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Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:50 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 3:51 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Georgia was hit with a Level 1 secondary violation by the SEC following some inadvertant text messages that Mark Richt sent to a recruit's father in May. However, there isn't much for Georgia fans to worry about since it isn't likely Georgia will be punished severely considering that the texts Richt did sent contained no content.

In fact, when you read about how Richt ended up texting the father of Jordan Jenkins, Ron Jenkins, you get a nice glimpse of how silly some NCAA violations can be.
In [Georgia AD Greg] McGarity’s May 27 letter of explanation to [SEC Commissioner Mike] Slive, he reports that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins on May 26th. Jenkins is considered by many the top prospect in Georgia. Text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school.

In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2.

Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked Richt if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation.
Such a scandal. Stay tuned next week for when Les Miles gets in trouble for sharing funny photos with a recruit on his Google reader.
Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

OSU booster paid for tattoos and only god knows what else

What OSU booster paid for tattoos?  Proof please...I really want to know what you are talking about.  As for UGA, this is no big deal.  It is a very minor violation, was self reported / handled correctly, and will result in little to no punishment.



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts


my only question is, what was in his "reply" if there was any text at all answering the question, he's lying becuase, as he states, his intention was to forward this to an assistant...  if the text was something like, 'hey, loser assistant, get me this info', then he's not lying as you can easily see who the intended recipient was...

what text is in the replies? how can all this crap be made public and yet the most relevant piece of this incident be left out? convenience? stupidity? what????




Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

Uh oh!



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:55 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

...AND can I see a show of hands for ANYONE that thinks this is the worst that Georgia actually does regarding recruitment - blinded Bulldog fans notwithstanding??? 



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:00 am
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

The NCAA really needs to simplify these rules regarding no methods of communications between recruits and coaches. The technology boom over the last 10 years has been amazing, the NCAA has not kept up with the times. The point of the NCAA is to govern unfair advantages, which this is not.


It has kept up with the changing times.  The rules are very clear.  Richt messed up in this instance.

While there might not have been any content exchanged between Richt and the father, other times there is, which can create a recruiting advantage.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

And TUOS is allowed to provide dope, ash and tats with nothing...Great job!



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:02 am
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

The NCAA does not need to keep up with technology in this instance, the rule say no contact.  They do not need to specify by what means of contact means no contact. The rule may be dumb but it is a rule.  The coach made a mistake and did the right thing and reported what happened.  Nothing more will happen due to this.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 6:26 am
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

Once again, the NCAA needs to modernize, I don't mean terribly much in the amount of supposed communication between coaches and recruits.  But there has to be someway to account for technology and the changes it is bringing.  I have a completely do-not-call cell phone and I do not hand the number out gratuitously.  But I usually get a number of calls and messages from "unknown" myself.  It just happens.



Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

Mark Richt accidentally text a recruit father, OSU booster paid for tattoos and only god knows what else and Richt gets handed a secondary violation. NCAA, your rules are outdated, not realistic and you all will be nothing if it wasn't for these student athletes. Get your program up to par and had out punishment fairly.



Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Georgia hit with secondary violation for texts

The NCAA really needs to simplify these rules regarding no methods of communications between recruits and coaches. The technology boom over the last 10 years has been amazing, the NCAA has not kept up with the times. The point of the NCAA is to govern unfair advantages, which this is not.


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