Georgia formation violates NCAA rule

Georgia formation violates NCAA rule

March 15th, 2011 by David Paschall in Sports

Carver's Isaiah Crowell gains yards at Calhoun High School in this file photo.

Carver's Isaiah Crowell gains yards at Calhoun High...

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.