An embarrassing day for Tech, which hates embarrassment

"See this? Not any longer." (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

"See this? Not any longer." (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

It’s an embarrassing day for Georgia Tech, and Tech alums don’t like being embarrassed.

The Jackets have been forced to vacate the 2009 ACC title, have been placed on NCAA probation through 2015 and have been fined $100,000 — what is this, the NFL? — to boot. We can extrapolate from this that the NCAA likewise doesn’t take kindly to embarrassment.

The NCAA has found that “staff members” not only failed to contribute to an investigation but also sought to cast enough doubt on the allegations that they couldn’t be proved. In plain English, the NCAA believed Tech tried to cover up. And the NCAA hates cover-ups way worse than it hates violations.

Update: In offering Tech’s response to the NCAA’s findings, both president Bud Peterson and AD Dan Radakovich insisted there was no intent to influence anyone’s testimony to the NCAA. Indeed, Radakovich admitted it was he who had spoken to coach Paul Johnson about the NCAA’s interest in a particular student-athlete.

I’ll have more at greater length soon, but for now I leave you with this: Until today, Georgia Tech fans had great confidence their athletic department was under sound management. I’m not sure they still do. The school that prides itself on knowing how to run things managed to take a molehill of a violation and turn it into a mountain range’s worth of sanctions. Yikes.

By Mark Bradley

474 comments Add your comment

rawdawg

July 14th, 2011
3:30 pm

First.

Only tech could cheat and still suck.

chewyandrw

July 14th, 2011
3:31 pm

Mark Bradley

July 14th, 2011
3:32 pm

Duly noted, rawdawg. Kudos yet again.

chewyandrw

July 14th, 2011
3:32 pm

dang…almost….MB, do you think Rado looks at the UT job a little more now?

FIRE RADAKOVICH

July 14th, 2011
3:33 pm

FIRE RADAKOVICH

George O'Leary

July 14th, 2011
3:33 pm

embarrassing..

Carlton

July 14th, 2011
3:33 pm

I reiterate:

“Who cares? Like Tech was ever relevant. This isn’t news, it’s a hilarious joke that adds salt to the wound of Georgia that is GA Tech in athletics. Demaryius Thomas? Apparently he can hold onto money better than he can catch a football..Go Dawgs!!”

ASG = JERKS

July 14th, 2011
3:34 pm

Gtu = just a bunch of lying fools

JoeC

July 14th, 2011
3:34 pm

This is funny from hundreds of miles away.

Mark Bradley

July 14th, 2011
3:35 pm

I’m not sure Tennessee is looking at Radakovich now, chewyandrw

MorganBurnett

July 14th, 2011
3:35 pm

At least the only thing I am guilt of is getting TOASTED by former Dawg Caleb King. I guess this makes it 10 losses in a row to our big brothers!

GT Trumpet

July 14th, 2011
3:35 pm

Still ridiculous. Just total bullcrap.

SeriousQuestion

July 14th, 2011
3:36 pm

MB, at least report GT athletics was operating at a $700K deficit in December 2010. Where do they stand now with the new arena and the $100K fine leveled today by the NCAA?

SC Ace

July 14th, 2011
3:37 pm

They all cheat. Some just do it more effectively than others. Just allow the players to have a little stipend or something and get on with it. It all makes me weary of college athletics… for some of the reason that I’m weary of most professional leagues.

Makes you appreciate the 1-AA teams a bit more. Come on up to a Furman game sometime.

What??

July 14th, 2011
3:37 pm

Where are all the techies who always want to talk about how dirty UGA is?

BiggerFishToFry

July 14th, 2011
3:37 pm

We’ve got bigger fish to fry than worrying about NCAA sanctions or annual losses to UGA.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 14th, 2011
3:38 pm

This sort of thing never happens at Nebraska.

LearnToReadUGAFan

July 14th, 2011
3:39 pm

Apparently that UGA fan can’t tell the difference between 2008 and 2009…

collegeballfan

July 14th, 2011
3:40 pm

You are what you are.

If the facts as they emerge back up Bradley’s claim that Tech tried a cover up, then they will provide a new definition to the phrase “just plain dumb”.

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 14th, 2011
3:41 pm

Vacating the ACC title is like giving back your “Participant” ribbon from third grade field day at school. So what? It’s the ACC. They don’t even come close to selling out their championship games.

