UGA hires heavy-hitting NCAA attorney for represention on Jarvis Jones, other cases

ATHENS – Whether it’s the reason Georgia received such a quick and favorable response from the NCAA in the Jarvis Jones case will probably never be known, but hiring Mike Glazier to lead its investigation certainly didn’t hurt.

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Glazier

Glazier is an attorney who specializes in NCAA litigation and works for the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King of Overland Park, Kan. He’s a former NCAA investigator who has been called “The Fixer” and “The Cleaner” – nicknames he takes issue with — for his unique ability to handle NCAA infractions matters in a swift and effective manner.

The Bulldogs, it turns out, have been working with Glazier since March of this year. In the past, UGA has been represented almost exclusively by Athens attorney Ed Tolley on NCAA matters.

Tolley remains on retainer. But Greg McGarity, who took over as Georgia’s athletic director about a year ago, has known Glazier for many years and felt like the Bulldogs could benefit from his firm’s level of NCAA expertise.

“Mike and I, basically I know him from my Florida days,” McGarity told the AJC. “So I’ve had a prior relationship with Mike and his firm. I decided to have them take the lead in situations such as this one. I think their level of expertise, the questions they ask, the depth of detail they provide, gathering every bit of information, that’s their specialty. They ask the right questions and present the answers in an accurate, honest report on behalf of institutions.”

It certainly worked in UGA’s latest NCAA case. Georgia hired Glazier to investigate claims that Jones, an all-star linebacker from Columbus, had accepted impermissible benefits from a parks and recreation administrator who had been convicted of fraud. UGA received Glazier’s report on July 29th, submitted it to the SEC on Aug. 2, and received a favorable ruling from the NCAA one week later.

It was determined that Jones had a preexisting relationship with the administrator in question and any benefits he received were permissible under NCAA bylaw12.1.2.1.6. Jones, a sophomore transfer from USC, will be able to play this fall.

“It was handled better and more quickly than we could have hoped for,” McGarity said.

Glazier’s services don’t come cheap. According to financial records obtained by the AJC, the Georgia Athletic Association has paid Bond, Schoeneck & King $25,227 since March.

The first invoice the school processed was for $1,244.55 on March 10. UGA also paid $4,085.05 in April, $14,943.93 in May and $4,953.73 on June 15th. UGA also paid Tolley’s firm $4,200 in March.

“Back when we had the reports about [Ray] Drew and [Isaiah] Crowell, that’s when our relationship started,” McGarity said. “We decided to engage [Bond, Schoeneck & King] fr things that needed a higher level of scrutiny and review since they are experts in NCAA enforcement matters and interpretations.”

Oddly enough, the matters regarding the recruitment of Crowell and Drew, thought to be secondary violations, have yet to be adjudicated by the NCAA, McGarity said.

According to Glazier’s offical bio, he is considered a pioneer in collegiate sports law. A former member of the NCAA’s enforcement staff, he left after seven years and co-founded in 1986 the Slive/Glazier Sports Group, one of the country’s first law firms dedicated to representing college and universities on NCAA-related matters. His partner was Mike Slive, who is now commissioner of the SEC.

Since joining Bond, Schoeneck & King Glazier has represented dozens of Division 1 athletic programs on major infractions cases. Minnesota paid his group nearly $1 million back in 1999 and Kansas paid him more than $400,000 in a basketball infractions case several years back. Presently he is representing Oregon and Tennessee, both of which have major cases before the NCAA Infractions Committee.

Employing Glazier can be a double-edged sword. Though his reputation is to generally get his clients relief in their dealings with the NCAA, his basic strategy is to have institutions self-impose penalties in advance of NCAA hearings and “disassociate” with trouble-making individuals.

“If schools are at fault, they’re at fault,” McGarity said. “[Glazier and his team] don’t sugarcoat things.”

Glazier could not immediately be reached. However, he has been written about extensively. The New York Times focused on his practice in a 2007 story by former AJC staffer Joe Drape and The Wall Street Journal did a Q&A with him a few years ago.

146 comments Add your comment

Papa Dawg

August 10th, 2011
6:10 am

Good job GM, we are in good hands with your leadership.

Dawg gone time

August 10th, 2011
6:13 am

Dawg gone time

August 10th, 2011
6:18 am

I think this shows the level that Mr. McGarity has lifted the sports program at Georgia and his level of understanding of how the system works. I never felt AJ Green got a “fare shake” in his deal with the NCAA. No offense to Mr. Tolley;s firm, but no one ever explained that situation very well and it took way to long to resolve last year which hurt the team.

