Nine Georgia Tech programs cited for violating NCAA rules

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With a certain phone call dominating headlines when it comes to recent violations of NCAA rules, the case of the Georgia Tech athletic department has flown under the radar in some circles. Thursday the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions released a statement that the athletic department failed to monitor its programs, with nine programs being cited for making at least 478 impermissible phone calls and sending at least 299 text messages to recruits.

According to the statement the majority of the violations occurred in men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football from March 2011 to March 2012. Also of note was the determination that three days after meeting with the NCAA in April 2011 the men’s basketball program began making impermissible phone calls.

NCAA rules instituted new rules deregulating texts and phone calls to recruits on June 15, 2012, which allowed men’s basketball coaches to make an unlimited number of calls/texts to recruits who have completed their sophomore year in high school. Of course that change didn’t do Georgia Tech much good, since the cited violations occurred before the new rules went into effect.

The penalties self-imposed by the school on the men’s basketball program, which included limiting the amount of contact the staff could have with recruits, were handled during the 2012-13 season. In the NCAA’s judgment Thursday, it was recommended that the athletic department’s probation be extended until June 13, 2017.