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Georgia Tech failed to monitor its sport programs

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The Georgia Institute of Technology failed to monitor its sports programs to ensure its coaches followed NCAA recruiting rules, according to a decision issued by a NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions panel. A total of nine sport programs placed at least 478 impermissible calls and sent at least 299 impermissible text messages to a total of 140 prospects.  Most of the violations occurred in the men’s and women’s basketball and football programs between March 2011 and March 2012. Three days after appearing before the committee for major violations in its football and men’s basketball program in April 2011, the men’s basketball program began placing impermissible phone calls. Violations in the football and women’s basketball program began the month before the school appeared before the committee.

Given the school’s recent infractions case, the committee prescribed an additional two years of probation for the school, extending the period through June 13, 2017. Additional penalties in this case include enhanced rules education and a one-year show-cause order for the former assistant football coach. During that time, the assistant coach is prohibited from conducting any recruiting activities.   

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, school and involved individuals must agree to use the summary disposition process instead of having an in-person hearing. Because the penalties are agreed upon by the school and involved individuals, there is not an opportunity to appeal the penalties.

The majority of the violations occurred in the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs from March 2011 through March 2012. Some of the violations in those programs were due to logging failures when members of the coaching staff placed calls after another coaching staff member placed an earlier permissible call but failed to log the call. An assistant football coach was considered “at risk” due to his involvement in the majority of the football program’s violations. Additionally, from 2010 to 2011, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving, volleyball and baseball programs placed impermissible calls and texts. During the course of the investigation, coaching staff members in the softball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, football and men’s basketball programs placed additional impermissible calls and texts.

From March 2011 through March 2012, the school failed to monitor its sport programs to ensure compliance with NCAA rules on phone calls and text messages. In 2011, after receiving new monitoring software, a compliance staff member informed coaching staffs that they were not required to maintain phone records to document the placement of phone calls. The misadvisement was partly to blame for the violations. Additionally from May 2011 through January 2012, the school did not follow its established compliance system to monitor phone calls.

Penalties and measures prescribed by the committee are below:

  • An additional two years of probation, extending the period through June 13, 2017.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the assistant football coach from September 4, 2014 through September 3, 2015. During this time, the coach is prohibited from conducting all recruiting activities. The written decision further details the show-cause.

Penalties self-imposed by the former assistant coach’s current employer:

  • A one-month suspension from all spring recruiting activities for the assistant football coach.
  • Required monthly rules education meetings for a minimum of one year for the assistant football coach.
  • Required attendance at a 2014 NCAA Regional Rules seminar for the assistant football coach.

Penalties and measures self-imposed by the school are below:

  • An increase in the size of compliance staff from two to four members.
  • Recruiting restrictions for the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, women’s tennis and swimming and diving staffs. Details of the restrictions can be found the Appendix of the written decision.

The members of the Division I Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case include John Black, attorney; Lloyd Carr, former head football coach at the University of Michigan; Greg Christopher, athletics director at Xavier University; Thomas Hill, senior vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University; Joel Maturi, former University of Minnesota athletics director; James O’Fallon, law professor and faculty athletics representative at the University of Oregon; and Greg Sankey, chief hearing officer and executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer for the Southeastern Conference.

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