Georgia And Kirby Smart Punished For NCAA Violations
Georgia and Kirby Smart were punished for NCAA violations recently.
On the heels of the Bulldogs’ college football season officially wrapping up, reports emerged regarding NCAA-highlighted recruiting violations.
According to a report by Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, Smart’s recruits got discounted or free school apparel on three separate occasions from March 2017 to January 2019.
As a result, Georgia was hit with a $10,000 fine for the indiscretions.
“It [the NCAA] also reduced its official visits by four for this recruiting cycle, took away three weeks of unofficial visits, reduced its evaluation days by nine this coming spring and three this past fall and stopped recruiting the unnamed recruits involved,” the Athens Banner-Herald noted.
Fortunately for Georgia, the NCAA ruled that this was only a Level III violation. Essentially a Level III violation means that no serious advantage was gained as a result of the broken rules.
It remains to be seen how these punishments impact the Bulldogs in the coming season.