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Monday, September 13, 2010

NCAA responds to Hawkins comments

Last Friday Chris Hawkins, who purchased A.J. Green's jersey, leading to the receiver's four-game suspension, said he never spoke to the NCAA about the case. Hawkins, who paid $1,000 for the jersey, said the NCAA "never really came to me."

Stacey Osburn, the NCAA's associate director for public and media relations, responded Monday.

"Actually, the NCAA contacted Chris Hawkins on several occasions to discuss the matter; however, he was not responsive or cooperative," Osburn said in an e-mail. "He did not return the four different phone calls attempting to gather information. He also canceled a conference call with the NCAA and a member institution, and failed to join the conference call when it was rescheduled."

Georgia and Green have appealed the suspension, and are hoping to have it heard Wednesday.

At this point, since Green has apparently admitted selling the jersey, the only way Hawkins could help Green's case is by convincing the NCAA he is not an agent, or affiliated with one. He said Friday he was not, though he knows a few through former North Carolina teammates.

(Incidentally, I say Green has "apparently" admitted selling the jersey because he said in a statement last week that he made a "mistake in judgment.")

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't really like how that sounds.

If Hawkins does not cooperate I would imagine that the suspension will remain the same. Am I wrong in thinking that?

yearofthedawg said...

That's my thinking as well. I've got a bad feeling about this.

South FL Dawg said...

If Chris Hawkins hasn't cooperated the other 4-5 times the NCAA tried to talk, that says a lot. Lesson is be careful who you associate with.

Dawgfan17 said...

Why should it matter if the other guy cooperated or not? AJ has no control over what the guy does. The other guy is not being punished in any way so what does it matter his level of cooperation.

Thom said...

AJ should be kicked off the team. He is to selfish to play on a team that depended on him. Screw him!

dawgs10 said...

Thom - your point shouldn't even be dignified with a response. You're a complete idiot.

As for the team, this is the first time that we've struggled with the current coaches. I think we go to town on arky and jump back in the top 25. I also think having both CK4 and WE3 feeding off each other will drastically improve the run game. Also, we WILL sub more on D this week. Look for more Bean, Geathers, Tree, Abry, and Owens.

Paul said...

Thom, I am glad you never made a bad choice in your life. AJ is a college kid and made a poor choice. I don't know his family background but I do know it would have been hard for me to turn down $1000 dollars for a shirt when I was in college, it would be hard to turn it down now. I understand the frustration of not having AJ out there but kicking a guy off the team for one bad choice? Get a life.

Anonymous said...

So the NCAA interviews Green in person to get the facts, but depends on conference calls to get the facts from Hawkins? Why not send a rep to meet with Hawkins face to face just like they did with Green? It's not like they didn't have time to do this, they first got in touch with Green in July. If you're going to suspend someone 4 games, at least make a determined effort to get ALL the facts before you do so. Saying someone didn't return calls is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

So the NCAA interviews Green in person to get the facts, but depends on conference calls to get the facts from Hawkins? Why not send a rep to meet with Hawkins face to face just like they did with Green? It's not like they didn't have time to do this, they first got in touch with Green in July. If you're going to suspend someone 4 games, at least make a determined effort to get ALL the facts before you do so. Saying someone didn't return calls is ridiculous.