Comments from Johnson, Peterson and Radakovich

Here are comments from Georgia Tech Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson, athletic director Dan Radakovich and football coach Paul Johnson from a 4:30 p.m. news conference.  The NCAA announced earlier in the day that the Yellow Jackets would have to forfeit its 2009 ACC title for minor violations and failing to fully cooperate with NCAA investigators looking into those violations. It would also receive:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Four years of probation from July 14, 2011 through July 13, 2015.
  • A reduction of two men’s basketball recruiting days during the 2011 summer evaluation period (self-imposed by the university).
  • A limit of 10 official visits for men’s basketball for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • A vacation of all contests won by the football team during the 2009 season after November 24. The ACC said Tech must return the trophy. No champion for the season will be named.

From Johnson:

On if he was surprised when he learned that Demaryius Thomas and Morgan Burnett could play late in November of 2009:

“I wasn’t aware of what was happening because I wasn’t involved in the process. I knew they had been interviewed when the NCAA came in. I had no idea what was said in the interviews or what was going on. We found out that Wednesday or Thursday that they were eligible to play. As far as we were concerned, we just went with the attitude that until somebody told us differently they were playing. Dan came in on Wednesday afternoon and said they are both cleared.”

On the results of the punishment:

“I think our guys are frustrated. I understand why our administration did what they did. It’s frustrating when you aren’t directly involved in something and it effects you in such a big way. I was proud of the way that 2009 team played on the field and for the majority of those guys to have an asterisk beside that effort, and the assistant coaches, it makes it tough. It is what it is. Life isn’t fair. You learn from things.”

On when he learned of the seriousness of the investigation:

“I didn’t really know until the hearing in April. I thought at that time ‘These guys are out for blood.’ That’s the time I realized the seriousness. I still had no idea it would be as serious as it was. This is 32 years of coahcing and I’ve never been involved in one of these.”

On what he told the team today:

“I told them that sometimes things that happen aren’t fair. The neat thing is doesn’t affect our football team moving forward: No postseason ban, no scholarship limitations, no loss of anything that way so it doesn’t affect the guys that are here. It’s disappointing that the guys that played so hard in that game doesn’t get to see the fruits of their labor. But you use it as a learning experience. It’s a valuable lesson that we talk about a lot: What you do and how you represent yourself carries over to everybody in that room and everyone on that coaching staff. You are representing a school and a coaching staff.”

On if this affects his desire to remain at Tech:

“No, not at all. As I said, I understand why our administration did what they did given the information they have. I have a lot of respect for Dan and Dr. Peterson. They made decisions based upon what was available to them at the time. I’m not going to second-guess them now.”

From Peterson:

“Georgia Tech is committed to integrity of its athletic program including full operation and support of the NCAA.”

“We could have been more aggressive in our investigation. Had we known then what he know now, we could have acted differently. At the time we took appropriate steps … we acted in good faith.”

“I don’t believe anyone did anything or took actions to hinder or impede investigation.”

“Georgia Tech has an unwavering commitment to compliance.”

“We are very concerned about having to vacate the championship title.”

From Radakovich:

“There was no intent to influence testimony. We cooperated fully during process.”

“We don’t agree with the report and its findings.”

“Not a proud day for me.”

“Georgia Tech should not be placed in a position where its integrity is challenged.”

“We disagree but we will move forward.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

164 comments Add your comment

Kevlar

July 14th, 2011
6:02 pm

But will they be appealing? 1st.

Ramblinwreck83

July 14th, 2011
6:06 pm

why? don’t drag it out. it is what it is. too bad the championships gone. they’ll just have to go get another.

btgt69

July 14th, 2011
6:09 pm

The one thing that gave me great pride was the integrity and morality of GT. Now that is gone.

