Will Green go for South Carolina game?

As a big Saturday matchup approaches with the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend, the clouds of NCAA investigations still hang over Athens and Columbia. One of the biggest question marks is the eligibility of Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. The South Carolina native was held out of UGA's first game and is still awaiting word on if he'll be able to suit up against the Gamecocks.

After last year's wild, back and forth affair between the hedges, the Gamecock defense will be up to a tall task once again trying to keep Georgia out of the end zone. However, that burden will be lessened significantly if wideout A.J. Green is unable to take the field due to NCAA investigation.

Although he was connected to possible violations involving trips to Miami and agent relations, the problem now holding Green back is his alleged sale of a game worn jersey, which is against the rules. As of Wednesday afternoon, Georgia had not heard anything back regarding his eligibility, but said they are hoping to hear something as soon as today.

On Tuesday Mark Richt was quoted as saying, "I'd be highly disappointed if we don't hear something this week," regarding the timetable of Green's availability.

Although it had been rumored that Green would make it back in time for the USC game, the latest report from ESPN.com may indicate otherwise.

Also, it was reported that if Green sold the jersey and received a benefit of over $300, he would be facing a "mulitple-game suspension." If over $500, Green could sit for four games or more.

The dangerous receiver and preseason all-SEC pick had a solid game last year against USC, leading UGA with six catches for 86 yards and hauling in a second quarter touchdown from Joe Cox.

Steve Spurrier addressed Green in his Tuesday press conference, saying that the defense will be prepared to play whether or not Green is in the game, but that it will still take a team effort to stop all the playmakers on the Dawg offense.

"Our defense will prepare as if he's not there or if he's there," said Spurrier. "We haven't talked to Coach Johnson about it yet. I'm sure if he doesn't play there are certain coverages you might use more than others. Other than that, we have to stop their run game. They have other good receivers too. We have to go out and play football (and) play as hard as we can with few mistakes. That's what we need to worry about. Some guy can get hurt at practice this week on either team, so (worrying about specific players is) something you can't concern yourself about.

Saturday's game will kick off at 12:01 eastern and air on ESPN2.

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