UGA hit with Level I secondary violation for inadvertent text messages

The SEC has determined that the text messages Georgia coach Mark Richt inadvertently sent to the father of an elite in-state recruit in May constituted a Level I secondary violation of NCAA rules.

That’s the bad news. The good news is UGA was granted relief from the standard minimum penalty associated with Level I violations “based on the fact there was no content to the text messages,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive reported in a July 6 letter to the NCAA. The letter was obtained by the AJC through a Freedom of Information request.

Georgia has yet to hear back from the NCAA approving the SEC’s actions, but that is considered a formality.

“We have nothing to say on this subject,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said.

In McGarity’s May 27 letter of explanation to Slive, he reports that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins on May 26th. Jenkins is considered by many the top prospect in Georgia. 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 Richt if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation.

Level I secondary violations are more serious than Level II violations. But this particular violation was considered Level I only because it involved inpermissible contact of a recruit.

259 comments Add your comment

Spike 80DF

July 30th, 2011
3:05 pm

at least we didn’t lie about it and try to cover it up like another program i can think of……

hot diggidy damn

July 30th, 2011
3:10 pm

All of this is BS! I’m so tired of these BS violations. The NCAA is a crock of sht and so is Mike Slive. I cant stand that btard.

GT Fan

July 30th, 2011
3:13 pm

GT never lied dip stick. They just did something they weren’t supposed to do. Richt did the same thing here. He did something he wasn’t supposed to do. Tech did everything he NCAA asked except for not telling Paul Johnson.

Get the facts numbnuts.

jacket31

July 30th, 2011
3:20 pm

Good response GT Fan, but since he probably can’t READ, is the reason why he did not understand what actually happened. AS a matter of fact, half of the Georgia Team can’t read.

SEC Football Expert

July 30th, 2011
3:22 pm

Being a long time observer of SEC football, I have determined that the most ignorant fan base belongs to Bama. They are obsessed with Auburn and will not accept the fact that Auburn has beaten them seven of the last nine games. They need to move on and get use to it. At least Bama is bettter than UAB and Troy. have a nice day, Spike. P.S. I’m not an Auburn fan. either.

sandyspringsjacket

July 30th, 2011
3:22 pm

rev richt needs to learn to use that complicated new fangled phone device.

srUGA

July 30th, 2011
3:24 pm

GT fan, I may be going out a limb but Spike may having been referring to Ohio St. Don’t be so paranoid.

JE

July 30th, 2011
3:25 pm

One day the college programs are going to say “get lost” to the NCAA and form another organization. Rules are necessary for all but some rules were developed because someone in the past just blatantly broke rules and thought they would not get caught. So now NCAA looks at “Jaywalking” as a “Felony”. Somewhere there has to be common sense about some things. It certainly incourages some not to report incidents like this just to prevent the time taken to report and explain….Then the NCAA takes forever to decide on the simple things like this. What a Dud organization

Will

July 30th, 2011
3:26 pm

Actually GT Fan and jacket31, Tech was punished for not cooperating with the NCAA investigation, not merely rule breaking. Nice spin, though.

Suck on those facts.

P. Bull Terrier

July 30th, 2011
3:26 pm

I wonder why GT Fan is so sensitive. No one said anything about Ga Tech. Spike 80DF was probably talking about Ohio State when he mentioned a program that lied.

dawg from a distance

July 30th, 2011
3:28 pm

Jenkins just needs to be a part of Dream Team the sequal.

brick

July 30th, 2011
3:28 pm

GT fan, you seem to be forgetting that the NCAA specifically told the AD not to mention it to CPJ. Thats why Tech had to vacate their title, not because the kids did or did not get clothes. If your AD hadn’t warned CPJ, who ultimately informed his players Tech would have probably kept their championship, be upset with YOUR AD, he is the reason for your penalities.

srUGA

July 30th, 2011
3:30 pm

Good one “jacket”, the UGA fan base is now humbled and put back in it’s place! Now run along back to your chess club. Hear that’s where chicks are!

NCAA Gangster

July 30th, 2011
3:33 pm

We go after these kind of violations and drop the hammer on them, just like we did with AJ last year. I will look the other way when your dad asks for 180K if I see that you can make me some money too. Why do you think we just let tOSU get away with what they did. What do you think we’re going to do to BAMA, not a dam* thing. Their players can get all the suits and money they want for their signed memorabilia just as long as they’re a top 5 team. We do what’s in our best interest. We only care about the schools that make us the most money. Deal with it.

