It wasn't a huge surprise for Georgia officials, but the word came Friday evening that star receiver A.J. Green would indeed have to sit two more games.
GreenHis four-game suspension by the NCAA was upheld by an appeals committee following a conference call to hear the case earlier Friday. He won't be able to play until the Oct. 2 game at Colorado.
I still contend that the punishment doesn't fit the crime in this case. That's provided there's nothing else out there that we don't know about. The NCAA suspended Green for selling a game jersey for $1,000 to an individual the NCAA considers an agent. That individual is former North Carolina football player Chris Hawkins, who's reportedly in the middle of North Carolina's NCAA problems as well and also facing drug charges.
It could be that the NCAA has more on Green, and that's the reason he was hit with four games.
Either way, it's been pointed out more than a few times by Georgia fans that Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus only got two games for a trip he took to Miami funded by agents that cost more than what Green received for selling his jersey. The NCAA said in Dareus' case that his suspension was reduced from four games to two games because of mitigating circumstances.
The important thing now for the Bulldogs is that they move on these next two games, and more specifically, that Marlon Brown, Tavarres King, Rantavious Wooten and the rest of those receivers step up their games along with tight end Orson Charles. Against South Carolina last week, Kris Durham played well, but nobody else really made much happen in the passing game. Charles, in particular, had a couple of chances to make key plays and didn't make them.
Look for the Bulldogs to open up their passing game Saturday against Arkansas and to allow redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray a little more freedom.