Georgia Football Self-Reports Minor NCAA Violations

    Georgia's football team has self-reported NCAA violations. The Bulldogs maintain that they are minor in nature.

    March 18, 2017

    Georgia’s football team has self-reported NCAA violations. The Bulldogs maintain that they are minor in nature.


    Georgia is expected to be an SEC East and perhaps a national title contender if it catches a few breaks and gets improved play across the board in 2017, but Kirby Smart’s program is dealing with a little bump in the road this offseason.

    The Bulldogs have reported three violations within their football program to the NCAA, but none of them are expected to result in any significant sanctions from the governing body. According to the Savannah Morning News, the minor violations occurred during the 2016 college football season.

    One of the violations apparently involves recently dismissed defensive line coach Tracy Rocker making an improper phone call to a recruit. Rocker received a letter of admonishment after he called a recruit on September 8 as well as his father on September 9 when he was not scheduled to make a call. Rocker had been dismissed from the program without a reason, so the departure makes a little more sense now.

    Another phone violation occurred when a non-coaching staff member returned a phone call to a high school coach to discuss a player’s eligibility. Only head coaches and assistants can make such calls.

    The third violation involved a guest of a recruit taking a photo of the UGA football team during a recruiting visit and posting it online. Those kinds of pictures cannot be shared with media, so Georgia was deemed responsible for the violation once the photo went live online.

    Despite these slip-ups, it is expected that the program will merely receive a warning and no harsh punishment.

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