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Today in NCAA tedium: Mark Richt learns the difference between ‘reply’ and ‘forward’

Graham Watson
Dr. Saturday

Ah, today's cell phones. They're mini computers, really; crazy contraptions with all sorts of buttons and touchscreens and doodads that take a computer science major -- or a 7-year-old -- to figure out.

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That's why it's always entertaining to hear about a college coach creating NCAA violations because of improper use of the cell phone.

Georgia coach Mark Richt became the latest victim of that new-fangled contraption by accidentally texting a recruit and his family -- twice.

Last month, Richt sent two text messages from his cell phone to the father of football prospect Jordon Jenkins. Ross Jenkins sent Richt a text on May 26 asking about camp dates. Because Jenkins number was not in Richt's phone, it came up unidentified and Richt tried to forward the text to a recruiting assistant. Instead, he replied.

Doh!

Richt immediately reported the incident to compliance director Eric Baumgartner. When Richt went to forward the text to Baumgartner, he replied to Jenkins for a second time.

Double doh!

NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1.2 prohibits members of the football coaching staff from sending text messages to recruits or their family members until a day after they have signed their national letter of intent.

It's interesting that in a world where 84-year-old Joe Paterno can Skype that Richt doesn't know the difference between a left-facing arrow (reply) and a right-facing arrow (forward).

Shockingly, Richt isn't the first SEC coach to not understand how to use his phone. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley also had to report a secondary violation last summer after he was trying to send an email to prospect tight end Nick O'Leary via Facebook and ended up publishing the email on O'Leary's Facebook wall. Facebook email is OK, but Facebook wall is an NCAA violation.

O'Leary ended up signing with Florida State.

At least these coaches fessed up to their minor NCAA crimes. They could have gone the Kelvin Sampson route and pretended they didn't know they were on their phone in the first place.

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