This puts a damper on things.
University of Georgia football student-athlete A.J. Green must miss four
games as a condition of becoming eligible to play again, according to a
decision today by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff.
The university declared the student-athlete ineligible for violations of
NCAA agent benefits rules. According to the facts of the case submitted by
Georgia, the student-athlete sold his Independence Bowl game jersey to an
individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent. Green has repaid the
$1,000 value of benefits to charity.
The agent part of this is interesting. Did A.J. know who he was dealing with? (And that’s a person who ought to think carefully about, say, changing planes in Atlanta, once his/her name gets out. Which it will, eventually.)
The school is appealing, but the upshot is that he’s definitely out this week. Worst case scenario is that they won’t have Green back until the Colorado game.
I’ll wait to hear what his motivation was, but seeing as he’s at the school that was the source for the NCAA rule in the first place, this wasn’t a smart move, at least on its face. (And, yes, there’s something crappy about a player prohibited from capitalizing on his name, while the school plows ahead and does so. But that’s a subject for another post.)