A few quick hits from this afternoon’s NCAA teleconference with Dennis Thomas, the NCAA’s chair of the Committee on Infractions:
Had Georgia Tech cooperated, Thomas said it’s possible the university would have been faced with secondary violations instead of major violations, but declined to elaborate on how much less severe the penalties would have been.
Georgia Tech’s lack of cooperation and the fact that it is a repeat offender (two major violations in five years) is what doomed it in this investigation. “It is absolutely critical for the involved institution to assist at every turn the enforcement staff to retrieve accurate information,” Thomas said.
Thomas insisted the NCAA was not making an example out of Georgia Tech because of the other violations that have gone on across college football this year. “The committee is not in the business of setting examples. The committee is in the business of reviewing the information that is presented at the hearings and rendering a decision based upon the information that is presented. I want to be very lucid about what you indicated about an example. That does not factor into the process. The process is simply making decisions based on the information that is presented in a fair and objective manner.”
Thomas said it was a "total institution process," that's why individuals weren't punished -- they didn't feel anyone needed to be "singled out."