Ramblinwreck83

July 14th, 2011
6:11 pm

I guess the NCAA assume that if a player receives anything from anyone, that it’s considered improper benefits is some form. I think the real issue is that the NCAA is starting to go around and show their muscle. The thing is they can’t even get the damn national championship right. What a joke. Won’t be suprised if they start nailing alot more schools soon. UGA better watch out. That AJ thing seem really stupid, but the NCAA doesn’t care at all. It seems like the dumbest stuff gets the hammer brought down.

FUCPJ

July 14th, 2011
6:14 pm

FIRE D-RAD and FIRE CPJ

GT Disbelief

July 14th, 2011
6:15 pm

NCAA has got to be super bored with themselves, seriously go find something else to do, send them over to Iraq …

skydawg

July 14th, 2011
6:18 pm

@Ramblinwreck83….News break for you. The NCAA has already ruled on the AJ Green situation and it’s a done deal. The punishment was to the player and not the university and/or overall athletic program. So you can go ahead and get those ideas out of your head. Now Cam Newton at AU, that’s a different story. The hammer has yet to fall there as they are still waiting on the conclusion of the federal lawsuit involving some BIG AU boosters/board of regions members. But don’t start trying to point the finger at UGA.

oldbird

July 14th, 2011
6:19 pm

As a UGA grad, I have never posted on a Tech blog, but I think that this is way too harsh. I hate it for you guys. Is there a southern bias with the NCAA? I am beginning to wonder.

Ramblin Wreck

July 14th, 2011
6:20 pm

After reading through the report, it just really irks me. The NCAA basically said, “We think he’s guilty, so you have assume he’s guilty until he’s proven innocent.” Sorry, but BIG problems with that!

Look, Tech knew the player may have been ineligible. They made the decision to play him. It turns out that he’s ineligible. (I may not agree with the NCAA’s decision on hi eligibility, but oh well.) We have to forfeit games. Fine. It’s a chance we took when we played him. But to say that’s covering up and smacking the $100K fine and probation on top? THAT’S garbage.

East Cobb Hokie

July 14th, 2011
6:20 pm

Classy responses IMO.

td

July 14th, 2011
6:20 pm

How do you get punished like this, *and* suck at football at the same time? Amazing.

techy

July 14th, 2011
6:21 pm

face it, we have ediots on our football team just like UGA, you’re kidding yourself if you think our players are not as dumb as theirs. face it, we probably cow tail more to atheletes tham most schools bc of our academics for the normal student. no way 85% of our team takes all necessary couses to be an engineer.

loupresley

July 14th, 2011
6:21 pm

@RamblinWreck83 When UGA found out AJ Greene was under investigation for selling a jersey, the school suspended him and waited for the NCAA investigation to conclude. Georgia proactively suspended him 2 games. The NCAA set the punishment at 4 games, but there was no cover-up. There was no attempt to play an ineligible player. UGA met it head on…and sat a star player down. It is the cover-up and the unwillingness to cooperate that cost Georgia Tech.

juvenal

July 14th, 2011
6:21 pm

if they don’t appeal, then they are guilty by admission-any guilt in this and the three above should resign-in the meantime, i’m waiting on re-ordering basketball tix……..

mgdawg

July 14th, 2011
6:25 pm

I’m not trying to get at tech because I’m a uga fan, but what is the purpose of being on probation if there are no consequences to it? No postseason ban, no scholarship reduction, etc. It just seems like if you’re on probation that there should be some kind of punishment, but I guess it just means that they are going to watch you closer. It doesn’t really seem like that big of a violation, but neither did AJ Green’s. The only thing I heard that was really different in this case and uga’s was that uga worked with the ncaa while tech did not, from what I’ve heard.

Rodney King

July 14th, 2011
6:25 pm

Why can’t we all get along?

John Galt, MBA, CPA

July 14th, 2011
6:25 pm

As a UGA grad, it is temping to act like the typical GT insect and to gloat, but I won’t. The NCAA is out of hand and this seems a bit harsh to me.

Marietta

July 14th, 2011
6:26 pm

This is BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The NCAA is using Tech as an example plain and simple.