SRF

July 14th, 2011
3:41 pm

This is just ridiculous – $312 – really ? How about half-price night at Taco Bell ? – do we need to investigate that as well ? The manager might know an agent…

Not rawdawg

July 14th, 2011
3:42 pm

rawdawg and GT have something in common…in order to be first, they have to cheat

Cheating Nerds

July 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

CPJ must want to punch the NCAA in the face now. Remember when he was beloved at Tech? How do you cheat and still stink?

Steve

July 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

BiggerFishToFry

July 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

Here’s how Coach Paul Johnson is celebrating right now at the W in Midtown…. courtesy DD7

http://i.imgur.com/iqYg2.gif

Matt from MN

July 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

This is really, really gonna hurt this program. There had not better be even a secondary violation coming out or they are really gonna get burned by the NCAA. All I can say is, WOW.

1Jacket7

July 14th, 2011
3:44 pm

No matter how dirty Tech gets it will never be as soiled as UGA!

Bay-Bey Thomas

July 14th, 2011
3:44 pm

I just sold my 2009 ACC Champion ring on eBay for $312. Sweet action!

atler8

July 14th, 2011
3:45 pm

Carlton & Rawdog..
What was the name of the major football power that Georgia lost to in their last bowl game?
Georgia football=irrelevant & an embarrassment largely because it hasn’t sunk in on their fan base how low the program has fallen.
Florida, even in disarray & a rebuilding mode, will still take you down again.

JB

July 14th, 2011
3:45 pm

I think Paul Johnson, Mr. Arrogant and all, has some explaining to do. He knew very well that the NCAA had made contact, and here is the key statement” with enough information as to question said players eligibility”. Paul chose winning( or trying to) over the rules. And like the rules or not, that’s not the question. For now, they are the rules. He played #8. This is the results. If you remember, Richt sat AJ for the opening game, waiting on the ruling from the NCAA. Big difference.

Not Smart

July 14th, 2011
3:45 pm

how is this different from what OSU did or UNC for that matter? Both tried to cover up and both flat out lied to NCAA. While the NCAA has not officially ruled on either school, I would hate to see what they have in store..or is GT made the scapegoat b/c they are irrelevant in size and fan base. Sad day either way you cut it. But this will set a precedence for OSU and UNC penalties that are looming.

rduck

July 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

you knew the NCAA would find a non cash-cow team to make an example of and sure enough they have. OSU was allowed to play their players in the remaining games even after it was well known that the players involved were getting benefits. they reinstated Cam just before the big game even though there was smoke surrounding him that can still be seen in Carolina. the NCAA are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites that want these schools to keep lining their pockets. GT didn’t bring in the $$$ that these other programs did, so lets throw everything we can at them and see if it sticks. college football is quickly becoming a monster of a joke when it used to be the greatest game around….

OldSchoolTechFanatic

July 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

What an embarrassing day for US !!! To top it off we got a UGA lover that wrote this article !!! Wasn’t giving up the ACC 2009 title enough ?

CT_Jacket

July 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

Well DRad did come from an SEC school. I guess that’s what they teach over there. This is an embarrassment and Mr. Petersen needs to make some managerial decisions.

GT Alum

July 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

I’ll be interested to hear what Peterson and Radakovic have to say about this. Bradley, you said no one’s getting fired, but, if the persons involved in covering this up are still at Tech, they should be shown the door immediately. Maybe we wouldn’t have won the ACC title, but that’s better than winning it and having it vacated and getting 4 years of probation.

Steve

July 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

funny thing that a Nebraska “fan” has decided to post on the AJC Georgia and Georgia Tech blogs…wasn’t Nebraska the school that left its conference, because it could never beat Texas? just saying :) have a great day and a better tomorrow

GoldenRod

July 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

BiggerFishToFry, I have to admit that dancing movie of CPJ made me LOL!

We shall overcome.

1984Tech

July 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

It’s one thing to cheat and win big – Auburn – but it is another thing to cheat and still SUCK!! My God can we not do anything right? Why did we try to hide this and cover it up?

JB

July 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

Carlton, just answer me this….who has a longer lifespan: UGA 5 star RB’S or UGA the dog?? This is no way to start the 2011 season for GT but a win over the mutts in november would ease the pain even if we are winless going in. UGA 5 star players= underachievers ( just look at your record in the last 2 years as proof).

