Alabama hears from NCAA, but Georgia doesn’t

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.”

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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.”

96 comments Add your comment

Motown Hound

September 3rd, 2010
5:21 am

First on game day! Time to thaw out the bratwurst.

Motown Hound

September 3rd, 2010
5:23 am

A day too early, not game day. Too geeked.

lanier

September 3rd, 2010
5:24 am

from the look of SC last night the Dawgs are gonna need everybody next week

d.r.w.dawg

September 3rd, 2010
5:41 am

@Lainer come on now that’s USM they played against… even USM drove the length of the field on the SC several times…

GaTruth

September 3rd, 2010
5:43 am

Get ready folks, here comes all the blow-hard inside skinny from those who no nothing about this situation and even less about football. “Yeah, my half-cousin’s ex-father-in-law’s crack dealer has an estranged step-son from a fling with his brother’s third wife who KNOWS for SURE Aj is guilty and won’t ever see another down of football for UGA. Go Jackets!”

Chip on your shoulder much, Jackets?

SC Ron

September 3rd, 2010
6:41 am

come on drw. we killed them. if we win a close one, then you say– see they stink. we will beat them easily. we beat a decent team badly last night. you can try to make yourself feel better about your team but this is spurrier and sc’s year. we will win the sec east. the pressure of a first game will be too much for your fresh qb.

82Dawg

September 3rd, 2010
6:51 am

SC Ron …..what I saw of your freshman qb he looked better than the starter.

ForsythDawg

September 3rd, 2010
6:56 am

SC Ron, have you been hanging out with Paris Hilton lately? Good luck with that….

Dan

September 3rd, 2010
7:07 am

The Chickens beat the team that was under .500 last year and they think they’re on their way to the BCS title game. Nothing ever changes for the chickens.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2010
7:18 am

From what I saw last night SC has a good team, and anybody playing them needs to bring thier A game to beat them………..but they would.

Tide Roll

September 3rd, 2010
7:22 am

The NCAA is only investigating AJ because he is black. You don’t see Kris Durham under investigation. Mark Richt and Mike Bobo are amazing. That is why the Gators beat UGA every year, because they allow the NCAA to only investigate the black players. Maybe he should have come to Bama to play OL. We have the best bunch of menz on our OL. I would have love to watch him get in his 3 point stance every Saturday. Or AJ could have played my favorite position… TE…

[...] Tim Tucker of the AJC reports that Georgia is still waiting word from the NCAA. [...]

Frank Lane

September 3rd, 2010
7:27 am

Tide Roll. You are out of line. I believe that Metzenburger was white.

J Dubb

September 3rd, 2010
7:29 am

Tide Roll, you are just some d!ckhe@d trying to start some trash on here. You probably arent even a AL fan; just some other team’s fan whose is trying to give AL a bad name.

90% of the players on the BCS teams are black, you dumb@ss….

SC looked real tough. This UGA fan is actually pretty pessimistic that we could go into Columbia with our freshman and a brand new defense against Spurrier and get the W. Its going to be our biggest test this season imo.

It's Time to T it up

September 3rd, 2010
7:30 am

Do you want to play some Football? One more day! Go Dawgs!

Dap01

September 3rd, 2010
7:38 am

it seems like Saban blames everyone else except the player who took to great trips to Miami. Take responsibility, have character.

Hale Almand

September 3rd, 2010
7:48 am

“We may not make a university student out of him, but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbage man when he gets through with his athletic career.” AJC FILE

phillip

September 3rd, 2010
8:01 am

I am a lifelong Alabama fan. I’m 50 and have been following the Tide since I was about 8. I hope Alabama wins every game 182 to nothing, but Dareus got off light. He takes two trips to Miami, and doesn’t know that “hey I’m not paying for the trip” is on the up and up” ? He’s lucky. It wouldn’t have bothered me if he had gotten a year long suspension. I think that needs to happen if these kids are ever gonna get the message, and hell I’m a Bama guy. I guarantee you, that this time next year, Alabama or some other big name program will have a kid involved in another stupid quandry. He’s lucky. Bama’s lucky. They don’t need to appeal. They need to move on and be grateful for the leniency.

bill_in_atl

September 3rd, 2010
8:12 am

I hear you phillip. I was shocked at how light that sentence was for Dareus. Good news for Bama, but not so great for the sport in my opinion. The kids need to really be frightened away from these types of relationships if this is going to stop. This doesn’t send nearly a strong enough message.

