Bobby Cremins hasn’t coached at Georgia Tech since 2000, but rivalries in college sports live on forever.
That’s why Cremins, now retired and a member of the NCAA’s committee on infractions, asked to be recused from a case he was originally assigned to.
Former coaches now make up members of the NCAA’s committee and Cremins was one of the seven panelists scheduled to hear Case No. 00122 against in-state rival Georgia and swimming & diving coach Jack Bauerle.
Even though Cremins hasn’t coached at Georgia Tech in 14 years, he felt it necessary to not be apart of the case for potential appearances of conflict of interest. From Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Mr. Bobby Cremins coached for many years at the University of Georgia’s in-state rival, Georgia Tech, and his appointment presents the appearance of a conflict of interest that the University would like to avoid,” wrote UGA’s attorney, Mike Glazier, of Bond, Schoeneck & King. “Thus, the University respectfully request that Mr. Cremins be recused. Such a recusal will alleviate the concern that Georgia athletics supporters may perceive a conflict and a less partial review of the University’s case.”
The Bulldogs’ plea proved unnecessary.
On July 25, Cremins asked to be recused from the panel “because he and Coach Bauerle have a friend in common,” an NCAA administrator replied. “In order to avoid either an actual conflict or the appearance of a potential conflict, Mr. Cremins believed recusal was necessary.”
The committee’s chair agreed and Britton Banowsky, the commissioner of Conference USA, was assigned to replace Cremins.
This didn’t seem like a completely necessary action from Cremins or the committee, but just a funny note in the history of the Georgia-Georgia Tech rivalry.