Georgia Tech Loses 12 Minutes of Practice for Video

Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this story about the minor penalty the NCAA imposed on Georgia Tech’s football for a violation that was spotted in promotional videos:

In it, strength coach John Sisk was shown talking to the team prior to a workout and, according to the violation report submitted to the ACC, threatened consequences for players who were late.

The problem was that the summer workouts are considered voluntary, so by definition a player shouldn’t face discipline for being late. This sort of talk from strength coaches in summer workouts surely is heard in most every FBS weight room in the country. It’s just not always filmed by a video camera and edited into a promotional video.

True to NCAA form, Tech’s self-administered punishment included shortening a practice in August by 12 minutes. The rule typically on matters like this is that there is a 2-for–1 punishment. There were three segments that were two minutes each, hence 12 minutes of practice taken away.

Sugiura ends his article with a standard call for deregulation, and this rule sort of got just that last fall. Football players will now have eight weeks of required weights and film study, eight hours per week, during which there can be consequences for being late. Easier for football coaches but harder for compliance and sports information, since you have to make sure you are filming the right type of workout over the summer to avoid documenting this type of violation.

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