Spike 80DF

July 30th, 2011
3:35 pm

wow GT Fan, sensitive or what? maybe you should “get the facts” since i wasn’t talking about your irrelevant program. i was talking about OSU but i guess i should be more specific with all the NCAA violations flying around these days.

Poopdawg

July 30th, 2011
3:35 pm

Nice article, life changing for sure. WTF. I can’t believe this is newsworthy.

DJ

July 30th, 2011
3:47 pm

Thank god for Ohio St, allows a couple of you boobs to be funny and say that’s who you were referring to. And talk about lying, please, I get it being an accident once (really I don’t, but I’ll play along), but that Einstein coach of yours did it twice. Tell the truth and say that you texted the kid or his father intentionally. Instead, you expect everyone to believe that stupid “accidental” crap. That just shows how lame the NCAA is. It’s okay to break the rules, it’s just how you explain it and “cooperate” while doing so that matters. And for the record, I think getting in trouble for texting is silly, but that’s not the point. If you don’t think it’s a lie to say it was an accident then you really are troubled.

And I also agree that our AD screwed up royally, and I think somebody within our department should answer to this. Even if the punishment (vacating the title) doesn’t fit the crime it’s still inexcusable. But hey, at least our AD didn’t drive around drunk with somebody other than his wife’s panties in his lap….remember Dawgies, he could have killed somebody that night. Now you tell me, which high ranking official at the two institutions screwed up worse in the grand scheme of things? Remember, be witty with your BS answers.

Vacated gt fan

July 30th, 2011
3:50 pm

But we beat UGA last year or was that the year before.

Oh well, we are the smartest people on the planet earth.

And I girl friends parents all own a Dairy Queen. (When you see the dot you saved a lot)

Pulpwud Smif

July 30th, 2011
3:55 pm

Of course the kid’s dad sent the text. You don’t really think one of Mark Richt’s recruits can read, do you.

One day, all of Richt’s cheating and sleaze will come back to haunt dawgturds. For now, I guess the people of this state will just have to put with the continuing embarrassment of Saint Mark and his gang.

Spike 80DF

July 30th, 2011
3:55 pm

DJ, what’s with the 3rd grade name calling from you and the other Classy tech fans when i wasn’t even talking about you to begin with? You’re a joke. Yea, I bet a BLANK text really gave us an inside track to signing this guy.

Remember when damon evans got fired for that? Keep comparing yourself to the Dawgs like usual and you’ll never measure up.

Poopdawg

July 30th, 2011
3:58 pm

DJ your a dumb ass.

gt is pure as the virgin snow

July 30th, 2011
4:01 pm

NCAA:
“Tech attempted to “manipulate the information surrounding potential violations.” Claims that the school “hindered efforts to get to the truth.” Claims that former general counsel Randy Nordin, “adopted an obstructionist approach”

Livorna

July 30th, 2011
4:01 pm

Sure it was an accident. Just like the red panties were an accident.

Zoli

July 30th, 2011
4:03 pm

Pulbwud Smif: Dude…I’d be willing to bet they could read better than you!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

July 30th, 2011
4:04 pm

LOL. I love the “except” from GT Fan. I guess Auburn did everything right “except” pay Cecil $200k. How’s that logic?

BG

July 30th, 2011
4:09 pm

UGA’s violations are petty compared to other SEC teams.

ScoutDawg

July 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

Cheatin’ nerds want to compare pocket texts, “with NO substance”, to misleading the NCAA. I thought nerds were smarter.

Spike 80DF

July 30th, 2011
4:10 pm

Q: What do GT Fan, DJ, and jacket31 have in common with UGA fans?

A: They’re all OBSESSED with Bulldog Football!!!

Repeat Offender

July 30th, 2011
4:11 pm

“In 2005, Tech went on two years’ probation because it used 17 athletes in four sports (11 in football) that it should have ruled academically ineligible. It lost scholarships and was forced to vacate rules. Now it has been hit with four years’ probation in football and basketball, fined $100,000 and must vacate records from the last three games of the 2009 football season (including the ACC title-game win over Clemson) because it acted stupidly when confronted with charges of using an ineligible player (Demaryius Thomas)”

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Summit Dawg

July 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

Hey GT Fan & Jacket 31……They read well enough to whip Techs Asses on the Gridiron!!!!!

Win P.

July 30th, 2011
4:29 pm

Jacket31 @3:21pm. I recall a Tech Student/Athlete who could not count, so they made him a quarterback.

