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Post Update: Richt confirms waiver request

Wednesday April 22, 2009

Closing the loop on an earlier post from today
Mark Richt said at Wednesday evening’s Roswell Bulldog Club meeting that a waiver has been requested from the NCAA which would clear Richt to attend the high school graduation of incoming offensive lineman Chris Burnette if Burnette finishes as his class’s valedictorian.

The waiver is necessary due to NCAA bylaw which states,

In bowl subdivision football, the head coach shall not engage in off-campus recruiting activities, participate in an off-campus coaching clinic, visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution for any reason, or meet with a prospective student-athlete’s coach at an off-campus location during the April 15 through May 31 evaluation period.

Of course Burnette’s status as valedictorian won’t be cemented until the end of the academic year, so the need for the waiver is still up in the air. Richt did not comment further about the status of the waiver request or its likelihood of being granted, but the process has at least been started.

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