Mark Richt just took his turn on the SEC teleconference and said there is “nothing new” regarding the status of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green’s status for this weekend’s game against USC. The former Summerville high star was held out of the Bulldogs opener last week because of an ongoing NCAA investigation into some of Green’s off the field activities. The NCAA could rule on Green’s case as early as today.
Last night a source told us Green sold one of his game jersey’s to a Bulldog booster and that is the reason he is in some hot water with the NCAA. We were told he sold the jersey for around 400 dollars. There are other reports out that confirm our information, although the amount he was paid for the jersey remains a question.
The amount Green was paid is significant because the NCAA’s punishment is often determined by how much money is involved in an “extra benefit”. Usually, if it is less than 500 dollars, there is no suspension. If it is between 500 and 1,000 dollars there is a one to two game suspension. If it is over 1,000 dollars the suspension can increase greatly.
It is highly unlikely Green was paid more than 1,000 dollars for his jersey.
USC and Georgia meet at Noon Saturday in Columbia.