UGA’s Adams on (1) A.J. Green case and (2) football arrests

ATHENS – University of Georgia president Michael Adams said the school did everything it could to get star wide receiver A.J. Green’s suspension reduced, but he did not quarrel with the NCAA’s rejection of the appeal.

“It’s certainly not too light,” Adams said of Green’s four-game suspension,”and yet I’m not in a position to criticize the NCAA. They are trying to send a message about contact with agents and agent runners and representatives.”

Green was suspended for selling his Independence Bowl jersey to a person the NCAA considers an agent, former North Carolina football player Chris Hawkins. An NCAA committee late Friday rejected Georgia’s attempt to get the suspension shortened.

“I don’t think A.J. knew what he was dealing with,” Adams said, meaning an agent. But the fact Hawkins met the NCAA definition of an agent is “part of why I believe they stuck with four games instead of less,” Adams said.

Adams, in an interview before Saturday’s game against Arkansas, said the university got “the best counsel and advice you can get to make an appeal. . . . I think the university did everything to help [Green] that the university could have done.”

Adams acknowledged it “clearly” would be against the rules for a player to sell a jersey to a non-agent as well.

“It was a mistake, and frankly I think it’s time to move on,” Adams said. “He’s a star player and an important player, I understand all of that. . . . But you don’t build a whole season around one player.

“At the end of the year, maybe he’s fresher than some of the defensive backs that are covering him. I’ll try to look on the bright side.”

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On another topic, Adams  said he spoke to “every employee” of the Athletic Association in a recent staff meeting, delivering the message that he wants a stop put to the off-field problems on the football team. Nine players have been arrested this year.

“They don’t like it any better than I do, and I think they’ll deal with it,” Adams said of the athletics staff. “You’re dealing with 19-year-olds, and we have more [arrests] in the general student body than I would like. But we have had too much in the football team. And so we expect the coaches and the AD’s to provide role models and leadership for their players, and I told the whole Athletic Association staff that.”

He reiterated what he calls the “three Adams rules”:

“You follow NCAA and SEC guidelines. You go to class. And you stay out of trouble.

“You don’t have to be Phi Beta Kappa, but you have to do those three things to play here,” Adams said. “It’s an honor to put on the jersey that says Georgia. And so we expect people to represent us in a positive fashion, on and off the field. That is not an unrealistic expectation.”

Adams wasn’t specific on how the coaches and athletics staff should address the problem.   “I don’t tell them how to do their jobs, and they don’t tell me how to do mine,” he said. “But the message there is pretty clear, and I think everybody is in sync now.”

Adams said new athletic director Greg McGarity “feels as strongly or more strongly about [the issue] than I do, and I’m going to depend on him and the coaches to manage it.”

185 comments Add your comment

Vince

September 18th, 2010
1:09 pm

Doc…You have always supported the football program

dawg from a distance

September 18th, 2010
1:32 pm

This whole drama continues to plague the DAWGS. I thought Da Drama went to Tennessee with his boy hood idle Nance but AJ’s huge mistake has distracted this team to a horrible year it looks like.

Dawg_Mike

September 18th, 2010
1:35 pm

As I sit here we are down 17-7 at the half. Would AJ help in this game?
Yes and no. Yes- he would be a much needed shot in the arm to a struggling offense, but then again he still does not play defense and without pressure on Mallett this will go into the L column.

Adams, Richt, McGarity

September 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

These guys need to step up and call this what it is – CRAP!!!! There is no way that Dareus gets 2 games and Green gets 4! If there is a reason why there is a difference in punishment then the NCAA should have to come out and say it! I bet you that Dareus started naming names and that is why he got 2 instead of 4!!!!

Frank Lane

September 18th, 2010
1:40 pm

I think that this has been a major team distraction. I would either kick Green off the team or suspend him for season. The fact that he is not a decoy on every play is a death to this offense. Just incredibly stupid move.

Dawg_Mike

September 18th, 2010
1:40 pm

Oh, and AJ is not part of the Offensive line that is not living up to expectations in 6 quarters of SEC play. Pitiful.

Boo Boo's boo's from Sanford.

September 18th, 2010
1:40 pm

Fire Mark Richt for this mess and this embarrassing football team

Dawg_Mike

September 18th, 2010
1:42 pm

You may be onto something Frank- Go ahead and cut the cord. It is way too much of a distraction.
Get started on next year without him and get the young receivers more experience along with Murray.

Ginger

September 18th, 2010
1:42 pm

I am tired of looking at Green on the sideline….He did something very stupid and this team is not good enough so far to overcome the loss of his play…He cost his team big time.

ManiacalDawgHoyden

September 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

Local and sports pundits and blowhards nationwide are flooding the airwaves with claims that Meyer and the Florida Gators are running a dirty program with 30 arrest, so is Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs running just a dirty program with 39 arrest plus one red panty-raiding DWI AD or have they gone even lower to the level of running a Nasty program?

