Georgia issued a five-day suspension to its director of on-campus recruiting for football after reporting NCAA violations for mailings to high school juniors.
In a letter to SEC commissioner Mike Slive dated Sept. 30, athletic director Greg McGarity said Georgia discovered that non-coaching staff members mailed general correspondence at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 30, two days before the Sept. 1 date when juniors are permitted to receive mailings, according to information obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald in an open records request.
Daryl Jones, a former high school coach and athletic director, was hired to the on-campus recruiting position in May of 2012. McGarity would not say if the suspension is without pay and only would say that the suspension had not been served before Saturday’s game against Missouri.
At least 12 recruits received mail on Aug. 31 during the Labor Day holiday weekend before the permitted date.
“It was their assumption that the mail was dropped off at the post office late enough on Friday afternoon that it could not be delivered to the intended recipient prior to September 1,” McGarity wrote in the letter. “However, some of the prospective student-athletes did receive these mailing(s) on the very next day…”
A separate violation was for Georgia sending “labels on the outside of envelopes that contained more than the institutions logo in addition to the postage, return address and addressee information,” according to McGarity’s letter.
The mailings included stickers on the outside of envelopes with Georgia’s new Bulldogs logo and a Nike swoosh. Another label highlighted an upcoming game with logos of Georgia and South Carolina, the Nike swoosh and “Sept. 7th 4:30 p.m. on ESPN.”
Georgia wrote to the SEC that it believed the violations should be classified as Level III violations.
Under the NCAA’s new four-level violation structure that’s considered a “breach of conduct,” for violations that are isolated or limited in nature and provide minimal recruiting advantage. Several of these types of violations could bring a possible suspension to a head coach.
Georgia issued a letter of admonishment to non-coaching staff members involved in recruiting, is requiring members of the recruiting office to attend an NCAA regional rules seminar next summer and will not provide recruiting materials to those 12 recruits for 60 days.
Georgia asked the SEC to reduce its prescribed penalties for the label violation from no in-person contact with the recruits from 30 to 10 days and no phone calls from 60 to 30 days and off-campus contacts not be reduced.
McGarity said he’s not sure when the school will hear back from the NCAA or SEC on the case.