The NCAA rules on Hotelgate.

Citing “the university’s cooperation in the investigation, which went beyond standard expectations”, the NCAA accepts the Gamecocks’ self-imposed penalties and slaps a “failure to monitor” label on the program.  No post-season ban, though.

This is the part I found interesting:

The committee noted the trend of an increased importance placed on unofficial visits, particularly for football and men’s basketball. Rather than utilizing school-funded official visits, unofficial visits can be utilized to circumvent certain requirements for recruits to provide academic transcripts or test scores before they visit. These expanded recruiting opportunities are often funded by a third party other than the student-athlete’s family and provide coaches with important early access to prospects.

Sounds like the OBC was pushing the envelope and got caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  Chalk it up as one more thing he did differently from his days as a Gator.


UPDATE:  In case you’re wondering, here’s how the scholarship numbers break down…

Grayshirting just got tougher.


Filed under Recruiting, The Evil Genius, The NCAA

8 responses to “The NCAA rules on Hotelgate.

    • Good catch, but that’s not the way it reads on the NCAA’s official announcement.


      • gatorhater27

        Yeah, even the report he links to says 3 per year. Not sure where the writer got 12 from.


        • gatorhater27

          By the looks of it, the author is counting each of these as a lost scholarship, leaving me to believe he isn’t entirely sure how this stuff works.

          “Reduction of total football scholarships by three (from 85 maximum) during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
          Reduction of initial football scholarships by three (from the 25 maximum) during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years (self-imposed by the university).”


          • Cojones

            We should encourage that author to continue. Can’t you just see the SC angst created for the summer? Maybe into the season when he asks if this recruiting class and the class cap extend to this year.


  1. Coastal Dawg

    NCAA Enfarcement at its best.


  2. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The “punishment” of reduction in scholarships imposed by the NCAA onto USCe is fewer than the amount of scholarships UGA fails to use ordinarily. Just sayin.’