Can You Dig It

September 3rd, 2010
8:17 am

Well stated phillip….Bama should be proud that you pull for them…on the otrher hand Tide Roll is the type of fan Bama doesn’t need…but the Dawgs have idioits like him too….those fans serve no purpose and only make themselves look like the fools that they are when they post on this blog. Here’s wishing Bama and the Dawgs a great season…Can You Dig It

destin dawg

September 3rd, 2010
8:18 am

USC is good for real… and watch for the reverse.. man that kid is FAST !!!.. but play La.. Layfette 1st.. run the ball and get Mason in the 2nd half like Spurrier did his frosh. from GA… Shaw.. Go Dawgs !!!!

George P Burdell

September 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

To GaTruth: I don’t see any comments from GT fans. Do you still have to hallucinate to imagine all of the evil doers who will tear down your precious dogs? In my opinion, UGA fans, players and administrators are doing all of our work for us.

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

phillip,

Dareus was buddies with Marvin Austin from UNC. Austin paid for Dareus’ trips to Miami. During the second trip, Dareus found it the whole thing was agent-funded to promptly returned to Alabama. I wonder where he thought Austin got the money to just fly his friends to Miami but I’m a clear-thinking adult, not a 20-year old kid.

He got off light because he went to BAMA’s compliance officer and spilled the beans. Then he was completely honest with the NCAA investigators. The NCAA report describes him as “one of the most truthful student-athletes we have ever interviewed.”

Dareus has been setting aside money since the summer to pay the money back.

5IML

September 3rd, 2010
8:23 am

During the second trip, Dareus found “out” the whole thing was agent-funded “and” promptly returned to Alabama.

GATruth?

September 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

Where are all the tech comments you refer to Truth? The only one I see so far is yours. Really need to get some help with your obsession. More likely, we’ll see a bunch of dawg fans with a similar convoluted connection claiming they have “inside information” that there is nothing here. Can’t wait to see what Richt’s decision will be tomorrow on whether or not to play him. Will speak volumes of his trust in his players.

richham

September 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

I could only stomach to watch the first half of the south carolina game, but I must have watched a different game.

The defense didn’t put that much pressure on their quarterback in the first half and the offense looked pretty average to me. Jeffries was pushing off all night to gain space but they kept calling holding on the other team, which there was.

Again I only watched the first half, but you take away Alshon and stuff the run and you are left with an erratic and way overhyped Garcia as the playmaker. I like the dawgs chances against South Carolina.

Jeff

September 3rd, 2010
8:28 am

ATTENTION PLAYERS….Its goodd to feel good about the season….especially the defense….BUT DONT FEEL TO GOOD ABOUT YOURSELVES>>>>>>before you talk…make your you can back it up…..im just sayin

gbal

September 3rd, 2010
8:29 am

This from Athens Banner – I hope he does not come back to haunt….

Former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, now at Butler (Kansas) Community College, has received a scholarship offer from LSU, according to KelinJohnson.com, the website of the former Bulldogs safety.

Dawglasville

September 3rd, 2010
8:33 am

That is not Tide Roll. That is someone making fun of Tide Roll.

NOTSO FAST

September 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

After watching SC, I’m betting that Ealey will get only a one game suspension. He didn’t kill anybody and SC looked good.

AJGREENFAN

September 3rd, 2010
8:35 am

AltamahaDawg, nice try. You are some white guy trying to stir up this fake “race card” with your comments. Who would take your silly reasoning seriously? Please, cut the crap!

AJGREENFAN

September 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

Enter your comments here

Money Already In The Bank

September 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Folks, the problem with A.J. Green is…….#1, he’s guilty, and #2, UGA has had so much bad publicity about football players this year that UGA’s new athletic director has pleaded with the NCAA to hold off on putting the news out about A.J. Green so as to calm things down for awhile. How else would you explain why it’s taking so long to make an announcement? Unless it goes deeper than what has been reported in that stellar publication, the AJC. :)

dagnabit

September 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

Is Ealy as mad as the owner of the vehicle he hit and ran from?

Harriett

September 3rd, 2010
8:55 am

Folks, the problem with A.J. Green is…….#1, he’s guilty, and #2, UGA has had so much bad publicity about football players this year that UGA’s new athletic director has pleaded with the NCAA to hold off on putting the news out about A.J. Green so as to calm things down for awhile.

That makes sense, and it fits the facts.

And Green IS guilty and will be suspended or dismissed soon.

GaTruth

September 3rd, 2010
9:01 am

George and ? – You must not spend much time on these pages, frequently LOADED with GT fans’ comments. Perhaps my preemptive strike shut up some of them. The one thing you can count on – and I’ve seen it for almost 50 years – is that GT fans, win or lose, have a massive chip on their shoulders when it comes to UGA. GT never walks with class when it comes to UGA. It is always bitter hatred – maybe because UGA just doesn’t take Tech that seriously. Yeah, we enjoy winning 8 out of 10, but it isn’t the rivlary we have with FL, AU, or UT. Your anger and bitterness are playing into UGA hands as we speak. When your back pain from the chip gets unbearable, there are plenty of good chiropractors in Atlanta.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

SC is going to be our biggest test of the year? I wish that were true.

