NCAA notice to UGA: One Bulldog under scrutiny (UPDATED)

(Updated 6:50 p.m. )

The NCAA has informed the University of Georgia that investigators will interview one UGA student-athlete “to determine his knowledge of or involvement in, directly or indirectly, any violations of NCAA legislation,” according to a document obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The athlete’s name was redacted before the document -– a copy of an e-mail from the NCAA to UGA -– was turned over to the AJC in response to an open-records request.

The e-mail was sent by NCAA Assistant Director of Agent, Gambling and Amateurism Activities Marcus M. Wilson to UGA Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance Eric Baumgartner shortly after the NCAA informed UGA by phone last Wednesday that investigators would come to the Georgia campus to conduct an “inquiry.”

The probe is believed to be the latest in a series of investigations of possible improper benefits received by college football players from sports agents. Investigations also are underway at North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama.

UGA said it removed the athlete’s name from the NCAA e-mail because of a federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy of student education records.

UGA said the NCAA requested an interview with only the one Georgia athlete.

The top NFL prospect on Georgia’s football team, junior wide receiver A.J. Green, said last week that he was asked by UGA officials about an agent-affiliated party in Miami that triggered the NCAA investigations at North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Green said he told UGA, as he told reporters, that he has “never” been to Miami.

Green declined to answer other questions about the matter because of instructions from UGA officials, who said the NCAA requested that the school’s officials, coaches and athletes not comment on the investigation.

“In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, please refrain from disclosing the details of the investigation as we discussed with anyone except your athletic director and/or president,” Wilson wrote to Baumgartner. “Should you decide to speak with them, please inform them of the necessity of protecting the integrity of the investigation as well.”

Georgia coach Mark Richt, in an interview Monday night, declined to comment on the NCAA e-mail.

With preseason camp starting next Monday — and with NCAA investigations typically protracted processes — Richt was asked if he is concerned that he might not know the outcome of the probe when practice begins.

“As usual, I’ll worry about things I can control,” Richt replied. ” I can’t really control it, but I’ve got no indication at all that there’s any reason to believe that all of our guys won’t be practicing Day 1. So that’s my expectation right now. If something changes, then we’ll adjust.”

In the e-mail, Wilson asked Baumgartner to have the student-athlete “review and sign” an attached “NCAA Interview Notice” before meeting with investigators. The e-mail, which did not say when the interview would be held, said the athlete “may have personal legal counsel present.”

The “NCAA Interview Notice” cautions that refusing to provide information or providing false or misleading information could violate NCAA ethical-conduct legislation.

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209 comments Add your comment

ajc is slow

July 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

I hope it’s just Green, not someone else.

VixDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

It isn’t AJ.
It is nothing

JayDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:44 pm

Anyone hear any rumors on who it is?

sea island

July 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((30-24))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

SickandTired

July 26th, 2010
2:49 pm

Interview them all. Rent some office space and stay while.

bardawg

July 26th, 2010
2:51 pm

Let th NCAA do their thing, nothing will come of it . ( unless it’s manufactered ) think they’ll find more rocks to look under @ Ala., Fla. ,& So. Car.

Jeff Dantzler

July 26th, 2010
2:52 pm

We only have FOUR players the NFL would even remotely care about. Boling, the two kickers and AJ. I doubt Drew Butler or Blair Walsh were at a party in South Beach.

Beast from the East

July 26th, 2010
2:52 pm

Good news for the Dawgs. Hopefully this will all go away soon and we can get ready for some football!

No One Knows You're a Dawg

July 26th, 2010
2:53 pm

Bradley/Schultz “death penalty” column in 3, 2, 1 . . .

Bull

July 26th, 2010
2:53 pm

We still don’t know anything….don’t jump to conclusions

HugoStiglitz

July 26th, 2010
2:54 pm

Its probably AJ. I doubt he did anything wrong though.

JayDawg

July 26th, 2010
2:56 pm

It says student athlete does it mean it has to be a football player?

DAWGS LICK BALLS!

July 26th, 2010
2:58 pm

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((41-17))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Cletus Dooley Earnhardt SR.

July 26th, 2010
2:58 pm

I loove UGA even more than my sisster/wife! i t is amasing becuse i never even went to collage their!

GO UGA!

Bull

July 26th, 2010
2:59 pm

Wonder what idiotic UGA hatred column Bradley and Shultz are going to come up with next…

Hilton Head Island

July 26th, 2010
3:00 pm

————————–
Nesbitt for Heisman
————————–

joe

July 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

All this supposedly centers of the trip to Miami, so the logical choices would be players who are from FL…could it be Orson Charles or Aaron Murray?? Woowoooo doggies….

WonderDawg

July 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

How many times has Tech been on probation since UGA’s remedial studies (Jan Kemp) problem of the mid-80s?

Still@theBAR

July 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

Would this be about betting or is amaturism about taking money from agents?

Jeff Dantzler

July 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

I was thinking Orson too.

Les Grossman

July 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

I don’t know what kind of pan southeast power play someone is trying to pull here, but Athens is my territory. So whatever you’re thinking, you’d better think again.

ChipperDoodle

July 26th, 2010
3:05 pm

I think these athletes must be compensated in some way for their services. At least the NCAA should allow athletes that are NFL draft prospects to receive insurance against injury during their last two years of eligibility. Why should they risk their futures, otherwise? This would likely keep some juniors from making the jump before they are truly ready for the league.

Waka Flocka Flame

July 26th, 2010
3:06 pm

It was #31 Brandon Bogotay

Mr.Bigdawg54

July 26th, 2010
3:06 pm

I heard he wasn’t at his home either, that can’t be good

ThUGA

July 26th, 2010
3:07 pm

Thuga Thuga Thuga Thuga. Thats all I can come up with cause I am a troll and can’t get a job cause all I can say is that. Oh yeah Red Panties too! Man those were good burns on you guys. Take that.

