Originally created 01/29/97

Georgia delays NCAA penalty



ATHENS, Ga. - If the University of Georgia plans to impose sanctions on itself before it goes before the NCAA Infractions Committee on Friday, it wasn't saying so Tuesday.

Georgia stands accused of nine NCAA recruiting violations, five of which it does not dispute. It is scheduled to go before the NCAA Infractions Committee on those charges Friday morning in Phoenix.

Athens attorney Ed Tolley, who is defending the university on the case, said Monday that Georgia would self-impose sanctions on the charges over which it is not in dispute and could have an announcement as soon as Tuesday, but no announcement was forthcoming.

"There are no announcements regarding self-imposed sanctions today," said Claude Felton, Georgia associate athletic director for media relations.

Felton said there is the possibility there won't be any announcements before the infractions committee meeting.

Tolley, through an administrative assistant, said Tuesday morning he "had no information" regarding self-imposed sanctions. Tolley and his legal team left for Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon and was not available for further comment.

Georgia was originally accused of 10 major rules violations. One of the allegations was dropped by the NCAA on Monday and two others were amended in Georgia's favor.

The NCAA informed the university it was dropping an allegation involving former assistant coach Frank Orgel, who had been accused of promising a monthly allowance and truck to former Lake Worth, Fla., prospect Errick Lowe, who went to Auburn.

Another charge was not officially dropped, but Orgel and former coach Ray Goff were cleared of any wrongdoing.

"The University has prevailed on one of the two most serious charges," Tolley said on Monday.

The NCAA held firm on an allegation that Auburn safety Martavious Houston was offered cash to sign with Georgia.

Since 1987, all 42 NCAA infractions cases involving recruiting violations in Division I basketball and I-A football resulted in loss of scholarships. Of the 28 cases where schools self-imposed penalties, the NCAA committee ordered additional penalties 27 times.