. Are you talking about attending this party or what they may or may not have done while they were at UGA?

Keep Hunkerin’

TBOMACHINE

July 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

SD Dawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

If AJ was in Miami, going to be tough to back track on that statement. I would say I believe he wasn’t there. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t had “other” contact with agents though. All we can do is just wait and see what they find. If the players are guilty, so be it. Let them suffer the consequences of their action. No one is above the rules.

Waka Flocka Flame

July 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

I heard the Benny Benassi was also at the party…

du duuu du du duuuuuuuuu

TUCK FECH

July 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

I saw all the TECH players in Miami …getting Beat Down by Iowa.

We Run This "

July 22nd, 2010
10:31 am

Enter your comments here

ugag is irrelevant

July 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

yawn … boring … hey, did any of you one-eyebrow drunks ever travel outside the state and ask anyone about your alma mater? oh, I forgot … very few of you trash-heads even attended that “noble” place

les nessman

July 22nd, 2010
10:32 am

I’ve never been to Bogart!

Mr. Obvious

July 22nd, 2010
10:34 am

With a disgruntled Damon Evans as their “Anonymous Source,” I imagine the NCAA will easily be able to gather quite a bit.

MaconDawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

Riiight is really St. Simons! Still hurts, don’t it! By the way, red panties are alot better than yellow ones.

JR

July 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

AJ says he has “never” been to Miami. He is either telling the truth or really dumb. I am going with the truth… given all the attention to this issue, surely he knows better than to save “never” if there is any remote truth to the allegations.

Riiight

July 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

He’s never been to Miami Ohio! This guy has so much to lose if he’s busted. Of course he will lie. Are you people this stupid to believe him? I guess so. You probably believed Damon and Courtney were just friends too.

UGA=Yawn

July 22nd, 2010
10:38 am

You saw GT players in Miami??? LOL. Did you see all the pre-season polls??? GT anywhere from #9 to #11. UGA just barely in at #25. Poor pitiful back-seat puppies. The view is different no huh?? There’s a reason his name is being mentioned. He WAS in Miami at the party.

joe

July 22nd, 2010
10:39 am

Can you image AJ being suspended and the pups starting 0-2 in the SEC?? If that were to happen, mutt fans will be calling for Richt’s firing like never before.

GaBulldawg79

July 22nd, 2010
10:40 am

A.J. was not in Miami. Several people have confirmed he was in S.C. with his family Memorial Day Weekend, and his Facebook page has pics on there confirming it. When this is over I hope the AJC is just as energetic to clear his name as they seem to be to indict him.

JB

July 22nd, 2010
10:40 am

If there was any concern that he did wrong, I think it’s a fair assumption he wouldn’t be put in front of the press. I also wathced his Q&A and seem relly relaxed.

Sure is gonna be a shame for the envious and bitter if this is much ado about nothing.

HBTD!!!

Wiley

July 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

Damn right we’ll see what they gather.

Deepdiver

July 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

People are focusing their anger on the wrong person. They need to take their anger off agents and send it at the NCAA for being a joke and pimping players. Players are the ones who really bring in the money for college football. The NCAA tries to push forward the laughable joke that they only care about the student athletes when they extend the season by adding an extra game and allowing them to have conference championship games to make extra money for schools and conferences. The NCAA is the frickin joke. College athletes need to start their own conference for pay and stop the joke of the NCAA in its tracks.

RDR

July 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

This investigation really doesn’t surprise me. NCAA is always going to keep a closer eye on the successful programs, i.e. there looking at UGA, FL and Bama (not MSU, Ole Miss, Vandy, Duke, git, etc.) I’m surprised LSU hasn’t been added to the list. I’d be really surprised if anything came out of it negatively for any of these schools.

Todd

July 22nd, 2010
10:43 am

Guess AJ’s denial means that he was at the agent’s party…..or at least what I’m getting used to these days.

Hey, Riiight

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

If you have pertinent information I urge you to contact the NCAA.

Otherwise you can go back to popping your zits and flogging your log.

TUCK FECH

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

MaconDawg…Red panties are alot better than yellow ones….Thats good stuff thier! hahahah

Have yall seen the JOKE by COKE’s schedule…SC State, Middle Tenn, Kansas,Wake Forrest, Duke Etc

GO DAWGS!

UGA is Just Fine....

