Originally created 12/28/96

Georgia admits to four NCAA allegations



ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia on Friday admitted to committing four of 10 NCAA recruiting violations of which it was accused in June, and self-imposed sanctions likely will be forthcoming as the university gets set to go before the NCAA infractions committee on Feb. 1.

UGA released its 370-page response to the NCAA's charges of wrongdoing by the football program at a news conference Friday. In that report, which was forwarded to the NCAA's enforcement staff, Georgia denied any wrongdoing in six of the charges. The Bulldogs admitted to committing two "secondary" violationsenlea and deemed a third to be a "technical major" violation. The other violation would be classified as "major" by the NCAA.

The NCAA classifies violations punishable by sanctions as major and those that don't as secondary.

"We consider all NCAA infractions to be serious," said Athens lawyer Ed Tolley, who led UGA's investigation of the charges. "However, the NCAA itself classifies them as `secondary' and `major.' We have acknowledged the commission of two secondary violations. We have also acknowledged a technical major, and I use the word `technical major' as it relates to Dan Calloway because of the nature of the way that matter evolved". We have accepted responsibility for that. What the punishment will be, that remains to be seen."

Calloway, a youth sports organizer from Riviera Beach, Fla., is implicated as a representative of Georgia's athletic interests in the report because he paid for prospects to attend UGA's summer football camp in 1994.

Since Georgia is admitting guilt, university officials said they likely will recommend self-imposed sanctions after a pre-conference hearing with the NCAA enforcement staff in early January. No sanctions were recommended in Friday's report.

In all likelihood, Georgia will self-impose sanctions before the NCAA's infractions committee meeting Jan. 31-Feb. 2 -loin Phoenix.

"I would hesitate to even think about predicting the outcome because we don't know what may be thrown out in the pre-hearing (conference)," Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley said. "We don't know what the NCAA investigators may argue (and) we don't know the mood of the committee. All I can say is that we are hopeful that there will not be major sanctions."

Former assistant coach Frank Orgel, who was accused of offering two prospects cash and vehicles to accept scholarship offers from the Bulldogs, is essentially cleared of all wrongdoing by Georgia's investigation.

"I find no substantial basis to implicate coach Orgel. But only the infractions committee can clear him," Tolley said.

Three of the violations Georgia admitted in the report involve Calloway, who was deemed to be a representative of the university's athletic interests.

"It is very easy to become an athletic rep under (NCAA) legislation," Tolley said. "The legislation has good intentions. Sometimes it has harsh results. But we're not whining about it. We're accepting what we've got to accept."

Georgia's report claims Calloway "unwittingly became a representative" of the football program when he paid for five South Florida prospects to attend the Bulldogs' summer football camp in 1994. Subsequently, everything Calloway did for student-athletes in his area technically made him a representative of UGA.

The university admitted Calloway gave money to some South Florida prospects, but denied that he did so with the intention of persuading them to attend Georgia.

Georgia also admitted that three football players - Jeff Thomas, Robert Edwards and Randall Godfrey - visited prospect Demetro Stephens of Washington County High in Sandersville, but denied that the visit was arranged either by Orgel or then head coach Ray Goff or that it was an attempt to recruit the prospect.

NCAA Allegations against Georgia

The 10 allegations of recruiting violations at the University of Georgia and the school's response:

  • Three times in June and July 1994, Dan Calloway, alleged to represent the university's athletic interests, paid for several prospects to attend the university's summer football camp, and gave them transportation and $100 to $200 in spending money. Orgel told a prospect who had accepted an invitation to attend the camp to contact Calloway, who would pay his expenses.
  • School admits Calloway's action, denies Orgel allegation.

  • In October 1994, Calloway paid airfare, lodging and meals for three prospects to visit the campus, and gave two of them at least $100 in spending money. Calloway also implied the students would receive extra benefits if they enrolled. In January 1996, one of the students allegedly made a second official visit to the campus, which would be improper.
  • School admits allegation.

  • During the 1994-95 academic year, Calloway gave cash and tickets to pro sports events to four prospects, made statements to two of them that could reasonably have been interpreted to mean he would provide extra benefits if they attended the university, and made impermissible contacts.
  • School admits allegation.

  • In January 1994, a member of the coaching staff arranged for three players to drive to a prospect's home, where they encouraged him to attend the university.
  • School admits players went to prospect's home, denies it was at request of a coach.

  • In January 1995, Frank Orgel told a prospect on an official campus visit that he would receive $5,000 to sign a national letter of intent with Georgia and $300 a month while enrolled. Later, Orgel offered him $7,500 for the letter of intent, $500 a month and an automobile during his second year. The athlete enrolled elsewhere.
  • School denies allegation.

  • In December 1994 and January 1995, an unidentified representative of the university's athletic interests made improper contacts with a prospect to persuade him to enroll at Georgia. The prospect was offered $2,000 to sever ties with other institutions and $5,000 to sign with Georgia. The representative offered an automobile and to either relocate the athlete's mother and arrange for a job for her in Georgia or give her transportation to attend her son's games. The same allegation says an unidentified coach had another prospect call the student, and that a member of the coaching staff knew about the violations but failed to report them.
  • School denies allegation.

  • A day after a prospect returned home from an official visit to the university in January 1995, Orgel told him he would receive a monthly allowance and would be given a truck in a couple of years.
  • School denies allegation.

  • From November 1993 to February 1994, Calloway made statements to five athletes during improper contacts, encouraging their interest in the university, gave them cash, bought meal and tickets to pro games for some of them, obtained copies of their high school transcripts for coaches, offered money and assistance in getting better housing to a prospect's grandmother, encouraged four athletes to make official visits to the campus and gave them spending money, and made unspecified impermissible offers to two of them.
  • School denies allegation.

  • From November 1993 to January 1995, Calloway gave a recruit who did enroll at least $1,000 in cash.
  • School denies allegation.

  • Orgel "failed to deport himself with the generally recognized high standards normally associated with the conduct and administration of intercollegiate athletics and violated the provisions of ethical conduct."
  • School denies allegation.

    Georgia's past

    A look at NCAA sanctions against Georgia's athletic program and sanctions:

  • 1986- Football: Improper financial aid and recruiting; lost seven scholarships over a two-year period
  • 1986- Basketball: Improper recruiting; no off-campus recruiting for one year and reprimanded
  • 1983- Football: Improper recruiting and benefits; reduced scholarships by three; one year of probation
  • 1978- Football and basketball: Recruiting violations; reprimanded