NCAA rejects appeal of A.J. Green suspension (updated)

(Last updated 10:15 p.m.)

Georgia will have to play without star wide receiver A.J. Green for two more games, including Saturday’s against Arkansas in Sanford Stadium.

An NCAA committee Friday rejected Georgia’s appeal of the four-game suspension handed Green last week for selling his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000 to a person the NCAA considers an agent.

Georgia had hoped to have the suspension shortened, but the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, after hearing the appeal by conference call Friday morning, informed UGA officials late in the day that the original penalty will stand.

That means Green, who sat out Georgia’s first two games, will remain sidelined for the crucial game against No. 12 Arkansas and the Sept. 25 game at Mississippi State. He’ll be eligible to return for the Oct. 2 game at Colorado.

While the original suspension was imposed by NCAA staff, the appeal was heard by a committee consisting of officials from colleges and conferences across the country. The committee rejected Georgia’s appeal without public comment. The ruling was disclosed by UGA on Friday evening.

“We respect the committee’s decision and will focus on moving forward,” athletic director Greg McGarity said in a statement.

The NCAA’s investigation of Green, a junior who is widely projected as a high NFL draft pick if he turns pro next year, began in July as part of a series of probes at a number of schools into dealings between football players and agents.

The NCAA said last week that “according to the facts of the case submitted by Georgia,” Green sold the jersey to “an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent,” later identified as former North Carolina football player Chris Hawkins.

The NCAA defines an agent as “any individual who markets or promotes a student-athlete.” Hawkins has denied being an agent. It also would be against NCAA rules for a student-athlete to sell memorabilia to a non-agent.

Georgia has declined to release the “facts of the case” or other related documents. In response to an open-records request from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, UGA said it would not release the documents 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).

Green’s four-game suspension has drawn criticism from some Georgia fans because of another recent case in which Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus received a two-game suspension for accepting about $1,800 in benefits from an agent. In that case, the NCAA said Dareus received a two-game ban, rather than four games, “based on mitigating circumstances.”

Another recent case, involving Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher, resulted in the same penalty as Green’s. The NCAA on Thursday suspended Dasher for four games for accepting $1,500 in “an impermissible loan from an individual in the community.”

Asked for comment on Friday’s ruling and the reason the appeal was denied, NCAA associate director of public and media relations Stacey Osburn said by e-mail “we do not have any further to share” beyond confirming the decision.

Georgia coach Mark Richt had held out hope that the appeal might put Green back on the field for Saturday’s game, but Richt said several times this week that the coaches were preparing the game plan on the premise that Green would not be available.

In a statement after Friday’s ruling, Richt said: “Our concentration is the same as the last two weeks, which is preparing for the next game. We’ll look forward to A.J.’s return for the Colorado game on Oct. 2.”

Green, who can continue to practice with the team during the suspension, was not available for comment.

His teammates were hoping for, but not necessarily expecting, good news on the appeal.

“It’s not something you can bank on because you never know,” tight end Aron White said at mid-week. “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.”

704 comments Add your comment

GoDawgs

September 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

bob smith

September 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

TopDawg

September 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

Frank Lane

September 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

Severe, but he knew it was wrong. Maybe the players will eventually, catch on.

Daveo

September 17th, 2010
6:46 pm

First!!! Just wanted to do that

GoDawgs

September 17th, 2010
6:47 pm

Well, at least we didn’t lose to Kansas.

GoDawgs

September 17th, 2010
6:47 pm

Bob Smith – Second!!

Ted

September 17th, 2010
6:47 pm

Bahahahahahaha. GoDawgs is right. ROCK. CHALK. TECH SUCKS.

UGA Student

September 17th, 2010
6:47 pm

Shoot!

