Friday , Jun , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Georgia basketball scholarships restored

Athens, GA (Sports Network) – The University of Georgia will regain three
men’s basketball scholarships the NCAA had stripped in the wake of the Jim
Harrick scandal.

Last August, as part of a four-year probation sentence the school received,
the Bulldog basketball program had one scholarship taken away over each of the
next three years. Georgia appealed the decision and the NCAA Infractions
Appeals Committee partially ruled in its favor.

The probation period, however, will stand.

“I was very pleased with the decision,” said Georgia athletic director Damon
Evans in a statement. “We felt like we had a legitimate case to present, and
we are pleased that the Infractions Appeals Committee was in agreement with
our position on the scholarship reductions. We are now ready to put this
experience behind us and move ahead with our basketball program.”

The Bulldogs suffered through an 8-20 record during the 2004-05 season with
only seven scholarship players.

“This is exciting news for our basketball program as we work to recover from
the events of 2003,” stated head coach Dennis Felton. “Once and for all, we
can put this episode behind us and move forward in the building of our great
program at Georgia.”

Harrick was suspended by the school on March 10, 2003 amid allegations of
impropriety, including academic fraud in a class taught by his son, and he
resigned 17 days later, entering into retirement.

The NCAA found that assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. fraudulently issued grades
of “A” to three of his players in a class called “Coaching Principles and
Strategies of Basketball.”

A separate recruiting violation concluded that Harrick Jr. provided $300 to a