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Columbia, SC (Sports Network) – One week after Marcus Lattimore made his collegiate debut, the freshman running back totaled 182 yards rushing and two touchdowns, as No. 24 South Carolina outmuscled 22nd-ranked Georgia, 17-6, in the SEC opener for both teams.
Lattimore’s number was called 37 times, as the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) and their pass-happy head coach ran the football 52 times and passed just 17 in the victory.
Stephen Garcia was efficient in his attempts, completing 12 passes for 165 yards. Seven of those were caught by Alshon Jeffery, who compiled 103 receiving yards.
Aaron Murray finished 14-of-21 for 192 yards and Washaun Ealey posted 75 yards rushing for the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1). Georgia played without leading wide receiver A.J. Green, who was serving the second of a four-game suspension for selling his Independence Bowl game jersey to an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.
South Carolina sliced through the Bulldogs defense on the game’s opening possession. The highly-touted freshman Lattimore navigated through the Georgia front seven for 16 yards on an early 3rd-and-12 and pushed through the line for three more on another third down later in the march.
Lattimore then showcased his leg drive, carrying a Georgia linebacker two yards into the end zone on the series’ 16th play.
The Bulldogs responded with a lengthy 13-play drive, taking the football 60 yards before Blair Walsh connected on a 27-yard field goal. A 14-yard connection to Tavarres King on third down kept the drive alive later in the march.
The defenses stood up for nearly the remainder of the half before the Gamecocks pushed through with Lattimore’s second rushing score of the half. The drive featured two connections between Garcia and Jeffery and a 16-yard swing pass to Lattimore, which set up the freshman running back’s two-yard plunge and a 14-3 advantage with less than two minutes to play in the half.
Lattimore broke the 100-yard barrier with 101 in the first half, and South Carolina held a 228-73 edge in total yards.
Georgia, like its first drive of the game, came out of the locker room and moved the ball into field goal range. Murray found Kris Durham for 11 yards then Orson Charles for 13 more before connecting with Logan Gray for 15 to the Gamecocks 26-yard line. The drive ended with Walsh’s 26-yard boot for a 14-6 score.
A whole dose of running and clock-eating left the Gamecocks on the doorstep of the end zone late in the fourth quarter. Lattimore got eight of the carries, and the drive ended with Spencer Lanning’s 24-yard chip shot.
Georgia gave up just 14 total yards to Louisiana-Lafayette in the season opener…Lattimore ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut then ran for 50 yards in the first quarter against the Bulldogs…This was the 63rd meeting between these SEC rivals, and Georgia still holds a commanding 46-15-2 edge in the series…Durham caught three passes for 76 yards…In Green’s absence, seven different Bulldogs caught passes.
Well, at least Dawg fans won’t have to spend a lot of time wondering what would’ve happened had A.J. Green been in the game. Green might’ve provided a new dimension for freshman QB Aaron Murray, but he wouldn’t have been able to stop Gamecock RB Marcus Lattimore, who gashed the reshuffled UGA defense to the tune of 182 yards and powered Carolina to a 17-6 win.
After the teams traded scores on their first drives, Georgia’s offense went into a shell, allowing the Gamecocks to take a 14-3 lead into halftime. In the second half, the coaches took the restrictor plate off Murray and let him throw some nice passes, but the momentum turned on a play midway through the third quarter, in which Georgia drove down inside the Carolina 5 only to cough up the ball on a Washaun Ealey fumble just inches from the goal line. Carolina iced the game with 76 seconds left to go on a chip-shot field goal from Spencer Lanning, and that was all she wrote.
Clearly, Todd Grantham’s reclamation project on the Bulldog defense isn’t done yet, as the Dawg front seven tackled poorly against Lattimore nearly all afternoon long. Aaron Murray, however, already looks ready for prime-time. The redshirt freshman avoided any major mistakes — he went 14-of-21 with no picks, and his 192-yard total bested Stephen Garcia’s — and showed poise and leadership under center that, dare I say it, looked almost Peyton Manningesque at times. A frustrating loss, to be sure, but one that still offers reason for hope.
