The good news for Dogs fans, as the Athens Banner-Herald notes that UGA self-reported eight secondary violations of NCAA rules during the past six months, is that the number was down by more than half from the 15 reported in the second half of 2008 and 14 reported a year ago. And UGA’s transgressions didn’t include any of those wickedly “impermissible snacks” that South Carolina copped a plea to recently in reporting its 14 secondaries in the first half of the year.
The NCAA rulebook defines secondary violations as “isolated or inadvertent by nature,” providing only a minimal recruiting or competitive advantage, and not involving significant inducements or extra benefits. They usually don’t result in any serious punishments and have, in fact, become something of a way of life for Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin.
Anyway, only four of the violations involved Mark Richt’s football program. One involved an unnamed player (former QB Matthew Stafford, outed to the ABH by ex-roomie Shaun Chapas) getting four free tickets to an NFL game from his friend Jay Cutler. UGA was tipped off to this one by the NFL Players Association, and the players who used the tickets had to donate the value ($40 each) to the Boys and Girls Club of Athens.
The other football violations involved a noncoaching staff member attending a coaching clinic, a booster phoning a recruit after signing day (which is just plain stupid) and a coach leaving a message for a recruit after another coach had spoken with the recruit the previous day, the ABH reported. The rest of the minor violations concerned women’s sports — the softball, basketball, tennis and track and field teams. All have been resolved except for two just reported in June, the ABH reported.
Meanwhile, in the spirit of the summer silly season, former UGA kicker Rex Robinson has come clean about ingesting mass quantities of impermissible snacks — “it was so easy back then,” he says. “Just pick up the phone, call Sons of Italy, Steverino’s or even the new Domino’s on Baxter! … I’m not proud of what I did, I was young and stupid. The lure of easy pizza was just too much for me, and that’s not all. Two-liter Mountain Dews, there I said it. Hey, it was the ’70s and everyone was doing it.”
And speaking of the ticket-scrounging Matthew Stafford, The Red & Black’s football blog reports the newly minted millionaire has finally paid some back rent he owed to his former roommates. “I definitely had to stay on him about that,” says fullback Fred Munzenmaier, whose dad owns the house where Stafford used to live and where Munzenmaier, Chapas and injured wide receiver Kris Durham still reside. They’ve found a replacement for Stafford, Chapas said: UGA baseball player David Thoms. “He’s got some big shoes to fill,” Chapas said.
Hey guys, just beware of any free tickets to Braves games he might get offered.