Warhorse

September 18th, 2010
3:17 pm

AJ did not think he was dealing with an agent — he thought the guy was a drug dealer!

sandyspringsjacket

September 18th, 2010
3:20 pm

Ha Ha 4 and 5 stars and THUGA is 0 and 2.

Coaching?????????

sandyspringsjacket

September 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

I am looking for a holiday pack:

red panties signed by Evans and an autograph Green bowl jersey

0-2 in the SEC. Gotta love it! THUGAs are NOT relevant in FB.

NC-Dawg

September 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

Then why did other teams who dealt with agents get two games? PLease explain this to me. They got money , travel, rooms and food and they get two games.

sandyspringsjacket

September 18th, 2010
3:23 pm

CMR is running a nasty program, 0-2 in SEC is nasty.

Still a fan

September 18th, 2010
3:25 pm

How long will the faithful love their Dodo Bobo. 3 and 4 and all the receivers are 20 yards downfield?? What’s up with that? ARK was playing off the ball. C’mon, the running game was happening even though we don’t have a running back.

FBfan

September 18th, 2010
3:25 pm

First of all I didn’t realize our university president was on a first name basis with our players. Probably not the norm across the country. The guy Green was dealing with appears to be a bad guy and the president is dismissing the whole relationship as innocent? The “agent” currently faces felony drug trafficking charges. Come on. Let’s be honest with ourselves and get rid of the bad apples. About one out of every ten of our FB players have been arrested this year- hopefully not indicative of the entire student body as the president insinuates. It is time to get an administration that will quit covering up and start cleaning up!

I Could Have Put Some Lame Name Here

September 18th, 2010
3:27 pm

Jackets lost to Kansas!!!

Accept the year for what it is. A Year of Transition.

I Could Have Put Some Lame Name Here

September 18th, 2010
3:29 pm

@FB

How was AJ to know the guy was a drug dealer. Unless of course it was on his business card.

Pseuedo Non Agent/Drug dealer/Collector

sandyspringsjacket

September 18th, 2010
3:31 pm

Who cares about Kansas. Jackets are 2-1 and 1-0 in conferance. THUGs are 1-2 , Oh and 2 in SEC aren’t they?

Coaching??????

wpww dawg

September 18th, 2010
3:33 pm

well i think it is time for CMR to update his resume!!!

Bow Wow

September 18th, 2010
3:41 pm

Green got four games because he did not come clean with the investigators and because UGA is a rogue program. Adams, the guy who gave us Jim Harrick and Tony Cole, wants arrests to stop. We’ll see if anyone pays attention.

sharecropper

September 18th, 2010
3:42 pm

If Adams actually believes that, he is a fool. He thinks Green got $1,000 for a football jersey because he is headed for the hall of fame? it doesn’t get near passing the smell test.

buffdawg

September 18th, 2010
3:44 pm

Bobby McGee

September 18th, 2010
3:45 pm

Adams doesn’t think Green knew he was selling jersey to agent

Bullsh*t.

How do you dawgtards feel now that your hopes and dreams have been completely shattered?

That’s what I thought. :-)

Dawgster 2

September 18th, 2010
3:51 pm

At this point, it’s clear to everyone that the whole program at UGA is sleazo crap. You have a $4 million coach who can’t win, 9 arrests this year, and a coach who has no concept of what discipline is.

It won’t make much difference now, but yes, just dismiss Green. He looks like a retarded neanderthal pacing the sidelines.

It’s time to clean house in Athens and start over.

GaCracker

September 18th, 2010
4:04 pm

A.J. Green and Herschel Walker; two players who forever trarnished themselves because of agents and ignorance. Green have probably cost the DAWGS a fine season and a first team All American award.
Walker probably cost himself the chance to be a 4 time All American, a back-too-back Heisman trophy, and a chance at a medal in the 1984 summer Olympics in either the sprints or the Decathlon (remember he was a great shot put man in h.s.) all for a few bucks in a league and team that are virtually forgotten.

I hope both you guys regret your stupid and egotistical decisions for the rest of your lives!

renegade#1

September 18th, 2010
4:04 pm

well with this game the rest of my football season on sat are free

stendek

September 18th, 2010
4:05 pm

Another totally unacceptable choke job! The Bulldogs will never be more than an average club under Mark Wretch and Mike Dodo. Period! Time to excise the cancer! Fire Wretch. Not after season. Now! This was defeat those of Bulldog Nation should not accept with nod and shrug. Period! Time to clear the rathole out. Completely! New defensive fraud too. No excuses! Forget AJ Green. Forget freshman QB. Excuses are for perennial losers! Oh. I see. Fire up those excuses Wretch! Will become expert at them before end of season. Totally gutless and heartless. Truly ashamed these quitters are reprsenting my state! Will never condone this type of setback. Never!

