NCAA: Green Out Full Four Games

ATHENS – The NCAA rejected A.J. Green's appeal late Friday night.

But on Friday evening it got the answer it feared: The NCAA turned down the school's appeal to have Green's four-game suspension reduced.

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

The NCAA did not release a statement, and calls to its office on Friday evening were not returned.

"We respect the committee's decision and will focus on moving forward," Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said in a statement.

Green was suspended after he sold a game jersey for $1,000 to Chris Hawkins, a former North Carolina player the NCAA defined as an agent. (Hawkins, who is facing felony cocaine trafficking charges in Georgia, has denied he is an agent or works for one.)

Green's suspension was announced on Sept. 15, at which point Georgia announced its intention to appeal. The appeal was heard on Friday morning, via teleconference. Richt, speaking on Sporting News Radio, said Friday morning that we're hoping for an overturn. "But this week we prepared for without him, so to speak. And if we get him, he' more of a bonus."

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