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Georgia reports 3 NCAA violations involving football program

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Georgia reported three NCAA violations involving the football program last fall, according to documents obtained by multiple outlets through an open records requests Friday.

Though no classification was provided on the severity of the violations, all three look to be minor and without significant consequence.

One violation involved two Georgia assistant coaches who called a recruit and the recruit’s father in September. Both calls lasted one minute each. Former defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, identified as one of the two coaches, was not scheduled to call the recruit and received a letter of admonishment.

Georgia was not prohibited to call the recruit from Nov. 13-26 as punishment. Rocker, who also was revealed to have been fired Friday when he left the school in February, is not believed to have been dismissed for the violation.

Another violation took place when a non-coaching staff member returned a phone call to a high school coach about a recruit’s eligibility. Only a head coach or on-field assistant coaches are permitted to call about recruiting matters.

The involved Georgia assistant who told the non-coaching staff member to take the call from the high school coach was prohibited from taking calls from the recruit for 30 days. The coaching staff in general was barred from any contact with the recruit for seven days.

A third violation occurred when a guest of a recruit on an unofficial visit took photos and published them onto a media entity’s website. Media entities are not permitted to be present during recruiting contact between players and coaches.

As punishment, the photographer will no longer be allowed to receive complimentary tickets or media credentials from the school.

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(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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