NCAA requests interview with Georgia player

sports@macon.comJuly 27, 2010 

ATHENS — An unnamed Georgia student-athlete was requested for an interview as part of the inquiry made by the NCAA.

In an e-mail obtained Monday, the NCAA requested only one player, whose named has been removed from the document.

The e-mail was sent from Marcus M. Wilson, the assistant director of agent, gambling and amateurism activities to Eric Baumgartner, assistant athletics director for compliance at Georgia.

“… The purpose of the interview is to determine the knowledge or involvement in, directly or indirectly, any violations of NCAA legislation; furthermore that he may have personal legal counsel present during the interview,” the document said. “In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, please refrain from disclosing details of the investigation as we discussed with anyone except your athletic director and/or president.”

During SEC Media Days last week, Georgia receiver A.J. Green’s name was mentioned as potentially having involvement at an agent’s party in South Beach, Miami.

Green said he had never been to Miami.

“I have my circle, and I know who to trust and who not to trust,” Green said. “I’m at the point of my life right now that I don’t need to make any new friends. I’ve got to keep that same circle I’ve had since day one and not let anybody in that.”

It’s unclear if Green is the player requested by the NCAA.

Players from Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina also have been named in the probe.

The party believed to be in question occurred during Memorial Day weekend and has since drawn the ire of coaches across the nation.

Alabama’s Nick Saban was the most outspoken head coach to voice his opinion last week.

“I don’t think it’s anything but greed that is creating it right now on behalf of the agents,” Saban said. “Agents that do this, I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp? I have no respect for people who do this to young people, none. I mean, none.”

Instructed by the NCAA not to comment on the inquiry, Georgia head coach Mark Richt offered only his take on the way agents pursue collegiate athletes.

“If there was an easy answer with the agents I think we would have solved it,” he said. “If there are certain rules and everyone abides by them there are no problems — it’s when you have people breaking the rules that you have a problem. I don’t know the answer … I am not going to claim to know it. We are going to educate our men and appeal to them. We want them to do the right thing for themselves and the university.”

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