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NCAA penalizes Georgia Tech for ineligible athletes

November 18, 2005

   INDIANAPOLIS (AP) --  The NCAA's infractions committee has
placed Georgia Tech on two years probation and vacated records in
several sports for using athletes who were academically ineligible.

   The case involves 17 student in four sports who over a six-year
period were certified as making satisfactory progress toward their
degrees, even though they fell short of NCAA standards.

   The violations and penalties involve the sports of football,
men's and women's track and field and women's swimming from 1998
into last year.

   The infractions committee also adopted a number of scholarship
reductions self-imposed by the Georgia Tech. Victories by the Tech
teams when using the ineligible athletes will be dropped from the
record books.

   Tech had also proposed one year of probation because of the
infractions. The Yellow Jackets have never been on probation in any

   The school and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed that that
the widespread nature of the infractions implied a "lack of
institutional control," but also that the errors were inadvertent.

   The school has since hired a new official in the registrar's
office whose main duty is to ensure that athletes meet the proper
academic requirements.

   All 17 athletes, 11 were on the football team. The NCAA says
four campus officials signed off on their course-work, although a
large number of non-degree-applicable courses were included.

   In addition, six of the Tech athletes were allowed to count
courses for which they received grades of D, even though their
majors required a C to count toward graduation.

   In addition to the two-year probation,
details of the vacated records, scholarship reductions and other
penalties imposed by the NCAA against Georgia Tech include:

   _ Public reprimand and censure.

   _ The university's self-imposed a reduction of six initial
football grants-in-aid for each of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic
years. The committee added a limit of 79 total grants-in-aid for
the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years, after determining that the
limit on initial grants-in-aid did not affect total grants-in-aid
for 2005-06.

   _ The school's self-imposed grants-in-aid reduction of 3.90 in
men's track and field for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years.

   _ The self-imposed a grants-in-aid reduction of two for women's
track and field for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years.

   _ Georgia Tech "shall vacate the performance of its football
team for all contests in which the 11 ineligible student-athletes
competed. The points contributed to team totals by ineligible
student-athletes in men's and women's track and field and women's
swimming shall be vacated. Team scores shall be reconfigured

   _ Tech's self-imposed a $5,000 fine, payable to the NCAA, for
allowing ineligible student-athletes to compete in NCAA
championships/bowl games.


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