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Accusations Lead to Firing of Harrick Jr.

March 06, 2003|From Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia fired assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. on Wednesday after he was accused of academic fraud and paying a former player's bills.

Athletic Director Vince Dooley announced that Harrick's contract would not be renewed when it expires June 30. In the meantime, the son of head Coach Jim Harrick remains suspended with pay.

Harrick Jr. was at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday night when the No. 25 Bulldogs defeated No. 3 Florida. He watched the game from a tunnel next to the Georgia bench and did not speak with reporters.

Harrick Jr. was suspended by the school after allegations by former player Tony Cole, who accused the coach of paying off phone and hotel bills. Cole has a receipt from Western Union that says he received $300 from "Jim Harrick" to cover the phone charges.

Even more serious, Cole charged that he received an "A" for a coaching class taught by Harrick Jr., even though he never attended.

Also, Cole alleged the coach did work for correspondence courses the player took before entering Georgia.

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