Bb

July 14th, 2011
6:28 pm

Classy?? Sounds more like a lot of boohooing and “life isn’t fair” to me. UGA sat AJ period. Have some class Jackets. That’s something you could hang your hat on (at least the real Jackets, not the ones who post here), but now that’s gone with this coach and this administration.

BULLDOG STEVE

July 14th, 2011
6:29 pm

I don’t understand what is so harsh about the penalties? Like CPJ said, no effect on current team or future teams, unless they screw up again. I think they got off easy. According to NCAA they impeded investigation and played ineligible players. So they take away their ACC championship, so what? Do they give the rings back? Do they name somebody else champion? So they have to take some banners down, who cares. Major violations twice in six years and this is all they get? They should be jumping for joy. Scholarship reductions, bowl bans, those are damaging. Give me a break.

Denver Dawg

July 14th, 2011
6:29 pm

News like this brings no pleasure to THIS Dawg fan. Don’t let it get you down, boys, it’s not that big of a deal. A new season is coming, and everyone will prove it on the field.

SmittyATL

July 14th, 2011
6:29 pm

They’re watching nervously up in Chapel Hill…

bucket

July 14th, 2011
6:32 pm

So the hearing was in April, but it is just being reported about now? I agree with some of you that these issues appear like small potatos compared to what other schools have been accused of, but does the AJC not use the ole’ freedom of information trick against Ga Tech that they use on UGA routinely?

Sven Ottke

July 14th, 2011
6:32 pm

Here is what makes no sense….the NCAA came back and said the players were never ineligible, so what is there to cover up? If there were eligible, they were eligible. This is the NCAA being sanctimonious. I wish the schools would rise up and tell them to go fly a kite.

Chloe

July 14th, 2011
6:35 pm

Why is basketball punished for what football did wrong

spider

July 14th, 2011
6:36 pm

BYU cheats on the field of play at end of game that affected the outcome of the game and the NCAA does nothing ab

Paul The Vol

July 14th, 2011
6:36 pm

Well, I guess we can scratch Radakovich off of our AD search list. He almost makes Mike Hamilton seem competent by comparison.

Ramblin Man

July 14th, 2011
6:38 pm

Doug,
This sounds like it could be cause to fire Hewitt, if he was still employed, so could GT now try and get out of the contract with Hewitt and stain that golden contract? Just looking for a little light at the end of the tunnel.

rightofcenter

July 14th, 2011
6:38 pm

Read the report again, Rambling Wreck. They didn’t find the players ineligible. If they didn’t find them ineligible, how can they force us to vacate a win? It makes no sense and is another example if the idiocy of the NCAA.

Riverdawg

July 14th, 2011
6:38 pm

It’s too bad Lewis Grizzard is not here to mourn your misfortune. He would surely be a source of comfort. Anyone remember his column on Goody Two Shoes and Tyrone Sorrels?

Ramblin Man

July 14th, 2011
6:39 pm

Chloe,
Read the NCAA finding.

spider

July 14th, 2011
6:39 pm

NCAA only tries to make themselves look good for going after schools that committ crimes that have no affect of a game played, yet here is BYU cheating in a game and they do nothing.

Supsalemgr

July 14th, 2011
6:39 pm

This does not bode well for the Heels and Buckeyes. It will be interesting to see if there is a difference in how those two are treated. I am not ready to throw Auburn under the bus yet. There has been a lot of scrutiny on Newton and so far nothing. I am not an Auburn fan.

acowa

July 14th, 2011
6:41 pm

Why does this have anything to do with basketball? Why are they getting punished?

Ramblin Man

July 14th, 2011
6:42 pm

Still amazed at the kick in the groin punishment. I expected GT to get slapped, but this seems a little harsh. I am sure an appeal will occur and thank god that idiot GT had for counsel is gone. DRAD maybe next time get a lawyer who might have experience in this type of stuff.

ozzfest

July 14th, 2011
6:43 pm

1. I am a GEORGIA BULLDOG.
2. This is getting idiotic….the NCAA should be disbanded. How the HELL do you justify stripping a conference title from a team that busted it’s tail in practice…after practice… after 90 degree practice because some clown pocketed $312 dollars worth of SHIRTS?

