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Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:23 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 6:18 pm
Georgia Tech has vacated its 2009 ACC Championship and was put on four years probation by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. first reported the Yellow Jackets would vacate the 2009 ACC title.

Georgia Tech’s penalties include using ineligible student athletes during the 2009 season. Two of those student athletes involved are former wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and defensive back Morgan Burnett, a source said. Thomas was a first round pick in the 2010 NFL draft and Burnett was a third-round selection.

In 2009, Georgia Tech defeated Clemson 39-34 in the ACC championship game in Tampa, Fla., and then ended the season with a 24-14 loss to Iowa in the Orange Bowl.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions cited Georgia Tech for a lack of cooperation during an investigation, a failure to meet the conditions and obligations of membership, and preferential treatment violations.  The official punishment, according to the NCAA release, included a $100,000 fine, recruiting restrictions, vacation of records, and four years probation.

The football team, specifically, will suffer from the four years probation that will last until July 13, 2015, and the vacation of all contests won by the football team during the 2009 season after November 24, which includes their ACC title game victory over Clemson. Georgia Tech's crimes in the football program stem from a lack of action after being made aware of eligibility questions with a student-athlete. was told Thomas and Burnett were involved.

Judging by the phrasing in the report, the NCAA was most upset with Georgia Tech's attitude towards possible violations/investigations.

"The staff members provided, before the NCAA could conduct their interview, information about what would be discussed in the interview," NCAA Committee on Infractions chair Dennis Thomas said. "These actions impeded the enforcement staff investigations and hindered the Committee in getting to the truth in this case. Otherwise this case, as it pertains to the football program, would have been limited to impermissible benefits and preferential treatment violations."

The report from the NCAA goes on to state that the student-athlete in question competed in the final three contests of the 2009.  In this case, several items of clothing (valued at approximately $312) was the culprit.  A friend of a sports agency employee gave the gifts, and thus the student-athlete was ineligible for those contests.

"The championship game that they played in was vacated," Thomas said. "Most people in athletics take that very seriously as a major deterrent for playing ineligible athletes."

Despite the issues with Georgia Tech as an institution during the infractions process, no individuals were penalized as a result of non-cooperation.

"The committee felt that a show cause was not appropriate," Thomas said. "The committee reviewed the evidence and did not feel that anyone needed to be singled out in terms of an individual violation. We looked as it being more of an institutional matter."

"This case provides a cautionary tale of the conduct that member institutions should avoid while under investigation for violations of NCAA rules," the committee stated in its report.

Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson said the school could have done some things differently.

"Georgia Tech is committed to the integrity of its athletics program, including full cooperation and support of the NCAA," Peterson said. "Given the information we had at the time, I believe we took reasonable and appropriate steps to determine the proper course of action and acted in good faith. Looking back, there are things we could have done differently. Because of our unwavering commitment to NCAA compliance, we have already taken a number of steps to address perceived shortcomings, hopefully ensuring that our programs remain beyond reproach."'s Chip Patterson and Bryan Fischer contributed to this report.


Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:04 am

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

Hey GOLFNBEER2!  Everyone, including the NCAA knows that Georgia Tech runs a clean program.

If ya'll run a clean program, then why did you just have yer Championship jerked out from underneath ya?????......

Classic case of denial......but, but, but, but.............

Now your gonna tell me how your case is different from the rest of us that got busted.......tooo fuuuny.

Everyone in prison is not guilty huh?


Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 6:47 pm

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

Apparently the ncaa believes that an accused MUST testify ("co-operate") against itself, voluntarily disclose evidence against it self, and be charged with lying, if the ncaa investigators claim not to believe its disclosures or individuals who give testimony. In addition, anyone who is no longer subject to ncaa rules and refuses to testify, is conclusively presumed to have admitted whatever claims have been made as to their involvement.  Whatever happened to the "presumption of innocence", which is a cornerstone of American jurisprudence?

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2011 5:29 pm
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Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:52 am

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

Hey JaxDawg05. nice going there idiot!  UGA won the 2009 that will supposedly be vacated!  Why not learn the facts before shootin' off your mouth about things you have no idea about!  Have a nice day!Yell

Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:29 am

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

Hey GOLFNBEER2!  Everyone, including the NCAA knows that Georgia Tech runs a clean program.  They did nothing wrong except they didn't bow down at the altar of the NCAA.  Now, If I were you, I wouldn't be so vocal about the NCAA an cheatin' because everyone knows when the NCAA comes calling at your place, they're going to have a field day!  Tech is still the 2009 ACC Champion (they beat Clemson TWICE that season!) and they will continue to have a great program with good student athletes that graduate and become productive members of society.  And yes, the Ramblin Wreck and those beautiful, intelligent cheerleaders are getting ready to take the field in September!   Come on down and join us for a great time!

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:56 pm

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

It seems like GT had little to hide, the coverup is worse than the crime?  The NCAA is fighting fo its relevancy.  NCAA football and basketball in particular is becoming quasi-professional.  High profile players getting preferential treatment, and let's be honest, only about half of them are truly student atheletes.  Anyone who ever attended a college probably has seen this, stars are taken care of.   The NCAA lacks manpower to investigate every school.  When they do investigate, they seem hellbent on making an example out of rule-breakers in an effort to scare the other schools straight.
     So if you dislike GT, this comes as good news.  But  I don't see how any rational fan could be 100% confident their school is not breaking any one of the thousands of rules.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:03 pm

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

OUCH! TUOS is going to get the bulls horns!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 2:55 pm

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

I do not know why so many people try to turn these penalities into something they are not.  USC got hammered because the school did not cooperate with the NCAA.  Same is true here with GaTech.  The NCAA comes down much harder on the culprits when the school does not cooperate and show remorse.  This is really not about a house for Bush's parents or $300+ on clothing.  This is about cooperating with the NCAA.  Fail to do so and face the wrath.  Same with Ohio State, their issue is not about gold pants no matter how much their fans try to make it out to be.  It is about a HC at a major university lying to the NCAA, and the school basically doing nothing about it until the heat got to hot for them.  I do think they have wised up a bit as ohio state is and has done quite a bit of self-reporting with much of the info out there.  Once gee made his stupid that did not go over well, the school has turned over a new leaf of cooperation, at least that is what they are trying to portray.  We will see if it works.  But, if ohio state receives a milder punishment than USC did, cooperation will be the reason. 

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:50 am

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

Gotta love the NCAA- $312 worth of clothing gets your school four years probabtion, forfieture of games and titles, fines, and scholorship reductions. Buying a quarterback for $100K+ is OK, though, so long as you go undefeated and are playing for a National Championship. The mistake the Georgia Tech kids made was taking the clothes themselves instead of having them "donated" to their dads as part of a clothing drive or something...

To all young athletes, remember, it's not if you cheat, but how you cheat, that matters to the NCAA...

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:41 am

Georgia Tech vacates 2009 ACC title

Thomas and Burnett still adamantly deny that the charges the NCAA made about them are true. Both of these men are now NFL players and no longer part of Georgia Tech. If what they say is right, then they should sue each NCAA investigator for slander and seek $1,000,000 each. An individual is entitled to sue another individual in that manner and no institution need be involved.
If the charges are true, then they should own up to it and stay quiet.
I am very sad as an alumna that my alma mater was tangled up in all of this, but I understand that they had shoddy legal counsel to guide their responses. That lawyer was fired. He is now working for Auburn. That should work out well!

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