Thursday, June 16, 2011

OOPS! Mark Richt's accidental texts leads to secondary NCAA violations.

 Nobody's perfect, even goody two-shoes Gerogia head football coach Mark Richt. (Though you could obviously tell that from the Dawgs' record the past couple of seasons). Georgia had to report two secondary violations to the NCAA due to Richt "accidentally" texting a high school prospect...twice.

"In Athletic Director Greg McGarity’s letter of explanation to the SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, dated May 27, he explains that Richt accidentally sent two text messages from his Blackberry to the father of football prospect Jordan Jenkins of Harris County on May 26th (text messages to prospects or their family members are impermissible per NCAA rules until one day after a prospect has signed a national letter of intent with the school). In the first instance, Richt received a text from Ron Jenkins asking for camp dates. Since Richt did not have the number programmed in his phone, the text was identified as “unknown.” Richt intended to forward the text to a recruiting assistant for identification but accidentally replied to Mr. Jenkins, which was a violation NCAA Bylaw

Richt immediately reported the inadvertent violation to compliance director Eric Baumgartner, who subsequently asked if Mr. Jenkins had replied. In an attempt to forward Mr. Jenkins’ response to Baumgartner, Richt accidently replied to Mr. Jenkins again, hence he had to report another text violation."

Oh well, it could have been worse. He could have sent the recruit a picture like this one:

Anthony Weiner, anybody?

(via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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