A.J. Green appeal will be heard Friday

(Updated 9 p.m.)

ATHENS – Georgia’s appeal of wide receiver A.J. Green’s four-game suspension will be heard by an NCAA committee Friday, UGA associate athletic director Claude Felton said.

The appeal will be heard via conference call by a quorum of the NCAA Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, consisting of officials from other schools and conferences.

Asked Wednesday night if he expects a ruling on the same day as the hearing, Georgia coach Mark Richt said: “I can only hope that.”

Green, who didn’t play in Georgia’s first two games, will have to sit out Saturday’s game against Arkansas and the Sept. 25 game at Mississippi State unless his suspension is shortened.

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday the Razorbacks have to prepare as if Green will be on the field Saturday, while Richt said Georgia has approached this week from the premise that Green won’t play.

“And then if it turns out he can play . . . we certainly can use him,” Richt said.

Georgia players say they’re prepared for either scenario.

“Hopefully they come back with a ruling that is favorable and he’ll be out there, but it’s not something you can bank on,” tight end Aron White said. “We’ve been preparing to where if he comes back great, but if he doesn’t we’ve got to still go out and get these games. We’re still the Bulldogs, with or without A.J.”

Cornerback Vance Cuff said a Green return would be “definitely a plus – about five pluses, to tell you the truth.”

The NCAA handed Green the four-game suspension last week for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000 to former North Carolina football player Chris Hawkins, whom the NCAA considers an agent. In several interviews, Hawkins has said that he bought the jersey as a collector and that he is not an agent.

It also would be against NCAA rules for a student-athlete to sell memorabilia to a non-agent.

In another development, the Morgan County Citizen and ESPN.com reported Wednesday that Hawkins, from Kinston, N.C., was arrested near Madison, Ga., on April 23, 2009, on felony charges of trafficking cocaine and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana. He reportedly has an Oct. 18 court date in Morgan County.

273 comments Add your comment

CHDawg

September 15th, 2010
6:50 pm

Innocent–1st to say it!

superDawg

September 15th, 2010
6:52 pm

Should have donated the money to the NCAA.

THWGT

September 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

Good luck AJ and UGA!

Roaddawg80

September 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

I can’t believe how the NCAA is dragging their feet on this. Wan’t it like a 24 hour turnaround on the first decision from the NCAA on the Masoli case? This is all on thier shoulders. They made a timely dicision on every other teams problem except for UGA.

Amelia Island Dawgs

September 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

Woah! Not an agent is a drug dealer.

CHDawg

September 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

Seriously though, two games is enough punishment, but the NCAA’s decision to hear it Friday probably means no mercy.

Ramblin Dawg

September 15th, 2010
6:54 pm

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but it sure sounds like they are slow walking this appeal.

Nerd Furgeson

September 15th, 2010
6:56 pm

Good luck AJ.

Fire Blowbo!

Roaddawg80

September 15th, 2010
6:56 pm

I wish they would hear the case already, make a final decision and let’s move on already. This looming over our heads is hurting us more than just him not playing. It’s like a double sided sword and we have already been cut. GEEEEEEZ! Just let the kid play.

Bilbo Baggins

September 15th, 2010
6:56 pm

Nerd Furgeson

September 15th, 2010
6:59 pm

Roaddawg80,I agree, you can’t tell me they haven’t already made up their mind. Just let the kid know what the hell is going on and what they are going to do rather than dragging it out until Friday or gameday even.

dbaawmga

September 15th, 2010
6:59 pm

I would think they are going to let him play. They just want to drag it out to make a point. Go DAWGS! GATA!

Chris

September 15th, 2010
7:04 pm

AJ should be kicked off the team. He knew what he was doing was wrong and did it anyways. ALL players who get arrested, or break NCAA rules should be kicked off the team.

We probably wouldn’t have enough players to field a team at that point but a line has to be drawn somewhere. This has got to stop.

Playing college football is not a right, it’s a privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Beast from the East

September 15th, 2010
7:08 pm

The guy he sold the jersey to sounds like a great, upstanding citizen. Let’s all hope for AJ’s sake he’s not a friend….just someone he sold to on-line.

Luke

September 15th, 2010
7:09 pm

If you’re going to kick AJ off the team then you need to dismiss every player that has been arrested.

The NFL needs to adopt a policy if you violate NCAA rules you are prohibited from entering the NFL draft for one year from the suspension. Bet the players and agents would think twice about breaking the rules that way. In AJ’s case, he doesn’t care if he misses four games in September because in April he’s going to be very rich.

It starts with the schools saying they will not tolerate this behavior or violation of rules and ends with the NFL stading by. These “rule breakers” really have no consequence. The suspension actually lessens the chance that the player will be catastophically injured while playing for free. The suspension actually helps him in that aspect.

bigdsel

September 15th, 2010
7:13 pm

NCAA hates UGA. thats why its taking so long for them to make a decision.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

September 15th, 2010
7:13 pm

Will be in Athens on Sat and hope to see AJ on the field. He should have the same 2 game suspension as the ALA player who received $1,800 for some bogus transaction.

