Georgia Southern given two years probation for ‘impermissible academic assistance’

The Georgia Southern Eagles were slapped with a number of NCAA ethical conduct violations on Thursday after it was ruled the two former employees gave three athletes impermissible academic assistance.

Because of these violations, the Eagles’ program were given two years probation by the NCAA.

It was ruled that a former assistant compliance director gave a student-athlete a flash drive containing her work for a course he was in at the time. Another former assistant director of student-athlete services violated rules when she submitted 10 extra credit assignments on the behalf of two athletes without their knowledge.

The NCAA laid down a list of penalties for the Eagles over the next two years. That list of penalties includes:

    • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
    • Two years of probation for the university from July 7, 2016, to July 6, 2018.
    • Three-year show-cause orders for the former assistant compliance director and former assistant director of student-athlete services from July 7, 2016, to July 6, 2019. During that time, an NCAA school employing either individual must appear with the individual before a Committee on Infractions panel.
    • A vacation of records in which student-athletes participated while ineligible. After the release of the public report, the university will identify the competition affected.
    • A reduction of two scholarships for the football program during 2016-17. If the university already has extended the scholarship agreements to prospects for 2016-17, the university may serve the reduction during 2017-18.
    • A reduction in the number of official visits for the football program during 2016-17 by 10 percent from the university’s four-year average.
    • A reduction of fall 2016 football evaluations by 10 percent from its four-year average.

Georgia Southern also self-imposed a $5,000 fine and a fine equal to 1 percent of the football team’s operating budget. Luckily for the team, they will not be handed a bowl ban during their probation.

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