NCAA Rules O'Leary Infraction a Secondary Violation|
April 23, 1999
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has ruled that the improper loan of Georgia Tech head football coach George O'Leary to former running back C.J. Williams was a secondary violation, Tech Director of Athletics Dave Braine announced Tuesday.
"We're relieved that the Committee agreed with our findings that the violation was secondary in nature," said Braine. "This keeps alive the fact that Georgia Tech is one of the few schools in the nation that has never been on probation in any sport. We feel like we have bee treated fairly."
"There was no recruiting advantage involved. The only reason George made the loan was to help the young man register for class. C.J. was already at Georgia Tech, there was a timing factor with C.J. coming to George at the last minute and the loan was repaid promptly."
As part of the ruling imposed by the NCAA's enforcement staff, O'Leary will have to miss Tech's final spring scrimmage this Saturday and he will have to coach from the press box in Tech's 1999 season-zopener against Navy in Annapolis on September 4.