Georgia football reports 3 minor NCAA violations
Three minor NCAA violations were reported by Georgia football, all of which occurred in November and December of 2016.
Last September, during a non-contact recruiting period, two Georgia assistant coaches called a recruit and the recruit’s father. Both calls lasted a minute. The identity of only Rocker, then the defensive line coach, is listed in the report, which was provided via an open records request.
A letter of admonishment was given to Rocker, who it is noted was not scheduled to make a call to the recruit “the week in question.” As further self-punishment, the football team was prohibited from calling the recruit (also unidentified) from Nov. 13-26.
The violation was reported on Nov. 29, the same day another violation was reported. In that one, the guest of a recruit took photos during an unofficial visit and posted them to a “media entity’s web site.” The media website is not identified.
The school reports that the photographer was prohibited from receiving any more tickets and would no longer receive media credentials.
In December, UGA reported a non-coaching staffer called a high school coach to discuss eligibility. While the call was a “return call,” the university agreed to provide additional training and education to staff about which calls are permissible. The team self-imposed a punishment of barring the staffer from receiving any calls from that recruit or anyone affiliated with him for 30 days and the entire recruiting staff was prohibited for a full seven days.
Only one person was identified in the documents – Rocker – who has already been fired for reasons that are unclear.