Georgia’s football program self-reported three secondary recruiting violations to the NCAA this spring, according to UGA Athletic Association’s Compliance Department.
The violations occurred shortly before UGA took disciplinary action against two staffers, as reported by DawgNation earlier this spring: the firing of Dacia King, the recruiting program director, and the suspension of Lukman Abdulai, the director of on-campus recruiting (who later resigned). No specific names were mentioned in Thursday’s paperwork.
In the April 29 violation, “an ‘institutional staff member’ escorted a student-athlete to the sideline for a couple of minutes during the Bulldogs’ G-Day Spring Scrimmage, which is against NCAA rules. That staffer was not allowed to participate in on-campus recruiting activities for 30 days.”
In the two violations reported on March 8, a “coaching staff member provided a (impermissible) personalized video to a recruit’s mother who did not accompany her son on a visit.” The penalty? UGA could not communicate with the recruit for 30 days, and – more importantly – reduced the number of evaluation days for the year by two.
The third violation was when “a student-worker walked a recruit from the complimentary admission table to his seat and sat with him for five minutes.” The penalty? “That prompted a letter of admonishment for the full-time staffer who allowed the student worker to host. The student worker was kept from taking part in any recruiting activities where recruits were present and limited to in-office administrative duties for the rest of the school year.”
The bottom line: UGA classified all three violations as Level III or minor to the NCAA – meaning they are “are isolated or limited in nature; provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and do not include more than a minimal impermissible benefit.” Further penalties could be administered by the NCAA, but it seems unlikely.