Repeat offender status for Dawgs, again

The Athletic Department at the University of Georgia is on four years probation. This is not the first time, however, that the school has been in this situation. Georgia will be considered a "repeat offender" for the next five years.

Georgia's repeat offender status with the NCAA stems from violation found in 1997 with regard to the football program. From that point, Georgia had a five year repeat offender status on the athletic program.

"The University was eligible for the death penalty. This clearly fell within the repeat violator status," Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner Thomas Yeager, the chair for the Division I Committee on Infractions, said. Yeager responded negatively to Georgia being given the death penalty.

"The death penalty was not considered in any great detail," Yeager said.

Former Georgia Assistant Head Coach Jim Harrick, Jr. will have a difficult time gaining employment at a NCAA institution. Harrick, Jr. was named in several incidents in the report. The report cited Harrick, Jr. as voliating NCAA bylaws regarding recruiting inducements, unethical conduct, academic fraud and extra benefits.

"If he is hired by another NCAA school, that school would have to appear before the NCAA Infractions Committee," said Yeager explaining that the hiring institution would have to be forced to defend hiring Harrick, Jr. That is unlikely. Harrick, Jr. will but under penalty until 2011.

"The only individual that was at risk was the former assistant coach. He has a seven year 'show cause'," Yeager said. "Jim Harrick was not named or at risk in this case," Yeager said.

Georgia must also pay back funds received for playing in the NCAA Tournament in 2002. Michael Adams and Vince Dooley's decision to withhold the Bulldogs from the 2003 NCAA Tournament will serve as the NCAA's punishment in terms of the school's post season play.

"They are to be credited for at least making it more time-specific to the violations and those involved in the case," Yeager said.

"Right from the outset there was cooperation from the University. Anyone voluntarily taking a team out of the NCAA Tournament is courageous. What that did was attract the volition closer to the individuals involved," said the commissioner.

Georgia's penalty was harsher than expected, and the Bulldogs' infraction means violator status for the Dawgs.

"The University of Georgia is on probation. It extends the repeat violator status extends for five more years," said Yeager.

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