Just had to add to the rest :)

DametheButcher

September 17th, 2010
6:48 pm

Gives Saint Mark an excuse to use on the 2 upcoming losses with AR & MS ST

Burner

September 17th, 2010
6:48 pm

No surprise, Dareus at Alabama takes $2000, and gets a 2 game suspension. Green takes $1000, and gets a 4 game suspension. The SEC refs got Georgia in the LSU game last year too. This is absurb.

But it doesn’t matter. You gotta win without AJ. But AJ really let his team down. Big time.

This is not right!!!

September 17th, 2010
6:48 pm

a guy from bama only got a 2 game for doing more then green and they are giving green a four game this is not right at all they are messing collage here, they better thing twice, what they did he is wrong Green was up front about everything

NCDawg

September 17th, 2010
6:48 pm

Go to an agents party and get two games, sale a jersey and get four games. Our lawyers must be pretty bad or Bamers just that much better. Sures sounds there is more to the story.

Vandyman80

September 17th, 2010
6:49 pm

This sucks as the Alabama player that received more in benefits only got two games. Time for someone to sue under anti trust suits. the NCAA is not uniform and fair across the board. Bet if it was Julio Jones he would be suiting up tomorrow.

C

September 17th, 2010
6:49 pm

I hate the NCAA.

UGA Student

September 17th, 2010
6:49 pm

Just a thought..

but do you ever think the NCAA might be so strict on UGA because they know CMR has a tendency to be lenient.

Southy706

September 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

Can you tell me their number how i can reach them i want to call them up and cuss them out.

NCAA SUCKS

September 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

The Jersey was his own personal property, I know the rules state he cannot sell it but come on 4 games. This is BS

MDAWG24

September 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

ryan

September 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

Green must have lied to the NCAA and then icing on the cake was Hawkins was arrested for drugs thanks a lot Green jerk .

jsmithc

September 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

aj needs to tell uga and the ncaa bye bye

Danny G

September 17th, 2010
6:50 pm

Yea NCAA. Stand behind a cocaine dealer that you call an agent and attempt in every way to ruin Georgia’s season. That’s OK. We will win Saturday and then keep the ball rolling the rest of the year. Go Dawgs!

This is not right!!!

September 17th, 2010
6:51 pm

not even close UGA student Mark rickt has always been hard the boys you are full of crap and so is NCAA

Chris Rainey On Your Parade

September 17th, 2010
6:51 pm

Don’t worry brother AJ we will both be back on the field in due time, although Urban told me that I can come back next week I know that it is the right thing to do to hold up your punishment for a jersey. I mean dang dog – how can you take money from a jersey buyer, pay it back and still think you deserve to come back – you crazy! I mean – it might have been different if you had just texted your ex and threatened to kill her – stupid women don’t know when to not fool around!!! See you in October at our annual gay’tor’bow……

Central Dawg

September 17th, 2010
6:51 pm

Wish they would release more details… Hard to see How the Alabama Kid gets 2 games for taking an $1,800 trip sponsored by and agent and A J gets 4 for selling his jersey to an agent. Must be more to the story than I know, otherwise the NCAA is more screwed up than I thought!.

UGA Student

September 17th, 2010
6:51 pm

And also wanted to mention,

although I do believe 4 games is too much, selling your jersey is a little more black in white in violation than going to a party. Then again, we don’t know if AJ Green lied to NCAA investigators when they came to Athens originally to investigate.

Some players have had much tighter punishments just for holding up an investigation, and not to say he did, but it is possible.

Just want the boy back on the field!

Freddy

September 17th, 2010
6:51 pm

smokewagon

September 17th, 2010
6:51 pm

Burner- Well spoken

This is not right!!!

September 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

Green did NOT LIE

Todd

September 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

NCAA time has passed.

GoDawgs

September 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

If Georgia does poorly this year, will CMR be fired. I think it will happen. I think they should hire Jim Harbaugh. And I think they should keep Grantham around.

Michael

September 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

Still cant believe the NCAA is being this harsh! Oh well. We have more Dirty Dawgs than just #8. Let’s kick ass the next two weeks!!!!!!! …at least we will have A.J. for the big ones!!

