Auburn football Coach Pat Dye has said the Southeastern Conference
ATLANTA (AP) _ Auburn football Coach Pat Dye has said the Southeastern Conference should take away Georgia’s all sports trophy, but Bulldogs Athletic Director Vince Dooley said Dye doesn’t understand the rules.
Dooley said Tuesday the penalty drawn by a school placed on probation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association determines the SEC’s action.
Dooley’s remarks followed comments by Dye who told an Auburn alumni meeting in Atlanta Monday night that the SEC, after taking away Florida’s conference football title, also should take away Georgia’s recently awarded trophy for excellence in all sports.
″But what he (Dye) didn’t take into consideration is the conference stance that was established several years ago (in 1979),″ said Dooley, also Georgia’s head football coach. ″In the event of penalties handed down by the NCAA, championship eligibility is determined by the severity of the penalty.
″If a penalty involves sanctions against postseason competition and TV appearances, then the school is ineligible for SEC championship competition in that sport. The issue isn’t the individual, but the severity of the penalty. The penalty is the dividing line.″
Dye had said, ″If they’re going to take Florida’s football championship away, then I think they should take Georgia’s all-sports trophy away because they used an ineligible player all year.″
Dye was referring to Georgia basketball center Cedric Henderson, who last month was declared ineligible by the NCAA when the Bulldogs’ basketball program was placed on probation for recruiting violations.
Georgia’s football program also is on probation for recruiting violations, but the penalties against the Bulldogs did not involve bowl or TV sanctions.
Florida, placed on probation for recruiting violations, received bowl and TV sanctions after the 1984 season, when it won its first SEC football championship. The SEC presidents decided two weeks ago to strip the Gators of their 1984 title.
Last month, Georgia won its first Bernie Moore Trophy for overall athletic excellence. The trophy is decided on the basis of points allocated for a school’s finish in each sport.