Green took part in Wednesday’s practice but won’t be able to travel with the team to road games. Richt said he’ll try to get the receiver as much work as possible during the suspension so he’ll be ready to play when it’s over.
For now, “he’s hurt, he’s sad, he’s sorry for what happened,” the coach said.
With its own eligibility issues to worry about, the South Carolina Gamecocks downplayed the absence of Green for Saturday’s game.
“What I know from experience is it doesn’t matter who we line up against,” said punter-kicker Spencer Lanning, one of the Gamecocks’ captains. “We’re not going to take it any easier if he’s not out there.”
Last week, Durham led Georgia with five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
King didn’t play against Louisiana-Lafayette, serving a one-game suspension imposed by the school after he was charged with underaged possession of alcohol this summer.
Also returning this week is the Bulldogs’ leading rusher from a year ago, Washaun Ealey, who was suspended for one game for leaving the scene of minor car accident and driving on a suspended license.
“It would definitely be nice to have him out there,” Murray said before the suspension was announced. “But the rest of the guys have worked unbelievably hard and they’re ready to step up no matter what.”
The ruling comes after much speculation that Green was involved in the NCAA’s probe into improper benefits given by agents to athletes at several schools, including North Carolina. The Tar Heels were without 13 players for their season-opening loss to LSU.
The school said Green has repaid the $1,000 to a charity. The players said they’ll stand behind him.View Entire Story
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