JerseyGate: UGA still waiting for word from NCAA on Green case (updated)

(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.”

542 comments Add your comment

cattle dawg

September 7th, 2010
1:49 pm

Couldnt there be some common sense from the ncaa on this issue?

farley

September 7th, 2010
1:51 pm

I sat near aj’s family sat at the game, nice people, did not seem worried about anything.

GA Boy

September 7th, 2010
1:51 pm

red dog

September 7th, 2010
1:51 pm

Is Green a liar when he says I’ve never been to Miami. It would be easy enough to find out did he have a plane ticket or not. Duh , , ,

SOUTH GA DAWG

September 7th, 2010
1:55 pm

A.J. PLAYS AND THE DAWGS KEEP ON ROLLIN!!!!!!!

VickTim

September 7th, 2010
1:56 pm

What did he do – what did he do???

gdawginkalamazoo

September 7th, 2010
1:56 pm

How hard can it be to clear one player from this freaking mess?

Michigan Dawg

September 7th, 2010
1:59 pm

Either he was in South Beach or not simple as that. If you can’t prove it either way let him play and lets move on. This has dragged on long enough.

King Gator

September 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

If everyone is so sure he didn’t do anything wrong, why would UGA hold him out and wait for the NCAA? I’m not saying he did anything wrong, but holding him out makes it look like Georgia isn’t sure if he did or didn’t at this point. Go Gators!

Gayterds lick nutts

September 7th, 2010
2:00 pm

When will the self righteous NCAA get over itself and hand out some much needed info to the schools that have yet to recieve any. This is just like judges that legislate from the bench, I wonder if they’re on Vegas’ payroll?

Ted Striker

September 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

It’s not necessarily about a party in South Beach. Patience, patience.

Gary

September 7th, 2010
2:03 pm

I think if you read between the lines, what the NCAA is investigaing with Green is *not* whether he attended the party in Miami. The new AD as much as admitted that last week. I am curious what they are investigating but since no one is talking, its pure speculation.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

The problem I have with Richt’s statement is that he is waiting on the “ruling” and not a “clearance”. Sounds like something is wrong and that we will be without AJ for possibly a few games to forever. Now with that said, this will be posted under the “updated” headline that AJ has been cleared to play.

Moonlight Mile

September 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

Who knows what the NCAA found once they started digging? This probably started as South Beach but could very easily be about something else now. I have to think Richt and Co. know what’s up here and there is something to be conservative about. Hopefully whatever it is has been covered by the one game suspension AJ just served. I can’t imagine the NCAA and UGA coming out and saying he did absolutely nothing wrong.

Dawg_Mike

September 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

There can be Agent-related benefits that are not limited to simply going to South Beach. If it was as simple as that, it wouldnt take this long.

MLH

September 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

I don’t think they are investigating anything to do with the Miami issue.

DawginLex

September 7th, 2010
2:04 pm

King gator,

If there is a 2 game penalty as expected, getting 1 of them out of the way vs LALA was a smart move don’t you think?

D.Ellis

September 7th, 2010
2:05 pm

AJ’s situation isn’t about the “agent party” in Miami. He wasn’t there end of story. Hopefully we will get answer this week. WE need him against a good/tough SC team.

TallyDawg

September 7th, 2010
2:06 pm

More rumors are alluding to a signed Jersey and Ebay as the cause for this. South Carolina has their best DB in NCAA limbo as well.

MLH

September 7th, 2010
2:06 pm

It may have to do with insurance issues.

Dawg_Mike

September 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

At first I was one of the ones that said there was nothing to see here…keep walking…
but now I am sure that something is definitely wrong.
I just hope the one game served will be sufficient.

Truett Cathy

September 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

I admit it. I gave A.J. extra pickles on his tasty Chick-fil-A sandwich without charging him for it. Can’t he just pay me now and move on?

South Carolina Fan

September 7th, 2010
2:07 pm

Rumor is that he sold jerseys for money. Nothing to do with Miami.

King Gator

September 7th, 2010
2:08 pm

If he’s going to be suspended, better to get it over with and move on; so sounds more likely that it’s a minor infraction and need to find out if it’s 1 or 2 game suspension.

Dawg_Mike

September 7th, 2010
2:08 pm

In other news, I still say that the arena football league uniforms VT trotted out last night were hideous.

ga gator

September 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

Lex we agree more than we disagree usually.

South Carolina Fan

September 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

autographed jerseys

cattle dawg

September 7th, 2010
2:09 pm

Im thinking one of these south beach agents contacted him and UGA is trying to get it all cleared up.

John Brantley

September 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

Blue 17, orange 23, hut hut hike!

Hey, WTF where’s the ball Pouncey?

King Gator

September 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

VT uni’s smacked of bad Euro trash soccer outfits..just saying

D.Ellis

September 7th, 2010
2:10 pm

Or the rumor is he signed a jersey ( which I’m sure he has signed thousands) and 1 if not more ended up on e-bay. Now they are seeing if he benifited from the sell of the merchandise.

buzzDawg

September 7th, 2010
2:12 pm

While it appears clear Green was not in Miami, there may still be a question of improper contacts or benefits with/from an agent. It may be to our advantage for the NCAA to be slow in making its decisions as South Carolina has 3 players on the sideline while we only have Green. It is sad that the NCAA may be deciding the outcome of games by its slow process. I hope all of them will be cleared to play this week so it is fair contest. I think Georgia will win either way but it will be a close game, as always with South Carolina.

