Bobo punished for secondary violation

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia self-imposed six sanctions last week as a result of a secondary recruiting violation committed by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo in May.

Bobo is prohibited from recruiting off campus for 30 days following an incident at the NCAA Tennis Championships in May, when he and a recruiting intern escorted an unnamed recruit on an unofficial visit and his mother into Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex without paying the $8 admission during a campus tour.

Admission to UGA tennis matches is free during the regular season, but failing to pay admission to a postseason event violated NCAA Bylaw and a UGA ticket office staff employee reported the violation to Georgia’s compliance office.

In addition to Bobo’s recruiting limitation, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity informed SEC Commissioner Mike Slive in a Sept. 17 letter that UGA will reduce by two the number of allowed off-campus contacts with the prospect, prohibit on- or off-campus contact with the prospect for 30 days, require restitution from the prospect (his family has already submitted $20 payment) and declare him temporarily ineligible, and issue a letter of reprimand to Bobo.

The SEC accepted Georgia’s self-imposed punishment of the Level II violation.

“I think everybody’s making a big mountain out of a molehill here,” McGarity said Wednesday in response to media attention related to the violation. “If that was a regular tennis match, it wouldn’t have been any big deal at all. It just happened to be the NCAA match and you don’t even know if they were aware of that. It was totally innocent, but the bottom line is you have a responsibility when you have a situation like that that you have to report it.”

McGarity informed Slive in the letter that Georgia’s “compliance staff met with the coaching staff as well as the ticket office and event management staff regarding the provisions of Bylaw and reiterated that prospective student-athletes may not receive complimentary admissions to NCAA Championships or other postseason contests.”