Georgia fans frightened and confused by last year’s wild shootout against the Gamecocks may be relieved to know that the series has returned to form somewhat — only 17 points have been scored at intermission today. Unfortunately, the Gamecocks have most of them, leading the Dawgs 14-3.
South Carolina got on the board first with a two-yard TD run on the Cocks’ opening drive, which Georgia answered with a 27-yard Blair Walsh field goal after some nice runs by Washaun Ealey, returning after a one-game suspension. That was it until the closing minutes of the half, when running back Marcus Lattimore scored his second TD with 1:40 remaining.
Positives for the Dawgs? Well, Aaron Murray hasn’t made any major errors, though the coaching staff has hardly given him much of a chance to (he’s 4-of-8 for 32 yards and no picks). And Ealey has run the ball pretty well for the most part, with 47 yards on 11 carries. The defense has finally shown some signs of the “growing pains” Dawg fans were all worried about in the offseason. Stephen Garcia hasn’t been a huge factor, totaling 107 yards on 9-of-13 passing and also suffering a pair of sacks, but the Georgia defensive front has had no answer whatsoever for Lattimore, who’s already crossed the century mark in rushing yards. Georgia’s D hasn’t tackled particularly well, either, particularly when Lattimore’s been the ball carrier; if you’ve noticed a play where Lattimore went down on first contact, you’ve clearly been watching this game a lot closer than I have.
With the Dawgs likely to face a steady diet of Lattimore as the Cocks try to hold onto their lead and grind down the clock in the second half, it’ll be up to Murray and the offense to come up with some big plays and bring the Dawgs back. We’ll see if it happens.
While tight end Weslye Saunders remains in the penalty box indefinitely, Georgia has a pair of reasons to scrunch its face. First:
More details here. The 6-foot-5, 324-pound senior left tackle (who earned South Carolina’s Most Improved Offensive Lineman Award this offseason, a very specific award indeed) was originally suspended during the Whitney Hotel investigation.
Senior cornerback and returner Chris Culliver is also all systems go. Culliver was second-team All-SEC last year, a preseason third-team All-SEC pick by Phil Steele and Athlon, and South Carolina’s all-time return yardage leader. He was suspended for some insurance thing.
All that and the brother A.J. Green still can’t get free. Spend time with Dawg Sports today.
Mark Richt leads his 22nd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs into an SEC battle with Steve Spurrier’s 24th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia this weekend.
“Our guys are focused on South Carolina right now,” said Richt. “I always think the race in the East is wide open, and everybody will have a decent idea in a few weeks. Everybody is hoping to get that first win in league play and get momentum.”
The Bulldogs began their season last weekend with a 55-7 romp over Louisiana. Georgia was 8-5 a year ago, and while many programs would consider their season a success if they garnered that record, Richt made it perfectly clear in the offseason that eight wins at Georgia simply isn’t good enough. This year’s group is not loaded with returning talent, so it remains to be seen if an improvement on last year’s mark is possible.
South Carolina cruised to a 41-13 victory over Southern Miss last weekend to begin the campaign, and the lone touchdown scored by the Golden Eagles came with under one minute remaining in the contest.
“Good win for us,” said coach Spurrier after the contest. “We missed a few opportunities (but) we played well and won the game. We’ll try to improve for the next game against Georgia.”
In his first five years at the helm, Spurrier has compiled a 35-28 record, not exactly what the program had hoped for when it signed the former Florida leader. The Gamecocks, who finished 7-6 a year ago, return more talented players than any of Spurrier’s five prior seasons, and that’s the reason for optimism in Columbia.
Georgia owns a commanding 46-14-2 series advantage over South Carolina, including wins in seven of the last eight meetings between the programs.
