Thursday, May 18, 2006

And the Final Word Is ...

The NCAA released it's final findings after Georgia Tech's appeal [LINK] and all the big penalties stand, unfortunately. The key sections are here:
In its written report, the Infractions Appeals Committee upheld findings II-A-1-c; II-A-1-f; II-A-2-f; and II-A-3-b without further review stating that Georgia Tech had failed to raise the statute of limitations issue during the Committee on Infractions hearing. The Infractions Appeals Committee determined that any statute of limitations issue must be raised in a manner, and at a time, sufficient to provide the Committee on Infractions with a reasonable opportunity to consider the matter.
(in other words - we did a crappy job from the beginning with this. Big surprise, and nice work by the administrative staff)

and here:
Regarding the penalty for grants-in-aid limitations [III-C], the Infractions Appeals Committee found no basis to conclude that the penalty was excessive or inappropriate. Georgia Tech originally self imposed penalties to reduce the number of initial counters by six for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years. The Committee on Infractions imposed an additional penalty limiting the university to 79 overall counters for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. The Infractions Appeals Committee determined that such a penalty is not inappropriate because it is provided for in Bylaw The Infractions Appeals Committee found further that there was no basis on which to conclude that the penalty was excessive.
The good news though:
Regarding the penalties related to the vacation of football team records for all contests during the seasons in which ineligible student-athletes competed [III-F, III-H], the Infractions Appeals Committee determined that the Committee on Infractions’ decision was excessive in that the penalty was inconsistent with the Infractions Appeals Committee’s action in similar cases. Thus, the Infractions Appeals Committee reversed penalties III-F and III-H which related to the vacation of Georgia Tech's football team records.
Which means ... yes, Bulldogs - this really DID happen after all:


Blogger Dan said...

Best. Picture. Ever!

I had classes with The Goose. It used to take him 5 minutes just to walk out of the room. Watching him out scamper the entire UGAg defense with 8 (?) future NFL players will always be a highlight to me and now it still happened.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Goose is possibly the slowest person to ever play football at Georgia Tech - which made that play all the sweeter.

I'm not gonna lie, everytime I saw Kendrell Bell get blown by out here with the Chiefs last year it made me think of Goose.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

i watched that play thinking.

Did that just happen?

I think it was Hollingshed that missed the initial tackle and from there it still boggles my mind how long it took Goose to run 33 yards without being touched.

I think that 10 guys on the field on that play for UGA either got drafted or made an NFL roster.

Oh well. Shows what happens when a poorly prepared defense meets a great offensive coach like Ralph.

I'd post some stories a friend of mine (former manager) told me about donnan's practices vs. richt's practices. But it would just depress my readers so I don't.

Sum it up to say this...."In 2 years working for Donnan he had 1 week of practice as intense as a typical Richt week. That was UT 2000."

Otherwise, a Richt practice pre-Utah State was tougher than a Donnan practice pre-Florida.

That's why we played the way we did week in and week out. And it's why we play the way we do now.

Or as one of our LBs told me...."After 1 year with Donnan and 1 with Richt, I knew we were going to start winning. We had too much talent and suddenly we were working too hard not to win."

So much wasted talent under JD. Glad that's behind us.


7:09 AM  

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