17 athletes did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech acknowledged Friday that it certified 17 athletes as eligible when they had not met the NCAA's academic requirements.
Athletic director Dave Braine said the violations -- which Georgia Tech considers secondary -- were reported to the NCAA. The school offered to penalize itself, but did not reveal the nature of its proposed sanctions.
"Certainly there was no deliberate intent to incorrectly certify student-athletes," Braine said in a statement. "At the time, we believed that these athletes had met all the necessary criteria."
Seventeen athletes from four different sports were certified as eligible when they had not met NCAA requirements. The violations occurred over the last five years.
Georgia Tech did not release the names of the athletes, citing privacy laws.
All but one of the athletes earned the required 24 credit hours for the academic year with an acceptable grade point average, the school said.
"All of the cases can be characterized as errors of omission, not commission," Braine said. "Still, we accept responsibility for the mistakes that were made, and we have new procedures in place to prevent future errors."
He said six of the athletes had graduated, while two more are on track to earn their degrees this school year.
"The remainder," Braine added, "have made significant progress toward their degrees."
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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