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UGA Reports NCAA Violations Relating To Richt Paying… His Assistants

The University of Georgia has reported secondary rules violations withing its football program to the NCAA.  The violations involved head coach Mark Richt handing out money.

No, it’s not what you think.  He’s not been paying players.  He’s been giving an extra farthing or two to his assistants and support staff.

According to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through the Freedom of Information Act, Richt “made personal payments of more than $25,000 to coaches and support staff due to what he perceived as inadequate compensation for those individuals.”  Richt wrote three staff members checks from his personal accounts after UGA declined to give the men raises.

Richt’s generosity was a violation of NCAA bylaw  That rule is designed to regulate the amount of supplemental pay staff members can receive.

Here’s who Richt provided extra cash to:

* Charlie Cantor, former recruiting assistant, $10,842 in 2010-2011

* John Jancek, former linebackers coach, $10,000 in 2009

* John Eason, director of player development, $6,150 in 2010

All three men and Richt must now go through NCAA rules education.  Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity would not get into specifics on the report with the AD saying simply: “The reports stands on its own.  There’s nothing to add.  We’re moving forward.”

We’ll add only this: If we’d been told an SEC coach was going to get into trouble for being too nice… we’d have put our money on Richt.

UPDATE It has been reported this afternoon that Richt also paid $15,227 to 10 non-coaching staff members when UGA refused to give them bowl bonuses (due to “difficult economic conditions being experienced by the University”).  He also paid a five-year longevity bonus of $15,337.50 to tight ends coach Dave Johnson who left for a job at West Virginia just before his fifth anniversary rolled around.  In addition, Richt paid $6,000 to fired defensive ends coach Jon Fabris in 2010 when the coach’s severance package had expired and he still hadn’t found a job.

Look up “good guy” in the dictionary…



As long as he was not giving the money to them to give to players, etc. It seems picky.


That doesn't even make sense to me. How is it improper to pay the employees directly under you out of your own pocket? What business is that of the NCAA? Not that that has ever stopped them from making stupid rules before, but just sayin'....


Wasn't Galen Hall fired for less?


If I remember correctly, payments to assistants was the main reason Hall was fired, at least that is what newspapers reported at the time.

I don't think anyone knew about any other violation until after Spurrier was hired. I think Spurrier thought the payments to assistants shouldn't have caused any significant trouble with the NCAA but he commented that he was really disappointed to learn an assistant coach made a payment. He said that any coach should have known it was obviously against the rules.

I don't think Hall was aware that the assistant coach made the payment for the player.

Silver Creek Dawg
Silver Creek Dawg


The difference in the Galen Hall and Mark Richt situations is that the UGA administration knew about Richt and the UF administration didn't know about Hall.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator


Hall was accused of making child-support payments for one of his players... in addition to paying assistants extra cash. The child-support deal was the bigger issue from what I recall. Also, Florida had just been smacked around by the NCAA for numerous Charley Pell violations. The school was not looking to get bombed by the NCAA for the second time in a short span.

Thanks for reading. I'm going to have to dig back into that case.



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