A Mountain of Trouble on the Flats

Ok, maybe at Southern California this happens.  Maybe at schools like Oregon, Ohio State, or Tennessee this comes about.  I could even see this happening up the road in Athens but not at Georgia Tech. 

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The NCAA dropped the proverbial hammer on the Yellow Jacket Men’s Basketball and Football Programs and in a 26-page report charges that they violated multiple rules.  Particularly in Men’s Basketball, the rules violated stemmed from the Impermissible Tryout Rule.  According to the NCAA Report, during May 2009 and May 2010, “staff members of the institution’s athletics department were involved in the conduct, administration and evaluation of physical activity involving prospective student-athletes that occurred in an institutional facility in violation of NCAA tryout legislation.” 

There have also been some violations of giving away too many tickets to basketball games to AAU coaches and how they were hosted.

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As far as the Tech Football Team is concerned they are charged with violating the Preferential Treatment Rule stemming from a former player taking clothing valued at $312 from a friend of an employee of a sports agency in Atlanta, who was a former player himself.  They have also been charged with violating the Failure to Cooperate Rule by not fully complying with the investigation.  Their penalties are a little more severe in that the 2009 ACC Championship has been stripped and the overall program will have to pay a $100,000 fine. 

This is just a reflection on how reforms need to take place with the NCAA and the consideration of compensation for student-athletes needs to become a more serious thought.

~Jamie Walker

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