AltamahaDawg

September 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

Guilty of what?

I-DOG

September 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

Georgia Truth and GPB, it took a few extra minutes, but Money in the Bank came through like a champ with his conspiracy theories. Georgia Truth was responding to the dozens of tech folks who posted similar things to MIB earlier this week.

Altamaha didn’t post anything racist and never has. That was Tide Roll, but NOT REALLY Tide Roll, it was a UGA fan impersonating tide roll in a satirical manner. Tide Roll has been trying to brainwash Dawgnation into believing that Bean Anderson moving from OL to DL is a racial conspirancy at UGA and that Boling (1st team All SEC) and Jones (2nd team all SEC) are only starting because of the lack of pigmentation in their skin. The Tide Roll impersonator was making fun of Tide Roll by saying that Richt and Bobo offered up AJ to the NCAA because they don’t like African Americans (to driver home how crazy the real tide roll is). Everyone is now caught up.

bitter coach paul bear (aka bammer)

September 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

ncaa, bull—– my boy’s can party were ever, its a free country. yaaaawww, i used to recruit 220 players a year just so other teams could not have them that was my success toward winning, hell if your not cheating your not trying, dale said it and it applies to bammer football yyaaaaawwww. roll terd!!!

Can You Dig It

September 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

Harriett…I can tell by your post that you are uglier than a bowling shoe…don’t date because you don’t ever get asked out and attend Tech….and most importantly….don’t know AJ Green or the facts…I’ll bet that he doesn’t get suspended because he never went to Miami…and that Tech loses 4-5 games and only sells out their tiny stadium twice this year….what an idioit you are …but then again you are a Tech fan….Can You Dig It!

destin dawg

September 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

negative attitude has killed the Techies…. Coach Curry 20+ years ago had to write PMA on their helmets .. just to get”em to hold their heads up !! Harriet.. (tech’s rented cheerleader) AJ’s just a good old country kid from S.C… no problem here !!

Bama 13

September 3rd, 2010
9:19 am

I’m a Bama fan, and am very surprised and pleased to see the NCAA being so reasonable. They didn’t nail the kid this time, and its likely because he got some good advice from his coach, namely “when they ask you a question, don’t lie!”. I think the Dawg fans can take heart from this ruling.

mowreck

September 3rd, 2010
9:22 am

I think GA has to worry more about Lattimore and Garcia more than whether Ealey is gonna played. richham u should have watched the 2nd half. GA Southern only looked good the 1st two possessions on offense, then SC settled down. Plus, Connor Shaw the freshman QB for SC can play. He threw a 35 yard bullet between SC players for a TD in the 4th quarter.

Bama 13

September 3rd, 2010
9:24 am

oh, and Lattimore looks awesome. How’d he end up at SC?

Dawg_Mike

September 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

Folks, the problem with A.J. Green is…….#1, he’s guilty, and #2, UGA has had so much bad publicity about football players this year that UGA’s new athletic director has pleaded with the NCAA to hold off on putting the news out about A.J. Green so as to calm things down for awhile.

Yeah, Guilty of what?

you are kidding yourself if you think that our new AD has that much clout with the NCAA.

collegeballfana

September 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

The Green thing is getting silly.

All Richt has to do is ask Green if he is in the wrong. If he says NO, then play him with no regrets. If he says Yes, then sit him down until the NCAA makes a decision.

And nothing needs to be said to the press. Until the NCAA makes a public announcement it is an internal team matter.

dawgfan13

September 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

I am a dawgfan all the way, but I am a football fan as well. South Carolinna wont win a BCS championship, but they are a better football team this year. I think the Georgia game against SC next will will be the best game of the day as far as being a close game down to the wire. Georgia will run the ball a lot Sat, but I will say that they will have to pass on SC to beat them. their defense is fast and sometimes over aggressive. Southern Miss was in their red zone all night, but if you play conservative, they will beat you. I hope Hutson mason get some playing time tomorrow. We will be fine. The final score for the Sc game will be UGA 24 SC 21. A field goal in the final seconds will win it for us. GO DAWGS!

jaglaw

September 3rd, 2010
9:47 am

Enter your comments here

jaglaw

September 3rd, 2010
9:52 am

Ooops, sorry.

FACT: SC looked pretty good last nite. Remember last year when they played NC State and both teams looked horrible? The next week they pushed UGA to the limit. For the first game of the season, I thought they did quite well.

UGA needs to play a clean game. Smooth, no penalties. SC looked close to mid season form, UGA had better do the same.

NOTE: Experts say the greatest step in improvement is from game 1 to game 2. Well if SC follows this pattern, UGA has got a tough game on their hands.