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Georgia self-reports secondary violation made by football staff member

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Georgia has self-reported a secondary violation involving the football program, The Macon Telegraph reported Friday.

The violation took place sometime since Jan. 1.

“An assistant football coach informed a non-coaching staff member that he had spoken to a high school coach regarding the academic standing of a (prospective student-athlete) and the high school coach would be calling for additional details,” the school wrote in a document obtained by the newspaper. “The staff member missed several calls from the high school coach and returned the high school coach’s call to discuss the (prospective student-athlete) initial eligibility standing.”

The returned phone call made by the staff member is considered to be impermissible.

As punishment, the SEC prohibited the staff member from contacting the recruit or anyone associated with him for 30 days. The coaching staff in general also was barred from any contact with the recruit for seven days.

Georgia’s internal punishment of providing rules education to the football recruiting staff and writing a letter of admonishment to the staff member found in violation of NCAA rules, which the SEC accepted.

For the staff member, it was the first secondary violation that he has committed. He, along with the assistant coach, were not named in the document.

In March, Georgia self-reported three NCAA minor violations that took place last fall.

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