Georgia Reports Secondary Violations

Colege Football News
Posted Jun 3, 2009

Creativity to draw potential recruits inside the SEC at all time high.

By: BE Coleman

Creativity to draw in potential recruits is finding devoted thought upon the inventive minds inside the Southeastern Conference. In today's world of instant fame that is demanded in society by teens, finds programs are pulling out all the stops.

Secondary NCAA violations are quickly becoming a weekly issue within the Southeastern Conference for coaching staffs. The latest to self report is the University of Georgia.

The Bulldogs have reported three football violations involving recruiting on Sunday – May 31st. Assistant director of compliance Eric Baumgartner, notes the infractions were satisfactorily resolved by the SEC and NCAA.

Of the three violations described, one incident involved four players receiving NFL tickets from a former Bulldog, playing with the professional team. Baumgartner said the players made restitution by repaying for the tickets.

The remaining violations involved telephoning potential recruits. A coach had phoned a recruit after the recruit had been contacted previously that week. The infraction cost the coaches a two week ban on contacting the potential recruit.

The final violation involved a Bulldog booster phoning a recruit. Baumgartner said the booster was informed of the NCAA rules pertaining to involvement.

Auburn Recruiting On Video

Auburn made no recruiting violations for using a limo to draw the waning attention of potential recruits, after initial reports of the stunt were invalid – incorrectly reported. The Tiger coaches were not in violation for using a limo during spring recruiting.

However, that may not be the case after a You Tube Video appeared with potential recruits simulating a game day experience on "The Plains." NCAA rules prohibit universities from simulating a game-day atmosphere during an official visit by prospects.

During the prospects visit to Auburn, a simulated game day ritual was used when prospects took part in the rolling of Toomer's Corner. The game day atmosphere ritual is a possible violation.

Drawing additional questions are the calling out of potential prospects names while Tiger assistant coach Trooper Taylor cheers each player, as an off camera person reads out prospects name, position and hometown to fans.

School officials are investigating whether the university committed any violations

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