Paddy

July 30th, 2011
4:51 pm

Spike 80DF…..The program you said that lied must have been Ohio St. Ga Tech was never acussed of lying to the NCAA.

Go Dawgs

GtDawg

July 30th, 2011
5:01 pm

always a plus when Dad want to know CAMP dates.

ViningsMike

July 30th, 2011
5:25 pm

Tech lies and cheats and still trys to get away with it. They need to shut up and quit whining and take their medicine. Bye Bye championship and trophy.

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TRUE Dawgfan

July 30th, 2011
5:37 pm

So what exactly do you Techies think CMR stood to gain by sending a blank text? You guys are all so smart , so please explain this to all of us other dumb people?

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2011
5:41 pm

The person under pressure this year is Richt…..not Crowell. Go 2-0 at the start and Richt becomes a super hero in Athens…..and summer dreamland becomes fall fantasyland leading into Jacksonville. Go 1-1 and beat Boise but lose to SC….and the noise in the system is obvious….but not Richt house burning time yet. Go 1-1 and beat SC and the rumblings die down and the summer dreams rekindle themselves….”we just need to beat the Gators now…and we can still with the national title.” Go 0-2….and Richt will have to get protection from the Athens police just to get to campus. When is kickoff?

Poopdawg

July 30th, 2011
5:41 pm

Beast , maybe Muschamp text hIs dad 3 times?

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

P.S……when do silly stories like this stop and stories on player progress begin? Not long now until fall practice begins for all of us….and less of these type of stories, I hope.

UGA Student

July 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

Maybe coach Richt should attend some of UGA’s more boring classes, plenty of students would be thrilled to teach him how to use his phone rather than listen to a boring grad student.

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2011
5:47 pm

dawg from a distance…….

Georgia is not even in the picture now with Jenkins. It is between Florida and Bama….and afgter Friday Night Lights…..everything appears to be Orange and Blue with him…..and it does not hurt that one of his best friends from Stephenson has already committed to the Gators. He also bonded, big time, with Ronald Powell…..who plays the same position as Jenkins….and he would come in a replace Powell after Powell leaves for the NFL after his Jr. year…..but would get one year to play with and learn from Powell. Bama will still make a run, however. But it is between those two now.

Poopdawg

July 30th, 2011
5:50 pm

Tampagator , what is your prediction on Brantley’s year at QB? How long before Driscoll plays?

SSIgator

July 30th, 2011
5:51 pm

Well, one thing Richt should not do after he is canned as a football coach is to apply for a job at the Verizon store. What a dummy.

Andy in Macon

July 30th, 2011
5:54 pm

All this GT talk and osession with Evans and the red panties reminds meof the movie sixteen panties! Evans would be crowned king of the geeks at Tech for being the only one to have ever seen a girl’s panties!

Andy in Macon

July 30th, 2011
5:55 pm

Oh and I’ve had a former UGA OL speak for my organization and he did a fanastic job

Tampa Gator

July 30th, 2011
5:56 pm

“I talked to him (Jenkins) about it (at Friday Night Lights).” Williams said. “Everybody was trying to get him. He said it was between either Florida or Alabama, but I got a good feeling he will (be a Gator).”

….Quinteze Williams, Stephenson DE and Florida commit.

PoopDawg……

My prediction…..he will pee in his pants in game one and Tyler Murphy will come in and win the game for Florida…..and…he will then start again against Ala-Birm….and pee in his pants again…and Tyler will rescue us again. Tyler will then start against the Vols and Florida goes 3-0….and then 4-0….leading into the Bama game.

Driskell is not ready to play in the SEC as a starter this year….not yet anyway. Weis stated in the spring that Driskell has the skills….but needs time to learn the offense and become a leader in the huddle. Driskell is very good….but watch out for the 4th QB…..Brissett. He is a big time pocket passer and may beat out Driskell in the long run. But that is a good problem for the Gators to have…..vs. going into a season wondering how often Brantely will pee in his pants during games.

Poopdawg

July 30th, 2011
5:57 pm

Andy they were RED panties. Give the Geeks a break. Lol

Beast from the East

July 30th, 2011
5:59 pm

Tampa Gator,
I think you’ll be surprised with Brantley. If the o-line plays well, he should have a good year. Of course, that also depends on our receiving corps stepping up.

It's Richt, stupid

July 30th, 2011
6:02 pm

Richt’s texting is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. When the full scope of Richt’s cheating is exposed, Lane Kiffin will look like a choirboy by comparison. Then, like Kiffin, Richt will skip off and leave UGA holding the bag.