Tech Guy

August 10th, 2011
6:22 am

So its okay to cheat if you can afford the right former NCAA investigator to fix it for you. DRad – take note. It ain’t what you do, its who you hire.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 10th, 2011
6:33 am

Agreed simply shows the level that GM has taken the school. Tolley has represented the school loyally but for some time now. I like the fresh eyes approach for sure.

tenn.DAWG

August 10th, 2011
6:33 am

Tech Guy,your sir are a Energy Vampire !

Lake Dog

August 10th, 2011
6:36 am

Tech Guy either didn’t read the whole article or he already had his mind made up. This lawyer is effective because he has his clients acknowledge any guilt and impose penalties themselves upfront.

True Dawg Fan

August 10th, 2011
6:39 am

Tech Guy. So if you were accused of something that you may or may have not done you would not seek a great attorney? I thought you were innocent until proven guilty in America. People who are quick to call others cheats usually have something to hide themselves. I think you should post your comments on the Tech blog ???? Go DAWGS !

bubba4dawgs

August 10th, 2011
6:41 am

There needs to be common sense and above all, fairness in these investigations…..something direly lacking with the NCAA. Thanks to McGarity for connecting with Glazier!

Jonas Grumby

August 10th, 2011
6:43 am

Funny, tenn.dawg. The thing is, most reasonable Dawg fans stood up for GT against the NCAA’s decision. The truth is the Parks and Rec guy has been a close family friend on JJ’s since he was in elementary school.

Ouch!

August 10th, 2011
6:44 am

Ed Tolly is also representing
former UGA coach Jim Donnan in a non-NCAA related matter.

Not very good public relations for the bulldogs.

65dawg

August 10th, 2011
6:46 am

TECH GUY, If you had employed the right attorney, you likely would not have received the punishment you did. From what I read in the report, your attorney’s arrogance cost you. Put that together with not doing what the NCAA investigator asked your AD to do, voila!

Dawg gone time

August 10th, 2011
6:48 am

@ Lake Dog
I think this is just another indication that our New AD was the right move by UGA. He has provided excellent leadership and support throughout the sports programs at Georgia. I look for the Dawgs to excell at several different levels over the next few years. Honesty and integrity are two proven winners and I think that is what this Jarvis Jones case just prove.

Ouch!

August 10th, 2011
6:49 am

UGA also paid Tolly’s firm $4,200.00 in March.

Destin Dawg

August 10th, 2011
6:51 am

Thanks to McGarity !!!! he’s had a huge impact on the Dawgs program… what an improvement over Damon Evans !! who was a big part of the negative spiral we are recovering from…..this is a breakout year !!! Go Dawgs !!

Ouch!

August 10th, 2011
6:54 am

Maybe Jim Donnan should dump Ed Tolly and hire Mike Glazier also.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
6:59 am

Let’s see……The NCAA won’t let schools give the kids from economical needy backgrounds money to buy toothpaste or rent a video, but they will pay a lawyer $25,227 to complete an investigation on one???????

Let’s see…..no investigtion might not be needed in the first place if that $25,227 was divided up between the 85 scholarship players….or almost $297.00 each……

Like the “Vampire Energy” board…..this does not make much sense to me. It is time for changes in the NCAA.

UGAJD

August 10th, 2011
7:02 am

Tech Guy, you’re an idiot. It’s not only a matter of hiring a good attorney, but also a willingness to listen and accept their advice. Those involved in the Tech debacle (in particular, DR and PJ) have no one to blame but themselves.

D Fence

August 10th, 2011
7:13 am

For $25,227 and Jarvis Jones pulling a Brandon Spikes and eye gouging Jeff Demps in Jax come Halloween, money well spent Mr McGarity. Now GATA.

tide roll

August 10th, 2011
7:21 am

Georgia Tech should hire this guy. Maybe then we could get our 2009 ACC championship back.

Captain

August 10th, 2011
7:21 am

Tampa Gator – ever heard of “Title IX”? Might want to check it out as it applies to college athletics and public universities. In the case of offering financial aid to 85 football players, can’t do it unless you offer the same aid to an equal number of female athletes. Where does it stop? Would you exclude basketball players? For every male athlete there must be a female athlete. That’s the law of the land.

Financial assistance is available, it’s called Pell Grant.

rock steady freddy

August 10th, 2011
7:24 am

hahahaha, D fence, that would be great, but only if he succeeded! AaROOF!

Eaassyy

August 10th, 2011
7:24 am

TampaGator, The Vampire Board makes great sense. Haven’t you had a friend or coworker who can “suck the fun/life out of a situation with downer comments?” They could also call it a Debbie Downer board or a negative nancy board. Instead they got less creative and stole the idear directly from Coach Smith and the Atlanta Falcons.

