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Former Georgia Tech head coach recuses self from Syracuse’s NCAA hearing

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Thursday and Friday are setting up to be important days for the Syracuse basketball program, with their meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis taking place. What course of action the NCAA ultimately decides to take in regards to Syracuse’s case will be learned at the end of those meetings, with the committee using the hearings and evidence acquired through its investigation to recommend possible sanctions.

Wednesday it was learned that one of the members of the Committee on Infractions, former Georgia Tech and College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins, has recused himself from the case due to his relationship with Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. Cremins discussed the situation at ACC Media Day.

“Jimmy and I are good friends,” said Cremins, who was attending the ACC’s media day here on Wednesday. “I had to immediately recuse myself.”

Cremins said it’s not unusual to have to recuse himself from an infractions case.

“One of the problems for me is I do know a lot of the coaches,” he said. “Most of my cases have been about other sports.”

The NCAA draws on a pool of 18 people to fill its Committee on Infractions. In most cases, the committee consists of six members. Cremins is the National Association of Basketball Coaches representative on the infractions committee.

As Cremins noted in the quote above this isn’t the first time he’s taken such a measure. In addition to the cases involving college coaches he may have prior relationships with, Cremins also recused himself from a case involving Georgia’s swimming program earlier this year. Cremins’ decision to recuse himself from that case came as a result of his sharing a mutual friend with Georgia swim coach Jack Bauerle.

Of course, there’s also the matter of the heated Georgia/Georgia Tech rivalry, which likely influenced Georgia’s request to have Cremins recused (their request came after Cremins’ request).

Report: College of Charleston to consider bringing back Bobby Cremins

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It has now been more than two weeks since the College of Charleston fired head coach Doug Wojcik due to allegations of mistreating his players, and with the season’s first game now less than three months away, the school has yet to hire a new coach.

The latest twist in the coaching search involves former head coach Bobby Cremins, according to a report from the Post and Courier.

Cremins coached at the program from 2006-2012, but left in January of his final season to take a medical leave of absence. He went 125-68 in his time with the Cougars, and was previously the head coach at Georgia Tech for 19 seasons.

The reason for the interest in Cremins, according to the report, is that Charleston wants to hire Anthony Johnson, an alum and a longtime NBA point guard, but they are worried about the fact that he has no coaching experience. Johnson would spend a season as an assistant on the Charleston staff, a de facto “coach in waiting”, before taking over for Cremins for the 2015-2016 season.

UConn did something similar a couple of years back when they hired Kevin Ollie as an assistant coach under Jim Calhoun. Ollie eventually took over for Calhoun when he retired. Fred Hoiberg was hired by Iowa State without any coaching experience as well. Both of those decisions have turned out to be quite successful.

Former Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins recused in Georgia NCAA investigation

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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.