I am going to continue to consider the Jackets the 2009 ACC Champs…the NCAA and the ACC can shove their returned trophies.

juvenal

July 14th, 2011
6:43 pm

so CPJ lets drad handle everything? if drad deserves to be thrown under the bus by his coach, he needs to go-ironic how this is the reverse of what happened at osu………..agree with Sven, if we have documentation from the ncaa they were eligible, release it-that’s what au got from them, but now that’s still in play!? the schools that still wnt this to be about academics should leave the ncaa & form their own league……….

Chan Gailey

July 14th, 2011
6:45 pm

Quit yer moaning techies. Want me to come back and coach??

Chris

July 14th, 2011
6:46 pm

They played ineligible players because they has three huge games coming up, the UGA game, ACC title game and bowl game. They are supposed to be so smart. Why didn’t they hold their players out like UGA did AJ Green? They got greedy and wanted to play their two best players, Thomas and Burnett. The Tech AD and President should really be in question here. Flat out cheating to use ineligible players.

dobearsbare

July 14th, 2011
6:46 pm

If there is even the appearance of impropriety, a coach is damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. UGA sat A.J. Green, and it trashed their season. They didn’t get any NCAA sanctions, but if the sanctions were going to be what Tech just got, they might as well have played him. Probation and a hundred grand? They still look like choirboys compared to Auburn. Tech, on the other hand, took a gamble, albeit what looked like a safe one at the time, and now they’re penalized. No way to win.

macrotech

July 14th, 2011
6:47 pm

It is what it is…the ncaa continues to provide proof that they are consistent in their wishy washy ways! They remain the punchline in a sad joke. We shall move on…2012 season nears!!! GO TECH!!!

Spartan

July 14th, 2011
6:47 pm

It’s not the crime; it’s the cover-up. Tech nerds thought they were smarter than the ncaa.

whatthedawg

July 14th, 2011
6:48 pm

With all GT/UGA homerism aside, I have to honestly say that this seems a little too harsh of a punishment. When you consider what some other schools have gotten for way worse offenses, I think that an appeal may offer some relief to the consequences. Infractions deserve consequences, Tech or UGA, however, they need to fit the crime.

BUZZY BEE

July 14th, 2011
6:49 pm

IM TURNING IN MY MASCOT UNIFORM AND AM QUITTING THE TEAM!!

tim

July 14th, 2011
6:49 pm

A bunch of cheaters and a bunch of denials……..just like the Atlanta Public Schools.

spider

July 14th, 2011
6:49 pm

tech people be careful going out too BYU in a couple years. the mountain west only slapped their hands and changed a policy. but BYU is now an independent and they dont have too answer to mountain west or follow their rules and of course the NCAA is going to do nothing to a school that has such high morals(BIG JOKE).

CPJ

July 14th, 2011
6:50 pm

They did because they don’t respect the offense I run. They just don’t want to let a triple option team have an ACC championship trophy.

Techman

July 14th, 2011
6:52 pm

Georgia Tech will bounce back from this Tech is a school with a strong backbone just like Coach Paul Johnson said you learn from your mistakes everybody makes mistakes so now they can move forward.

Z-Bone

July 14th, 2011
6:54 pm

I like the fact that most bulldogs, even amidst trying times, don’t have to take joy in the misfortune of our insignificant neighbors.

Philly Guy

July 14th, 2011
6:54 pm

Boy, if Tech got this for their actions which wasn’t really an attempt to intentionally cover anything up but more inaction, can you imagine what has to happen at Ohio State where it was intentional??? I guess if you ever receive anything from anybody, say no. How would a player know if it was illegal when it came from a friend of a friend and there was nothing expected in return? If the friend of a friend was not associated with a firm, would it then be legal? Sounds to me like the NCAA is expecting too much of 20 year old kids away from home.