NCAA denies appeal for Georgia WR A.J. Green

ATHENS, GA (WCSC) - Wide receiver A.J. Green's four-game suspension was upheld by the NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, the University of Georgia learned Friday.

According to a release from the school's athletics office, NCAA representatives indicated they would not make an official announcement on their decision.

"We respect the committee's decision and will focus on moving forward," said Greg McGarity, the UGA Director of Athletics.

The suspension came after the Bulldogs star admitted selling his 2009 Independence Bowl jersey to former North Carolina defensive back Chris Hawkins, a man the NCAA described as an agent.

The decision comes less than a day before the UGA Bulldogs take the field against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Bulldogs were without Green last week against the South Carolina Gamecocks, a game they lost 17-6. 

The loss of Green has dire consequences for the team in conference play and in making a bid for a bowl game. Three of the four games of Green's suspension are against in-conference teams.

"Our concentration is the same as the last two weeks which is preparing for the next game.  We'll look forward to A.J.'s return for the Colorado game on Oct. 2," said head coach Mark Richt.

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