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UGA reports recruiting violation with Crowell

"{Crowell] was on campus for his official visit January 21-23, 2011. On Sunday, January 23, 2011, head coach Mark Richt and the football staff arranged for the offensive linemen, wide receivers, fullback and quarterback to gather during [Crowell's] official visit exit meeting in the indoor practice facility that Coach Richt’s office overlooks. The current student-athletes walked into the practice facility and were dressed in their game-day uniform tops only and looked up toward Coach Richt’s office. "Coach Richt [Crowell] and [Crowell's] family left his office to join the group. By the time [Crowell] made his way to the field, the team was in an offensive alignment without a running back. [Crowell] was subsequently handed a jersey and stood in the vacant running back position created by the team. . . . Afer [Crowell] stood in the position, the student-athletes broke from the alignment and talked to him. The activity lasted less than five minutes." Richt "has reported that the idea was to create a feeling for [Crowell] that he was needed at the running back position that was left empty by the team," McGarity wrote in the letter to the NCAA. According to the letter, Richt knew it would be against NCAA rules to use equipment or run a play involving a recruit, but did not know the limited Jan. 23 activity was against the rules. The SEC subsequently informed Georgia that the incident constituted a violation of the NCAA rule against "game day simulation" for prospects. Georgia asked the NCAA to consider the violation secondary in nature. Secondary violations are considered inadvertent, resulting in no significant recruiting advantage. "UGA does not believe a recruiting advantage was gained as [Crowell's] mother has stated that her son knew he was going to attend UGA since he was a young child," McGarity wrote No word about the puppy......

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