COLUMBIA – Georgia hasn’t been informed when an NCAA committee will hear the school’s appeal of wide receiver A.J. Green’s four-game suspension, athletic director Greg McGarity said Saturday.
UGA expects the appeal to be heard sometime next week. The hearing will be conducted by conference call.
The group that hears the appeal, the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, is made up of officials from NCAA member schools. That’s a different group than the NCAA staff members who handed down the four-game suspension. The committee typically decides on appeals within a day or two of a hearing.
Georgia is expected to present what it believes to be mitigating factors in an attempt to get a game or two shaved off Green’s suspension.
McGarity declined to comment on the NCAA ruling in the case or the grounds for Georgia’s appeal. He said he would discuss the matter publicly after the appeal is decided.
The NCAA said that according to the facts of the case submitted by Georgia, Green sold his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000 “to an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.”
In response to an open-records request from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, UGA on Friday said it would not release documents related to the case because doing so “would directly identify one particular student,” Green. The university said that would violate a federal law protecting student education records, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Former North Carolina football player Chris Hawkins told ESPN.com that he bought the jersey from Green but denied that he is an agent. ESPN.com quoted a source as saying Hawkins contacted several agents about their interest in representing North Carolina players in the NFL draft. The NCAA defines an agent as “any individual who markets or promotes a student-athlete.”
It also is against NCAA rules for a student-athlete to sell a jersey or other memorabilia to someone other than an agent.