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Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

Posted on: December 20, 2011 6:14 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Mark Richt has the reputation of being one of the nicer head coaches in college football, and he clearly cares about the assistant coaches who work under him. But to ask the NCAA, he maybe cares a little too much, and could stand to be a little less nice.

That's the verdict from the NCAA's review of a "lengthy internal investigation conducted" by Georgia and reported Tuesday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. According to documents obtained the AJC, over the course of nearly two years Richt made out-of-pocket payments to three assistants totaling more than $25,000. The payments were ruled a secondary violation by the NCAA.

Neither Richt nor the assistants will suffer any major punishment; each coach received a letter of admonishment from the university and will undergo further rules training. The payments were included as part of a larger report of secondary violations submitted by the school, including a minor incident of impressible contact with a recruit by defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

“The report stands on its own,” athletic director Greg McGarity told the AJC in declining comment. “There’s nothing to add. We’re moving forward.”

According to the report, Richt asked former athletic director Damon Evans for raises for both former recruiting assistant Charlie Cantor and former linebackers coach John Jancek. Evans declined, citing a university-wide pay freeze and furloughs, but Richt began writing Cantor a monthly personal check for $834; he wrote Jancek a check in the summer of 2009 for $10,000. When former Bulldog assistant and current director of player development John Eason was moved from the coaching staff to an administrative position, Richt paid him the $6,150 he stood to lose in lost salary.

Richt also provided several other payments to assistants and program employees which had already been approved by the athletic department and were therefore not considered violations; for instance, when former assistant Dave Johnson left the Bulldogs just short of receiving a $15,000 five-year "longevity bonus" and the administration declined to pay it, Richt did.

It's easy to see why the NCAA might frown on under-the-table payments like Richt's, since in a different situation they might amount to secret salaries or competition bonuses that aren't on the school's books. But it's equally easy to see why the punishment was so light when Richt's motives legitimately don't seem any more calculating than to do what he feels is right by his assistants.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:04 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

What a classy move, by coach Richt.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:12 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

ilovemykids, Atheism is itself a religion so who do you think you are to tell someone they can't express their's by expressing your's?  Express your ignorant beliefs if you like but don't tell others they can't do the same.

Hooterville2, sons-3's message applies to you too, you know.  What is it about your lifestyle that doesn't fit with Christian values, anyway?  We all fall short.    

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:37 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

There are other ways to handle this. The last time that the coach at the Univ of Missouri, Gary Pinkle renegotiated his contract, he did not take a raise. He negotiated for a raise for everybody else. It can be handled within the University system. It is not coach Richt's fault that the Univ of Georgia couldn't handle this better.

Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:48 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

To all of the ones that think that what Coach Richt done was in violation of the IRS. If one person gives another person a gift then it does not have to be reported as income unless it is above a certain amount. Futher more, do you think that the Coach would violate that law and also have everyone in trouble with the IRS?

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:27 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

OSUboys, while the other secondary violations are a bigger deal than this particular violation, I can't agree with your lauding of Richt for "taking money out of his pockets to help others" when you're referring to a millionaire giving sums such as this to guys that all make well north of $100,000 a year if not a couple hundred thousand a year.  That isn't exactly text book altruism in these times we're living in.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:23 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

....although I do agree that Richt is a class act and Georgia is lucky to have him.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:21 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

you are the reason we still have a reason to be on this earth, there are still souls to be matter the type of language you use, it only makes us care for you more and hope you have a great day!

 you are a stupid person and stupid people are more offensive than language......and please don't 'care' for me. Your type of 'care' is bondage.  


Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:18 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

This is just one more point showing Richt is 100% a class act.  If anybody doesn't know, look up the special needs children he adopted from the former Soviet Union.  I'm a Hog fan through my soul, but I wouldn't mind my son playing for Richt one bit. 

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:47 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

Just anpther example of how screwed up the NCAA is. Richt taking care of his people and gets in trouble, this is ridiculous. I have a great deal of respect for people who take money out of there own pocket to help others, Way to Go Mark, you are the man!!

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:38 pm

Richt payments to coaches are secondary violation

I guess next time Richt should just give his staff cash bonuses if the NCAA has a problem with it. 

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