UGA reports nine secondary violations

Georgia has self-reported nine secondary violations of NCAA rules this year — a list of transgressions that provides a glimpse into the minutiae of the NCAA rulebook.

The violations, revealed in response to an open-records request by the AJC, cover a range of sports — a football coach returning a call to a high school junior, basketball recruits sitting in the wrong seats in Stegeman Coliseum, a track-and-field recruit being reimbursed an extra 5 cents per mile.

All crossed the line of NCAA bylaws.

Schools routinely self-report secondary violations to the NCAA, which defines them as inadvertent missteps that don’t create a significant competitive advantage. Georgia’s nine violations since Jan. 1 are a typical number for that time period; UGA reported 10 in the final six months of last year.

“Not to make any excuses, but the NCAA manual is over 400 pages thick, with other interpretations out there too,” said Eric Baumgartner, Georgia’s assistant athletics director for compliance. “I think sometimes it does get bogged down into the minutiae, but certainly on some of [the violations] I think they are preventable.”

Baungartner said all of the violations reported this year came to light internally, usually because coaches called them to the compliance department’s attention..

“It’s a great process we have,” Baumgartner said, “in that coaches are comfortable enough to say, ‘Hey, I made a mistake; I’m letting you know.’”

Georgia’s nine violations, only one involving the football program, provide a primer on the intricacies of NCAA rules:

  • A football coach, not identified in the documents, returned a missed telephone call to an unfamiliar number that turned out to be the cellphone of a recruit who was a junior in high school. That violated NCAA rules because it was before the permissible time period for calling juniors. The case has not been resolved.
  • A men’s basketball coach participated in a TV interview while a recruit’s game played in the background. The case was resolved with “rules education” for the coach.
  • Women’s basketball recruits on an unofficial visit were provided seats “outside the general seating area” of Stegeman Coliseum by a parent of a current player. NCAA rules allow prospects to sit in the general seating area but not in premium seats. Resolution: rules education.
  • The baseball team had 36 players receive financial aid or participate in a game — one above the limit. The case remains open, but Baumgartner said a typical penalty would be to have the number of permitted players reduced by two next season (to 33).
  • A track coach replied to a text message from a prospect, breaking the rule against sending texts to recruits. It would have been OK to reply if the message had been an e-mail. The case remains open.
  • A visiting track recruit was reimbursed for mileage at last year’s rate of 55 cents per mile instead of this year’s rate of 50 cents. Resolution: The difference — about $7, Baumgartner said — was returned to UGA and donated to charity.
  • A women’s tennis coach publicly commented on a walk-on player before she was admitted to UGA. Resolution: rules education.
  • A men’s tennis coach watched a recruit “participate in recreational activities” during an official visit to campus. The case is pending.
  • A member of the equestrian team participated in a competition before completing the repayment of prize money she had won. Baumgartner said student-athletes sometimes agree to repayment plans to gain NCAA eligibility and that in this instance one payment remained. The case is pending.

    202 comments Add your comment

    Eisendawg

    June 11th, 2010
    8:27 am

    I’m not gonna say it

    richtfan

    June 11th, 2010
    8:28 am

    this very garbage is why the NCAA needs to be put out of business from “regulating” colleges so much. to have a 400 page rulebook to begin with is absurd.

    1eyedJack

    June 11th, 2010
    8:29 am

    Nothing really to comment on, but I guess as soon as the Techies get up and about we’ll hear how we are cheating.

    Eisendawg

    June 11th, 2010
    8:31 am

    Wonder if ol Lame Kiffin still considers it his “dream” job?

    BuLLdawg

    June 11th, 2010
    8:31 am

    If NCAA rules applied to everyday people, 100% of the population would be in jail. Heck, I’d be on death row

    OEJ

    June 11th, 2010
    8:32 am

    this is news why…I guess he wants Tech fans to start talking **** about what seems to be nothing to me.

    tar and feathers party

    June 11th, 2010
    8:34 am

    What about all those Chevy el Dorado’s being driven by players? All the free meals in fancy places? All the expensive clothes and shoes? Where is the ghost of Jan Kemp when we need her? Oh, all minor violations?

