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Georgia Tech, leading receiver decide it’s best ‘to part ways’

Jeff Greene AP

Even as Georgia Tech has a definitive affinity for the running game, the Yellow Jackets have taken a significant hit as they will be without their leading receiver for the Dec. 31 Sun Bowl matchup with USC.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jeff Greene‘s high school coach confirmed that the wide receiver is no longer a part of the Tech football program.  Chad Phillips said the two parties decided over the weekend that “it would be best to part ways.”

Normally when a player leaves his college program, his high school coach shifts the blame to the coaching staff.  Phillips, though, put the onus for the situation squarely on Greene’s shoulders.

“It’s a crying shame,” the Starr’s Mill High (Ga.) coach said. “The (coaches) bent over backwards to help him. He was on his way to getting a college degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. It’s a shame he had to be a little selfish.”

As a sophomore in 2012, Green led the Yellow Jackets in receptions with 18 and receiving yards with 284.

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6 Responses to “Georgia Tech, leading receiver decide it’s best ‘to part ways’”
  1. mhalt99 says: Dec 13, 2012 2:45 PM

    if he is leaving because he believes that the risk of sustaining injury in a meaningless bowl game outweighs the potential to increase his draft status and potential dollar value of his initial contract in the nfl then I would have to say that the Georgia Institute of Technology did a fine job of preparing him for the world – recognition should go to the economics professor who taught him that the invisible hand of individuals doing what is best for themselves is the only way to have efficient markets.

    actually surprised more players have not taken this route.

  2. 35longmiles says: Dec 13, 2012 3:06 PM

    Tech throws?

  3. deadeye says: Dec 13, 2012 4:36 PM


    Yes, Tech throws.

    They just don’t catch…

  4. irishdodger says: Dec 13, 2012 8:50 PM


    Assuming he’s a true freshman, he’s not eligible for the NFL draft, so maybe he’s transferring to a more pass happy school. Considering the GT degree he could earn, he should probably stick around as I’d be surprised that Paul Johnson lasts more than one more season.

  5. abrellbama says: Dec 14, 2012 11:43 AM

    As a football player, he had to know that GT is a run first team. Bama is a run first team and you don’t see WR’s defecting because of it. Maybe they should get a QB that actually knows how to pass better. A 56.3% completion ratio is not a good sign.

  6. wolftalkblog says: Dec 15, 2012 3:37 PM

    Quitting the team before the end of the season? His HS coach is correct. And comments about saving himself for the NFL are just as as selfish as the player. I am sick of hearing how every D-1 player is going to the NFL. Get real. The number is one half of one percent. He joined the “team”. As such, you have a commitment to the “team”. Period. For the entire season. Not when a player feels like it.

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