Georgia Bulldogs Football: Coach May Have Committed NCAA Violation

James Walker@BRJamesWalkerAnalyst IIJuly 19, 2010

Say cheese!

As you can see in the photograph, Stacy Searels, an offensive line coach with the University of Georgia, posed with Zach DeBell, a recruit from Jacksonville, Fla. at "Dawg Night" in Athens, Georgia this past Friday night.

As harmless as this may seem, the NCAA has certain rules regarding "publicity" in terms of schools and potential recruits.

According to Section 13.10.9 (Recruiting), "Publicity released by an institution concerning a prospective student-athlete’s commitment to attend the institution shall occur only after the prospective student-athlete has signed a National Letter of Intent or after the prospective student-athlete’s signed acceptance of the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid. Such communications (with no limit on number or content) may be released to media outlets at the institution’s discretion except as limited by Bylaw 13.10.9.2. However, an institution is prohibited from purchasing or receiving commercial advertising (e.g., print, media or billboard) to be used to identify a prospective student-athlete by name or picture. "

Here is the link: http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2010/07/16/ot-zach-debell-becomes-commiment-no-14-for-georgia-bulldogs/.

 If Zach DeBell signs the letter of intent, he will be part of Georgia's 2011 recruiting class.

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