NCAA puts Georgetown on three-year probation due to excess work-study pay for baseball players

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has put Georgetown on a three-year probation due to major rules violations related to work-study payments to 26 baseball players between 2000 and 2007. The NCAA is also vacating all records of games from that period that implicated players participated in.

According to a letter from University President John DeGioia, the Department of Athletics paid an excess $61,522 in work-study compensation. DeGioia writes that this is Georgetown’s first major NCAA rules infraction, and it was self-reported.

The NCAA released a press release today explaining the punishments for the violation:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation (September 2, 2009, to September 1, 2012).
  • Limit of five equivalency scholarships for baseball for 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years (self-imposed by the university). The committee extended this restriction to the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. If the institution has already obligated more than five equivalencies in baseball for the 2009-10 academic year, it may delay the initiation of this limit to 2010-11, in which case this penalty will end with the 2012-13 academic year.
  • Financial penalty of $61,000.
  • Vacation of all wins in which any of the involved 26 baseball student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2000-01 through 2006-07 baseball seasons.

Expect more information in tomorrow’s edition of the Voice.

Photo from Georgetown Athletics.

4 Comments on “NCAA puts Georgetown on three-year probation due to excess work-study pay for baseball players

  1. Wait, so does this mean that they paid them to play for Georgetown with work-study money? Or did they pay them too much for their work-study jobs? If the latter, I’m thinking that would be a very harsh punishment to give and would hardly consist of a “major” violation, although that is a lot of money either way.

  2. Ha. They didn’t even have scholarships to begin with- hence the work study jobs. 61 k is a lot of money (though not compared to the $600 million the NCAA made off March Madness last year), but if you divide by 26 over 7 years, it’s really not that much. And they scholarship cap- they don’t even have that many now. Good work NCAA. Baseball should probably be a club sport- it’s treated like one at least.

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