A Georgia football player who jumped the gun on name, image and likeness activity was suspended for a game during its just completed national championship season after the school reported the NCAA violation.
The player signed memorabilia for money prior to July 1, 2021 when the NCAA changed its policies to allow college athletes to take advantage of their notoriety.
Georgia listed the date the violation was reported as Sept. 29, 2022 and the player was held out of a game after the school learned about it, said UGA deputy athletic director Will Lawler who oversees compliance.
Georgia did not name the player involved nor the game he missed but said he repaid the impermissible benefit.
The school listed five violations total in the second quarter of this academic year from October 1-Dec. 31 and six total since July 1, according to information the school disclosed in its list of NCAA self-reported violations.
One violation was for sports wagering through a fantasy sports app. The athlete’s sport and any action taken as a result was redacted from the report. The school cited federal student privacy laws.
The school reported a violation from April 30, 2022 involving gymnastics for using an “impermissible recruiter,” when two people not from UGA were at an off-campus meal during a prospect’s official visit.
The gymnastics staff was kept from sending any electronic correspondence or making or receiving phone calls for seven days. The involved coach was barred from those activities for 14 days as well as any on or off campus recruiting for 14 days. The entire staff was kept from recruiting off campus for 14 days.
Two violations were listed with the women’s basketball program.
Players exceeded their weekly athletically related activities by 30 minutes one summer week in a violation dated July 1. The team cut practice by one hour during one week of offseason workouts as a result and the staff was provided rules education.
A women’s basketball assistant also committed a violation when she conducted an off-campus evaluation of recruits enrolled at a non-scholastic institution outside of the July evaluation period. That violation was reported on Sept. 11. The evaluation was counted as a recruiting opportunity for those prospects and the women’s basketball staff’s total recruiting days for 2022-2023 were reduced by two.
A second football violation reported in the first quarter of the academic year involved a coach calling a junior prospect after a permissible January window and prior to the next allowed date. The school listed the violation date as Feb. 9, 2022.
The coach was kept from calls or electronic correspondence for 14 days. The staff was prohibited from calling that recruit for 30 days.
Georgia listed all the violations as Level III which are considered “isolated or limited in nature,” and “provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage.”