Hunkerdown

August 10th, 2011
7:24 am

Great hire by the Dawgs to get GM!

JB

August 10th, 2011
7:25 am

I’m thinking the dumba$$’$ over at Tech running their Athletic office ought to get his number….Rather than listening to their scholar Football coach who said, ” we got bigger fish to fry” upon receiving a letter from the NCAA.

Mysterious Blue

August 10th, 2011
7:25 am

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.

[...] Greg McGarity’s hiring of a fixer to deal with the NCAA seems to have paid dividends with the Jarvis Jones results. [...]

Vampire Bill

August 10th, 2011
7:27 am

4,200.00 in March? I think my cable bill is more than that…..

AltamahaDawg

August 10th, 2011
7:28 am

tide roll……tech …….WE ……….hmm.

JB

August 10th, 2011
7:31 am

Mysterious Blue= Techie……………Maybe you ought to talk to your folks about being on probation for most of the last 10 years….Or allowing a guy to play after they find pot in the trunk……Or check out Head coach’s for lying on their resume. That would be a good start.

george

August 10th, 2011
7:32 am

pell grants are based on family income. a student from a two parent household or a one parent household with a parent holding even a middle class job like a cop or teacher will probably not qualify.

JB

August 10th, 2011
7:34 am

george@7:32………HUH?

Mysterious Blue

August 10th, 2011
7:35 am

At least at Georgia Tech we don’t cheat.

JB

August 10th, 2011
7:36 am

I wonder what makes more sense for Tech. To pay this guy 20K to handle their last problem………………………..or mail in the 100K fine……….I know they have slide rules and computers and can figure it out….

JB

August 10th, 2011
7:38 am

You can bet Tech won’t cheat for the next four years……….cheating while on probation would not go well I’m afraid.

Lake Dawg

August 10th, 2011
7:42 am

A little slip from Tide Roll — note that he said “we” when referring to Tech’s punishment. Should have know he was a Techie all along.

JB

August 10th, 2011
7:42 am

tide roll post @7:21 says it all………..”WE”……………….EXPOSED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Real K Dawg

August 10th, 2011
7:42 am

Ga needs to start suing the NCAA if they launch anymore of these bogus investigations. Ohio St. is getting off with a slap on the wrist for major violations, payoffs, coverups, etc. I’m tired of Ga getting hosed by the ncaa for all these minor violations.

Dr. Phil

August 10th, 2011
7:44 am

If UGA “disassociates” from trouble-making individuals, Adams will have to hit the road.

TampaGator

August 10th, 2011
7:44 am

That’s not my post at 6:59am. Of course I’m not going to criticize a school for paying lawyers since Florida pays more money to lawyers than any other school. btw, my hero is Casey Anthony.

tide roll

August 10th, 2011
7:47 am

well, I’ve always dreamed of being a Bama fan and having something to cheer about. Try being a Tech fan.

ARdawg

August 10th, 2011
7:48 am

Actually, the “thing” to do is not have any infractions in the first place. Seeing how that is impossible when dealing with NCAA and 1600 student athletes every year paying $25K or 1 million is worth it for good solid advice. It is more assistance in keeping everything above board and the athletic programs clean. You haterz that have to find negatives in that obviously support cheating. That would make you cheating haterz

facepalm

August 10th, 2011
7:48 am

Hey Techies…..if we have been cheating, how come we haven’t won anything meaningful in quite some time?

Topp Dogg

August 10th, 2011
7:49 am

Tide(Toilet)Roll is really a Tech Troll.

KeepDreaming

August 10th, 2011
7:49 am

Thanks for taking the necessary steps to keep our esteemed college and football program in good light Mr. McGarity! I always thought Ed Tolley was a Homer.

Joey

August 10th, 2011
7:54 am

I saw that too, AD and was musing it over. It’s what they do when in the midst of a losing streak to UGA – attach themselves to a team with recent success (Bama) or long term success (UF).

Apparently it’s some sort of therapy for the Techies.

Trolls Rule

August 10th, 2011
7:54 am

Trolls rule, mainly because they’re a heck of a lot smarter than UGA homers.

alex

August 10th, 2011
7:58 am

UGA:esteemed,give it a rest. So you uga idiot grads send your money to uga to give to a lawyer to minimize ncaa infractions,YOU people truly are IDIOTS!

SickandTired

August 10th, 2011
7:59 am

The Cleaner. I like that. He needs to get the guys that clean up after grease fires on speed dial after the team starts 0-2

Woodstock Dawg

August 10th, 2011
8:03 am

Greg, I’m glad your back. You were away from home way too long. See you in the Dome in 23 Days. Go Dawgs!!! Beat Boise!!!!