    SEC fan

    June 11th, 2010
    8:34 am

    This and yet UT has HoestessGate and the NCAA doesn’t even issue a secondary violation? What gives? NCAA enforcement is a real head scratcher.

    Billy

    June 11th, 2010
    8:36 am

    Whether or not the NCAA and its “400 page rule book” is absurd is another topic to discuss. Rules are in place for a reason and we must follow these rules.

    Glen Ulrici

    June 11th, 2010
    8:36 am

    No problem, nicely done-

    Steve

    June 11th, 2010
    8:37 am

    This is the exact reason that secondary rules violations should not even be reported in the media. These are beyond absurd and the average BCS conference school averaged close to 11 last year according to NCAA stats. The average FBS (D1a) schools averaged just over 13, which tells me the big schools are actually controlling these little rules better than the small ones.

    To only have 9 of these is better than the average peer school. I wish the AJC would post the list of schools and their number of secondary violations just to show that UGA is actually below the norm.

    GT Fan

    June 11th, 2010
    8:38 am

    LOL and you UGA fans thought your program was clean lol I know it was to good to be true. Go Jackets!

    Natalie

    June 11th, 2010
    8:39 am

    Cheating in Athens. This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

    Bulldog59

    June 11th, 2010
    8:41 am

    Steve, well said.

    SOOHSO

    June 11th, 2010
    8:42 am

    No comment. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Marzha

    June 11th, 2010
    8:42 am

    This is just the tip of the iceberg for UGA, where cheating is a way of life.

    Sickening. The public would go apesh*t if they knew about all the crap that goes on at UGA.

    Remarkable

    June 11th, 2010
    8:43 am

    Some of these infractions are understandable, but some are down right lame. A football coach returning a missed call to an unknown number is a violation? You can return an e-mail but not a text? Coaches can’t coment on players untill they are actually taking classes? Come on, give me a break.

    Ogre

    June 11th, 2010
    8:44 am

    Glad to see Tech fans are still upset that UGA owns them.

    Joran van Der Sloot

    June 11th, 2010
    8:44 am

    Those NCAA commissioners better hope I never catch them going through my laptop trying to look up info on me…….we all know the penalty for that. I am in jail in Peru and even I know that UGA sucks.

    RxDawg

    June 11th, 2010
    8:45 am

    I’m thinking of something to say and……I got nothing.

    Remarkable

    June 11th, 2010
    8:45 am

    Get real GT Fan. GT Coaches probally don’t make mistakes like returning phone calls.

    Oh yeah, GT Fan...

    June 11th, 2010
    8:46 am

    …these are really major rule breakers…”if it had been an email instead of a text it would have been OK” – are you freakin’ kidding me???????

    blord

    June 11th, 2010
    8:47 am

    Not to worry St. Mark will raise his hand and everything will be cured. Ugay tells on itself on these minor violations so the NCAA won’t investigate the major ones that Gardner and his crew do everyday.

    George P Burdell

    June 11th, 2010
    8:47 am

    As a “Techie”, I do not think this was cheating or even newsworthy. As Dan Radakovich has said, if a school has no secondary violations to report, then the school’s compliance people are not doing their job. Nor do I think think this is “NCAA garbage”. The NCAA has to rely on strong compliance programs within each school. Self reporting of violations is the best way to see if a school is doing its job of policing itself. Otherwise, competitive coaches will find ways to bend or break rules.

    Sucks to be Lane Kiffin

    June 11th, 2010
    8:47 am

    Georgia cheats AND still cant win…

    BG

    June 11th, 2010
    8:48 am

    WOW, This makes the news!!!!

    BG

    June 11th, 2010
    8:50 am

    Blord it’s Garner you homo.

    Russ, the Temporary Mascot

    June 11th, 2010
    8:50 am

    Add to that the painting of a little dog’s a$$ when all the little dog was trying to do was be the best possible mascot. That has to be a violation of NCAA rules. I feel violated.

