The University of Georgia has reported secondary rules violations withing its football program to the NCAA. The violations involved head coach Mark Richt handing out money.
No, it’s not what you think. He’s not been paying players. He’s been giving an extra farthing or two to his assistants and support staff.
According to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through the Freedom of Information Act, Richt “made personal payments of more than $25,000 to coaches and support staff due to what he perceived as inadequate compensation for those individuals.” Richt wrote three staff members checks from his personal accounts after UGA declined to give the men raises.
Richt’s generosity was a violation of NCAA bylaw 22.214.171.124. That rule is designed to regulate the amount of supplemental pay staff members can receive.
Here’s who Richt provided extra cash to:
* Charlie Cantor, former recruiting assistant, $10,842 in 2010-2011
* John Jancek, former linebackers coach, $10,000 in 2009
* John Eason, director of player development, $6,150 in 2010
All three men and Richt must now go through NCAA rules education. Richt and athletic director Greg McGarity would not get into specifics on the report with the AD saying simply: “The reports stands on its own. There’s nothing to add. We’re moving forward.”
We’ll add only this: If we’d been told an SEC coach was going to get into trouble for being too nice… we’d have put our money on Richt.
UPDATE – It has been reported this afternoon that Richt also paid $15,227 to 10 non-coaching staff members when UGA refused to give them bowl bonuses (due to “difficult economic conditions being experienced by the University”). He also paid a five-year longevity bonus of $15,337.50 to tight ends coach Dave Johnson who left for a job at West Virginia just before his fifth anniversary rolled around. In addition, Richt paid $6,000 to fired defensive ends coach Jon Fabris in 2010 when the coach’s severance package had expired and he still hadn’t found a job.
Look up “good guy” in the dictionary…