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Friday, October 22, 2010

A side note to the Green jersey story

There's a bit more news on Chris Hawkins, the former North Carolina football player who bought A.J. Green's jersey last spring.

According to documents released by UNC on Friday, and obtained by The Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News and Observer, Hawkins is considered a "runner" for agents or advisers. Hawkins was defined by the NCAA as an agent, then denied it in several interviews.

A runner is a common term for someone who helps recruits players to agents.

In addition, a letter to Hawkins from UNC alleged that Hawkins had "offered to purchase gear and memorabilia from University student-athletes with knowledge that it was impermissible."

UNC athletics director Dick Baddour ordered Tar Heel teams to "disassociate" from Hawkins for the next five years, according to a letter obtained by the newspapers.

Green said late last month that he only met Hawkins via Facebook, and sold him his jersey for $1,000 just for some extra spring-break money.

In addition, UGA school president Michael Adams has said he didn't think Green "knew this guy was an agent."

Hawkins, in an interview with The Observer, said he has not been paid by agents to secure any players.

None of this should have any further impact on Green or his eligibility. But considering it has emerged as the predominant story of Georgia's season, the new information adds to the record, which is why it's being passed along.


Anonymous said...

Seth or anyone for that matter. I'm a dawg fan here in ky. Was born and raised in Marietta. I always go to the uk/uga game but have always sat in the uk student section, mainly because my bro was a student. I will be at the game tommarow but have yet to pick up tickets. Does anyone know where the uga section is? I know it's the opposite corner from the students but I need a section number.

Anonymous said...

What? The Dawgs play Kentucky tomorrow? I had no idea. I'm not sure Seth did, either. Why else would he be posting an AJ jersey non-update instead of something related to, I dunno, this rummored football game you speak of?

Anonymous said...

My Georgia seats are in section 116 row 35.
also misplaced and living in Sout Central KY.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 11:37 -

Use your mouse and scroll down a page to begin to see the wealth on info that Seth has posted about this week's game. That UNC report just came out, and he found something newsworthy in it. It's a legit post, and provides some juicy context (perhaps not in a great way) on the whole fiasco. I, for one, can at least forgive the NCAA a little bit for defining Hawkins as a runner/agent.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 11:37

STFU. Do you not understand how journalism works? News breaks, journalists report it. I know it's a simple concept but obviously your simple mind can't comprehend.

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