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Friday, September 3, 2010

McGarity, UGA still waiting on NCAA

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said his department had not heard from the NCAA on its inquiry as of late this afternoon.

The NCAA has handed down rulings in its agent probe at Alabama, and apparently at least partially at North Carolina and South Carolina. But Georgia still has not heard anything, and McGarity granted that it could go up until game time.

"Who knows. It’s one of those things where you’re just sitting by the phone waiting, and waiting," McGarity said. "So we’ll just see what happens.”

McGarity spoke after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sanford Stadium's Reed Plaza.

There aren't any outward worries at Georgia that star receiver A.J. Green, the player reportedly interviewed by the NCAA, would have to sit out any games. Green has said he was not at a Miami party that appears to be at the center of the agent probe.

But the NCAA has apparently not officially notified Georgia, with now hours to go until it takes the field in its season opener. So I asked McGarity if that was frustrating.

“Well, I think you always want to know," McGarity said. "But also, no one can put a time limit on the NCAA. There are a lot of things going on right now with a lot of institutions. So we’re just sitting around waiting until we hear something.”

This was McGarity's first week on the job. It's far from done, with the football opener on Saturday, but he said he had a productive week meeting with coaches (in the coaches' respective offices) and with staff.

“Just (understanding) the basic foundation of what we want to do as an organization moving forward. And a lot of these are already in place," McGarity said. "So it’s not like we’re reinventing the wheel. But (it’s about) our office being able to learn what people do. It’s a great staff. They’ve done a great job getting the stadium ready. And we’ll see how it works tomorrow.”


Dooms Day Dawg said...

I can only assume, but CMR HAS to sit AJ, right? Why risk the possiblity of the NCAA coming in next week with an answer no so pleasant? I hate to see him miss any games, but it appears to be a no brainer. The problem CMR runs into is, what if the NCAA does not provide an answer prior to the SC game? Does CMR sit AJ next week as well?

Anonymous said...

"The problem CMR runs into is, what if the NCAA does not provide an answer prior to the SC game?"

Then offer the NCAA two middle fingers and play him anyway. This has gone to adorably typical NCAA meddling to illegal tampering pretty quick.

AwesomeDawg said...

Tampering? Uh, UGA is a member of the NCAA. No tampering there. Then can drag this along until we actually land on the moon. What they are doing is attempting the flex a little muscle. The NCAA had zero control over all of this conference realignment this summer, zero control of the BCS and no control of the dollars the members of said organization bring in. So, this is their attempt to show everyone who is boss.

Anonymous said...

"Tampering? Uh, UGA is a member of the NCAA. No tampering there."


I'd looove to see an independent investigator get his hands on these clowns.