‘Pocket dialing,’ inadvertent texts result in NCAA violations for UGA

“Pocket dialing” and inadvertent text messages have generated a pile of paperwork for Georgia, the SEC and the NCAA the past two months.

According to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday afternoon via the Freedom of Information Act, UGA had to report six secondary violations in five sports since April. Two of those violations were inadvertently committed in one instance last month by head football coach Mark Richt.

In Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s letter of explanation to the SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, dated May 27, he explains that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of football prospect Jordan Jenkins of Harris County on May 26th (text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school). In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2.

Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidently replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how the majority of your schools’ compliance time and resources are spent. During this same time period, UGA had to report:

  • Men’s basketball assistant coach Kwanza Johnson sent an impermissible text to prospect Robert Carter of Thomasville on April 25. Johnson immediately reported to the UGA complaince office that he had intended to send the note to Carter via his phone’s email function (email is permissible). Nonetheless, UGA self-imposed a 30-day communication ban in May and prohibited Johnson from phoning prospects for two weeks, which the SEC accepted without adding penalties.
  • A softball assistant coach had to report calling a prospect’s mother twice in the same week. The second call was a “pocket dial,” according to the letter of explanation. No further penalties were imposed.
  • New volleyball coach Lizzy Stemke self-reported sending what was determined to be an impermissible email to a UGA alum who has a “prospect-aged daughter” in high school. UGA self-imposed a penalty prohibiting it from sending recruiting materials to said prospect for a period 60 days this fall.
  • A gymnastics team trainer sent a text to a signee advising her about a medical exam and dorm assignment before her signed national letter-of-intent had been processed. No penalties were extended.

Georgia’s football program has had to report at least two other secondary violations this year. In March, it reported that the use of a “missing-man formation” during Isaiah Crowell’s official visit in January violated the NCAA’s rule forbidding game-day simulations. Also, in February the Bulldogs had to report a violation when former players Randall Godfrey and David Pollack attended the late-January announcement of eventual signee Ray Drew in Thomasville.

263 comments Add your comment

red&silver

June 16th, 2011
5:26 am

John Galt

June 16th, 2011
5:44 am

Silly- The NCAA monitors this foolishness yet allows a semi-pro QB play and win a national championship. Pathetic.

FalconUGAFan

June 16th, 2011
5:46 am

Off with their heads! Off with their heads!

SidVicious

June 16th, 2011
5:49 am

I think this football staff has shown the tendency the last 2 years or so to committ a secondary violation in order to help with a recruit. It’s like its easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission.

German Shepherd Dawg

June 16th, 2011
6:11 am

Sid Vicious,

Not much smarter than the real deal, are we?

Pocket dialing and accidental replies is a secondary violation done intentionally?

I hate calling people names, so I’ll just say goodbye.

SidVicious

June 16th, 2011
6:12 am

Remember Crowell and the missing man formation on the practice field right under their staffs nose? Those are the types of things that I think will get them in trouble if they aren’t real careful. All you have to do is look norht to the problems at UT.Kiffin was blasted for committing several secondary violations,then he slips up and committs a major. In his eye the secondary was worth the risk if it got you a recruit.

59bulldawg

June 16th, 2011
6:23 am

The Apple Dumpling Gang strikes again!

Welcome home

June 16th, 2011
6:29 am

I’m glad to see that the NCAA is right on top of things; meanwhile The Ohio State football program is running amok. It’s like a crewman polishing brass while the Titanic is sinking.

Paddy

June 16th, 2011
7:00 am

Silly. This story can’t be real can it? CMR and others are adults. Let them coach and stop making them run to the pricipal’s office for demerit points. I didn’t think this was possible in the real world after the age of 16. Silly!!!!!!!!!!

Beast from the East

June 16th, 2011
7:06 am

How many secondary violations like these are committed daily across the country? 10, 100, 1000? How’d you like to be a compliance officer at a major university? They should have a salary that rivals the head coaches’. LOL!

PJ

June 16th, 2011
7:18 am

It sounds like Mark Richt hasn’t figured out how to use a Blackberry.

Top Dawg

June 16th, 2011
7:35 am

I’m still worried about the NCAA eliminating kickoffs.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 16th, 2011
7:44 am

And now we know why the NCAA enforcement book of rules, is almost 300 pages. I am surprised that we don’t have to report if a recruit uses the restroom facilities on campus, if he visits, officially or unofficially. I guess we should be thankful that we self reported these errors and terrible violations. And we wonder why it takes the NCAA 5 years to actually settle major cases of non-compliance in the NCAA. Of course they fall back on the old line, “We don’t have the staff to keep up”. Here’s an idea, don,t make everything short of breathing air on the campus, some type of violation.

