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Richt’s generosity part of several secondary NCAA violations reported by UGA

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On the same day that Ohio State will find out their NCAA fate, Georgia has learned that the NCAA will not take any further action on at least 10 secondary violations from a UGA report earlier this year.

Some of the violations are minor recruiting hiccups — game day simulation, impermissible contact extended beyond “greeting” time (yes, I know) and providing the 5-year-old brother of a recruit meals totaling $21 (which was later reimbursed by the family).

But the more interesting violations came from head coach Mark Richt, who according to records obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, made personal payments to assistant coaches totaling over $25,000 because Richt believed his they weren’t being compensated enough. From the AJC:

Richt paid former recruiting assistant Charlie Cantor $10,842 over an 11-month period through March of 2011, former linebackers coach John Jancek $10,000 in the summer of 2009 and $6,150 to director of player development John Eason in July of 2010. All of the payments were made by checks from Richt’s personal bank account after UGA’s previous athletic administration declined his requests for increased compensation for those parties.

The AJC’s story goes on to list other instances where Richt paid assistants and staff out of his own pocket — and own goodwill. Nevertheless, it was a violation of a subset of bylaw 11, which regulates supplemental pay for staff members.

Richt and the staff members who accepted payments received letters of admonishment from the school and must undergo additional rules education. The NCAA accepted the response from UGA and no further action was taken.

“The report stands on its own,” AD Greg McGarity said Monday. “There’s nothing to add. We’re moving forward.”

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18 Responses to “Richt’s generosity part of several secondary NCAA violations reported by UGA”
  1. bayoubauer says: Dec 20, 2011 12:05 PM

    Sounds like a pretty standup thing from Mark Richt. Props to him.

  2. bigdinla says: Dec 20, 2011 12:15 PM

    Or he was paying for dirty deeds!

  3. deep64blue says: Dec 20, 2011 12:19 PM

    NCAA are idiots.

  4. woebegong says: Dec 20, 2011 12:38 PM

    bigdinla,

    I can assure you that he was not paying for any dirty deeds. These coaches, are no longer with UGA. He asked for a raise from the stupid AD that we had, and it was refused. He felt he needed to compensate these folks.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Dec 20, 2011 12:41 PM

    Interesting that paying his assistants out of his own pocket could constitute a violation. Not sure how that works.

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 20, 2011 12:46 PM

    burnt,

    By paying his assistants out of his own pocket, Richt was violating a subset of bylaw 11, which regulates supplemental pay for staff members. Probably should have mentioned that (actually, I’ll go ahead and update that now).

    Either way, it’s a weird situation. Sounds like Richt was just being Richt.

  7. woebegong says: Dec 20, 2011 12:52 PM

    The best part was his paying for a 5 year old meals, because NCAA regulations permitted him or his school to pay for the player and his parents meals, but not his 5 year old brother. As you can see, the NCAA is now, in the wizard business, because as anybody should know, that 5 year old, if he becomes a future football player, will for sure remember that he got a couple of free meals, while accompanying his brother and family on an authorized recruiting trip. Darn shame, when you can’t buy a kid a happy meal and breakfast.

  8. rebsoon says: Dec 20, 2011 2:03 PM

    Class Act!

  9. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Dec 20, 2011 2:40 PM

    billion dollar industry and you can’t buy a 5 year old a meal…..ffs

  10. jonathanfesler says: Dec 20, 2011 2:58 PM

    Done dirt cheap? Not really! If the guy can afford it and wants to help out his staff who maybe are struggling, I have surely accepted help from my employers in the past so it is his $$!!

  11. jonathanfesler says: Dec 20, 2011 3:08 PM

    But I guess it is a rules violation? There’s right and wrong and then there’s chickenshit I think we all know which category that comes in?