The Bulldogs played the opener shorthanded, as their top receiver and rusher from a year ago in A.J. Green and Washaun Ealey were missing from the lineup. Green was held out as the NCAA investigates his alleged improper interaction with an agent, while Ealey was suspended after being charged in late August with hit and run and driving on a suspended license. While Ealey is expected back this weekend, Green’s situation remains uncertain.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray made his debut against Louisiana last week for the Bulldogs, and he completed 17-of-26 passes for 160 yards with three touchdown passes. Murray also ran for a score and was intercepted once, an impressive debut overall. Kris Durham benefited from Murray’s big day, catching five passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.
The Georgia defense played about as well as Richt could have hoped for in the opener, as the group limited Louisiana to 128 total yards, 60 of which came on one play. The Bulldogs surrendered a mere 14 rushing yards on 29 attempts by the Ragin’ Cajuns, who also completed just 8-of-24 passes with three interceptions. Georgia had three sacks in the tilt and held Louisiana to 3- of-16 success on third-down conversion attempts. No one player stood out for the defense, as it was clearly a team effort.
“The defense seemed to be locked in mentally, they played extremely hard and had very few mental errors,” Richt said. “They were well-prepared, and we didn’t have any penalties on defense.”
South Carolina achieved tremendous balance offensively against Southern Miss, as the Gamecocks posted 224 rushing yards and 225 passing yards. Stephen Garcia, the team’s quarterback, connected on 16-of-23 passes for 193 yards without an interception, and he also ran for two scores.
“We were last in the SEC in rushing the past two years and that’s what we need to get going this year is the rushing game,” said Garcia after the victory. “We have the talent and strength up front. If we can run the ball, it’s hard to beat us with our defense playing the way they’re playing.”
Marcus Lattimore also ran for two touchdowns for South Carolina, and standout receiver Alshon Jeffery hauled in seven receptions for 106 yards. USC ran far fewer plays than Southern Miss, 19 to be exact, but the Gamecocks averaged 6.9 yards per play compared to 4.8 for the opposition.
Moving to the defensive side of the ball, South Carolina can take pride in the way that it played. Sure, Southern Miss was able to rack up 404 total yards, but the lone touchdown occurred late as mentioned. Also, the Gamecocks surrendered a mere 67 rushing yards, and even the high passing total of USM came on just 8.9 yards per completion. Put simply, South Carolina avoided getting hurt by big plays. Stephon Gilmore had a pair of TFLs in the win.
Expect a physical, close contest from start to finish, and give a narrow edge to South Carolina. Garcia is much more experienced than Murray, and Columbia will be a tough environment for the Bulldogs’ rookie signal caller.
Joe Schad has a word with Chris Hawkins, the former North Carolina cornerback linked to A.J. Green’s four-game suspension. Hawkins admits to buying Green’s jersey, but says he did so without any agent-like motives.
We’ll assume that means $1,000, not $1,000,000.
The North Carolina football program has become the Deepwater Horizon of college football.
More to come? More to come.
Mark Schlabath reports a former North Carolina defensive back named Chris Hawkins is the agent-like substance to whom A.J. Green sold his Independence Bowl jersey.
According to Schlabath, Hawkins contacted Green via Facebook, pitching himself as a memorabilia collector — and not as an agent.
Hawkins is also under investigation by the NCAA as to whether he arranged for meetings between agents and Tar Heel players.
More to come.
As Nick Parker reports, suspended receiver A.J. Green is slated to miss the next three games on Georgia’s schedule. The University is appealing the suspension in hopes of getting it reduced to two games, meaning he’d only miss South Carolina this Saturday. Last week’s self-imposed sitdown during Louisiana-Lafayette counted to reduce the eventual total by one game.
If the appeal fails, Green will also miss the team’s SEC home opener against Arkansas and a road game against Mississippi State.