Steve Spurrier

September 7th, 2010
2:12 pm

Hey, I bought this autographed AJ Green jersey off of Ebay a couple of weeks ago for one of my second team WR’s to wear against our first team Defense in preparations for the UGA game. Pretty cool huh! I think it might be an effective tactic to keep AJ from being a factor in the game.

King Gator

September 7th, 2010
2:13 pm

The NCAA sucks worse than our center did on this past Saturday. Go Gators!

WonderDawg

September 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

I just hope he didn’t lie to the NCAA – that’s what got Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant suspended for the year last season, although the NCAA counted OSU’s game and his two touchdowns vs UGA last season.

Chris

September 7th, 2010
2:14 pm

Funny, I didn’t make that connection at all and I watch euro soccer about every week. The unis were nice, but the flack black helmets were pure money.

UGA Insider

September 7th, 2010
2:16 pm

Washaun Ealey’s national coming out party will be Saturday afternoon. He is a hell of a rb and is now highly inspired. Look for a fairly easy victory with or without AJ.

gdawginkalamazoo

September 7th, 2010
2:16 pm

We get a ton of people back from parole though. Tavarres King, Olgetree maybe, and Ealey that I can think of.

Good to see Kris Durham out there flying down the field again. Kudos to him for an excellent game. I hope he has a great season.

jimmymack

September 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

if this was going to be real good it would have been handled.i have a feeling somebody did something very stupid i hope we were falsely accused.

McDawg

September 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

My guess is that every player on Mel Kiper’s Big Board has had an agent contact them which from my understanding is okay-given the Reggie Bush situation, the NCAA is probablty trying to get a handle on exactly what is going on out there-one of the guys sitting for USC is being investigated for helop w/ injury insurance-so they are probably looking into all contacts across the board -they need to get this done

FLA DAWG

September 7th, 2010
2:18 pm

If it’s in the hands of the lawyers then poor AJ will have a long, long wait…………..can he make a quick jump into the NFL this season!?

Wha?

September 7th, 2010
2:21 pm

So Dawg_Mike,

What you’re telling us is that you ahve no clue what you’re talking about either way? Thanks for sharing.

SD Dawg

September 7th, 2010
2:21 pm

Best to prepare like he isn’t playing. If the Alabama player got two games for his infraction, I would think AJ would be in line for the same assuming 1) he is guilty (which I am not) and 2) his infraction is similar. I would think selling a jersey or two would be similar to a free trip to Miami, but then again that depends on how many jerserys and how much money was made. Green doesn’t make or break this team. He clearly makes us better and I really want him to play, but we have receivers capable of helping is win.

BMDPD

September 7th, 2010
2:21 pm

Yeah, there is definitely something wrong. Else, he would be playing.

Columbia Dawg

September 7th, 2010
2:22 pm

Ted Striker is correct. At this point, with the NCAA having ruled on Alabama’s player with down to the penny accuracy, and Adam’s comment, it almost has to be about a different issue. Possibly something that was discovered during the South Beach party investigation. Hopefully, Green missing the Louisiana-LaFayette game will cover the playing-time portion of the penalty, if there is one.

RabidDawgFan

September 7th, 2010
2:23 pm

Has anyone besides me noticed that we are undefeated when A.J. hasn’t been in the lineup? He missed most of the Auburn game last season, we won that, he also missed the Georgia Tech game, we won that, he missed Louisiana Lafayette, we won that…see the trend? What I’m saying is, if he’s not able to play do not panic. We’ll be fine with or without Green. We have enough weapons and Murray will have his coming out party this Saturday and will finally come of age. GO DAWGS!

AJ Green

September 7th, 2010
2:25 pm

I am sorry UGA fans, I have most certaintly lost your respect for which you are about to hear. I did go to the Miama party. I did in fact get money from the jerseys being sold on ebay. I am sorry to let you all down. I will be penalized and unable to play the rest of my college career as a Bulldog. Once again I am sorry.

RabidDawgFan

September 7th, 2010
2:27 pm

I take that statement back, we are not undefeated without Green. We lost to Kentucky without Green but that’s the only one. He didn’t play in 4 games last season (Auburn, Tennessee Tech, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech) we won 3 of them. Plus he didn’t play against Louisiana so we are 4-1 without Green in the lineup. Put it like this, we will be fine with or without Green. If we do lose, it won’t be because we didn’t have Green.

Maddog

September 7th, 2010
2:29 pm

I heard this morning that this issue may be related to AJ selling a jersey or something else for money and lying about it to the NCAA. If that’s the case they would lower the boom on him.

SquirrelDawg

September 7th, 2010
2:31 pm

This is all about the selling of his Independece Bowl Game jersey, and the fact that he has a $1 million insurance policy in case of injury, the insurance policy has a $50,000 premium, A.J.’s dad was laid off, and now they are trying to find out who paid the premium on the insurance policy