The NCAA issued a ruling Thursday in one agent-related investigation, declaring Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus ineligible for two games. But no ruling came down in several other cases, including Georgia’s.
Georgia did not hear from the NCAA on the matter Thursday and has not gotten any indication of whether it’ll hear before Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, associate athletic director Claude Felton said Thursday night.
Dareus was penalized by the NCAA for accepting $1,787 in improper benefits during two trips to Miami, where an agent-hosted party triggered NCAA probes at several schools. The NCAA required Dareus to donate that amount of money to a charity of his choice as a condition of reinstatement after missing two games.
Georgia was informed of an NCAA inquiry on July 21, and wide receiver A.J. Green said the next day that UGA officials asked him about the Miami party and that he was not there. Green otherwise has declined to comment about the NCAA probe, per Georgia’s instructions.
Coach Mark Richt was not available after practice Thursday. Asked a day earlier if he expects Green to play Saturday, Richt replied: “You know I can’t talk about that.”
Caleb King welcomes the increased workload that could come his way Saturday because of the suspension of fellow tailback Washaun Ealey.
“If they asked me to carry 100 times,” King said, “I’d probably do it with a smile.”
He could at least surpass his career high of 18 carries.
“Of course I want to be the focus of the offense,” King said. “What running back doesn’t want that? I’m excited for this opportunity and trying to do the best I can.”
King said he hasn’t been told how many carries to expect against Louisiana-Lafayette. Richt said Carlton Thomas will get carries and Fred Munzenmaier also “could get some totes at tailback.”
Ealey was suspended by Richt for at least the first game after being arrested last Friday on charges of hit-and-run of a parked vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
“He’s down, but he’s still on the sideline talking and trying to hype everybody up,” King said of Ealey. “From the sideline, he can tell me what I’m doing wrong and what I need to improve on. Of course I’m listening to him. I know he’s mad he can’t play the first game, but I know he’ll be ready … the following week.”