Georgia Tech has notified the NCAA that it plans to appeal the judgment that stripped the school of its 2009 ACC title. The school filed its notice of appeal Thursday, the deadline to inform the NCAA of its decision.
The NCAA investigation stemmed from an 2009 inquiry into improper benefits to former football players Demaryius Thomas and Morgan Burnett. Besides the vacated title, Tech was fined $100,000 and placed on four years’ probation.
The school released the following statement:
“Georgia Tech has an unwavering commitment to the integrity of its athletics program, including full cooperation with the NCAA. We were very disappointed with the Infractions Committee’s ruling and we feel that we owe it to our institution and to the student athletes impacted by the ruling to exercise the appeal process provided by the NCAA.”
On top of the vacated title, the school also intends to appeal the findings of failure to cooperate and failure to meet the conditions of obligations of membership in the NCAA, although Tech can add other findings or penalties in its written appeal. For now, the school will not appeal the “preferential treatment” violation that found that Thomas had received $312 worth of clothes from his cousin’s roommate.
Tech will have 30 days to file its written appeal, beginning a process that school officials have said could last until early 2012. History does not favor the institute. Since the NCAA toughened standards for overturning infractions committee decisions in 2008, only one appeal out of 13 has been granted.
“But this case has been so different than so many others that I would hope that in the end, the appellate group looks at the unique nature of this case and we have a better opportunity, specifically as it relates to [the vacated title],” athletic director Dan Radakovich said Thursday.