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Division I Infractions Appeals Committee Releases Decision in Georgia Tech Case

On March 9, 2012, the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee (IAC) released its decision regarding Georgia Tech’s appeal of the July 2011 Committee on Infractions decision in their enforcement case. The IAC decided the findings and vacation of records penalty for Georgia Tech would be upheld. As part of its infractions case, the institution was cited for preferential treatment violations, a lack of cooperation during the investigation and a failure to meet the conditions and obligations of membership.  Georgia Tech appealed the failure to cooperate and conditions of membership violations, as well as the vacation of records penalty.  Other penalties in the case included a $100,000 fine, recruiting restrictions and four years of probation.

In its appeal, Georgia Tech argued the vacation of records penalty was not warranted because they did not gain a competitive advantage. However, the IAC found the facts of the case did support the findings of violations and additionally found it speculative to state a competitive advantage was not gained.

The public report from the IAC can be found here.

Additionally, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm provided an analysis of the Georgia Tech enforcement case and lessons that can be taken from the case in its July 2011 newsletter. The newsletter can be found here.




About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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