Dylan

September 15th, 2010
7:14 pm

Thank God that loser from UNC got arrested. It’s still hard to believe that there are no laws prohibiting what he does. Hope we get AJ back for Saturday! GO DAWGS!!

DawgInMemphis

September 15th, 2010
7:17 pm

Hey Chris,
If its such a “privilege” and these players are held to a higher standard, then why does the NCAA still treat them like average students and penalize them for selling a jersey. I’m just sayin……..it works both ways. We want these 18-22 year old males to act straighter than the rest of the free world while simultaneously putting so many rules on them from curfew to drinking to selling your jersey for a few bucks.

Where’s the privilege–a free education. But by your theory we should revoke the scholarships from every single student who gets arrested, as that’s basically what you do when you kick somebody off the football team.

poopdawg

September 15th, 2010
7:26 pm

I would comment but i believe Tim Tucker would be considered an agent by the ncaa.

poopdawg

September 15th, 2010
7:28 pm

Enter your comments here

Concrete Pete

September 15th, 2010
7:33 pm

WE NEED A NEW STRENGTH COACH!!! UNTIL THEN WE WILL BE MEDIOCRE!!! ARE YOU SATISFIED 8-4 AND TO THE OUTBACK, PEACH OR SHREVEPORT BOWL? OR WORSE? IT’S THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM PEOPLE!!!! NOT BOBO OR GRANTHAM

cantondawg

September 15th, 2010
7:40 pm

chris=stupid

Matthews Dawg

September 15th, 2010
7:43 pm

Concrete Pete….I agree with you 100%!! I had an ex-player tell me the same thing last year. Also, Chris…..shut up! DawginMemphis is all over it! Hopefully, the NCAA will at least give us an answer before 12 noon on Sat. I’m not holding my breath though!

Vinny D

September 15th, 2010
7:43 pm

How dare he traffic coke in the wonderful small town of Madison GA…

Tripple Lindy

September 15th, 2010
7:45 pm

too bad Mike Adams didnt get named the NCAA prez . . .

NCAA critic

September 15th, 2010
7:46 pm

Playing college football is not a privilege. It is a forced internship dictated by the collaboration of the NFL and the NCAA. Playing college golf, tennis, baseball, etc. are privileges-there are other career paths available to athletes in these fields. The career path for professional football forces young men to play college football for three or more years. For three years each player gets to audition for the professional league at his own risk and for no immediate renumeration,

A. J. Green has been banned from displaying his talent for one-third of his (probably) final collegiate season because of a one-time transgression. He not committ a malicious nor injurious act. He tried to get some extra spending money. He broke a rule and there should be consequences. However, if the NCXA thinks that poor decision making by a very young adult deserves such a draconian sentence, then this episode says a lot more about the NCAA than it does about A. J. Green.

SonofaDawg

September 15th, 2010
7:50 pm

The date has been set. Get it over with A.J. do your thing and go to the league!

Douglas

September 15th, 2010
7:53 pm

The NCAA has never gotten over the fact that UGA and Oklahoma sued them over TV rights to college games. If it had not been for that lawsuit, the NCAA would control the number of games shown on TV. For those of us who lived in the 70’s and 80’s, you could only see one college game a week which the NCAA controlled.

DAWG DRUNK

September 15th, 2010
7:55 pm

Bad News!!! Willie Martinez is going to handle A.J.’s defense against the NCAA!!! Touch down the powers that be!

A.J. "E-Bay" Green

September 15th, 2010
7:56 pm

Dang, based upon the team’s loss in Columbia, my game jerseys just ain’t bringing any bids at all….except the Idaho State game….

…thank goodness those red panties are still a HOT item though…Damon, thanks for helping a brother out!

Douglas

September 15th, 2010
7:57 pm

Enter your comments here

sick and tired

September 15th, 2010
8:01 pm

enough already,He admitted he made a mistake,Its not like he killed someone for crying out loud he sold a stinking jersey,get off the kids back and let him get on with his life and football. I agree the ncaa and the athens police hate georgia football,but this is getting a little old, stop dragging your ass and make a decision on the matter–dam-it, we have ball games to play jeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!!!!!!

icallbs

September 15th, 2010
8:02 pm

It is inexcusable and without reason for the NCAA to play it this out this way. Forget whether or not Green’s suspension was too long, too short, whatever….it is the egregiously capricious and sanctimonious attitude of a bunch of NCAA bureaucrats on display and that is the real travesty. Nice work, buffoons.

This Just In

September 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

Any truth to the rumor that, in the event we lose against Bobby “Pig-Sooey” Patrino right after losing to Steve “Superior”…..that the ghost of Erk Russell will arise and pull the man-cards of all Thug-Dawg players and coaches?

Which reminds me….who will be the arrest of the week over at Leeburn-Butts-Mehre Heritage Building?

