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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: TV report says A.J. Green headed to NFL; four Georgia Tech players ruled ineligible for bowl game

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- Atlanta TV station WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News reported Thursday that according to sources close to Georgia superstar receiver A.J. Green say the junior is "100 percent" headed to the NFL after the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 against Central Florida.

"There is a 100 percent chance he's gone," both sources said to WSB-TV. "And a possible (NFL) lockout has no bearing on his decision."

Green, however, denied the report shortly after on Twitter.

"Idk where these ppl got that I'm going pro..this is def not true..Haven't even made a decision yet!" Green wrote.

The Bulldogs' new Athletic Director, Greg McGarity, also said Thursday he had talked to Green as late as Wednesday and that Green had not made a decision yet.

Green, who is an ideal NFL wideout at 6-foot-4, 212 pounds, is expected to be a Top 10 pick if he decides to leave early, but at worst will be taken later in the first round.

Green has 771 yards receiving and 7 TDs this year, despite missing four games due to an NCAA suspension.

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TECH LOSES FOUR STARS FOR INDEPENDENCE BOWL:

SHREVEPORT, La. - Georgia Tech announced Thursday that four football players, including two who have already earned their undergraduate degrees, will not play in Monday's AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl because of various academic issues.

Senior defensive end Robert Hall and senior linebacker Anthony Barnes are ineligible to compete in the game against Air Force under NCAA academic guidelines. Sophomore receiver Stephen Hill and senior safety Mario Edwards are both ineligible for not meeting Georgia Tech's academic requirements.

Of the four players, Edwards and Hill were listed as starters on the Yellow Jackets' most recent depth chart.

Georgia Tech and Air Force meet Monday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.