On Friday, the NCAA denied Georgia Tech's appeal to have sanctions reduced, including the loss of its 2009 ACC football championship.
The appeal stemmed from an NCAA ruling in July stipulating that Yellow Jackets pay a $100,000 fine and return its 2009 ACC championship trophy as punishment for allowing ineligible receiver Demaryius Thomas, to plasy. As icing on that cake, Georgia Tech was given recruiting restrictions and placed on probation for four years.
In announcing Georgia Tech's appeal had been denied, the NCAA noted the school "was cited for preferential treatment violations, a lack of cooperation during the investigation and a failure to meet the conditions and obligations of membership."
Georgia Tech appealed the failure to cooperate and conditions of membership violations, as well as the vacation of records penalty claiming playing Thomas did not create a “competitive advantage.”
NCAA said Georgia Tech should have declared Thomas ineligible after he accepted gifts from a former player who was working for an agent. Friday's ruling by the NCAA's appeals committee is final.