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

September 18th, 2010
4:14 pm

Here is the UGA athletic department in a meeting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH1jZl3rIf4&feature=related

Keep America strong, build more submarines or stealth planes.

stendek

September 18th, 2010
4:24 pm

JimDawg

September 18th, 2010
4:25 pm

All the UGA games need to be blacked out on tv – the broadcast of our sucking performances are killing recruiting. Bobo sucks and the defensive backs coach sucks. The season is over before it even began, but at least the HC is a nice fellow…

Sweat Socks

September 18th, 2010
4:33 pm

Who cares??? The fact that he sold his jersey for money says it all!!!

The wheels are coming off of Mark Richt’s program. This debacle sums up Richt’s team.

ARdawg

September 18th, 2010
4:43 pm

UGAs problems are much deeper than AJ Green. Aj is no messiah and he is just “another” of Richt’s problems.

I have a bad case of pure fan apathy. Another new low for UGA football in the Richt era

No One Knows You're a Dawg

September 18th, 2010
4:45 pm

God forbid UGA ever vigorously defend itself, and more importantly the young men and women who represent the university in athletics.

Georgia administrators just roll over for any entity that wants to take a whack at our student athletes-whether it be the NCAA, the media or the Athens and UGA police departments. It’s disgraceful.

UGA = Yawn

September 18th, 2010
4:45 pm

The Un of (gross) Georgia, you, the writer, and all other are insanely stupid! He is not allowed to sell it to ANYONE, not just an agent.

UGA = Yawn

September 18th, 2010
4:47 pm

Meant to say ‘The Un of (gross) Georgia President Adams . . . ‘

DEP

September 18th, 2010
4:49 pm

The Defense could not do crap against Mallett or whatever is name is how many 35 or 40 yard passes did he throw, all we had to do was get close enough for a long field goal. Dawgs had the game won, if we lose next week AJ might has well not play.lol

DEP

September 18th, 2010
4:52 pm

I like Richt has a coach but come on Dooley will always be the Top Dawg, I do not know about the other dawg fans but I am kinda tired of 8-5 9-4 10-3 we having good seasons but how long has he been with UGA and how many SEC Championships has he won, come to think of it oh about 4 years ago. No winning season he go bye-bye.

Jasper Sanks

September 18th, 2010
4:54 pm

AJ should be gone and never associated with UGA football again. Seeing his selfish face in the sidelines and reading about his Tweeting about his plight makes me sick. Why are the coaches not feeling the same way? I guess it is because they are gutless and have no backbone and therein lies the problem.

I did not fumble against GT.

DEP

September 18th, 2010
4:54 pm

Buford Coach will be great he actually played for Auburn and coached one year with Auburn as a coach and oh by the way he is like 95-3 with Buford High School

AJ let the TEAM down

September 18th, 2010
4:57 pm

It DOESN’T matter what Adams thinks – AJ is STILL going to set-out. Just kick this ThugDawg off the team and let him go ahead get ready for the NFL draft. But CMR doesn’t have the BALLS – Look what Urban did to Raines.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 18th, 2010
4:58 pm

It does n ot matter if it was an agent or not. AJ can’t sell his jersey to anybody.
Great no Adams is making excuses for players doiing stupid things. Why in the Hell would any parent want to waste their money and send their child to go UGA?

Einsteindawg

September 18th, 2010
5:01 pm

Who cares what Adams thinks…he’s part of our problem. All he cares about is his tie being politically straight and his obscene bonus.

JDawg

September 18th, 2010
5:08 pm

one of the worst play calls on 3rd and four, ever. Was O Charles/A White not in the gameplan at all, how about a roll out left worst case no one open he runs for four. My goodness give the kid a chance. Dodo, Bozo, which ever you prefer, he has to go! For that matter why does Richt wait till the 4th to have that little team meeting, the whole game should have been played with more urgency

a lanier

September 18th, 2010
5:09 pm

At least the Thugs, as you refer to them, play in a real football conference and not a church league. Sandy- springs-jak—.

Mike

September 18th, 2010
5:29 pm

If AJ don’t think no more about selling his bowl victory jersey then why should be on the team . why is he allowed to be on sideline, get u a back bone CMR and kick this thug off the team

A Big Dog

September 18th, 2010
5:35 pm

Give me a break…Adams should line up his son a the Football Team Attorney for Hire. And would all the Non UGA stick up your butt, we don’t call our athletes Thugs…..buttheads, Tech Sucks!!!!!

A True UGA Fan

September 18th, 2010
5:49 pm

All of you complaining and fussing so called fans make me sick. you are either a fan or not a fan, Nobody likes to loose, but it happens a true fan deals with it and moves on, He doesnt bash the team and talk smack about them. So called fans like you are part of the problem.

StinkBombMarkBradley

September 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

AJ Green should sit on the bench for the rest of the year or be kicked off the team. He let the fans, coaches, and his team down. He will only hurt the teams develepment for next year.

Oh yeah, nice call on 3-4 with the game on the line. Just stand there like a statue looking down field until your hat gets knocked off. That is called the BOBO play.