Originally created 04/01/04

No additional charges in NCAA letter; UGA case to be heard in April

ATHENS, Ga. -- The NCAA enforcement staff's summary of the allegations into Georgia's men's basketball program bring up no additional charges against the university or former coaches Jim Harrick Sr. and his son.

The 50-page letter to school President Michael Adams was made public Wednesday.

In the letter, the NCAA enforcement staff, which conducted an investigation into four rules violations of academic fraud and improper benefits, said it and UGA are in "substantial agreement" that the rules were violated.

Three of the alleged violations name former assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. The staff said that no one individual is at risk with the fourth violation - that six Georgia players received extra benefits not allowed by the NCAA by making $1,572.66 in personal long-distance telephone calls during basketball road trips.

The letter provides an overview of the evidence that the NCAA Committee on Infractions will consider when it meets on April 17 in Indianapolis to discuss the allegations and any sanctions against the program.

Georgia submitted its response and 1,500 pages of evidence that agreed with the violations to the NCAA last month.

The school pulled the basketball team out of the 2003 SEC and NCAA tournaments after evidence of academic fraud and improper benefits was confirmed in Georgia's investigation.

Harrick Jr. was suspended and later fired by Georgia last year. Harrick resigned under pressure.

Harrick Jr. did not submit a response to the specific allegations, but the enforcement staff believes Harrick Jr.'s position is that he did not violate the rules, the letter said.

The Harricks have denied the allegations and filed a federal defamation lawsuit against university president Michael Adams, athletics director Vince Dooley, attorney Ed Tolley and the University System Board of Regents.


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