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More phone related violations for Georgia

Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:43 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

You know, in order to continue playing football at a school, a player is expected to perform to a certain level while in the classroom. Grades have to be maintained, or eligibility is taken away. I'm starting to wonder if the coaches and assistants at Georgia shouldn't be held to the same standards. I really think it would be to Georgia's benefit if coaches were forced to take a "How To Use A Phone 101" class.

Remember last week when Georgia was hit with some secondary violations for inadvertant text messages that Mark Richt sent to a recruit's father? Well, guess what? Georgia's inability to properly utilize a phone is going to bite it in the butt once more.
Inadvertent telephone communication once again has forced UGA to report secondary NCAA violations to the Southeastern Conference office.

This time it involves Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon. According to Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s Aug. 1 letter to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, obtained by the AJC via state and federal open records laws, McClendon thought he was calling a friend named Jay Harris when he accidentally called recruiting prospect Drew Harris instead. Harris is a four-star running back prospect from Exton, Penn.

What made this a violation is McClendon’s call was made on May 29, 2011. Fellow UGA assistant coach Scott Lakatos had made a recruiting call to Harris on May 3. Therefore the second call was deemed to be a violation of two NCAA bylaws that restrict telephone contact with recruits.
I generally find when people use the acronym SMH -- shaking my head -- on Twitter to be extremely annoying, but I can't help it, you guys, after reading that I am SMH so hard right now. It's an innocent mistake, yes, but you would think Georgia coaches would learn from their mistake the first time.

Make sure you know who you are calling and texting before you send the call or the text. It's simple. If you need help, seek out one of the players to guide you through the process.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 12:48 pm

More phone related violations for Georgia

Maybe they should get some of them old people phones that have big buttons and displays so they can see what they are doing... Ha Ha.  Maybe they could use the old butt call excuse next time. Well anyway go Dawgs

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 10:51 pm

More phone related violations for Georgia

ok if you buy the coaches statement that he was trying to  reach an old buddy with the same name I got some bridges I can sell does this go, plugs teh number for one guy in going by last name only? or he has the number programmed into his phone and says harris and gosh darnit it goes to the recruit...wait doesnt that eman the recruit is programmed into the coachs phone? it wasnt mentioned in the article but I wonder how long the phone call lasted after the coach figured out this wasnt his old buddy and he had better get off. richt had a better story.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:10 pm

More phone related violations for Georgia

Never mind, I'm biased, ignore me.

I give you credit for admitting your bias... however, I completely agree with you.  Seems pretty lame that it counts as a violation.  Then again, who knows if he took the time to throw in a quick "while I have you on the phone..."  But I'm guessing this was pretty innocent.

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:49 pm

More phone related violations for Georgia

SMH. All jokes aside, this seems like a really minor violation. From the sound of the article, it seems like McClendon accidentally dialed Drew Harris but did not talk to him in the area of recruiting. Probably just said it was a mistake and hung up. Never mind, I'm biased, ignore me.

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