Posted: 10:28 am Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Tech NCAA penalty: 12 minutes of practice 

By Ken Sugiura

NCAA compliance is a strange world, and two self-reported minor violations by Georgia Tech point it out yet again.

You may remember that the football team produced a web series prior to the season, titled “The Process.” You may also remember some of the episodes spotlighting the team’s summer workouts. It turns out that a video promoting Tech ended up capturing a violation.

In it, strength coach John Sisk was shown talking to the team prior to a workout and, according to the violation report submitted to the ACC, threatened consequences for players who were late.

The problem was that the summer workouts are considered voluntary, so by definition a player shouldn’t face discipline for being late. This sort of talk from strength coaches in summer workouts surely is heard in most every FBS weight room in the country. It’s just not always filmed by a video camera and edited into a promotional video.

True to NCAA form, Tech’s self-administered punishment included shortening a practice in August by 12 minutes. The rule typically on matters like this is that there is a 2-for-1 punishment. There were three segments that were two minutes each, hence 12 minutes of practice taken away.

The other was a minor violation committed by men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory. He was speaking at a coaching clinic and used players from Gordon State College for a demonstration. Can you spot the violation?

It was deemed an impermissible evaluation of a potential student-athlete. Gregory was required to undergo rules education and received a letter of admonition.

It likely need not be repeated, but the NCAA rulebook as constituted is painfully flawed. It requires vigilance to byzantine rules – there is a rule that states that “an institution may provide fruit, nuts and bagels to a student-athlete at any time” – and makes rule breakers out of coaches who use junior college players for a demonstration of ball screens.

26 comments
pdmorgs
pdmorgs

Tech has an outstanding coach, if Bobby Dodd were here today you all would be calling for his hide.

GEEDUNK
GEEDUNK

Having CPJ has the coach is penalty enough !

Peachs
Peachs

Those 12 fewer minutes killed Vad's development as a TO QB!

It took him that long to read the defense before every play….

Peachs
Peachs

The very fabric of college sports, football and men’s basketball, is a recipe for comedy.I listened to the rants of that Seattle Seahawk defensive back, Richard Sherman, last week and then see he was admitted to Stanford.Didn’t sound like college material to me, more less Stanford.The purpose of college is to sound and look like you came from college.

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

Gordon is a junior college that offers (only in the last few years) a few four year degrees. It is not a four year school. It seems that if you have a heartbeat, you can be granted admission.Thanks to the taxpayers, the school continues to build one monument after another to the school administrators. Spend money so you can go to the taxpayer for more next year. 

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

The NCAA Rule Book (?) kind of reminds one of the U.S. Tac Code in a way. There are so many dumb rules, not to mention out dated ones, that no one can possibly know all of them. It is a shame when an institution must hire one or two folks for the athletic department, whose only job is to make sure that the teams are in compliance with all the various rules, legislated by this over rated institution.


D-Sheets
D-Sheets

Those 12 fewer minutes killed Vad's development as a TO QB! 

tomkat1111
tomkat1111

The strength  coach wasn't real bright to allow himself to be filmed while breaking the rules.

1980-was-so-long-ago
1980-was-so-long-ago

This whole thing is a joke, and a waste of time for all involved.


On second thought, is does stroke the power hungry fools at the NCAA.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

I see CPJ is still playing fast & loose with the NCAA rulebook.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

To be clear, the 12-minute reduction in practice was self-administered. Not that it doesn't make it any less silly.

Also, Gordon State College offers associate degrees. The school's bio of the men's basketball coach says that he built the Gordon State team "into one of the best junior college programs in the country."

Caius
Caius

"...and makes rule breakers out of coaches who use junior college players for a demonstration of ball screens."

Gordon State College is not a junior college, it is a senior college of the University System of Georgia.

 

ToddE
ToddE

LOL @juvenal

That was funny... and a sad reminder of the current state... **sigh**

POAD2013
POAD2013

What a FREAKING JOKE.


The NCAA is pushing (TEAMS that can afford it to LEAVE the NCAA in Football) to call BS and leave while telling the the NCAA to Suck Eggs with these BS violations.

TECH gets hit and the REAL OFFENDERS are allowed to continue to do as they as they please.


juvenal
juvenal

at least we don't have any titles they can take away......

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@collegeballfan


Dang!!! You mean GT got in trouble for using a UGA farm team to stage a teaching session???


Somebody needs to get Saban to chew some NCAA azz!!!  They don't mess with Sabie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DoctorG
DoctorG

@collegeballfan Rule is silly and I don't agree but Gordon competes in NJCAA doesn't matter what the USG says they are.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2013 

Every  time GT SCREWS UP, it is not someone else's fault.

Compare that to the situation involving CMR and a dunk contest that a Recruit was participating in, CMR thought twice, called the compliance guy at UGA and asked him about it, and then when the compliance guy gave CMR instructions, then he acted accordingly.

For a school that is always calling the UGA guys dummies, they sure do conduct their athletic business a LOT SMARTER than we do at GT.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@GeorgeStein


Are you crazy???  Why does the underachiever(your words) thrash your BUNGLEBEES  at will???????