NCAA will announce Tech findings at 3 p.m.; Cooperation an issue; Thomas, Burnett deny involvement

The NCAA will announce the results of an investigation into alleged violations committed by Georgia Tech’s football program at 3 p.m. today.

The alleged violations occurred within the past several years. The NCAA considers the violations, which included improper benefits, minor. However, Tech allegedly didn’t cooperate with the investigators as enthusiastically as the NCAA would have liked. A phone conference is scheduled with Dennis Thomas, the chair of the NCAA’s infractions committee, at 3 p.m. Georgia Tech President Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson and Athletic Director Dan Radakovich will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m.

At issue for Tech is that after receiving penalties for the 2005 and ‘06 seasons for infractions that occurred in the 1990s, the NCAA said that if Tech commits another major infraction before Nov. 17, 2010, it will be subject to added penalties as a repeat violator. Colleague Mark Bradley (@markbradleyajc) just tweeted, “I’m told nobody is getting fired, but Georgia Tech people are bracing themselves for a big hit from the NCAA.”

Demaryius Thomas, a wide receiver and first-round pick in the 2010 draft, denied a blog report that he is one of the reasons for the investigation. In a text message, Thomas said he was offered things by people not affiliated with Tech, but never accepted. Morgan Burnett, a safety and third-round pick, also denied the report, texting that he “did not knowingly or unknowingly receive any gifts from any agents … These reports are baseless and false.”

Thomas and Burnett signed with Tech when Chan Gailey was the coach. Paul Johnson, who led Tech to the ACC title in 2009, was hired after Gailey was fired by Radakovich after the 2007 season after five years at the helm.

If there are immediate penalties, it would be the second time within five years the Jackets have been punished.

Tech learned in 2003 that it had been misapplying an NCAA eligibility rule and worked with the NCAA to investigate the nature and results of the error. They learned that 17 athletes, including 11 football players, who were academically ineligible were allowed to compete during the 1998 and ‘99 seasons.

As a result, Georgia Tech was on a two-year probation that resulted in self-imposed scholarship cuts (from 85 to 79) and a reduction in signing classes (from 25 to no more than 19) in 2005 and 2006. In addition to those penalties, the NCAA infractions committee added a limit of 79 total football scholarships for the 2006 and 2007 teams, six below the normal maximum.

The infractions committee also recommended that Tech vacate wins from seasons, 1998-2002, plus 2004, which were all winning seasons that ended in bowl trips. Tech appealed and the NCAA appeals committee agreed, allowing the results of those seasons to stand.

The NCAA has been in what appears to be a testy mood regarding alleged violations and lack of cooperation in wake of scandals at Ohio State, Southern California and North Carolina, among other places. The Trojans were forced by the NCAA to forfeit their 2004 national championship and the Buckeyes voluntarily forfeited 12 wins and their 2010 Sugar Bowl victory in an attempt to appease the infractions committee. Penalties against North Carolina’s program haven’t been announced. However, numerous players were suspended for all or parts of last season.

Please keep checking back for news.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow on twitter @ajcgatech

Here’s a step-by-step guide to NCAA investigations.

Here are some stories about Tech’s previous NCAA issues.

478 comments Add your comment

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:27 am

I’m nervous…we’re not leaving ANOTHER conference are we?

Todd

July 14th, 2011
9:29 am

They’re reinstating the Engineers vs. Others for the T-Day game!

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:31 am

Further stadium upgrades?

RED DAWG

July 14th, 2011
9:32 am

6 hot dogs, 6 colas, and 6 tickets for 5 dolla.

juvenal

July 14th, 2011
9:32 am

we will play shotgun some?

RogersParkRob

July 14th, 2011
9:32 am

D Rad to Tennessee?? God I hope not.

Jeff

July 14th, 2011
9:33 am

going to division II??

JacketFan

July 14th, 2011
9:33 am

The fact they are “chasing” a story … that doesn’t sound good.

Dean Tate

July 14th, 2011
9:34 am

Stadium upgrade? They’re tearing it down?

Jeff

July 14th, 2011
9:35 am

good one Red Dawg…lol

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:35 am

I’ve seen one source already saying it doesn’t involve Radakovich. This might be a Paul Johnson or Al Groh thing, though…

What?!?!?

July 14th, 2011
9:35 am

Is the announcement going to be that the suspense surrounding the announcement is the most exciting thing to happen to Georgia Tech football in 20 years?

JacketFan

July 14th, 2011
9:36 am

@Perimeter … that’s exactly what I was just thinking.

Tech75

July 14th, 2011
9:37 am

These things are usually not good news… I hope this is an exception.

Heels Rock and Rule

July 14th, 2011
9:37 am

Tech has agreed to offer remedial reading courses for FB players from UGa.

Paul Johnson

July 14th, 2011
9:37 am

We are going to outsmart UGA again in 2011 and lose by 8 !!!!!!

collegeballfan

July 14th, 2011
9:38 am

My guess, and it is just a guess, is that it involves playing in the opening day Chick-fil a game in a couple of years.

three jack

July 14th, 2011
9:38 am

they are switching to australian rules football

Paul Hewittt

July 14th, 2011
9:38 am

They are hiring me to be the AD

Big Macon DAWG

July 14th, 2011
9:38 am

If you’re lucky it will be your rich defensive coordinator deciding he’s had enough, and moving to the Bahamas.

