published Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Georgia formation violates NCAA rule

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    Carver's Isaiah Crowell gains yards at Calhoun High School in this file photo.
    Staff Photo by Angela Lewis

Georgia ran an illegal formation in January that has resulted in a secondary NCAA violation.

During Isaiah Crowell’s official visit, the touted tailback was taken to the new indoor practice area and encountered Bulldogs football players wearing jerseys in an offensive alignment that contained everything but a running back. Georgia coach Mark Richt wanted to create the feeling that Crowell was needed but in doing so violated NCAA rules on game-day simulations.

Georgia reported the violation and has barred Richt from calling any recruits or their parents in April, which is during the spring evaluation period.

Crowell, a 5-foot-11, 210-pounder out of Carver High in Columbus whom ESPN rated as the No. 1 tailback nationally, signed with the Bulldogs within two weeks of the Jan. 23 violation. Georgia recently reported five secondary violations as the result of former Bulldogs players David Pollack and Randall Godfrey speaking at the Jan. 28 commitment ceremony of Thomasville defensive end Ray Drew.

Georgia did not self-impose any sanctions as a result of the Drew incident.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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