The NCAA has decided to extend Georgia Tech’s probation to June 13, 2017 after they found Tech “failed to monitor its sports programs.”
According to ESPN, the NCAA stated Georgia Tech made 478 impermissible calls and 299 impermissible text messages to 140 prospects. Nine programs were at fault, and most of the violations were made by the football program, as well as the men’s and women’s basketball programs in 2011 and 2012.
Greg Sanky, the chief hearing officer for the NCAA committee on infractions stated that they did accept the school’s self-imposed sanctions but they were not enough.
“In considering appropriate penalties, the panel reviewed and adopted the institution’s self-imposed penalties and corrective measures; however, the panel was troubled by the fact that this is the institution’s second major infractions case in the past three years and that the case involved both intentional violations and individuals’ conscious decisions not to report identified violations,” Sankey said in July.
The probation stems from 2011, when former Georgia Tech and current Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas should have been ruled ineligible for receiving benefits from a former player. The university was placed on probation for four years, fined $100,000, and returned its 2009 ACC championship trophy for allowing an ineligible player on the field.
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