JB

June 16th, 2011
7:48 am

Boy, right up there with Ohio St. Type mess. I think the NCAA ought to send 4 or 5 field officers in and dismantle Richt’s Blackberry, Call in the entire athletic staff and polygraph them.
Institutional control has been lost……..Hit the wrong button on a blackberry. I bet money was wired also………………..GEEZ.

How the heck do you...

June 16th, 2011
7:53 am

…inadvertently send a TEXT? You had to type out the stuff, so this stuff has to lie, after lie, after lie – and I am a season ticket holder – sounds like McGarrity is a cover-up guy that learned his trade well at UF…

rock steady freddy

June 16th, 2011
7:56 am

In other news; au and osu are paying players and committing several thousand violations daily.

JB

June 16th, 2011
7:56 am

Richt could learn a lot from Chisnik. Now, hats off to winning it all on the field, but to recruit, Richt needs himself a Trooper Taylor, A duffle bag, and a source for cash and a good car and flashlight for meeting in alley ways at night. Turn that phone off. It’s traceable.

This is why whe shouldn't have a holiday called Kwanza

June 16th, 2011
8:09 am

•Men’s basketball assistant coach Kwanza Johnson sent an impermissible text to prospect Robert Carter of Thomasville on April 25.

JB

June 16th, 2011
8:10 am

79 days till kick off. This will be an event changing year in Athens. Either Richt wins and gets an extension…..or we end up starting a new era in Athens in 2012……..

Dentaldawg

June 16th, 2011
8:11 am

NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2 Blows

This is why whe shouldn't have a holiday called Kwanza

June 16th, 2011
8:12 am

JB Duffle bag or cash? How about giving them Hershel’s Trans Am that Vince gave him?

JB

June 16th, 2011
8:14 am

It’s in a glass case next to his Heisman, that’s why….LOL

JB

June 16th, 2011
8:17 am

Also, Vince was an Auburn man…. Learned the Auburn way…….. The trans am was boosters far removed from Vince or staff…..Or known as the “Auburn Way”

Rabid Dawg'84

June 16th, 2011
8:21 am

Chip, how many scholarships can UGA fill in FEB 2012?

lawdawg

June 16th, 2011
8:24 am

The most worrisome takeaway from this story is that Mark Richt has no idea how to use the text forwarding feature of a cell phone. Lol.

This is why whe shouldn't have a holiday called Kwanza

June 16th, 2011
8:24 am

1eyedJack

June 16th, 2011
8:32 am

Coach Richt was “Wienerized”.

JB

June 16th, 2011
8:32 am

Rabid Dawg………It was reported on here the other day that Mark said 18. The AJC writer, I believe Bill King stated that the number may jump to 20 after the season based on draft declarations.

JB

June 16th, 2011
8:35 am

What’s happened to the story about the Justice dept. asking the NCAA Why no playoff in Div 1 football? I guess the killing of OBL and the Weiner story have taken over the headlines.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 16th, 2011
8:37 am

Rabid DAWG,

Good question, I am wondering that myself. I think CMR said back a couple of months ago that there were 18 to offer for 2012, but I saw an article , I think in Yard barker(?) that said he actually could get the full compliment of 25, so I am confused. 25 would be nice, so we could really load up on some OL’s, WR’s and a few more secondary people. CMR may have been hoping to sign 18 this year and use any open ones for spring entry next year. If I understand the rule change now though, the spring guys could against the upcoming years total now, so they could not be added to the previous year, even if you did not fill all of your scholarships for the previous year. I might be wrong though since the rules seem a little confusing to me.

Mr. iPhone

June 16th, 2011
8:40 am

Good thing Coach Richt doesn’t have an iPhone. I had 4 pocket call just yesterday. Does any one know if I need to report these pocket calls to the NCAA?

JB

June 16th, 2011
8:46 am

John Stossel of Fox news wants Wiener to run for President and wants to be his VP………The campaign would be……………………………..Wiener-Stossel……………….OK, Slow morning.

Wolfman

June 16th, 2011
8:49 am

Does anyone believe that he doesn’t know how to use his Blackberry??

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 16th, 2011
8:49 am

JB,

LOL, a real slow one is it? LOL. Wonder what the campaign slogan might be?

BG

June 16th, 2011
8:52 am

This was silly to report on.

UGA

June 16th, 2011
8:56 am

How many secondary violations have we had in the past couple of years??? Sounds like we are really good at violating minor offenses while staying away from majors! Richt seems to do an awful lot of stuff inadverdently! LOL

GA-AU

June 16th, 2011
8:59 am

Nothing to see here….The NCAA rules are to much at times.