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

From what I’m hearing this is more about guilt by association. Apparently AJ is friends with some of those who were in attendance and there were some references to the clubs and party in miami that were tweeted and posted on AJ’s facebook by those in attendance and that’s why he’s being questioned about whether he attended or has had any contact with the agent(s) in question. According to AJ he was back home visiting friends and family in Summerville.

I don’t think UGA is the last school that will be visited over “agent-gate”. The top two programs are in question about illicit agent dealings, and now there’s the “where there’s smoke there’s fire” mentality. The NCAA is going to be extremely thorough and any rumor or hint of a player anywhere that may or may not have been involved in this thing is going to have the spotlight on them.

This incident with AJ is much ado about nothing in my opinion, however with the recent DUI/underage drinking arrests, D.Evans, the NCAA will probaby do a little digging while their there. What we need to hope is that there is nothing ELSE that we DON’T know about that rears it’s ugly head.

Rarely is it a good thing when the NCAA starts investigating, but hopefully we’re in good shape. Wouldn’t surprise me if this isn’t coming from another school trying to “tattle” to get the spotlight off of them. It’s funny that this information comes out on the eve of Richt’s media day knowing that this will be the focus today.

Hedgepruner

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

THUG UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

GaBulldawg79

July 22nd, 2010
10:44 am

Todd,
It isn’t a denial when you have several witnesses and pictures confirming you weren’t there, its called the truth.

Reality Stinks

July 22nd, 2010
10:45 am

UGA=Yawn

It doesnt matter where we are at we will still give Tech a beat down

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:45 am

How in the heck is CMR supposed to sound to the news? Do you want him to sound like Saban a saber rattle or do you want him to sound like Meyer and sound like a 12 year old little girl?

CMR is a steady voice to the program and reacted to the news as TRUE UGA fans expect. With a calming presence and a rationale approach to the breaking events.

Riiight

July 22nd, 2010
10:45 am

Dumb football players? Never!! ROFL

AJ GREEN

July 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

I’ve never been to miami. I’ve been to South beach. But miami? No.

Ed

July 22nd, 2010
10:47 am

BobDog and Tbomachine,

A.J. Green was scheduled to be at media days before these allegations came out. Teams usually bring 2 or 3 of their top upper class-man but I do agree this is bad news. Only because this is going to be the last year that A.J. Green will be running Between the Hedges. He will turn pro after this year.

THWGT!!

Todd

July 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

Photos. Now that is funny.

ryan

July 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

The problem why all this has happened is because the NCAA has allowed these student athletes to move off campus and that why you see all players getting in trouble with booze or bar fights and NFL agents it came back to haunt the NCAA.

Schmeckdawg

July 22nd, 2010
10:48 am

If he says he didn’t go, I believe him. To my knowledge, he has never done anything while at The UGA to make we want to doubt him!

GATA!

Score Check

July 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

The ACC is a week conference.

Tech’s high school offense has been exposed in the last two games and even by last year’s weak UGA defense.

It is only a matter of time before the rest of the ACC figures out how to stop that HS offense too.

dawgtime

July 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

why do Richt’s comments sound “prickly”? the ncaa asked uga not to comment on the investigation until it’s over….the media is aware of this request, so what do they do…..why of course they’ll ask pestering questions about the situation! i’m sure it’s a bit annoying to richt and green alike.

Score Check

July 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

rather a “weak conference”

NCAA cops

July 22nd, 2010
10:50 am

From Jan Kemp to the Harricks to red panties to 40 arrest in 3 years to this. Way to go dawgs!

DIT

July 22nd, 2010
10:52 am

Techies, keep dreaming. No matter what the outcome is on this investigation there is one thing that will NOT change. That is your beatdown by the Dawgs this coming Novemeber. You know it and will fight all the way to the time of the beatdown.
You can’t beat UGA in football so you hope that other events will take place to UGA’s team. The only way you win come November is that the entire team is suspended for that game.
So keep on posting your mindless dribble as a tech poster or as half of you do, post as a UF or Bama fan. I get it, you team can’t do squat against UGA so you might as well jump on the bandwagon of another school. Thing is, everyone can tell an imposter!
Go Dawgs & SEC!

TUCK FECH

July 22nd, 2010
10:52 am

The NCAA is now investigating Tech for all the Missing fans at thier stadium!