September 02, 2009
Georgetown has been one of the worst programs in the Big East the past few seasons, and apparently on-the-field isn't the only area where they're having issues. In a release on Wednesday, the NCAA announced it was placing the Hoyas on three years probation.
The probation stems from the baseball program's misuse of federal work-study funds, which many of the program's players participated. The NCAA said that Georgetown paid more than $61,000 in excess funds to 26 baseball student-athletes.
The payments may have been deemed legal if the Hoyas had given the players a sufficient amount of work for the hours in which they were paid. However, the most startling aspect of the investigation is the fact a second assistant with the program facilitated the abuse of the work-study program through inattention and misguidance.
Ultimately, the NCAA found that Georgetown lacks internal controls to monitor the program. Hoyas head coach Pete Wilk has been with the program for 10 seasons, but told the NCAA he delegated the administration of the work-study program to his assistant coach and had little to no involvement in the daily oversight of the program.
Here is what is included in the three years probation:• 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.
This situation is alarming for Georgetown, and the fact an assistant coach was helping the players get by the system by essentially telling them not to report specific hours is simply incredible. In this case, the NCAA is right. It's simply a lack of institutional control.
To make matters worse, the Hoyas finished last season 17-34 and near the bottom of the Big East standings.
Georgetown hasn't announced if it plans to keep the current coaching staff intact.