Mark Richt says he hopes to hear back on the appeal by some time next week. NCAA appeals process sounds like a bureaucratic memory hole from which no good things can ever crawl, but keep in mind Jeremiah Masoli recently won a very quick appeal. That may have been the NCAA’s good deed for the year, however.
A Tech fan lends his sympathies:
In the first half of this preview, I mentioned how precious points have been for the Bulldogs in recent installments of this series. Yet as few points as they've scored, they're still 7-2 against South Carolina under Richt, mainly because the Gamecocks have only put up 13 points a game against the Dawgs (and that's including last year's shootout). With the UGA defense reorganizing and the Gamecock offense potentially surging, though, the Dawgs will need every bit of that magic come Saturday.
SOUTH CAROLINA'S OFFENSE, BY THE NUMBERS
Passing: 226.2 yards per game in 2009 (47th nationally); Stephen Garcia was 16-of-23 for 193 yards, no TDs and no picks in the opener against Southern Miss, with Conor Shaw adding another 32 yards and a TD.
Rushing: 121.2 yards per game (91st); totaled 224 yards on 35 carries last week, with Marcus Lattimore (14-54) leading the way.
REASONS TO BE EXCITED
For pretty much the entirety of the Steve Spurrier regime in Columbia, the line has been the number-one reason the offense has never really gotten out of the blocks, consistently dooming the Gamecock ground game to the SEC's cellar and doing everything it can to put the quarterback du jour in traction. The line certainly looked much-improved against Southern Miss last week, but it wasn't spectacular; Stephen Garcia's jersey stayed clean thanks mainly to his mobility, but Conor Shaw got sacked three times, and leading running back Marcus Lattimore averaged only 3.9 yards per carry. Georgia managed to get to Garcia twice last year, and that was before the defensive line ever got into its midseason rhythm; particularly with starting left tackle Jarriel King still in NCAA limbo regarding his accommodations at the Whitney Hotel this past summer, the Dawgs may have an opening to disrupt that offense that looked so good last Thursday.
Supposedly Georgia's new 3-4 defensive front -- which had a very promising debut against Louisiana-Lafayette, notching three sacks and completely stuffing the ULL rushing attack -- will markedly increase the Dawgs' ability to respond to mobile QBs, an Achilles heel that only got more and more severe over the last few years under ex-DC Willie Martinez. That could be a good thing against Stephen Garcia, a QB with boatloads of raw talent but one who is at his worst when he's put under pressure. In games last year in which Garcia was sacked two times or fewer, he completed 116 of 187 passes for 1,432 yards, 11 touchdowns, and only three picks; in the other seven games, he completed barely half his passes with a 6/7 TD/INT ratio, and his QB rating dropped by more than 40 points. The formation may be different, but if guys like Justin Houston and Demarcus Dobbs can still come flying in off the end like before, Spurrier may just be throwing a visor or two by the fourth quarter.
REASONS TO WORRY
Can a completely overhauled Georgia defense wreak that kind of havoc, though? The Gamecocks' offensive line may have a spotty history, but they're still bound to be better than the unit that Georgia punctured all afternoon long in the season opener. They're blocking for better talent, too, as the addition of Lattimore to the backfield gives Carolina a deeper and more gifted RB corps than they've had in years. The 3-4 may be more versatile than what the Dawgs are used to, but until the players prove they can execute it against a formidable SEC opponent, any substantial improvement on the part of Georgia's defense belongs in the "I'll believe it when I see it" category.
Same goes for the pass defense, which -- aside from that one busted coverage that got Todd Grantham so agitated on the sideline -- looked fantastic on Saturday but will be assigned to cover a far more adept group in Columbia this weekend. At 6'4", 237, sophomore wideout Alshon Jeffery is far bigger than anyone the Dawgs' secondary had to cover against ULL, and bigger than any of our defensive backs, for that matter; between Jeffery, Ace Sanders, Tori Gurley and D.L. Moore, I wouldn't get too excited about the fact that tight end Weslye Saunders will be on the sidelines due to the Whitney Hotel investigation. The wealth of options for Garcia (and Shaw, if Spurrier decides to put him in) makes it that much more critical for the Dawg defensive front to get to him early.
