Friday, July 15, 2011

Kansas football foe GaTech slapped by NCAA


Kansas University’s football program might be staring down an overwhelming rebuilding project, but even so the Jayhawks are in far better shape than one of their 2011 football opponents.

Thursday, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions placed Georgia Tech on probation for the next four years, effective immediately.

“According to the committee, the university’s failure to cooperate and meet the obligations of membership compounded the seriousness of the case by adding onto what was originally an isolated instance of impermissible benefits and preferential treatment,” the NCAA said in a prepared statement.

In addition to the four-year probation, Georgia Tech was penalized with a $100,000 fine, having its 2009 ACC championship game victory vacated and a reduction in official men’s basketball recruiting visits for 2011-12 and 2012-13. Tech also accepted a handful of less-severe, self-imposed penalties.

The Yellow Jackets did not lose scholarships and were not banned from participating in postseason play.

Shortly after the NCAA’s ruling, Tech responded to the sanctions.

“Georgia Tech is committed to the integrity of its athletics program, including full cooperation and support of the NCAA,” Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson said. “Given the information we had at the time, I believe we took reasonable and appropriate steps to determine the proper course of action and acted in good faith. Looking back, there are things we could have done differently. Because of our unwavering commitment to NCAA compliance, we have already taken a number of steps to address perceived shortcomings, hopefully ensuring that our programs remain beyond reproach.”

Though not all of the specifics were made available, it appears that two of the school’s biggest infractions involved football. First, the NCAA said that members of the Georgia Tech football staff alerted a member of the football team about the scope of an upcoming interview despite the NCAA requiring that they not do so. Second, a player who accepted more than $300 worth of clothing from a sports agent was allowed to play the final three games of the 2009 season, including the ACC title game and a BCS bowl game.

Georgia Tech will play host to KU during the third week of the 2011 season on Sept. 17. Last year, the Jayhawks upset the 15th-ranked Yellow Jackets, 28-25, at Memorial Stadium, one week after dropping the season opener to FCS opponent North Dakota State.

Cover Jayhawks?

KU fans who enjoy playing video games may find cause to do a double-take in the next few weeks when spotting the cover of the new EA Sports game, NCAA Football 2012. That’s because there are several images out there on the Internet that feature a couple of Jayhawks on the cover of the popular game.

Don’t be fooled. As nice as the covers that include senior wide receiver Daymond Patterson or sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb look, they’re not the real thing. That honor belongs to former Alabama running back, Mark Ingram, now a member of the New Orleans Saints.

KU in better shape with QB?

On Wednesday, the University of Oklahoma picked up an oral commitment from Class of 2012 quarterback Trevor Knight, a four-star, dual-threat prospect from Ronald Reagan High in San Antonio.

While Knight’s decision to join the Sooners has nothing to do with KU directly, it might lead to some good news for the Jayhawks in the future.

KU and OU were two of the four Big 12 schools pursuing Seth Russell, a three-star QB from Garland (Texas) High. With OU turning its attention to Knight, Russell’s fondness for Kansas could grow.

“I’ve been leaning to Kansas and it is a great place,” Russell told’s Jon Kirby in a recent interview. “It is an opportunity of a lifetime and I think they have a great group of coaches. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to go travel to good schools. I’m trying to wait it out and see how things go, but hope to make a decision before the end of the summer.”

Russell is one of five QBs KU is targeting in the Class of 2012. He’s joined by Chicago’s Robert Gregory, 6-3, 181; Tommy Armstrong, 6-2, 210, of Cibolo, Texas; Lamontiez Ivy, 6-3, 225, of East St. Louis, Ill.; and Bilal Marshall, 6-3, 170, of Hialeah, Fla.

According to Rivals, KU has extended scholarship offers to all five quarterbacks.


ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 4 months ago

If your idea of an "opportunity of a lifetime" is to come play for 3-9 coach gill. . . !

And I swear, as much as a hater TK is, Tait is a homer. Dude was never offered by ou. All he got from ou was a " don't call us, we'll call you" while they continued to peruse other recruits. This and past articles makes it seem like turner walked in right behind stoops and came out with a future heisman when dude is not even a top 50 qb!

Chris Bailey 9 years, 4 months ago

I tend to doubt that a 3 star qd would go to OU. Why would they? I mean how many 4 and 5 star qb's do they currently have on their roster? I may be off base here but I just can't see why a 3 star FB recruit would go to OU with little chance to play when they could come to KU and have an excellent chance to see the field early! I don't agree with ahperse when he is knocking our school. I know you don't like gill but man you gotta give the guy a couple years. Who would you have thought we could get? I mean anyone we get when we're down is gonna be a newer coach. Keep bringing in the 3 and 4 star talent coach Gill! RCJHKU!

Ludwig Supraphonic 9 years, 4 months ago

I can't figure out your purpose. You want Gill out. Is ridiculing recruits a tactic toward that end? You know kids read their press clippings. KU is your alma mater and its ok to denigrate our programs because you have a more important personal agenda. Reminds me of people who say they support our military but hate the politicians; then conclude by characterizing our troops as mercenaries and rapists. If your intent is incendiary. I guess I'm providing the anticipated reaction. If your intent is humor. Please find targets other than 17 year old students.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm. My take would be that playing QB for a Big 12 (10, whatever) school WOULD be the opportunity of a lifetime for a lot of High School QB's. As much as people want to hate on KU football ( didn't we wn the Orange Bowl a few years ago? I must have dreamed that ) we're still a dream for some poor, misguided souls out there....good grief.

Michael Pannacciulli 9 years, 4 months ago

We need a stud qb and will get one. He will attract others to follow.

KGphoto 9 years, 4 months ago

Well, Long knows what it takes. He was hardly a prized recruit going to Iowa. And what he did with Heupel was pretty amazing. Actually I think Webb reminds me a little of Heupel. About the same size too.

Also interesting is that recruiting connection between OU and KU. I bet he and Stoops look at QBs in almost the exact same way. I know Russell is officially being recruited by Beatty, but Long had to be seeing the same qualities as Stoops. Stoops doesn't have to offer anyone until much later, and I bet this kids rating (if healthy) jumps a star before the end of the season.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 4 months ago

Gregory, Armstrong, Marshall, and Ivy are ranked 12, 14, 15, 23 by Rivals. One or more of these would be wonderful, especially in this small recruiting class. It is always nice to have a second DTQB, especially with the success of DTQB's turning into receivers or DB's.

Matt - How about an article on HS players injured during their jr yr, when rankings are formed, before going on to NCAA success? It seems that KU picked up quite a few recruits in the last 2 yrs who were injured during their jr yr, but are talked about having great potential.

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