Last summer, it was announced that the Tennessee Volunteers got busted for over 200 recruiting violations that ranged from minor rule-bending to major infractions. Around that same time, the NCAA began investigating the Florida Gators for NIL/recruiting violations, something that came to light over the past week. Now, another South Carolina football SEC rival is in the news for violations, but the infractions are a bit more comical.
According to a report from onlineAthens.com, the Georgia Bulldogs self-reported several minor infractions that won't require any punishment from the NCAA. The most "serious" of the charges involved calling a couple of recruits during non-contact periods and providing players with spending money.
The men's and women's basketball teams also self-reported small infractions, and a few other athletics programs were mentioned, as well. The equestrian team got in trouble for putting "four pieces of correspondence" together, which "created larger images." Whatever that means.
Where things get downright silly, though, is when the report shifts to talking about gymnastics. The Bulldogs violated NCAA recruiting rules by allowing gymnastics recruits to be photographed during an unofficial visit and when they put flowers and balloons in recruits' hotel rooms while they were visiting Athens.
North Carolina still hasn't been punished for offering fake classes because the classes were also offered to "regular students," as well. Auburn never received any punishment for getting caught as the highest bidder for Cam Newton. Yet, Georgia has to self-report flower arrangements, and Southern Cal's Reggie Bush still does not have his Heisman Trophy back after having it taken away for violations that could be legal today. The NCAA is a broken entity.
Thankfully, other than the "Whitney Hotel Scandal" and a few eligibility issues in Columbia, the South Carolina football program hasn't been affected too much by the NCAA's incompetence.