Impermissible texts snag Georgia Tech recruiting

Georgia Tech handcuffed itself in its recruiting efforts with impermissible text messages to a recruit and his father. The NCAA banned the Tech coaching staff from initiating telephone or written communication with the prospect for four weeks, starting in late December, according to an e-mail from Tech compliance director Jerome Rodgers that was obtained through the Georgia Open Record Act.

NCAA rules forbid all forms of electronically transmitted correspondence to recruits or their parents or guardians except for e-mail and faxes.

The NCAA penalized Tech for two of three texts, which were sent in November. The third was a text from Tech coach Paul Johnson, who thought he was replying to a text from a team member, not a recruit. In the e-mail, Rodgers called the violations “inadvertent.”

The e-mail noted that the school sought NCAA permission to divide the four-week penalty into two two-week periods in order to contact the prospect, identified as “Will,” during the week of his official visit to Tech. Sandy Creek High offensive lineman Will Adams visited Tech Jan. 13-15, the same weekend noted in the e-mail, and was the only prospect by that name that weekend. Reached Tuesday, Adams said he was not speaking with news media until his signing-day announcement Wednesday morning.

While Adams was committed to Tech at the time of the visit, he took an official visit to Auburn last weekend and is now considered undecided between Tech and Auburn. He is expected to announce his choice Wednesday morning.

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George Stein

January 31st, 2012
6:06 pm

5150 UOAD

January 31st, 2012
6:10 pm

2ndary Violation Like Richt Pocket Dialing recruits.

Bug Zapper

January 31st, 2012
6:12 pm

Really?

January 31st, 2012
6:15 pm

Uh oh. More violations for a program already on probation. Is it possible for the trade school to have even one day without a negative story? tsk tsk tsk

Jacket Man

January 31st, 2012
6:20 pm

Adams has already committed to Auburn.

OkieDawg

January 31st, 2012
6:21 pm

And the wheels on the bus go round and round…Same ole same ole. You just can’t make this stuff up. Look for additional time to be added to the already being served probation period. I am personally embarrassed for the Institute.

carober

January 31st, 2012
6:21 pm

well, it is a story, because it likely links up to the recent staff changes that resulted in Todd Spencer not coming back to the program. He was recruiting Will Adams as well as Junior Gnonkonde. My guess is enlightening everyone to minor recruiting violations is more of an ulterior motive in this article.

Worm

January 31st, 2012
6:23 pm

Usual illegal recruiting by Tech…At least he wasn’t enrolled and they were PLAYING ineligibile players…The support staff at Tech has to be the Worst ever!

Old Blind Dawg.

January 31st, 2012
6:23 pm

A non-story to the GT folks but oh if it had been CMR or CTG………….

Either way the NCAA is a joke!

Ken Sugiura

January 31st, 2012
6:28 pm

i would say this – the fact that the ncaa discriminates between an e-mail and a text and a fax is strange. the texting ban may be repealed before too long. it’s my understanding that it was put in place at a time when most people had pay-per-text packages, so the ncaa didn’t want coaches putting that burden on prospects.
unfortunately for college coaches, pocket fax machines have yet to catch on.

KC in Smyrna

January 31st, 2012
6:43 pm

Will Adams committed to Auburn Sunday night. He isn’t undecided.

GT65

January 31st, 2012
6:43 pm

IL Jacket

January 31st, 2012
6:46 pm

Good one, Ken. Pocket fax machines. LOL.

gt1984

January 31st, 2012
6:49 pm

Unfortunately, this may be Tech’s worst recruiting year in a long time. Losing commitments right and left, and not really recruiting to address our needs. :(

Frank Lane

January 31st, 2012
6:53 pm

This was probably the offensive line coach that is leaving.

IL Jacket

January 31st, 2012
6:54 pm

Old Blind Dawg, agree. I said the same about CMR and the pocket dialing. NCAA-strain at a gnat and swallow a camel.

11BPSGDawg

January 31st, 2012
7:02 pm

I remember a time 2-3 years ago when I was watching Tech on TV. It may have been against UGA. Tech had an offensive lineman jump offsides and when he got to the sideline CPJ screams at him “are you that f*&^$#% stupid?” Everyone could read his lips. Well, CPJ. Are you? The offsides was “inadvertent” too. Everybody makes mistakes. Don’t understand the ban against texts. Another example of archaic NCAA rules.

greta

January 31st, 2012
7:02 pm

Sloppy.

Not becoming as a representative of the alumni.

Precision is priceless.

Hey Paul – Sloppy ain’t good – get it?

Lot’s of money to come up well, sloppy.

Tighten up.

One can delegate authority, not responsibility.

BG

January 31st, 2012
7:12 pm

Cheating always comes back and bites one in the a**.

Stinger 2

January 31st, 2012
7:15 pm

Really? and OakieDawg: Great posts! Very funny!
You two are the type that are considered smart when we don`t hear from you. Good night little guys or little guy since you sound like one of a kind.

swarmi

January 31st, 2012
7:21 pm

Wormy…do not really care what you think.

gt1984

January 31st, 2012
7:26 pm

And stupid NCAA rule.

Worm

January 31st, 2012
7:29 pm

Thanks swarmi,…Mienieke Car care bowl should pep you “Boys” UP!

Bob Horner

January 31st, 2012
7:31 pm

Bwahhhhh hahahahahahaha

North Ave Trade School Hater

January 31st, 2012
7:35 pm

Enter your comments here

hiveredtech

January 31st, 2012
7:37 pm

stupid rule…responding to a text from a recruit when you do not know who it is makes a violation?….wonder how many schools turn themselves in for that….NONE.

I guess coaches better have every cell phone number in the world pre-loaded into their phone so they will know who it is coming from! Crazy.

