We figured that Georgia would hear an official word from the NCAA as soon as today regarding wide receiver A.J. Green's eligibility. They did, and unfortunately it means that the star will miss even more playing time.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday afternoon that the NCAA's ruling was for junior wide receiver A.J. Green to miss four games before being eligible to play again.
According to the facts of the case submitted by Georgia, Green sold his Independence Bowl game jersey to an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent. Green has repaid the $1,000 he received for the jersey to charity.
Georgia plans to appeal in hopes of having Green’s suspension reduced. He sat out last week’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette and also must sit out the next three games if the NCAA ruling stands.
Head coach Mark Richt told reporters on Tuesday that he figured the ruling would come by the end of the week. Green has been practicing regularly with the team, though his status on the depth chart was listed as "TBD." A report earlier today included new details that Green had cooperated with investigators and the sale of a jersey was involved. It is unknown whether Georgia was surprised at all by the ruling, the news of an appeal is not surprising and is almost routine at this point.
READ MORE: Dennis Dodd breaks down the NCAA's rules regarding the importance of monetary figures in suspensions. A must-read for better understanding of the punishments.