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COLUMBIA --- Call it the NCAA Distraction Bowl.

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) celebrates with Bulldogs fullback Shaun Chapas (49) after the touchdown by Chapas in the second quarter at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, September 4, 2010 in Athens, Ga.  David Manning/Morris News Service
David Manning/Morris News Service
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) celebrates with Bulldogs fullback Shaun Chapas (49) after the touchdown by Chapas in the second quarter at Sanford Stadium on Saturday, September 4, 2010 in Athens, Ga.

No. 22 Georgia (1-0) and No. 24 South Carolina (1-0) face each other today after a week of star suspensions, formal letters of inquiry and unending questions about NCAA infractions.

Bulldogs receiver A.J. Green was docked three additional games by the NCAA on Wednesday for selling a game jersey for $1,000 to someone deemed an agent. A day later, South Carolina's football program received a formal letter saying it was under NCAA investigation.

Gamecocks tight end Weslye Saunders has met with the NCAA already this summer and was questioned about potential agent contact. He has been suspended from the team since Aug. 23, though coach Steve Spurrier says that is not related to the NCAA investigation.

That sounds like plenty to process for coaches and players preparing to open the SEC season.

"We just go out and do our thing," said Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. "We have tremendous guys all around, and all our wide receivers go out and play. I trust everyone, no matter who it is out there."

Green was held out of Georgia's opening week win over Louisiana-Lafayette because of eligibility concerns, though that didn't stop Murray from connecting for 160 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-7 victory.

While Georgia knows the outcome of its NCAA issues, South Carolina awaits a resolution that could be weeks or months away.

Saunders was questioned by the NCAA in connection with possible contact with agents and his attendance at a South Beach party earlier this year. There have been similar investigations at Alabama and North Carolina.

Saunders was among several players Spurrier asked to move out of a local hotel amid allegations that they were given cheaper rates than available to the public. The NCAA has not detailed the scope of its inquiry.

Spurrier said on his radio show Thursday that the investigation has "nothing to do with anything coaches did. It was some other areas, I believe, so we'll let it play its way out."

SEC showdown

WHO: No. 22 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina

WHEN: Noon today

TV: ESPN2

WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia

Culliver, King cleared to play

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver and left tackle Jarriel King have been cleared by the NCAA to play in the team's Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia, the university said Friday.

The school has not said what questions were being reviewed regarding Culliver and King, who missed the season-opening 41-13 victory over Southern Mississippi because of concerns about their eligibility.

Culliver is a senior who moved to cornerback this offseason from safety, where he was a second-team all-SEC selection last season. He finished third on the team with 62 tackles. He also returned 26 kickoffs for an average of 22.5 yards per return.

King is a 6-foot-5, 327-pound senior from North Charleston who entered this season with 19 career starts, more than any other returning offensive lineman.

-- Associated Press

TODAY'S GAMES

- Georgia Tech at Kansas, Noon (Fox Sports South)

- Presbyterian at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. (No TV)

- Georgia Southern at Navy, 3:30 (CBS College Sports)

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lcbobo
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lcbobo 09/11/10 - 05:03 am
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Fry those coots, Dawgs!

Fry those coots, Dawgs!

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 05:30 am
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sc 25-ga14

sc 25-ga14

lcbobo
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lcbobo 09/11/10 - 07:13 am
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UGA-42 Coots-6

UGA-42 Coots-6

GoGators2010
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GoGators2010 09/11/10 - 07:52 am
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Go Gamecocks!! Today I am a

Go Gamecocks!! Today I am a USC fan in honor of The Ol Ball Coach.

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etlinks 09/11/10 - 07:53 am
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icBOBO a coot is a duck .

icBOBO a coot is a duck . watch the game and we will talk later. good luck to all from a gamecock.

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csrareader 09/11/10 - 08:24 am
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UGA 42, Shamecocks 10, and

UGA 42, Shamecocks 10, and another beatdown for The Old Ball Coach.

lcbobo
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lcbobo 09/11/10 - 08:41 am
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The coots are national

The coots are national champions every year until UGA beats them and shuts them up.

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csrareader 09/11/10 - 10:59 am
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It's time the 'old ball

It's time the 'old ball coach" started looking like an "old" ball coach. Come on Steve... stop using the Grecian Formula or Just for Men or whatever you put in your mop. You look silly.

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Riverman1 09/11/10 - 11:38 am
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This is the one game that I

This is the one game that I go against UGA. Remember Riverman told you today this morning that Carolina is going to dominate this game. They are strong and deep.

I'm going out on the dock and enjoy some fresh air before the battle beings in a half an hour. There's no getting up til half time once it starts. This is war.

Let's hope both teams don't have any injuries. (That sounds like a pre-game invocation or something.)

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 03:01 pm
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Hunker down you hairy dogs!

Hunker down you hairy dogs! HA HA HA!

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 03:14 pm
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Butt Whippin!

Butt Whippin!

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justthefacts 09/11/10 - 03:25 pm
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One fumble difference. Bobo's

One fumble difference. Bobo's play calling, as usual, is both suspect and predictable. Congrats to the Cocks.

troylus
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troylus 09/11/10 - 03:25 pm
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How does that CROW taste,

How does that CROW taste, DAWGS!

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 03:56 pm
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Hello dog fans were are you?

Hello dog fans were are you?

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 03:58 pm
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Go JMU!

Go JMU!

KSL
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KSL 09/11/10 - 04:14 pm
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What time is the game?

What time is the game? LOL.

Thanks, justthefacts

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KSL 09/11/10 - 04:17 pm
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Hey Riverman1, you called it.

Hey Riverman1, you called it. That freshman from Duncan looked awesome. Didn't get to see the whole game. Husband kept switching back and forth between games.

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 04:58 pm
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You dog fans mocked

You dog fans mocked Lattimore's 54 yard effort vs. USM. How about what he did today against that vaunted 3-4 defense of GA?

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 05:40 pm
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Everytime the dogs win the

Everytime the dogs win the posts start right away. I guess we have to wait until Tuesday to hear the excuses and how the dogs have dominated the series. GO GAMECOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KSL 09/11/10 - 06:30 pm
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They are posting on the AJC

They are posting on the AJC and many are praising Carolina for being better prepared today.

Kudos are being given to Lattimore. Hope he doesn't get a big head.

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 07:09 pm
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Who cares about posting on

Who cares about posting on AJC! I'm waiting for the smack talkers here on the AC!

KSL
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KSL 09/11/10 - 07:13 pm
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Just pointing out to you that

Just pointing out to you that they weren't talking smack and they were posting freely.

Who knows where the mouthy ones from this area are? Licking their wounds and wishing they had chicken meat to pull out of their teeth, I imagine.

NAAustin
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NAAustin 09/11/10 - 07:18 pm
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You are right on KSL. Enjoy

You are right on KSL. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Go Cowboys!

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Riverman1 09/11/10 - 09:21 pm
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Taking a bow. Thanks, KSL.

Taking a bow. Thanks, KSL. Boy, wasn't Lattimore something? Carolina will have him for at least a couple more years.

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