GaTech suggests penalty for playing ineligible athletes

Updated: May 18, 2005, 10:40 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech has proposed going on NCAA probation for one year for allowing 17 athletes to participate in four sports from 2000-2004 even though they should have been ruled academically ineligible.

The NCAA infractions committee is scheduled to review the case this weekend in Indianapolis and issue a ruling in six weeks. Athletics spokeswoman Allison George confirmed Wednesday the school has suggested probation.

Georgia Tech and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed that the widespread nature of the infractions implied a "lack of institutional control," and that the errors were inadvertent.

But NCAA precedent and advice from the Atlantic Coast Conference led Tech to suggest the probation, athletics director Dave Braine told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"We're throwing ourselves on the mercy of the court," Braine said.

It would be the first probation for the Yellow Jackets.

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