If this ends up being a close game -- which history tells us it will -- Carolina can be confident in kicker Spencer Lanning, who nailed 17 of 20 field goals last season and missed only one under 40 yards.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Georgia LB Justin Houston vs. Carolina LT Jarriel King (or Kyle Nunn). OK, Justin, you want to prove you can still be a beast from the linebacker position? Now would be a good time to start. The defensive line took a while to get rolling last year in terms of quarterback pressure, and their inability to consistently get to Stephen Garcia is a big reason why Garcia was able to put up a career performance in the wild shootout in Athens (31-of-53 for 313 yards, at that time the most passing yards Georgia had ever surrendered to a single QB under Mark Richt). The Dawgs can't afford to let him get loose again this time.
This past summer, Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus attended a party in Miami thrown by an agent. At some point, he went back to Miami for seconds. Over the course of these two trips, he rang up nearly $1,800 in airfare, hotel accommodations, and other expenses that the agent paid for. For this, the NCAA suspended him last week for the Tide's first two games of 2010 (immediately knocked down from four games for nebulous "mitigating circumstances," according to the NCAA).
Today, the NCAA brought down the hammer on Georgia wideout A.J. Green for selling his Independence Bowl jersey to an agent. Check that: someone who "meets the organization's definition of an agent," cryptic wording that I've seen in every single story I've read on the Green case. The sale was for less than a grand, Green has already repaid the money -- yet he's been suspended for four games. (The game he voluntarily sat out against Louisiana-Lafayette counts toward this total; thank the Lord for tender mercies.)
All this just a week after the NCAA ruled Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli ineligible to play this year at Ole Miss, then reversed themselves just three days later and granted Ole Miss' appeal. Does anyone still have enough faith in the National Collegiate Athletic Association to believe that they're not making their eligibility decisions with a 20-sided Dungeons 'n' Dragons die? When Green does return -- whenever that is -- will he have lost 10 strength points and 5 experience?
My frustration is only partially directed outward, of course; Green should've known better. Considering that the players-can't-sell-their-team-stuff rule was inspired by a 2003 incident in which a bunch of Georgia players sold their SEC championship rings, you'd think that the coaching staff and/or athletic department would've done a better job filling the players in on the rules regarding what they can and can't sell. Or that Green would've at least sought out one of his coaches for advice before pulling the trigger on the sale.
But that doesn't make the NCAA's sentencing logic here any easier to figure out. How did Green end up with twice the punishment as Dareus when he received half the benefits, and was at least courteous enough to be selling something in exchange for the cash, rather than just taking handouts? And does A.J. get any credit whatsoever for having turned down the all-expenses-paid trip to Miami that Dareus took (twice)?
Who knows. Georgia, wisely, is appealing the punishment, so there's a chance that the NCAA will miraculously stumble upon some more of those "mitigating circumstances" and let him come back in time for the Arkansas game a couple weeks from now. But God help the next player who accepts so much as an iTunes gift card from someone he doesn't know -- he might have to sit out an entire season.
Rapidly breaking news from all directions:
As for Chuck Oliver ... oh, Chuck Oliver.
More to come, as soon as the human mind can conceive of how silly this all is. Dawg Sports has more.
A person familiar with the NCAA investigation told ESPN.com that Green did not sell his jersey on eBay and received less than $1,000 for it. The source said Green has been forthcoming and honest with NCAA investigators, but added there were “some twists and turns” involved with the case.
If there is any program in the country who should know how to prevent players from selling memorabilia, it should be Georgia. The NCAA had to create rules on how to handle the situation following the selling of 9 SEC Championship rings by Dawgs players back in 2003. For this to happen again looks pretty bad, even if the sale of a jersey from a crappy bowl game is very different from the sale of a championship ring.
