Friday, July 15, 2011

Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) Clobber Georgia Tech

The NCAA announced the finding from a probe of the Georgia Tech football and basketball programs relating to issues involving players from the 2009 ACC Championship and improper basketball recruiting under former head coach Paul Hewitt.

The news was not good for the Yellow Jacket faithful, as the NCAA is looking for the football program to vacate the 2009 ACC Championship.

The Yellow Jackets are facing four years of probation, a loss of their 2009 football ACC title, limitations of their basketball official visits to 10 for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, and a loss of two recruiting days. Georgia Tech, which will be on probation from July 14, 2011, to July 13, 2015, also received a $100,000 fine.

Georgia Tech president G.P. "Bud" Peterson responded to the NCAA allegations in a press release.

"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."

The Yellow Jackets could appeal the loss of the ACC Championship title, which they claimed when they beat Clemson 39-34 in Tampa to win their first outright ACC title since 1990.

Thomas and Burnett were ineligible for the final three games of the 2009 season.

The reason the Jackets were stripped of the title was because of their interference with the investigation, according to NCAA.

NCAA investigators hinted the football allegations would have been secondary violations had the Jackets fully cooperated.

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