UGA notebook: A secondary violation involving Bobo and, of all things, tennis

By TIM TUCKER and CHIP TOWERS

ATHENS –Georgia will bench offensive coordinator Mike Bobo from off-campus recruiting for a month as a result of a secondary NCAA violation.

The violation: escorting a recruit and his mother into the NCAA Tennis Championships on the UGA campus last spring without having them pay the $8 admission fee.

UGA athletic director Greg McGarity self-reported the incident to SEC commissioner Mike Slive in a letter last week.

According to the letter, the violation occurred when an assistant coach –- not named in the letter but identified by UGA as Bobo – and a recruiting intern were touring campus with an unnamed prospect who was in town on an unoffiicial visit.

“A member of the ticket office staff reported this incident to the compliance office,” McGarity wrote. “… The family has been notified and subsequently submitted restitution in the amount of $20.”

In addition, according to the letter, Georgia will prohibit the coach – Bobo — from recruiting off campus for 30 days and will prohibit any on- or off-campus contact with the prospect for 30 days. The dates of those self-imposed penalties were not specified.

“To prevent similar violations of this nature in the future,” McGarity wrote, “the compliance staff met with the coaching staff as well as the ticket office and event management staff regarding the provisions of NCAA Bylaw 13.7.2.4 and reiterated that prospective student-athletes may not receive complimentary admission to NCAA Championships or other postseason contests.”

If the NCAA agrees that the incident constitutes a Level II violation – the lowest level — no further action is expected.

Mitchell’s role

Cornerback/wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell’s transition back to a significant offensive role continues.

“I would say his reps on offense will increase and his reps on defense will probably decrease,” coach Mark Richt said.

Mitchell performed well at receiver in practice Tuesday but was “obviously a little rusty,” Bobo said. “He hadn’t worked at receiver hardly any — maybe 15 minutes — since we opened camp. But he’s a talented kid, and we’re going to give his ability a chance to make some plays in the game.”

Dogs in the NFL

Richt began his weekly news conference by citing the recent successes of some former UGA players in the NFL. He noted that former Bulldogs accounted for 10.5 sacks this past week (“I thought that was pretty cool”), that the Bears’ Tim Jennings leads the NFL in interceptions and that the Bengals’ A.J. Green is second in the league in receiving yards.

Richt also raved about Blair Walsh, who struggled through a shaky senior season at Georgia but is 7-for-7 on field goals for the Vikings and the first rookie in NFL history to kick a 50-yarder in each of his first three games.

“So they got him straightened out,” Richt said with a smile.

Welch before LeMay

It was something of a surprise in last week’s rout of Vanderbilt that walk-on Parker Welch was the second quarterback into the game for Georgia, ahead of scholarship player Christian LeMay.

“Coach Bobo is basically allowing [them] to compete on a weekly basis to see who earns the right to get in the game first if we get into that type of situation,” Richt said. “Parker has been doing well. Parker has been in the system a little longer, and he’s very diligent in the way he prepares as well. Coach Bobo felt like he earned the right to go in first.”

Georgia won’t use Hutson Mason in a mop-up role because the plan is to redshirt him, barring a significant injury to Aaron Murray.

Injury report

Defensive end Abry Jones missed a second consecutive practice with the sprained left ankle suffered against Vanderbilt. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham indicated that Jones is expected to play Saturday against Tennessee, saying he’ll “be fine” and “knows the game plan of what we’re going to do.”

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JRW7

September 25th, 2012
9:09 pm

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Really?

September 25th, 2012
9:12 pm

The barn buys cam for a year no problem. spurrier has the tuscaloosa police force in his pocket and it is impossible fot a player to be arrested no problem. Pocket dial a kid, buy a recruits little brother a happy meal or let a kid and his mom watch a tennis game HUGE deal.

I guess the lesson here is if your school is in that third world cesspool called allybammer you can cheat as much as you want.

Really?

September 25th, 2012
9:13 pm

oops I meant saban of course. It’s hard to keep those loudmouth a holes apart.