  12. pricecube says: Dec 20, 2011 6:49 PM

    It would be interesting to know what kind of salaries are made by the coaches who received extra payment… Most coaches at this level make astronomical money (200k-500k) so it is hard to understand why they would need 6-10k more. Also interesting are the numbers …. why $6150.00? I can understand the lump payment for 10k…. but the other one? 11 payments for a total of $10,182.00… that is not a nice round number… it almost sounds like reimbursement for something… or 11 somethings… but without knowing any details I find the whole thing odd… The rest is speculation.

    “Richt paid former recruiting assistant Charlie Cantor $10,842 over an 11-month period through March of 2011, former linebackers coach John Jancek $10,000 in the summer of 2009 and $6,150 to director of player development John Eason in July of 2010.”

  13. dietrich43 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:42 PM

    I didn’t realize there was a rectum big enough for the NCAA to fit its collective head into!

  14. chachooga says: Dec 20, 2011 9:04 PM

    Richter is top class…always has been. Glad UGA is doing well this year.

    His almamater UM got good news today. The bball player that the felon and Yahoo bags claimed took 10k to play was cleared to play today.

    Waiting for CFT to get that story up…where u at Benny K

  15. dkhhuey says: Dec 20, 2011 9:50 PM

    So tossing your recruiting team an extra 28K is just ducky in the eyes of the NCAA and the person doing it is a class act?

    Less than 5K in impermissible benefits and 9 or 10 players get hammered – 28K in impermissible benefits at UGA – no biggie!!! Seems fair

  16. woebegong says: Dec 20, 2011 10:04 PM

    Did you read what you just posted. 9 out of 10 PLAYERS. There was no attempt by Coach Richt to hide what he did. It was out in the open and did not involve any illicit funds. It came from the coaches own money, because he felt they deserved the money, because the idiot we had as an AD, refused them the raises they were promised. UGA rakes in over 70 million dollars a season from their football program and the AD and the school president, can’t afford that little bit of money. These people that received that money,aren’t even with the program anymore.
    It was self reported after the lawyers at UGA declared it as against the rules. No attempt to hide it by anybody associated with the incident or the university. I would say the difference is quite large, but if you feel you need to justify it, go right ahead.
    You will not find a more honest person in college coaching in the NCAA today.

  17. dkhhuey says: Dec 21, 2011 12:54 AM

    I said 9 or 1o – not 9 out of 10. It was a guess about the number because I was too lazy to look it up at the time.

    As for Richt – it doesn’t matter about how ‘honest’ a person is/was/or appears to be. Hell, up until the point it was revealed, Tressel was one of the most respected and above reproach kinda guy. All I am saying is he violated some NCAA rules for a very large some of cash and the NCAA just waives it away like nothing happened. I find that ironic given the amount of crap OSU players got for far far less.

  18. woebegong says: Dec 21, 2011 3:07 AM

    It was self reported first off, not hidden like Tressel did. Second, it did not involve players in any way. Third, in any other profession it would not have been a violation since the IRS allows you to give money, up to a certain level, without any trouble. For some reason, the NCAA thinks it would somehow encourage those receiving it, to go out and recruit harder or something. I am not even sure why they don’t permit it. It came from his pocket, no the athletic or booster dept. The rule was meant to prevent assts. from getting outside money, but the UGA lawyers took the view that it might be a violation, and therefore they reported it. To be quite truthful, I doubt the NCAA enforcement spent a whole lot of time, on it, since it didn’t give UGA any type of advantage with recruiting. With over 300 pages of rules and regulations in the NCAA rule book, I doubt if there is a athletic administration in the country that knows, all of them. That’s why they hire lawyers, full time to work in the universities compliance dept.
    The difference in the punishment for UGA and say, Ohio State is UGA self reported a secondary violation and Ohio States coach tried to hide a major rules violation and even signed a required form, that every NCAA school must send in once a year, and lied when filling it out. He knew what he was doing was wrong, and there is no comparison to that and what the coach did at UGA.
    Not only do they involve different degrees and types of violations, they also involve one coach being dirty and trying to hide the truth, and the other coach, giving money to his own assistants out of his own pocket.

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