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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Green out for opener

So, after all that, A.J. Green won't play in the season opener after all, thanks to the NCAA inquiry.

Georgia passed out a statement minutes ago that read:

"University of Georgia junior wide receiver A.J. Green will miss Saturday's game against the University of Louisiana (Lafayette) pursuant to UGA Athletic Association policy and pending a ruling from the NCAA clarifying his status."

Green, the star junior receiver, did not participate in the pregame Dawg Walk.

So what's the deal? That remains unclear.

From speaking with associate athletics director Claude Felton, it seems UGA is holding Green out because it hasn't received word from the NCAA on its inquiry. This doesn't necessarily mean there is any danger of Green being suspended further; It also means there isn't.

But if Green played on Saturday, and were later to have been ruled by the NCAA to be ineligible, Georgia could potentially vacate the game.

So Georgia is essentially playing it safe, but that doesn't mean Green will be out of danger after today. Clearly the team hopes it gets a firm ruling from the NCAA before next week, at a minimum.

Again, a very murky situation.

In the meantime, Georgia is now without its leading rusher (Washaun Ealey) and receiver (Green) from last year. It also doesn't have the other projected starting receiver, Tavarres King.

Welcome to college football, Aaron Murray.

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