The University of Georgia says the governing body of collegiate sports -- the NCAA -- is conducting an inquiry on the Athens campus. UGA officials won’t comment on the nature of the inquiry, but say they’re giving the NCAA full cooperation.
Already, there are investigations underway at three other Southeastern Conference schools—Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida. At issue is whether some football players from various schools had improper contact with sports agents.
A top UGA player and pro prospect, receiver A.J. Green, says he was not in attendance at a Miami party hosted by a sports agent.
Green and other selected players and coaches are in Hoover, Alabama for SEC media days ahead of the upcoming football season. Green declined to comment on the matter, only to say he has "never" been to Miami and isn't focused on the NCAA investigation of the Bulldgos.
Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt said today “we’ll see what they gather” with the inquiry.
NCAA rules prohibit college players from accepting benefits from agents. If found to be in violation, players could lose eligibility, and schools could be penalized.
It has been somewhat of a turbulent off-season for UGA's football program and athletics department. It included the arrests of several football players and the DUI arrest and following resignation of its athletics director, Damon Evans.