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Georgia WR to sit out 3 more

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia star receiver A.J. Green was suspended by the NCAA for four games Wednesday for selling a bowl jersey for $1,000 to someone who qualifies as an agent.

Green sold his jersey from last season's Independence Bowl. The junior, who sat out Saturday's season-opening 55-7 win over Louisiana-Lafayette, must miss three more games before regaining his eligibility.

No. 22 Georgia heads into its game against No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday without Green, who's also banished from games against No. 14 Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Green, who was caught up in a wide-ranging probe of the relationship between agents and players, issued an apology in a statement released by the school: "I very much regret all that has taken place and the distraction that's been caused. I've learned a valuable lesson and hope others can learn from my mistake."

The Bulldogs likely will feature sophomore tight end Orson Charles more as a receiver for redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray, who like Charles was a standout at Plant High.

"It would definitely be nice to have him out there," Murray said of Green.

Part of the probe was a party at Miami Beach. Green insisted he didn't attend, but Wednesday's announcement showed the NCAA was looking at other benefits received by the player.

The school said Green has repaid the $1,000 to a charity.

Tide's Ingram doubtful

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram has not returned to practice for No. 1 Alabama and while Nick Saban said the injured running back is unlikely to play Saturday vs. No. 18 Penn State, the coach isn't counting his star out.

"If there is anybody in the world that can play without practicing, it's probably Mark," said Saban, who added that Ingram was able to run on his surgically repaired left knee the past two days.

Bush's Heisman: Saints running back Reggie Bush addressed the Yahoo Sports report that the Heisman Trust is completing an investigation into his eligibility and will likely try to reclaim his 2005 Heisman Trophy. Robert Whalen, executive director of the trust, said Tuesday that no decision had been made. Asked whether he would give the trophy back on his own, Bush said: "I'm not even thinking about that." As far as deserving it, he said: "The on-the-field play speaks for itself."

Tennessee: Guard Jarrod Shaw, center Cody Pope and receiver Denarius Moore, who all missed some practice time this week, should be available against No. 7 Oregon. Defensive tackle Minor Bowens missed practice because of a staph infection, which coach Derek Dooley says has plagued a few of his players this week.

Obituary: Mickey Holmes, executive director of the Sugar Bowl from 1979 to 1993, died after a long illness. He was 72.

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