Here’s the AJC story by Mike Knobler on Nov. 16, 2007, when Georgia Tech came off its most recent NCAA probation:
Today is the final day of Georgia Tech’s two-year NCAA probation.
The significance is mostly symbolic. Tech’s football team doesn’t suddenly regain the six scholarships it has had to do without this season and in 2006. That doesn’t happen until August 2008.
The end of probation means it’s time for Tech President Wayne Clough to write a letter to the infractions committee stating that Tech has established policies to ensure it follows NCAA rules.
Then, if everything goes right, life simply goes on.
Asked the effects of Tech coming off probation, athletics director Dan Radakovich referred a reporter to his online letter to Yellow Jackets alumni and fans. The letter says the effects of the football scholarship limits will continue to be felt for years. Players who redshirted from the sanctions-limited 2007 signing class will be seniors in 2011.
There’s one other lingering effect of the NCAA infractions case. If Tech commits another major infraction before Nov. 17, 2010, it will be subject to added penalties as a repeat violator (emphasis added by editor).
Tech received two years of probation and scholarship cuts in 2005 for inadvertently playing athletes in football and other sports who should have been ruled academically ineligible.