The University of Georgia has come under the watchful eye of the NCAA conduct committee after a summer that has seen many transgressions in the athletic department. The NCAA informed Georgia that they will be present on campus to conduct an investigation, and that many players will be interviewed concerning the recently publicized agent party in Miami.
The start of the Bulldogs’ summer blues began when athletic director Damon Evans was arrested for a DUI in late June. Evans was pulled over with 28-year old Courtney Fuhrmann, who was charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to follow police instruction.
Evans refused a breathalyzer and spent the night in jail. He was the first black athletic director hired by an SEC school in 2004. An apology was offered at his resignation press conference to the school and student athletes.
“My behavior and my actions are not indicative of what we teach our student athletes,” Evans said. “My actions have put a black cloud over our storied program.”
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Evans resignation won’t have any affect on NCAA football lines, but a new controversy involving football players might. Wide receiver A.J. Green has been accused of being at a party thrown by an agent in Miami, Florida. The now infamous party was thrown on Memorial Day weekend, and might be the start of the NCAA cracking down on agent-player interaction.
NCAA football gambling sites have set Georgia as the favorite to win the 2010 SEC Championship at 10/11 odds with Green.
Green, considered one of the best receivers in college football, has denied attending the party. At the SEC media day Wednesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban likened agents prowling around his school to pimps.
“I don’t think it’s anything but greed that’s creating it right now on behalf of the agents,” Saban said in a rant at the press conference. “The agents that do this — and I hate to say this, but how are they any better than a pimp?
He continued by saying he disrespects anyone who engages in such activities, and posed a question to reporters.
“I have no respect for people who do that to young people. None. How would you feel if they did it to your child?” Saban added.
Former Florida Gator Maurkice Pouncey also is alleged to have received a gift of $100,000 from a player agent. Pouncey has denied the allegations, and maintains he has cooperated with the investigation process.
“I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim,” he said in a statement through his attorney. “I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me.”
NCAA football sportsbooks have set the Bulldogs’ chances of winning the 2011 BCS National Championship at 33/1.