And Dan Rubenstein discovers:
Conflicting with Chuck Oliver’s report, Tim Tucker heard from UGA Athletic Association attorney Edward Tolley, who said:
“At 6:30 tonight, we still have not heard anything from the NCAA,” attorney Edward Tolley, representing the UGA Athletic Association in the matter, told the AJC.
Asked about Internet reports that the case involves the alleged sale of a game jersey by Green, Tolley said: “I can’t comment on that.”
Marc Weiszer also presumes the issue is Green’s sale of a game jersey on the internet. Apparently the NCAA’s delay can be attributed to Green’s charming use of a throwback 300 baud modem, which is causing the re-download of the jersey to take longer than expected.
The tune-up against UL-Lafayette was nice -- really nice -- but we all know that was the undercard. This weekend's game in the ferociously unfriendly confines of Columbia, S.C., will be the real test of just how far this Georgia team has come. And if history is any guide, the Georgia offense will have its work cut out for it: Even with last year's bizarre shootout factored in, the Dawgs have averaged just 19.5 points per game against the Gamecocks under Mark Richt.
SOUTH CAROLINA'S DEFENSE, BY THE NUMBERS
Against the pass: 163.0 yards per game allowed in 2009 (8th nationally); gave up 337 yards to Southern Miss in the opener.
Against the run: 137.7 yards per game in 2009 (52nd); held Southern Miss to just 67 yards on 27 carries (2.5 yards per carry).
REASONS TO BE EXCITED
Southern Miss didn't score all that many points against the Gamecocks, but they did move the ball fairly consistently at times. The 337 yards allowed to the USM passing game is a little misleading, as Carolina naturally went a little softer in coverage late in the game after rolling up a 34-6 lead, but it's not like Southern Miss QB Austin Davis didn't have some success in the first half, going 17-of-23 for 144 yards and a pick (and that was even with star receiver DeAndre Brown being rendered a non-factor almost from the get-go). With linebackers Shaq Wilson and Antonio Allen sidelined due to injury, Davis was able to get into a rhythm in the short passing game; don't be surprised if Mike Bobo devises a similar game plan for Aaron Murray in his very first road game (and his first matchup against an SEC team). Bobo isn't likely to ask Murray to do too much too soon, but with a ridiculously deep TE roster and a crowded stable of RBs and FBs who have proven their mettle catching passes out of the backfield, Murray will still have plenty of options even in a conservative game plan. And Wilson, the Gamecocks' leading tackler last year, could miss not just the Georgia game but the rest of the season with a lingering hamstring injury.
Keep an eye on the status of cornerback Chris Culliver, too -- Culliver sat out Thursday night's game while the NCAA dithered over paperwork (sound familiar, Georgia fans?) related to an insurance policy he took out prior to his senior season. A.J. Green will reportedly play Saturday, and if Culliver doesn't, expect the Dawgs to throw 6'4" Green at Culliver's backup, 5'10", 176-pound CC Whitlock, all afternoon long. If last year is any indication, the results won't be pretty for the Gamecocks.
Georgia may have an advantage on special teams, too, as South Carolina ranked in the nation's bottom 20 last year in both punt-return and kick-return defense. Branden Smith had a couple of nice punt returns last Saturday, including a 31-yarder into Lafayette territory that set up Georgia's first field goal; Brandon Boykin also had a sweet 31-yard kickoff return following the Ragin' Cajuns' only score that allowed Georgia to maintain their momentum and get in position for their touchdown drive to end the first half. As for Blair Walsh, well, if the coaches send him in for anything shorter than 50 yards at this point, they're not even challenging him.