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:39 am

Man, this needs to be good news. The outlook for this upcoming season is trending upwards in the eyes of the fans right now. Not a good time to break anything disappointing.

North Ave Trade School Hater

July 14th, 2011
9:39 am

AD leaving is my bet

Dave Braine

July 14th, 2011
9:40 am

We are joining the same conference as Georgia State.

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:40 am

I’d accept something about the CFA Kickoff Game. They were working on that for a while. I’d be excited for it.

P.J. Fatmouth

July 14th, 2011
9:40 am

It will be announced that the NCAA sees it fit that we are able to field 13 players against UGA this year.

Tech Wrecker

July 14th, 2011
9:41 am

Paul Johnson is taking a medical leave of absence. He needs breast reduction surgery.

I'm concerned

July 14th, 2011
9:41 am

and the name says it all

Get back to World of Warcraft, nerd

July 14th, 2011
9:42 am

Tech caught cheating again.

At least when Auburn cheats they actually win something.

Reggie Ball

July 14th, 2011
9:42 am

I am coming back home to be the QB coach but I need some help counting to 4.

Curious George

July 14th, 2011
9:42 am

Is is the return of the 4 Pizzas, 4 Cokes, 4 Tickets and 4 Tickers for $4 Deal?

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:43 am

Switching from Russell Athletic to a brand people recognize? Struck a deal with Nike, Adidas or Under Armour?

GaDawgs7

July 14th, 2011
9:43 am

To remind everyone that Tech really does have a football team. No, really, they do! Stop laughing

curious

July 14th, 2011
9:43 am

Why would they upgrade a stadium that is never full except for maybe the UGA game?

Curious George

July 14th, 2011
9:43 am

Is it the return of the “Name Your Own Kickoff Time” promotion?

Reggie Ball

July 14th, 2011
9:44 am

Curious George:
it is a shame about these comments, the Truth is stranger than Fiction. I think I feel sorry for GT.

juvenal

July 14th, 2011
9:44 am

always amazed at folks that go to over crowded, dirty,smelly, no parking, no clean toilets, hard to get to any decent refreshments, can’t see the replay from some seats,topped off by drunken, foul mouthed racist fans(a minority, but tedious) at the stalinist heap that is sanford & son talk about our facility…..can’t expect Southern hospitality from folks playing a yankee song…..

Get back to World of Warcraft, nerd

July 14th, 2011
9:44 am

On things for sure. Bradley and the AJC will barely cover it whatever it is.

Kinda like Matt Skoles DUI.

But let a UGA player get a parking ticket this afternoon and whoaaa baby headlines to follow.

Curious George

July 14th, 2011
9:45 am

Is this to announce the re-design of the football jerseys to include pockets with built-in pocket protectors?

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:45 am

I didn’t say EXPAND the stadium, but we’ve got alumni who’d totally fund upgrades like better concourses and skyboxes, etc.

Bulldog Steve

July 14th, 2011
9:46 am

They are going to let the cheerleaders play football this fall.

RedandBlackDAWG

July 14th, 2011
9:47 am

The news is, Big King will be the head journalist covering the Tech. team and will not write about UGA anymore.He is coming out of the closet and admitting he is really a Tech. Fan.

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:47 am

Grand opening of the new Indoor Practice Facility? This sounds bigger though.

Jody

July 14th, 2011
9:47 am

Josh Nesbitt

July 14th, 2011
9:48 am

The recount came in and I really did win the heisman, after we shelled out all that cash for my publicity?

Yurtle_the_turtle

July 14th, 2011
9:48 am

Can never understand the rule book the NCAA has..it’s too big. Not worried about these violations unless they’re major, which I doubt they are. Tech and UGA do a good job policing their own. Can’t say the same for OSU and USC.

PerimeterCenterJacket

July 14th, 2011
9:48 am

They just changed the headline. We cheated. Crap…

gdawginkalamazoo

July 14th, 2011
9:49 am

Red Dawg, hilarious!

Al Groh and Paul Johnson are retiring and will revive “Grumpy Old Men” on Broadway.

Curious George

July 14th, 2011
9:49 am

Will this be a press conference to publicly announcement all their players are actually “academically ineligible,” as those young student-athletes were only able to fraudulently pass Georgia Tech entrance requirements with the assistance of the forged test score expertise of Atlanta Public Schools?

Josh Nesbitt

July 14th, 2011
9:50 am

juvenal

Hillarious – a tech fan talking about someone else’s stadium.
Nice piece on North Avenue, that no one attends unless they lie to the students and tell them that the game is cancelled and Comicon is being held there.

Hank

July 14th, 2011
9:50 am

For a small fee and free stale burgers left over at Atlanta mickey D’s, Ronald McDonald will be named the official mascot for Tech.