WinstonDawg

September 15th, 2010
8:05 pm

The SEC should susceed from the ncaa. Play 11 conference games and 1 non conference game of your choosing and then see who has the best record in the east and west and have a Championship game, SEC CHAMPS! Bring who you want to challenge, from anywhere in the country.

Say What???

September 15th, 2010
8:11 pm

Ya know… I always find it interesting that on these blogs you find folks that demand that anyone who breaks a law, no matter what law, or rule be kicked off the team. These same people then blame the coaching staff for bringing these “bad eggs” into their locker rooms. Statements like “Why did we recruit so-and-so if he is a bad kid?” are all over the place when something is reported. Then, at signing day, someone is complaining about how we didn’t get this recruit or that recruit. Da’Rick Rodgers comes to mind. So what I am wondering is…these can’t be the same people, can it? I mean, if you want to rule out any high school athlete who “might” step out of line, are you willing to accept that fact that you will always be playing with less talent? Based upon the posts for the last week, I would take that as a resounding “no.” We lost one game and the majority of the folks on here are wanting to fire everyone. I, on the other hand, am willing to see if our loss is a systemic issue (as was the horrible play of our defense over the past few years under the direction of Willy Martinez), or if South Carolina is the team that their fans have been hoping for all of these years and we happened to play a very, very good team down to the wire.

Good luck, AJ. If you sold your jersey to someone for $1,000, you deserve a two game suspension. However, if you lied to the investigators and they found out about it in the course of the investigation, four games sounds about right.

CLEVON LITTLE

September 15th, 2010
8:14 pm

Point blank, the NCAA sucks. That organization consists of a bunch of power-hungry SOB’s. What a crock. I would be really surprised if Greens suspension is reduced, even though it won’t be the same people hearing the appeal. One day, I can’t wait for a few colleges to step out on their own away from the NCAA. I imagine it will happen one day, and when it does the NCAA will be like a bad politician vowing to change rules to help players & universities more rather than being a pain in their ass. And I hope everybody fires them.

Nerd Furgeson

September 15th, 2010
8:15 pm

The SEC should susceed? What the hell is susceed? Who let the Bama grad on the board, should you like, be checking to make sure the fries aren’t burning?

Nerd Furgeson

September 15th, 2010
8:17 pm

Funny how there isn’t a problem with the NCAA and UGA selling jersey’s with AJ’s number and name on them.

UGA

September 15th, 2010
8:20 pm

Screw Green. he betrayed his team mates. Never say its name again in my presence

UGA's Ghost

September 15th, 2010
8:21 pm

Screw Green. he betrayed his team.

WinstonDawg

September 15th, 2010
8:21 pm

sorry, no can’t find the spell check on the new laptop. You know what I mean Nerd! Leave the NCAA, start doing things on our own. SEC network w/ ESPN etc…

CLEVON LITTLE

September 15th, 2010
8:24 pm

Say What??? , you’re missing the point. Of course you will have people complaining about players being arrested, players getting off too easy, poking at other teams when their players get arrested & making excuses when it’s one of their own. That’s the way it is. Bottom line is people are passionate about their teams. While some people will bend both ways, a lot of bloggers stick to their guns whether it’s one of their own or not. We didn’t lose the SC game because of Green. I’m sure he would have helped UGA’s causes, & maybe would’ve been a difference maker, but I doubt we would have won. I think what people get upset over is when there is inconsistency. For example, ALA lost a starter for 2 games for accepting $1,800 from an agent, and was ordered to pay the money back, while Green got a 4 game suspension for selling HIS jersey to a ‘possible’ agent/collector for $1,000 –$800 less then the ALA player, as he donated his $1,000 to charity. I doubt he lied as Okie St lost a player for the season for lying to an investigator. That’s the problem.

Dear say what??

September 15th, 2010
8:25 pm

that is the most level-headed, rational, and enjoyable post I’ve ever read on an AJC football blog. Well done… bravo!

Fish2774

September 15th, 2010
8:27 pm

The player from Bama accepted $1800.00 from a so call agent and only got a 2 game suspension. It should be the same across the boards. AJ sold his jersey for $1000.00 to a non-agent and gets 4 games. Somebody’s hating on UGA.

renegade#1

September 15th, 2010
8:27 pm

And on the seventh day the ncaa created football

sick and tired

September 15th, 2010
8:32 pm

AMEN Fish2774

Dawg-Ed

September 15th, 2010
8:33 pm

This may be the first time the NCAA has heard that the main “mitigating circumstance” is that the jersey-buyer was not an agent all… just an ordinary coke trafficker.

Are we sure we want this appeal, after all?

CLEVON LITTLE

September 15th, 2010
8:33 pm

Say What??? , I want to make clear that I do not think you are wrong as I agree w/ most of what you said, especially that the sky isn’t falling because of the GA/SC game. I, for one, think the D played better than they did most of last yr. My point is that your have a lot of emotions show up on the blogs because people are very passionate -that’s all.