REASONS TO WORRY
For all the (well-deserved) offseason hype surrounding Georgia's experienced offensive line, the line only had a so-so game against Louisiana-Lafayette; they did keep Aaron Murray's jersey fresh-from-the-dryer clean, but from the stands, at least, it didn't seem like the holes they opened up for the running game were quite as big as they could've been. A lot of that had to do with Richt and Bobo not wanting to tip too much of their hand before heading to South Carolina, of course, and if you can rack up 193 yards (at 6.2 per carry) even with a fairly methodical, between-the-tackles running strategy, you must be living right. But Carolina's defensive front is an altogether different animal in terms of speed and overall talent. Having Washaun Ealey back to throw a different dimension at the Gamecocks will be a welcome development this week; let's just hope he isn't rusty.
The running game has to get in some kind of a groove Saturday, because if the Gamecock D is allowed to key in on a freshman quarterback facing an actual SEC team for the very first time, it's going to get ugly. Yes, Murray played and impressively poised and confident game on Saturday, but he also took some risks (that thrilling/terrifying touchdown scramble on the last play before halftime, f'rinstance) that he'd be advised not to take in Columbia. Let's hope Murray gets a refresher course on his throw-it-out-of-bounds skills this week; if we end up seeing Hutson Mason on Saturday, I'd like it to be because we've rolled up a four-touchdown lead, not because Murray tried to make something out of nothing and ended up getting carted out of Williams-Brice on a stretcher.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Georgia LG Cordy Glenn vs. Carolina DT Ladi Ajiboye. Glenn was battling illness for the last couple weeks leading up to the start of the season, and it showed at times against ULL. Left tackle Clint Boling should have the block locked down as far as Murray's blind side, but it'll be up to Glenn to help carve out lanes for Washaun Ealey and Caleb King against Ajiboye, one of the fastest and most vicious tacklers on the Gamecocks' defense.
(Tomorrow: Georgia's defense vs. the South Carolina offense.)
From Chuck Oliver:
A.J. Green will be cleared tomorrow, Thursday p.m. at the latest. The belief is that the one game he has already sat out will function as his 1-game suspension … There are no violations with the party in Miami Beach, there are no violations involving ebay, specifically. He did sell a jersey for $1,000 and has now repaid the money.
Having wasted hours selling stuff on eBay, now we understand why this took 41 days to straighten out.
Green had to log back into eBay, contact eBay to remind him of his password after forgetting it, write down his new password, find CalhounDawg424389 (the buyer to whom he’d left glowing feedback for the initial transaction), contact CalhounDawg424389 for the return of the jersey, PayPal back the money, deal with PayPal’s skittishness about larger sums of money sailing back and forth, arrange shipping for the jersey, sit around a day or two and wait for CalhounDawg424389 to UPS the jersey, holler back at CalhounDawg424389 after a couple days of checking the mailbox like “Hey man, this is A.J. again, just hoping you can send that back to me so the team you root for won’t lose this week,” finally get the package back after CalhounDawg424389 sent it Media Mail despite clear instructions from Mark Richt himself, re-box the jersey along with a hand-written receipt from CalhounDawg424389 and rush the whole thing to NCAA offices, and then wait 36 more days for the NCAA to pull its thumb from its butt.
680 AM’s Chuck Oliver:
Details coming soon.
A roundup of the latest on limbo'd Georgia receiver A.J. Green:
I'm from South Carolina and I know if I lose I'm going to hear about it when I get home, so I have to play well against them. I know so many of the guys on their team.
For the next chapter of a tight yet one-sided rivalry, the Dawgs and 'Cocks may have to make do without several critical players due to NCAA thumb-dwiddling. As Tim Tucker reports, Carolina may be down tight end Weslye Saunders, cornerback Chris Culliver and offensive tackle Jarriel King, while Georgia receiver A.J. Green could miss his second straight game.
Still, this is the conference opener for two teams that looked great against inferior competition last weekend. Georgia always gets up to play coach Steve Spurrier, and the game could continue the tradition Kyle King points out:
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