Harvey-Clemons talk puts Richt on phone suspension

semerson@macon.comMay 4, 2012 

ATHENS - Mark Richt's premature commenting on Josh Harvey-Clemons on signing day cost the Georgia head coach two weeks of telephone priviledges.

Back on Feb. 1, Harvey-Clemons announcement his commitment to Georgia. It was the day's major signing for Georgia - except Harvey-Clemons didn't sign until the next day, as his grandfather wavered on signing the letter-of-intent. In the meantime, however, Richt had talked about the defensive standout from Valdosta during an interview on ESPNU.

Georgia reported the secondary violation the next day. The SEC returned its verdict on April 23, according to documents provided by UGA: Richt was prohibited from "placing recruiting telephone calls for a period of two weeks." The violation was also termed a Level II violation, the lesser of the secondary violations.

That is the only secondary violation the football program has reported since February. The men's tennis and volleyball programs have each reported two.

Of Feb. 10, men's tennis head coach Manny Diaz purchased silicone wristbands for members of his team. Each bracelet costs $2.45. That's against NCAA rules. Diaz received a letter of admonishment from UGA and was told he would not be reimbursed.

The volleyball violation involved impermissible contact with a prospective recruit.

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