Nodawginthefight

July 26th, 2010
3:08 pm

I know this is just going to make people mad … but … oh well. I’m a Falcons fan. I’m a Braves fan. I’m not a UGA fan or a Ga Tech fan. However, I find it embarrassing that some UGA fans post the score of the Georgia Tech/UGA game on every UGA-related article.

Your program finishes with an embarassing record? “30-24″
Your athletes are getting arrested left and right? “30-24″
Your AD can’t keep it in his pants? “30-24″
A player is beign investigated? “30-24″

The reason that teams like Florida and Alabama destroy you is because they wouldn’t be proud of a season in which their biggest accomplishment was that they barely beat an in-state rival like Florida State or Auburn.

UGA should change its mascot to a horse. The equestrian team is the best thing it has going for it.

hmmmm.........

July 26th, 2010
3:08 pm

I just hope Green doesn’t lie about like Dez Bryant did last year. Nesbitt for Heisman?? He didn’t complete half of his passes last year and had Thomas to throw to. He’s a Reggie Ball

shankit

July 26th, 2010
3:09 pm

Watched the SEC show on ESPN>
Would have looked better if A. J.
had not worn that 3 (give or take a couple)
carat diamond earring for his interview?

dawgster

July 26th, 2010
3:09 pm

why don’t everyone out there wait until the facts come out…and also, by what substantiation do you Jay Hogate have that AJ was not at his home…Have you been following him around…I believe AJ addressed the issue and for now why not assume that he is innocent instead of everyone thinking it had to be AJ or possibly Orsen..Lets see Orsen and Murray are from fla so yea thats it, one of them must have been there…Maybe it was Coach Richt, i mean he did attend college at Miami and coached at Fla State…

Kelly's a Dawg

July 26th, 2010
3:10 pm

I still don’t understand how it’s any of the NCAA’s business where students go. Players are given books, tutoring, apparel, etc…and many still don’t even finish a degree. Heck, many other student athletes need part time jobs to get by…is that of the NCAA’s concern?

Paddy

July 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

There are alot of players at Georgia. Many teams both male and female. Brandon Bogotay? A backup kicker who will never see the playing field. We should be so fortunate!

Still@theBAR

July 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

chipper there isn’t enough money to pay players. If you pay one sport you pay them all.Insurane is fine. The player or his/her family just has to pay the premium. These players could get a VERY VERY valuable Education. If they are to stupid to study something other than African studies, housing develpoement, or criminal justice it is their fault.

Nodawgandcantfight

July 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

Yo new guy, the only reason any UGA fan does that is the hilarious St. Simons from the year before doing the EXACT same crap. Of course you don’t got a dawg in the fight, cause your real team of choice probably takes it in the rear from UGA every year, but whatever troll. Got anything else?

WonderDawg

July 26th, 2010
3:14 pm

ChipperDoodle, thank Title IX for why the athletes will never be paid. Football and men’s basketball are the only revenue producers for a school. All of the other sports are funded by the earnings of those two sports, and all lose big money.

If you pay the football team a wage, you got to pay the women’s softball team, the golf teams, the tennis teams, the lacrosse teams, etc the same wage.

no dawg in the fight.

July 26th, 2010
3:14 pm

What a stupid post

WonderDawg

July 26th, 2010
3:15 pm

Nodawginhisbritches = Nerd

Asheville Dawg

July 26th, 2010
3:16 pm

Let’s hope it’s one and done.

DaveDawg96

July 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

Wouldn’t just an invite to South Beach warrant at least a Q and A from the NCAA with regard to their overall far-reaching investigation? Of course, turning down the invite isn’t a violation and is the correct thing to do, but the NCAA would want to know names and such. So even if they interview one of our guys, it doesn’t mean they did anything wrong.

Bruce Mac

July 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

Dawgs lick balls, what is 41 to 17, surely you are not resorting to basball scores? Don’t you wish you could lick yours?

WonderDawg

July 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

Damn, AJ’s got a lot of neighbors, judging by how many of you nuts know “he he wasn’t home.” Jeez.

kevin

July 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

I love all of this speculation about who it is they are investigating. Here’s some news for you all: None of you know!

hmmmm.........

July 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

I think EA sports should give each player a debt card with like 1000 bucks on it. Nodawg i agree about the score thing. but your wrong about everything else. You’ll see when the season starts. By the way the Falcons are overrated, soft, and lucky. The coach is the toughest guy on the team and I’m not sold on Matt Ryan.

Burdell

July 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

Nodawgcantfight should make any UGA alumnus proud…

joe

July 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

but the “one” can be devastating if you lose your starting qb, te or wr after the investigation.

Still@theBAR

July 26th, 2010
3:18 pm

WonderDawg? I wonder if that Dawg can live through the whole season? I wonder if that dawg can breath enough to stay alive til the Tech game? I wonder Dawg!

hmmmm.........

July 26th, 2010
3:19 pm

Bruce Mac i think it was the score from the florida game

DAWGFan

July 26th, 2010
3:20 pm

No Bruce Mac, that’s how many cows vs pigs that boy has made whoopie with in his life. Next on his schedule? A lovely goat!

Pope UGA XXIII

July 26th, 2010
3:21 pm

Only one player ???
The NCAA could find more inappropriate conduct just by taking
a look at the membership of the U S House of Representatives !!!

Bruce Mac

July 26th, 2010
3:21 pm

Oh, stilll bet he wished he could lick his. Florida owns us for 20 years, sorry.

BigTimeTECHFan

July 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

AJ’s a great receiver until he get tackled, then you don’t see him for 3 weeks. If he toughens up a little he will be a great one.