University officials have filed their response with the NCAA regarding allegations of rules violations committed in the men’s basketball program.
UGA’s response included a 52-page report and some 1,500 pages of evidence. UGA officials flew to the NCAA’s offices in Indianapolis earlier to deliver the response. A hearing is expected to take place next month. The NCAA’s 10-month investigation led to four allegations:
- in the summer of 2001, former assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. provided $300 in a wire transfer payment to a friend of the former player for that player’s expenses;
- Harrick Jr. “failed to deport himself with the generally recognized high standards normally associated with the conduct and administration of intercollegiate athletics and violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct for his involvement in allegation number 1”;
- during the fall of 2001-02, Harrick Jr. fraudulently awarded grades of “A” to three men’s basketball players in a basketball course he taught; and
- in December 2001, six men’s basketball players received extra benefits by making $1,572.66 worth of personal long-distance telephone calls from three team hotels.