(Updated 1:45 p.m. Wednesday)
ATHENS – Georgia officials continue to anxiously await a ruling from the NCAA on the eligibility of star wide receiver A.J. Green. Coach Mark Richt said early this afternoon that there is “nothing new” on the matter today.
The investigation includes whether Green received an impermissible benefit by allegedly selling a game jersey, a person familiar with the matter told the AJC.
It is against NCAA rules for players to accept money for memorabilia.
The penalty in such a case typically would depend on several factors, including the amount of money received and the player’s cooperation with the NCAA.
Georgia held Green out of last week’s season opener, saying it was doing so “pending a ruling from the NCAA clarifying his status.” Richt said Tuesday that Green will practice with the team as usual “until we know something one way or another.” Richt made it clear that he expects to get a ruling before Saturday’s SEC opener at South Carolina.
“I’d be highly disappointed if we don’t hear something this week,” Richt said. “I would think we will.”
The NCAA launched the investigation of Green on July 21. On July 22, Green acknowledged that he was asked by Georgia officials about an agent-hosted party in Miami that triggered NCAA probes at several other schools. Green said he had never been to Miami.
On Georgia’s weekly depth chart, Kris Durham is listed in Green’s customary spot as the No. 1 flanker, with Rantavious Wooten No. 2, Logan Gray No. 3 and Israel Troupe No. 4. Then, in italic type and preceded by an asterisk, Green is listed as “Status TBD.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said after Tuesday’s practice that he doesn’t know if Green will be able to play Saturday.
“If he’s there, he’s there; if he’s not, he’s not,” Bobo said. “It’s out of my control, so there’s nothing we can do. Wish there was, but there’s not.”
UGA President Michael Adams said last week that the matter is “being handled by our lawyers.”
Although Adams said he “can’t, shouldn’t and won’t” reveal details of the case, he was asked if the Green investigation is similar to agent-related NCAA probes at other schools. He replied: “No, I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to say that. … I think you don’t know all they’re looking at until it’s over. So if you just limited it to that or excluded that, you’d be making a mistake either way.”