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Blog: Georgia reports for second time in a month an NCAA secondary violation involving football

Georgia has reported a secondary NCAA violation that occurred during a football recruit’s official visit during the weekend of the Tennessee game at the end of last month.

The fiancé of a non-coaching football staff member ate an off-campus meal at a local restaurant with the recruit in attendance, a violation of NCAA rules. The violation was discovered during a routine review of expense reports submitted to the compliance office.

The cost of the meal ($28.75) will be reimbursed to the athletic department. The institutional staff member involved will receive a letter of admonishment and a process for pre-approval of those attending off-campus meals with recruits will be developed, according to a letter dated Oct. 12 from athletic director Greg McGarity sent to SEC commissioner Mike Slive that was obtained through an open records request.

The staff member’s name and the name of the restaurant were not included in the letter.

Georgia believes no recruiting advantage was gained and is asking for relief from prescribed SEC penalties in such a case, including any telephone calls to the recruit for 60 days following the first date for permissible calls and being limited to no more than one additional off-campus contact with the prospect.

This was the second NCAA secondary violation involving the football program that Georgia reported since Sept. 17.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was prohibited from recruiting off-campus for 30 days after Bobo and a recruiting intern took an unnamed prospect and his mother into the school’s tennis complex while the NCAA tennis championships were being held in May during an unofficial visit. A member of the ticket office staff reported the complimentary admissions to the compliance office.

The price of admission was $8. The family paid restitution of $20.

The 30 days recently expired. Bobo is permitted now to recruit off campus. Georgia reduced by two the number of off-campus contacts with the recruit and prohibited contact with the recruit for 30 days. The SEC did not impose any additional penalties.

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