An unnamed coach on the Georgia football staff made an impermissible phone call to a high school football coach, forcing the school to self-report a secondary violation to the NCAA.
According to The Telegraph, the violation occurred sometime after January 1 and was the result of a football coach attempting to follow-up with a high school coach regarding a potential recruit’s academic standing. The call in question was made after a non-coaching staff member had previously missed a number of calls from the high school coach. The SEC was also made aware of the violation and responded by accepting the self-imposed penalties from Georgia and banned the staff member from making any contact to the recruit for a span of 30 days.
It is not believed the potential violation led to any recruiting advantage, and it is unknown what player may have been the subject of the phone call exchange.
This is unlikely to cause much of a problem for Georgia moving forward. Nothing more than a proverbial slap on the wrist should be expected to come out of the NCAA offices in Indianapolis if anything. Like the SEC, the most likely reaction from the NCAA would be expected to accepting the self-imposed punishment from Georgia. Georgia has proposed to write a letter of admonishment to the guilty parties if the NCAA concludes the act was done in violation, but this is not going to be something that leads to a reduction in scholarships, stripping of victories from the record or a postseason ban.