UGA 5-0

September 25th, 2012
9:14 pm

LOL! This is a joke and shows exactly what is wrong with the NCAA. Shouldn’t they be concerned about bigger things than a $20.00 bill?

Chiefdawg

September 25th, 2012
9:14 pm

A member of the ticket office reported this? You have got to be kidding.

UGA 5-0

September 25th, 2012
9:18 pm

You know Chiefdawg that if we didn’t report this, we would be given the death sentence from the NCAA. What a croc! I guess if you don’t want to get in trouble, maybe you should molest children for several years? I mean, that isn’t near as bad as buying a ticket for a kids mom! WHAT A TRAVESTY!

BigDawg

September 25th, 2012
9:20 pm

And nothing happens to Tyler Bray at UT for throwing beer bottles off his balcony at cars, hmmmm…. Derek, you are no Vince!

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tmc

September 25th, 2012
9:26 pm

can we get a stiffer penalty…
say, Bobo can not coach for a month or 4?

Under The Bleachers

September 25th, 2012
9:30 pm

The trees at Auburn will live longer due to Auburn losing and the trees not getting rolled.

Chilidawg

September 25th, 2012
9:34 pm

I think Mitchell is a better used as a receiver. I am concerned about his judgement as a punt returner. At Missouri he attempted to field a punt after it bounced in the midst of several Missouri players and Saturday against Vandy on one occasion he gave almost an invisible signal for a fair catch and was tackled, and later he made an over the shoulder catch of a punt inside the five yard line. Maybe we need a special team coach. These sort things are related to discipline, you do not see a Nick Saban team do, and why have Mitchell field punts anyway.

UGA 5-0

September 25th, 2012
9:37 pm

@ Under the bleachers, what a horrible thing to happen. College football is all about pageantry, history and pride. It’s a shame that some drunk fools ruined part of Auburn’s history. I’m a UGA fan, have been since I was born, but I do respect the history, and that is like someone ruining the Chapel Bell in Athens. Horrible.

UGA 5-0

September 25th, 2012
9:39 pm

Congrats to Freddie Freeman on his bottom of the 9th 2 run HR to send ATL to the playoffs! GO BRAVES!

Pitbull

September 25th, 2012
9:40 pm

I am glad we self report even minor offenses.

Other schools have been known to not even be cooperative with the ncaa on major inquiries and have ended up on 4 years probation.

Can you imagine a school being that stupid?

Well, it is what it is.

zbulldawg

September 25th, 2012
9:48 pm

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

GTSO/X

September 25th, 2012
9:50 pm

Pitbull, that is pretty good!!

Frank Lane

September 25th, 2012
10:00 pm

NCAA is a joke.

o-my dawgs

September 25th, 2012
10:03 pm

Damn I was hoping he would miss the next 4 games..

cb

September 25th, 2012
10:03 pm

wouldn’t only be $16 restitution fee?

UGA 5-0

September 25th, 2012
10:05 pm

cb you forgot taxes and the 3% fine included in this horrible act……

Just sayin............

September 25th, 2012
10:16 pm

20 bucks is small change, just like the secondary violation of have Crowell watch the offensive formation without a tailback. Too bad he signed with UGA don’t you think?

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life/J.Jones for Heisman))

September 25th, 2012
10:16 pm

Wonder if the mom who received the Free Tickets to the Tennis match meets the approval of Vandy HC James Franklin, If she does Mrs. Bobo may give Mr. Bobo the golf club treatment that was perfected by the FORMER Mrs. Tiger Woods

Decatur joe

September 25th, 2012
10:21 pm

$8 Damn dollars????? Oh I’m sorry $16 Damn dollars???

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life/J.Jones for Heisman))

September 25th, 2012
10:22 pm

@ Chili Dawg:

We have neither the need or desire to be continually informed as to what Saban would or would never do and I believe I speak for many on here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neutral

September 25th, 2012
10:27 pm

Hey Frank, did you go to UGa in the 60’s?

