Violation: using 17 academically ineligible athletes in four sports, including 11 in football. NCAA said Tech's registrars and academic advisers were inadequately trained in NCAA regulations and the "institutional failure" to train the employees on NCAA rules "constitutes a non-debatable lack of institutional control." Investigators found six student-athletes were allowed to count grades of D for satisfactory progress even though their majors required grades of C or better. Four were allowed to continue in athletics despite lacking the necessary percentage of degree requirements.
Penalty: Two years probation. Reduction of scholarships to 79 total grants-in-aid for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years in football, down from the normal limit of 85. Tech voluntarily reduced its 2005 and '06 football signing class by six. No TV or bowl restrictions placed on the football program.
Note: The school had proposed self-imposed sanctions, including one year on probation. Georgia Tech argued the violations were not intentional and might appeal.
Corrective Measure: Tech hired a new official in the registrar's office whose main duty is to ensure athletes meet the proper academic requirements.
Violation: Academic fraud by a former graduate assistant football coach and a woeful compliance record under its former athletic director resulting in "lack of institutional control." Included was the charge of the former graduate assistant providing test answers to two prospective junior college transfers taking a correspondence course exam in his dorm room. The school admitted, among other things, to permitting football players to share answers when completing online courses.
Penalty: Three years probation (KU had placed itself on two years probation following the investigation, but the NCAA added a year). Loss of three football scholarships and one in men's basketball for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.
Note: Investigation determined the academic fraud happened without head coach Mark Mangino's knowledge.
Violation: "Gross academic fraud" and
other NCAA violations in football, men's basketball and volleyball involving 28 student-athletes and one prospect. Three former employees – head basketball coach, assistant football coach and athletics academic advisor – provided answers to lesson assignments and exams, falsified academic documents and attempted to cover up the fraud.
Penalty: Four years probation. Loss of one basketball scholarship and three football scholarships in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Other football penalties for 2007-08 academic year (imposed by the school): reduce by five the number of official visits; delay the start of preseason practice by three days; reduce off-campus recruiting by football coaches by seven days. In addition, exclusion from the Southland Conference telecasts of football and men's basketball.
Note: At the time of the infractions, the university's compliance coordinator was out of work with a serious illness. According to the NCAA committee, the university tried to cover the coordinator's duties without hiring a replacement.