ATLANTA -- Georgia will not contest the NCAA's finding of four rules violations in the school's basketball program, according to the Athens attorney who headed the university's investigation.
The NCAA outlined its findings in a letter recently sent to
university president Michael Adams, former basketball coach Jim
Harrick and Harrick's attorneys.
"There were no surprises in this letter," attorney Ed Tolley
said Monday. "It was exactly what we expected."
Though only three of the four rules violations in the NCAA
report had previously been made public, Tolley said each of the
violations had been self-reported. Charges of academic fraud and
improper benefits were known in March when Harrick was suspended
and then forced to resign.
When evidence of academic fraud and improper benefits was
confirmed in Georgia's investigation, the school pulled the
basketball team out of the Southeastern Conference and NCAA
Harrick's son, assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., was named in
three of the violations. Harrick Jr. was suspended and later fired
by Georgia last year.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the details of
the NCAA's findings on its Web site Monday.
Harrick and Georgia officials have until March 2 to respond to
the NCAA's findings.
The letter from the NCAA says its Committee on Infractions
expects to consider Georgia's response at its April 16-18 meeting
in Indianapolis, and determine then if the university's own
sanctions on the basketball program are sufficient.
The university should learn about two weeks later if it will
face any further sanctions, Tolley said.
"We feel like the punishment we imposed on ourself will
certainly make an impression on the committee and will be enough to
accommodate the needs of the NCAA," Tolley said.
The previously undisclosed violation found by the NCAA was that six Georgia players received extra benefits not allowed by the NCAA
by making $1,572.66 in personal long-distance telephone calls
during basketball road trips.
"We actually self-reported those phone calls in April of 2003,
during the course of our investigation," Tolley said. "The phone
calls were known to the basketball staff but were not known to the
After the allegations of improper benefits were first made by
former Georgia player Tony Cole in an interview with ESPN in
February, Georgia began its own investigation in cooperation with
NCAA and Southeastern Conference officials.
Georgia quickly uncovered enough evidence to first suspend and
then fire Harrick Jr. before suspending Harrick and pulled the 19-8
team out of the postseason tournaments.
The inquiry includes the allegation that Harrick Jr. provided
$300 in a wire transfer to Evan Davis, a friend of Cole, for Cole's
personal expenses. It also accuses him of violating the NCAA's
principles of ethical conduct for his involvement in the wire
Also, the inquiry states that Harrick Jr. "fraudulently awarded
grades of 'A' to three men's basketball student-athletes" enrolled
in a physical education course he taught in the fall of 2001-02. As
related to that alleged violation, the inquiry states that Harrick
Jr. encouraged players Chris Daniels and Rashad Wright "to
provide misleading information to the institution and NCAA
The NCAA found no irregularities in Georgia's recruitment
of basketball players Alexander Johnson and Larry Turner, who were
accused of academic fraud by Georgia officials. Johnson, from
Albany, Ga., now plays at Florida State. Turner, from
Milledgeville, Ga., plays at Oklahoma.