Georgia benches A.J. Green amid probe

Updated: September 4, 2010, 9:37 PM ET news services

The Georgia Bulldogs held receiver A.J. Green out of Saturday's 55-7 season-opening victory against Louisiana-Lafayette amid an NCAA investigation over alleged improper contact between agents and players on several teams.

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AP Photo/John BazemoreReceiver A.J. Green will miss Saturday's game more than a month after Georgia was notified by the NCAA of a pending review over one of its players.

Green "will miss Saturday's game ... pursuant to UGA Athletic Association policy and pending a ruling from the NCAA clarifying his status," the Bulldogs said in a statement issued Saturday morning.

The No. 23 Bulldogs had been notified by the NCAA in late July that it had begun a review over whether one of their players had violated NCAA rules amid allegations that players from several schools attended an agent-hosted party in Miami. There have been reports that Green, a junior rated as one of the nation's top receivers, is the target.

Green says he's never been to Miami.

North Carolina declared 13 of its players ineligible Friday for the 18th-ranked Tar Heels' opener against No. 21 LSU for "violating school and/or NCAA rules."

And South Carolina senior tight end Weslye Saunders was suspened for the Gamecocks' opening 41-13 win Thursday night over Southern Miss.

Among the Tar Heels to be held out were several starters -- defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, receiver Greg Little, defensive end Michael McAdoo and defensive end Robert Quinn.

Green was among four Georgia players held out of Saturday's game in Athens, Ga.

Running back Washaun Ealey, receiver Tavarres King and safety Alec Ogletree were suspended after recent arrests.

Information from's Heather Dinich and The Associated Press was used in this report.