Harrick will be paid up until today, which includes his base
salary, television and radio revenue, as well as sponsorship money. The sum of
what he is owed in compensation comes to $254,166; that is a far cry from the
three years at $600,000 that would have been owed to Harrick had he been fired
outright with no direct links to NCAA violations.
"This entire situation has been and is regrettable for the
Athletic Department and the University," said Athletic Director Vince Dooley.
"Coach Harrick is an accomplished coach of the game of basketball, however, I
believe his resignation and retirement at this time to be in the best interest
of the Athletic Association and the University. Coach Harrick obviously believes
it is in his best interest as well. Our focus now is to complete with continued
commitment the investigation. We will also begin the search for a new coach."
While Harrick resigning may show that there was a direct link to NCAA violations, the swift and seemingly harsh measure to pull the highly ranked Georgia basketball team out of post season tournaments looks to be a pre-emptive strike against any further NCAA sanctions.