Maybe GT should just carry bags of cashin unmarked bills around like the factory schools do.

Henry Halloran

January 31st, 2012
7:37 pm

Dont worry Tech fans, rumor is you guys just flipped a commit from the University of Phoenix. Things are looking up!

gt1984

January 31st, 2012
7:39 pm

I’m really upset with Paul Johnson. He looks around at hundreds of players, but threatens commits with loss of an offer if they look around. TECH WILL BE BACK! But not with CPJ.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 31st, 2012
7:41 pm

The NCAA penalized Tech
The NCAA banned the Tech coaching staff from initiating telephone or written communication with the prospect for four weeks, starting in late December

Question, what did the NCAA do to UGA for the same violation?

gt1984

January 31st, 2012
7:45 pm

Where’s Pepper Rogers when ya need him???

Jimmy John

January 31st, 2012
7:47 pm

But if you pay a father $180,000, turn a blind eye to free cars, tatoos, mansions, write papers for recruits, or arrange prostitutes/yachts/jewelry – and you’re a marquee program that brings TV ratings & money we’ll just slap you on the wrist.

Ah the hypocrisy of the NCAA.

Inadvertent post

January 31st, 2012
8:13 pm

Inadvertent? Just happens to their top recruit. Funny stuff.

Oh sorry, I inadvertently posted this.

FL Jacket

January 31st, 2012
8:23 pm

Inadvertent spinning of facts…

The recruit’s name isn’t Francis Kallon or Justin Thomas…therefore not our top recruit.

OkieDawg

January 31st, 2012
8:28 pm

Stinger 2 , Dude really, can’t you get anything right? It’s OkieDawg not OakieDawg…Geeeesh.

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
8:28 pm

Who really Cares?….We are talking about GT, right?…They ALWAYS play by the rules!!!!!!!

DaddyoJ

January 31st, 2012
8:29 pm

Red…PJ . . .well I just cant say, but your hair would curl. Send you a note on TOS

JacketNation

January 31st, 2012
8:35 pm

Okiedawg. If your saint of a coach can text and get away with, so can we!

OkieDawg

January 31st, 2012
8:43 pm

This just in:

At 38 students strong, the Alaska Bible College the smallest accredited college in the U.S, has flipped the #1 knee diver committed to Tech. The commit stated “I just didn’t want to attend Chop Block U and preferred to play in front of a bigger crowd on Saturdays”.

No Hope for Hill in the NFL

January 31st, 2012
8:46 pm

Ah hope the ajc urinal folds real soon and you worthless writers are unemployed and unemployable….

Georgia Institute of Ncaa probation

January 31st, 2012
8:58 pm

Bad things can happen to those already of probation, with recent multiple offenses.

GTLOVER

January 31st, 2012
8:59 pm

Like I said, 7-5, 8-4, loose to jawja, loose bowl game.
After PJ got his big contract, he, like the tech team; when they get ahead, quit!

GTLOVER

January 31st, 2012
9:02 pm

Where’s the fire paul Johnson website?

billyBobjacket

January 31st, 2012
9:03 pm

CPJs text falls into the same category as CMRs, both inadvertent, self-reported, and neither should be punished. Not sure about the other texts they mentioned, maybe it was the OL coach that just left suddenly…there has to be more to that story than we know so far.

yellow britches

January 31st, 2012
9:04 pm

The saddest part of this entire story is that adults and some with still functioning grey matter between non pierced earlobes give a “rat’s ass”. When are we going to pull a Howard Beal from Broadcast News, open the window and scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Tech needs to concede the obvious and join the Ivy League. Hey, after great years with Amos Alonso Stagg, the University of Chicago said enough is enough and focused on what it was chartered to do: educate students, not function as a feeder system for the NFL. This is stupid.

TDOne

January 31st, 2012
9:06 pm

11BPSGDawg, What Coach Johnson said to Phil Smith was, “Are you that stupid?” It was the third game of the 2009 season against Miami. We were going for two points after a touchdown and Smith jumped offsides. Next time you say something about Johnson, have your facts straight.

Big Jim

January 31st, 2012
9:16 pm

I agree with GTGlover, where is the “fire the Johnson” website???

I will admit that 4/5 Star recruits can easily be coached to mediocrity by mediocre coaches (Exhibit A – Uga), so recruiting is not all its cracked up to be if you have an average coach (Exhibit B -CMR).

Our “genius” coach AND his “system” are KILLING US!!!

Delbert D.

January 31st, 2012
9:24 pm

Joe Nocera does a good job of pointing out the absurd and outright disgraceful practices toward individuals by the NCAA in his editorials on the NYTimes sports web page. “Saving Freshman Ryan” is his latest.

spider

January 31st, 2012
9:28 pm

NCAA is 2nd worse organization in the world, 2nd to AL QUAEDA, still cant believe they did nothing to BYU for cheating on the field at end of game that changed the outcome of the game and gave them 6 wins in 2010.

OkieDawg

January 31st, 2012
9:30 pm

@yellow britches…Very funny, “Tech needs to concede the obvious and join the Ivy League”.

Let me inform you, there are 8 member institutions of the Ivy League. The average endowment for these institutions is $11.9 billion. GTs endowment is $1.6 billion. That compares to Emory’s endowment of $5.4 billion. In your most delirious state, did you really believe what you typed? GT alum think they are among the elite but they are not…no way…not even close. The academic argument and self image of the GT elitist is laughable. Get a grip…you are not that good in any aspect, atheletics, academics, etc.

SLAWDAWG

January 31st, 2012
9:39 pm

For Dawg Fans, GPA means……..GOT PAULS A**…….as usual!!!!