99Dawg

September 17th, 2010
6:52 pm

What a joke! The Alabama defensive star attends the agent party and also received 2000 bucks in compensation only got 2 games while AJ did not attend the party and only recieved 1000 bucks for his jersey, but he gets 4 games. This is just the NCAA trying to stick it to UGA. If the idiotic Congress of the US wants to investigate monopolies, they should start investigating the NCAA.

Dawgs still skin the Hogs tomorrow!!

NerdCentral@NorthAve

September 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

As always…I get enjoyment out of watching your program crumble. The best part about it is the fact that you are doing it to yourselves. Hilarious!!! Yes, Tech lost to Kansas, but at least our own athletes don’t destroy their own program.

Tombo

September 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

That sucks. What was the punishment for the kids who sold those bowl rings? Was it as severe?

Would’ve had less punishment if he was in a bar brawl, driving without a license, publicly intoxicated or many other offenses.

Lesson here: party hard, but whatever you do, don’t sell memorabilia!!!

I hate the NCAA.

Hairy Dawg

September 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

If we didn’t have him for last week or this week’s game, then I don’t think it really matters whether we have him for the Mississippi State matchup. Not surprised that the appeal was denied. I just wish these guys had more sense.

Michael in Decatur

September 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

NCDawg is right. Our lawyers SUCK! And the NCAA has outlived their usefulness.

Burner

September 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

Richt needs to kick AJ off the team, too much of a distraction. Tired of hearing and talking about AJ Green instead of the football players who didn’t break the rules.

UGA Student

September 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

This is not right!!!..

Actually, no he isn’t that strict on them. I can name SEVERAL cases where he should have been more strict.

For one, Alec Ogletree was not suppose to play in the first game because of a warrant, and he got to play in the last quarter. We had players that it took two domestic assaults (violent ones too) in order to get kicked off the team.
I love the Dawgs, and I support my own school through and through, but no one can say CMR hasn’t been a little lenient.

Seriously, two words “Fulmer Cup”

heyberto

September 17th, 2010
6:53 pm

I guess the only thing that upsets me is how inconsistent punishment is with the NCAA. No doubt it was wrong of AJ and certainly I’m in the camp that its too harsh, but certainly punishment was warranted. The NCAA needs to concern itself with actual meaningful infractions.

NerdCentral@NorthAve

September 17th, 2010
6:54 pm

CMR will be gone from Athens within 2 years. I’m calling it right now.

mike

September 17th, 2010
6:54 pm

I love Ga. but wrong is wrong….I knew they had to tell the team do not sell your gear…hope things work out for Ga. He just made a mistake and now the whole team paying for it.

NerdCentral@NorthAve

September 17th, 2010
6:54 pm

Good luck beating a powerhouse Hog team without AJ. That’s going to be fun to watch.

raymond

September 17th, 2010
6:54 pm

Too bad we have to suffer through another long season because of some greedy kid.

Garrison

September 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

I had a feeling the SEC was trying to arrange an FLA-BAMA match-up for ratings and revenue last season the way certain games were getitng called. Now this?

NerdCentral@NorthAve

September 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

I can’t wait to see the fan reaction after you go to 1-2 tomorrow. Its going to be a beautiful thing.

Pack

September 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

AJ green will enter NFL after this year.

Pat

September 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

Bias aside….this is a large load of crap. The NCAA is hurting their credibility based on the other precedents on rule violations set this season.

Jimmie

September 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

That’s a shame. If he only had gone to South Beach and taken money from an agent he’d be playing this week. See you October 2nd AJ.

Frank

September 17th, 2010
6:55 pm

Either the NCAA knows a lot more about the jerseygate than we do (in which case he should be ineligible for anymore NCAA play) or they are obviously prejudiced against UGA. The latter opinion is most probably the case.

THWGT &
THWTNCAA