Georgia football coach Mark Richt won’t be able to resume phone calls to recruits until Monday under a two-week ban for an NCAA secondary violation the school reported after televised comments he made on signing day.
The restriction from placing recruiting telephone calls extends to communicating to recruits via video conferencing on Skype, according to Georgia senior associate athletic director for compliance Jim Booz.
“Skype is considered a telephone call,” Booz said. “During that time period, he’s not (permitted).”
Richt and safety commitment Tray Matthews from Newnan communicated on Skype on April 26, four days before the ban took effect. Matthews said on his Twitter account that a Skype “meeting” with “coach Mark Richt went pretty good.”
Richt received the two weeks without phone calls to recruits for the public comments he made on Feb. 1 to an ESPNU reporter after linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons from Valdosta announced on TV he had picked Georgia. But Harvey-Clemons actual letter-of-intent didn’t arrive until the next day because his grandfather delayed signing it.
Georgia asked for additional penalties in the case not to be applied due to extenuating circumstances, Booz said, but SEC commissioner Mike Slive put in place the two-week ban. The Macon Telegraph first reported the telephone ban.
During the spring evaluation period from April 15 to May 31, a school is allowed to make only one phone call per junior prospect by any member of the coaching staff.
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