Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball program filed an appeal Friday against sanctions imposed by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
The Yellow Jackets were banned from post-season play this year, placed on four-year probation, and fined $5,000 and 2% of their budget. This came after the NCAA accused the school of allowing boosters to interact with student athletes and later committing violations.
According to the NCAA, a booster took prospects and current student athletes to strip clubs, offered them free meals at a lounge and provided more than $2,000 worth of clothes, shoes, lodging, meals and transportation.
Tech’s appeal called some of the penalties arbitrary and said they were given without consideration of NCAA rules.
“As I stated when we received the decision from the Committee on Infractions in September, it is our strong belief that the severity of the penalties imposed has a direct and unfair impact on current student-athletes,” Georgia Tech Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury said in a statement.
Stansbury also called the penalties unprecedented. The infractions were handed down by the NCAA on Sep. 26 and Tech filed a notice of appeal on Oct. 11.