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
10:34 pm

Move along folks, nothing to see here…

GTBob

September 25th, 2012
10:34 pm

Other schools have been known to not even be cooperative with the ncaa on major inquiries and have ended up on 4 years probation.

Just curiously, how many major NCAA violations does UGA have and how many does GT have?

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
10:38 pm

Watching the Vandy game, I just watched Richt shout “Bullsh t” after a penalty. You go Coach…

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
10:40 pm

Brain — some people wanna learn from the best.
Can’t fault the guy for that.

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
10:46 pm

Bob
I think UGA has at least one, but GT has so many, you have to have an engineering degree from GT to count them all. It’s like alot…

GTBob

September 25th, 2012
10:47 pm

Watching the Vandy game, I just watched Richt shout “Bullsh t” after a penalty. You go Coach…

He probably said bull-shipperoo. I doubt he has ever cussed in his life.

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
10:49 pm

75 in da house…
Anybody hear from Dawg 48???
Brains…

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
10:51 pm

King — we’re in the playoffs!!
Can’t win the World Series without gettin in the Tourney.
Still think we can catch the Nats.
If not, gotta start Kris “lil Maddux” Medlin against the Cards.

GTBob

September 25th, 2012
10:52 pm

Bob
I think UGA has at least one, but GT has so many, you have to have an engineering degree from GT to count them all. It’s like alot…

To be more accurate, UGA has 6 putting them near the top all time. GT has 3.

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
10:52 pm

Bob
11-12 mins. into 1st quarter. Camera was looking right at him. OK, so he said Bullshiiiiii…

IndyDawg

September 25th, 2012
10:57 pm

The first violation was allowing him to be an OC this long….

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
10:59 pm

BC,
It was an awesome game. Laughed my arse off watching them celebrate after the game. Martin Prado is a hoot…Happy for Freddy…

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
11:02 pm

I’m happy for the other Fredi.
It’ll be nice to see the Bravos with someone other than Ronald Reagan managing the Club in the Playoffs!!

“C’mon Ryno!!”
“C’mon Chip!!”
“C’mon Raffy!!”

WTF

September 25th, 2012
11:03 pm

GTBob don’t know the answer to your question, but do know UGA was not stripped of any conference championships, but GT was.

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
11:03 pm

Yeah, Bobo really is awful isn’t he? What are we averaging, about 47.5 ???LOL…

George Stein

September 25th, 2012
11:10 pm

The NCAA rules are ridiculous.

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
11:10 pm

King — it’s all mental from this point forward for the dogs.
The physical talent is as good as anyone’s.
Can they handle the grind?
That’s where leadership comes into play!
I’m not sure I’d let those suspended players come back. Doesn’t look like they need em.
It’d send the right message.
Bouncing Ike Crowell was the best decision Richt’s made in years.

Bitter QB

September 25th, 2012
11:11 pm

A coach bought me a –HOTDOG—I’m self reporting

———satisfied—ncaa—trolls

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
11:13 pm

Anyone else notice how good our line looked. I thought David Andrews “Boss”, did a fine job. He’s closing in on 300 lbs. Impressed with the line…

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
11:13 pm

Bitter — the sky was falling 3 weeks ago, now here you are pounding those moon pies.

GTBob

September 25th, 2012
11:15 pm

The NCAA rules are ridiculous.

This rule makes sense. It is essentially the same as giving a kid a ticket to a concert. Its an impermissible benefit. It does look rather silly for an $8 tennis tournament though.

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
11:17 pm

Barri,
try some Midol…

WTF

September 25th, 2012
11:18 pm

Big Crimson 75 you hit the nail on the head. Right now the only thing that can stop us from winning the division is ourselves. Hopefully we will not trip up and get to meet you guys in December. Can’t see anyone in the west beating Bama. LSU will give you a game but you guys are a level or 2 ahead of all of them.

kingdaddy

September 25th, 2012
11:19 pm

Bob
I thought they were punishing him making him watch tennis. What’s next, golf???