Evans to appeal NCAA ruling

The University of Georgia issues the following response to today's announcement by the NCAA of sanctions it will impose as a result of its investigation of the men¹s basketball program.

The University of Georgia has cooperated with the NCAA in this matter from the very first day. Because the university recognized the seriousness of the matter and withdrew from post-season competition at the conclusion of the 2003 season, the committee credited that cooperation and did not impose any further post-season ban.

"We appreciate that acknowledgment of our cooperation and the difficult and complex task the committee faced," said Director of Athletics Damon Evans. "But, we remain concerned about the extent of the additional penalties, in particular those that have to do with the four-year probation and a reduction of men¹s basketball scholarships by one each of the next three seasons."

In that this investigation has drawn out for more than a year, Evans said, recruiting for the UGA men's basketball team has already been negatively impacted.

"Because of this, and the cooperation the university has exhibited throughout the investigation process, it is our opinion that four years probation and the scholarship reductions are excessive. Therefore, we will file an appeal seeking a reduction in the penalties," he said.

As the media previously have reported, the violations found in the matter have already been addressed and the corrective actions recommended by the committee are already in place.

UGA President Michael F. Adams said, "I am pleased that the investigative portion of the matter is finally concluded and we have received the NCAA report. We are prepared to move forward as an institution with full attention to the new safeguards in place as we appeal a portion of the sanctions. I have great confidence that the UGA men¹s basketball program has a bright future."

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