How do you rank as the #2 team in the nation in recruiting over the past decade and end up unranked in the final polls in the last 2 years? Hey, at least we didn’t win the FULMER CUP!

dragon

July 14th, 2011
3:48 pm

Talk about bad karma on so many levels.

Exactly, taking a nothing violation and turning it into a molehill. At the time they thought they might beat UGA and Iowa, so pulling bay-bay would be awful.Wasn’t it Bay-Bay who dropped the first down when tech was driving to tie or win against UGA? To think the Jackets could screw up worse than Caleb King and Ealey looks horrible.

All thing being equal, I think I’d rather have Radokovich get caught with panties in his lap.

ASG = JERKS

July 14th, 2011
3:48 pm

Gtu just soiled iteself. It’s drawers are brown with stank.

Bright Idea

July 14th, 2011
3:48 pm

Splain it to me in plain English. Did CPJ cheat?

Matt from MN

July 14th, 2011
3:48 pm

Oh, and Dawg fans, I wouldn’t be throwing any stones or parties. You know what they say about “glass houses” and all that.

Techie7

July 14th, 2011
3:49 pm

guess I’ll have to stop calling everyone else cheaters now. but our coach still can, wait, no he can’t lol

Big Ten Champs Nebraska

July 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

@ Steve

This pales in comparison to what happened at Tech. Read the above. Tech TRIED to cover this up. Nebraska reported themselves. Also, the violations were hardly enough to propel any of the programs to a decided competitive advantage. Keep trying…..Someday you just may make a point.

For those who do not wish to visit the link:

Nebraska self imposed a two-year probationary period as well as a fine because of NCAA violations pertaining to student-athletes who inadvertently received recommended course textbooks in addition to their required books. Recommended textbooks are not permissible under NCAA legislation.
Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said Tuesday that “nobody knowingly violated any rules” in regards to violations that the school recently self-reported to the NCAA.
Starting last November, NU found that a total of 238 student-athletes over a four-year span were allowed to use scholarship money to purchase “recommended” text books when only “required” are covered. Osborne said it happened due to confusion between the athletic department and the university bookstore.
“The error we made was we simply didn’t monitor the situation as we should have,” Osborne told The World-Herald.

NU also has imposed a fine of $28,000 on its athletic department.

“Essentially what we’re doing is pleading guilty to failure to monitor,” Osborne said.

Osborne used the word “embarrassing” several times during an interview in his office. It’s possible that Nebraska won’t hear back from the NCAA until at least October.

“Whether they feel we have done enough, we don’t know,” Osborne said.

JB

July 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

Funny to see all the Techie’s scream about Auburn now, for after our loss to them, and the way that game was played, They told us to just shut up and take our licking….Auburn was all clean and all. I pin this on Paul Johnson…Not some third rail distant booster.

Look on the bright side

July 14th, 2011
3:51 pm

When you look at the whole picture, Georgia Tech runs a very clean program, with athletes who are real students.

On the other hand, the athletic history of UGA is full of so many sordid, sleazy incidents – dating back to Vince Dooley and continuing through Mark Richt – that it’s impossible to overlook. The school has come to stand for drunkenness and lawlessness, coddling of illiterate athletes who should never have been admitted to college, and rampant cheating by coaches.

UGA has made the state a laughingstock with its reputation as one big party school with copious job opportunities for bail bondsman, and decent people are fed up with this. Get rid of the illiterate, undisciplined drunks and felons that Mark Richt recruits, and get rid of Richt too. Even with these illiterate low class morons, he can’t even win the division, much less the SEC, so what’s the point.

I’ll take Tech over the sleazy program in Athens.

ToccoaDawg

July 14th, 2011
3:51 pm

Mark, where were you during the investigation? you run with every little thing on UGa where were you on this?

techfan

July 14th, 2011
3:52 pm

Did we really just lose an ACC championship and 100 grand because of players supposedly getting 312 dollars worth of stuff? Ill wait to hear what DRad has to say but I can’t say my opinion of him is very high right now. This crap may be the norm at SEC schools, but don’t bring it over here.

John

July 14th, 2011
3:52 pm

Mark:

Why does Tech suffer punishment for repeat offender. The previous offenses were committed 5 years prior, and under different coach, staff, and AD’s watch?? The current athletic department had nothing to the previous offenses? Also we self reported the previous offenses, because they were legitimate mistakes.