    Big Dude

    June 11th, 2010
    8:51 am

    Where to start…OK, the NCAA is pathetic. The fact that collehe sports ( football) garners millions of dollars per season and that the NCAA penalizes the very students who make this revenue flow..lets call these actions what they really are…criminal. So you want to penalize these kids who are doing their job, while the boosters, agents and pro teams are ’scouting’ them with perks..? these are kids!!! Punish the tempters.. not the tempted! Talk about backasswards…!

    Fillin' Up @ Juniors

    June 11th, 2010
    8:52 am

    I am sure Tech has just as many of these minor infractions as does UGA…There is a big difference between this kind of stuff and what USC got caught doing yesterday…I take it that the three people who responded so far with “UGA Cheats” didn’t actually read the article. As a Tech fan it would be great for us if UGA actually got caught cheating, but something tells me that is not Richt’s style…

    Natalies husband

    June 11th, 2010
    8:55 am

    Natalie! What did I tell you about posting on this blog. Now get back to making me breakfast in the kitchen, where you belong!

    mgdawg

    June 11th, 2010
    8:58 am

    I’m a UGA fan, but the baseball one was just dumb, the coach was trying to get away with it and figured out that he couldn’t. The track and field one where the coach received the text and responded was dumb, that rule is straightforward. All the other stuff is petty; however, the baseball and track and field coach need to shape up.

    gdawginkalamazoo

    June 11th, 2010
    9:00 am

    I can definitely see where there was no competitive advantage for the baseball team’s infraction.

    The equestrian error may strip them of the title. I guess we will see in about four years which is the average length of an NCAA investigation. Of course the rider involved would have by then won the Kentucky Derby and the World Championship Rodeo. Only to have it tarnished by the $25 won at the Calhoun County Fair barrel race.

    4 ncs are better than 1

    June 11th, 2010
    9:01 am

    This is nothing new, remember Jan Kemp and Jim Harrick? They have always cheated.

    Chuck Allison

    June 11th, 2010
    9:01 am

    Ogre, Tech and UGag played 3 baseball games against each other this year. Do you remember if UGag won even one of them? Nope!

    Hugo Chavez

    June 11th, 2010
    9:02 am

    In my country we would shut down this NCAA.

    Que tal los peros!

    destin dawg

    June 11th, 2010
    9:02 am

    crazy small minor infractions !!!!????? happens to all teams…..

    GT Dog

    June 11th, 2010
    9:02 am

    To the Joran poser….you’re a real class act.

    Ted Striker

    June 11th, 2010
    9:03 am

    Move along folks, nothing to see here…

    gdawginkalamazoo

    June 11th, 2010
    9:04 am

    Burdell, well said.

    4 ncs are better than 1

    June 11th, 2010
    9:04 am

    Why can’t a team that has so much talent ever win big?

    GT Cheaters

    June 11th, 2010
    9:06 am

    GTech cheats all the time in recruiting but they keep it covered up.

    4 ncs are better than 1

    June 11th, 2010
    9:06 am

    CMR has more talent than 99% of the teams they play, and still can’t get it done.

    Dawg 1

    June 11th, 2010
    9:08 am

    OK, I continue to bite. This wasn’t even news worthy, but the AJC has ‘headlines’ down to a science. Their advertising revenue for AJC.Com depends on how many people they can get to the site and then ‘hit’ the different banners.

    DawginLex

    June 11th, 2010
    9:08 am

    9 minor infractions? What a joke.

    Tech has them too nerds.

    KA

    June 11th, 2010
    9:09 am

    Oh, so awful to let a prospect actually SEE the team they are considering joining … what’s wrong with having them sit in seats behind the scorer, or on the floor in the premium seats? Heck, I think that should be the RULE – the coaches have to make those seats available, so that the kids can really see their prospective teammates in action.

    Eisendawg

    June 11th, 2010
    9:09 am

    Is “Blord” short for blow hard?

    ATL

    June 11th, 2010
    9:09 am

    Who cheats and still loses to Kentucky! Pathetic.

    4 ncs are better than 1

    June 11th, 2010
    9:10 am

    Look at CMR’s signining classes and you would think his results should be on line with teams like USC, TX, LSU, OU, FLA, AL,OSU, etc.

    lance

    June 11th, 2010
    9:11 am

    Who cares. Just WIN!