I’ll be the first to admit I may have missed something, but when I read the stories about Auburn’s “Big Cat” weekend and, well, pretty much anything Junior’s done over the last five months, there have been plenty of references to secondary violations, but no mention of penalties for committing same.
So you can imagine my response to reading this.
Georgia has self-reported six secondary violations of NCAA rules this year, three of them involving the football program, according to information obtained from UGA under open-records laws.
One of the football violations involved four UGA players receiving complimentary tickets to an NFL game from a friend playing in the league. The resolution in that case, Baumgartner said, was for the players to repay the cost of the tickets.
Georgia wouldn’t release the names of the players, citing a federal law regarding the privacy of student records.
The two other football violations involved NCAA rules limiting phone calls to recruits.
In one case, a coaching staff member left a message for a recruit after another staff member spoke with the player the previous day. The penalty was a two-week ban on calling the recruit.
In another case, a UGA booster telephoned a recruit. The booster received “education” on the rules, Baumgartner said.
I’m not questioning the violations or the penalties in terms of whether Georgia deserved them. But I am curious about the fact that there was punishment meted out in all three cases. Is this a case of double standards, or simply better reporting than we’ve seen on the Auburn and Tennessee matters?