In September 2019, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Infractions found the Georgia Institute of Technology men’s basketball program responsible for committing violations of NCAA legislation.
The violations include the facilitation of an impermissible recruiting contact between a prospective student-athlete and a representative of the institution’s athletic interests during the prospective student-athlete’s official paid visit. Additionally, that the former men’s basketball assistant coach violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct and responsibility to cooperate when he provided false or misleading information to the institution and/or NCAA enforcement staff and attempted to influence a men’s basketball student-athlete involved in the incident to provide false or misleading information to the institution and/or NCAA enforcement staff. Finally, an individual determined by the NCAA to be a representative of the Institute’s athletics interests provided and/or arranged for impermissible benefits to two Georgia Tech men’s basketball student-athletes and a men’s basketball student-athlete from another institution, and that additionally, the individual impermissibly contacted the men’s basketball student-athlete from another institution via text messages and phone calls.
Penalties levied by the NCAA include:
* penalties appealed by Georgia Tech; appealed penalties are stayed during the appeals process
Georgia Tech also self-imposed employment separation and a three-year disassociation from the assistant coach involved in the first two violations, and a permanent disassociation from the individual involved in the third violation.
Additionally, Georgia Tech self-imposed corrective measures, including enhanced rules education, enhanced head coach review of activities during and following official visits, reviews of official travel parties and trip expenses, a travel letter for all donors participating in away travel with official travel parties, and review of travel during vacation periods, including any travel and related expense sources.
The Institute remains committed to operating all of its athletics programs within the letter and spirit of NCAA, ACC and Institute rules and regulations.