Georgia Tech has reported a minor violation by head coach Paul Johnson, who apparently made premature remarks regarding the status of incoming Stanford transfer Patrick Skov. ESPN’s Matt Fortuna reported the story, which was originally broken by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Per the report, Johnson announced Skov’s joining the program 30 minutes too early.
NCAA rules state that schools may not comment publicly on either unsigned recruits or transfers, only being allowed to say that they are indeed interested in a certain player. Georgia Tech classified Johnson’s actions as a Level III violation and the incident was settled with him attending a rules education session.
This is not the first time that the Yellow Jackets’ football program has ended up in trouble, as the team was placed on four years’ probation in 2011 and had its 2009 ACC title stripped after it was revealed that former wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had received impermissible benefits while a player.
The probation was extended for two years last season after it was learned that coaches made a great number of impermissible phone calls to recruits in 2011 and 2012.
Hopefully, this is the last violation that occurs under Johnson’s watch.
Georgia Tech opens the 2015 season at home against the SWAC’s Alcorn State Braves on September 3.
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