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‘Failure to monitor’ adds two years to GaTech’s probation

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Thank goodness we still have the NCAA on the lookout for the well-being of the sport.

The latest example?  Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that “Georgia Tech has been censured by the NCAA for… failure to monitor” because of “a failure to keep records of phone calls and the rogue actions of a former football assistant coach.” That rogue coach is Todd Spence, who left the Yellow Jackets in January of 2012 after serving a one-game suspension for making impermissible phone calls to recruits.

While there was a “rogue coach” involved, it appears an incompetent — and former — compliance director is at the root of the latest NCAA issue.  Well, that and a broken and busted system, but that’s another topic for another day.

The NCAA’s two-year investigation, conducted with Tech’s cooperation, found multiple Level II violations, which are defined as a significant breach of conduct, committed in 2011 and 2012. Many stemmed from coaches on the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams unknowingly making impermissible phone calls to prospects. Coaches told the NCAA that they were acting under the incorrect instruction from a former Tech compliance director that they did not need to do so. Calls were often rendered impermissible due to a failure to follow a call-logging protocol.

In July of 2011, Tech was placed on four year’s probation and forced to vacate its 2009 ACC title in connection to impermissible benefits given to former star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas — and the school’s failure to cooperate with the NCAA investigation. This latest “egregious” act will tack on two more years of probation for Yellow Jacket football, which means the program will be sitting in the corner until the summer of 2017.  The school self-imposed the additional two years of probation.

“That is not something that sits well with me or with any of us here,” GT athletic director Mike Bobinski told the Journal-Constitution regarding the “failure to monitor” reprimand. “That’s not a good-sounding or good-feeling term. It’s not one we want to wear beyond this. As I told you before, it is clearly our intention this the last time we ever go down this road.”

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7 Responses to “‘Failure to monitor’ adds two years to GaTech’s probation”
  1. tigersfandan says: Aug 23, 2014 9:36 AM

    This is why the Power Five want to break away from the NCAA. What, did Mark Emmert read George Orwell’s 1984 and decide that the NCAA has to be the Big Brother that’s always watching? They are so good at upholding the rules that they can find violations that don’t even exist! Amazing!

  2. jec332 says: Aug 23, 2014 9:41 AM

    Emmert is a power hungry fool. The P5 needs to get away from him.

  3. donovandancy says: Aug 23, 2014 10:55 AM

    “Coaches told the NCAA that they were acting under the incorrect instruction from a former Tech compliance director”

    Yeah, its so dumb the NCAA wants schools to follow rules. Coaches are supposed to know the rules and follow them, with or without a compliance director. Its actually even worse that they still failed WITH a compliance director there. No wonder they had to fire them.

  4. bonerchamp says: Aug 23, 2014 11:24 AM

    Accept that everyone, yes even you too Notre Dame, breaks the rules and move on. I’m sick of the NCAA and Mark Emmert is the most clueless A Hole in all of sports

  5. rmccleary97 says: Aug 23, 2014 11:54 AM

    “Emmert is a power hungry fool.”

    Emmert is a hapless moron who thinks the more he pontificates about the ideals of amateurism and “protecting people” the smarter he appears to everyone. Look through NCAA’s “enforcement” under his tenure, and you’ll see inconsistent, sloppy work that arguably went straight to his office. Rules are there to be enforced – unless they’re inconvenient, in which case you make it up (see: Penn State, Miami). Ask him about it, and on a good day he might admit that “we could have done things better” but he’s still proud of the job he’s done and that he should stick around for years to come.

    The P5 don’t want to get away from just him. They want to get away from everyone else – because they know the NCAA’s rules are so arcane and out of touch with reality, there’s no way to follow them to the letter and actual NCAA enforcement is non-existent at this point.

  6. jec332 says: Aug 23, 2014 11:56 AM

    Well said, rmccleary97.

  7. rponciano says: Aug 23, 2014 1:39 PM

    Another perfect case of selective enforcement! Mark Emmert, Tom Hosty and his field investigators have proven again; it’s not what you did wrong, but rather, WHO DID THE WRONG!

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