Violation reported by Georgia

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia football coach Mark Richt will be barred from calling recruits and their parents next month during the spring evaluation period after the school reported an NCAA secondary violation involving Isaiah Crowell, a prized recruit from its 2011 signing class.

Mark Richt: Coach committed a secondary violation when he had players line up in formation to woo Isaiah Crowell.   Ed Andrieski/AP Photo
Ed Andrieski/AP Photo
Mark Richt: Coach committed a secondary violation when he had players line up in formation to woo Isaiah Crowell.

The violation reported by Georgia took place Jan. 23 during the official visit to campus of the running back from Carver High School, in Columbus, Ga.

Richt and the football staff arranged for offensive players to gather wearing uniform tops during Crowell's exit interview in the new indoor practice area and to look up to Richt's new office, which overlooks the area. Richt, Crowell and his family then left to join the players.

"By the time (Crowell) made his way to the field, the team was in an offensive alignment without a running back," according to a March 4 letter written by Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity to the NCAA that was obtained under an open records request. "(Crowell) was subsequently handed a jersey and stood in the vacant running back position created by the team."

Georgia said in the letter that "Richt has reported that the idea was to create a feeling for (Crowell) that he was needed at the running back position that was left empty by the team."

NCAA rules prohibit a game-day simulation. Georgia said Richt "knew the game-day simulation rule prevented (Crowell) from participating in any pregame-type activities and did not believe this constituted a game-day simulation." Richt did not check with compliance about whether the offensive alignment was permitted.

Georgia received an interpretation from the SEC office that "game-day simulation" is all-encompassing and includes the scenario that occurred Jan. 23.

Crowell was declared ineligible by Georgia but reinstated by the NCAA on Friday.

"UGA does not believe a recruiting advantage was gained as the PSA's (prospective student-athlete's) mother has stated that her son knew he was going to attend UGA since he was a young child," McGarity wrote in the letter to the NCAA.

Besides the restrictions during the April recruiting period, Richt received a letter of admonishment.

Georgia reported five violations after former players David Pollack and Randall Godfrey spoke at defensive end Ray Drew's commitment announcement ceremony Jan. 28. Drew signed with Georgia in February.

Georgia did not impose any sanctions but said it would increase efforts to educate former lettermen about NCAA contact rules.

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ghsfrshmn 03/14/11 - 06:42 pm
99% of recruitment violations

99% of recruitment violations are a joke.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 03/14/11 - 08:23 pm
So, they do this kind of crud

So, they do this kind of crud to Georgia, but nothing to Auburn?? Actually, this is no big deal punishment at all, but the point is the same. All colleges have to really look at the hypocrisy that is the NCAA. Well, for once I'm glad to see that Georgia didn't throw itself on a sword as self-punishment before the NCAA even opens up the letter explaining the supposed violations!

NAAustin 03/15/11 - 03:18 am
Jmo as a UGA hater. I have to

Jmo as a UGA hater. I have to agree with you. This is crap. Cam and Auburn are the biggest cheats and the entire sports media gave this guy a pass. Football only 6 months away.Go Gamecocks!

wlightnin42 03/18/11 - 12:13 pm
What a Joke, NCAA needs to

What a Joke, NCAA needs to get off of SEC's footballs.

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