Captain

June 16th, 2011
8:59 am

What are the chances the AJC requests similar info from GT? Duh! The beat writer for GT is a fan, God forbid he send a FOI request to the GT Athletic Dept. The AJC history of favoring GT continues, fostered by Furman Bisher, perpetuated by Norman Arey, continues today.

Come on AJC, if you are going to request Information from the Georgia Athletic Dept and publish these stories can you at least “attempt” to be fair by treating GT with the same regard?

Stinger

June 16th, 2011
9:01 am

Here comes the DEATH SENTENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO

Magic Jack

June 16th, 2011
9:01 am

Seems like silly regulations. But wait; we wouldn’t need regulatory bodies if everyone played by the rules.

South Georgia Man

June 16th, 2011
9:02 am

How is it that an ex colledge football player can’t attend a signing of intent but there are a lot of pictures in newspapers where a student signed with a school and had a coach from the colledge they were signing with in the picture. NCAA knows how to lock down JOB SECURITY!!! Go Ray Drew!!!! :)

Really Chip?

June 16th, 2011
9:05 am

Chip – stop trying to create a stir – typical media. It is humerous that you failed to mention that EVERY NCAA school sends in these reports regulary. This is a very low attempt to take a shot UGA and your credibility as a report is questionable. Chip you are better than this, or at least I thought so.

[...] Georgia coach sent an impermissible text to a UK target, reports the AJC. (h/t All Ky Hoops) [...]

Dawgs Tell

June 16th, 2011
9:10 am

NCAA is an association that is a money making machine.Create rules and regulations then decide who should follow and who gets a free ride.Man,I need to get in on this revenue generator.Wish they would go public and I could but stock.OH I forgot; they are a non-profit!! Ha-HA

TallaDawg

June 16th, 2011
9:10 am

I am a huge UGA fan, but are these coaches technological idiots?

schmeckdawg

June 16th, 2011
9:11 am

Hilarious! With what is going on at schools like The Olieo State University, UGA has to report improper text messages. Gimme a break!!!!!

boise bulldog

June 16th, 2011
9:14 am

Just turn the division 1 into semi-pro, let the pro teams pay for it, and get it out of the university costs. No more NCAA stupid rules and running around holier than thou. Hell I screw up with my Blackberry all the time.

It is what it is

June 16th, 2011
9:19 am

What a waste of time..

Sir Barks A Lot

June 16th, 2011
9:20 am

Hey – the rules are the rules – and not matter how silly – they are in place because coaches and programshave abused a prior system.

How many times did Lane Kiffin have accidental communications with a recruit?

Need to track and report all communications – it sad – but the overall lack of integrity in college recruiting is evident.

Now about the joke we call the NCAA.
They are a huge part of the problem – here is yet another example:
– Will the NCAA force Ohio State to vacate their bowl victory over Arkansas?
– Why were players – who were caught violating rules – selling or trading memorabilia allowed to play in the bowl game?
– How fair is that to players and coaches on the opposing team that are playing by the rules?
– How fair is that to AJ GREEN and UGA?
– Any school that has a player breaking a rule now has a great arguement to the NCAA that they will allow their player to finish out the current seeason – and defer game suspensions until the next season. If the player does not return – it’s on the player – not the school.

What is the NCAA going to do now that T. Pryor is bolting OSU – and not having to sit out any games – but will be collecting a paycheck.from the NFL?

The NCAA played in a big part in creating this mess because they picked bowl ratings and happy sponsors and money over integrity. Now they are going to point fingers at OSU?????

Also – OSU and the NCAA denied an opportunity for the back-ups to step up for their school on a big stage. Maybe Arkansas would have won – does not matter,

Remember when GT beat a Lorenzo White led Michigan State with a back-up QB as their starter was suspended for missing curfew?

Here is what the NCAA should do:
– Vacate the OSU victory.
– Terminate the NCAA executives involved in this blunder.
– For OSU – no bowls for 2 years – no TV for 2 years – no champioship game appearance for 3 years – vacate wins for 2010 – 30 scholarship reductions over 3 years.

Mobile Dawg

June 16th, 2011
9:21 am

Hopefully some, or most of you pay as much attention to what’s going on with our country’s leadership, or lack of, as you do to this trivial nonsense. It’s beyond time to take our country back, let’s just enjoy football for what it is, “entertainment”. Imagine how much “time and money” are wasted on such ignorance and a lack of common sense. We’re regulating ourselves right out of existence. Enjoy your day fellow Dawgs and Americans.