Tag:David Pollack
Posted on: March 9, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 5:02 pm

Georgia self reports 5 NCAA violations

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Take not of this, Jim TresselGeorgia found out about five violations the school committed stemming from its recruitment of defensive end Ray Drew and it reported them right away. Georgia didn't wait eight months in hopes that Drew could still play this season or anything!

The violations are all of a secondary nature, and are mostly a result of former Bulldogs Randall Godfrey and David Pollack -- a current analyst on ESPN -- attending Drew's commitment ceremony in January.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned that UGA had to report five NCAA rules violations to the SEC as a result of Drew’s Jan. 28 news conference at Thomas County Central High School. Drew, a five-star recruiting prospect, announced that day he was committing to the Bulldogs.  The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end has since signed a national letter-of-intent with UGA.
Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity detailed the violations in a March 4 letter sent to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. That letter was obtained by the AJC through an open records request.
“The University of Georgia (UGA) is reporting an institutional violation of NCAA Bylaws . . . within our program,” McGarity wrote in the letter. “The violation involves prospective student-athlete (PSA) Mr. Ray Drew and two former letter winners who appear to be representatives of the University’s athletics interests.”
Neither Godfrey or Pollack are named in the school's report, but there's plenty of evidence they were there from photos, and their presence is what caused Georgia to look into the case to begin with. The violations being of a secondary nature, it's not likely that the NCAA will impose any kind of punishment on the school, but odds are the SEC will. Though I wouldn't expect there to be loud repercussions.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 5:03 pm

Aaron Murray sprains ankle

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

UPDATE 4:55 p.m. EST: Georgia has issued its official statement on the Aaron Murray injury, and the verdict is: a sprained ankle, suffered during a pick-up soccer game. X-rays on the ankle were negative and Murray is not expected to miss any of the Bulldogs' spring practice. There is, as the saying goes, nothing to see here, other than a potential team policy change regarding the other kind of football.

Someone at the Red and Black has some explaining to do, it sounds like.


From earlier today:

It's been a positive offseason so far for Georgia, who saw their "Dream Team" concept take off on the recruiting trail, opened a dazzling new training facility, and have filled their position coaching vacancies in impressive fashion . But those positive vibes have come to an abrupt halt today with this report that starting quarterback Aaron Murray has suffered a major ankle injury.

According to UGA student newspaper The Red and Black, Murray broke his ankle in two separate places while participating in a "team activity" Saturday afternoon. Though the report has yet to be confirmed by university officials (the Red and Black reports that a confirmation or denial could come as soon as this afternoon), Murray was spotted using a pair of crutches on campus Monday.

If the report is accurate -- and Georgia legend/current radio personality David Pollack has already taken to Twitter to suggest it's not -- Murray will certainly miss Georgia's spring practice, casting the spotlight on early-enrolled true freshman Christian LeMay and sophomore Hutson Mason.

It seems highly unlikely -- ankle broken or not -- that Murray will miss any time in the fall. But with Mark Richt's job legitimately in the balance after their 6-7 disaster of a year ago, the Bulldogs can ill afford to lose any preparation time with the freshman All-American who will no doubt be the centerpiece of Mike Bobo's offense in 2011.

UPDATE 2:14 p.m. EST: Multiple other media sources on the Georgia beat are saying that Murray has sustained an injury of some kind, likely to his foot, but that's it's not a broken ankle and that Murray could still participate in most of spring practice. At this point, it seems somewhat unlikely the Red and Black report is entirely accurate.

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