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Georgia Reports Five NCAA Rules Violations

Georgia was certainly happy to land defensive end prospect Ray Drew last month, but his public announcement to attend the school has gotten the Bulldogs in some trouble.

Drew’s announcement at Thomas County High School resulted in five NCAA violations for Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia has reported those violations to the NCAA.

One problem for Georgia was the presence of former players David Pollack and Randall Godfrey at Drew’s announcement. Pollack and Godfrey both spoke to the crowd after Drew announced his commitment to Georgia.

Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity reported the information in a letter to the SEC office on March 4.

“The University of Georgia (UGA) is reporting an institutional violation of NCAA Bylaws . . . within our program,” McGarity wrote in the letter, according to the AJC. “The violation involves prospective student-athlete (PSA) Mr. Ray Drew and two former letter winners who appear to be representatives of the University’s athletics interests.”

The Bylaws that were violated should result in only secondary violations for Georgia. Drew’s eligibility, which will ultimately be determined by the SEC and NCAA, shouldn’t be affected because of these violations.

If that turns out to be the case, Georgia will take a slap on the wrist knowing it landed one of the top prospects from inside the state. The Bulldogs will just need to be careful to make sure a similar mistake is not made in the future.

 


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