The University of Georgia announced tonight its football program has been placed on NCAA probation for one year, without television or bowl sanctions but with sharp reductions in football grants-in-aid for the 1985-86 and 1986-87 academic years.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association prepared a similar announcement at its Shawnee Mission, Kan., headquarters.
Georgia will be permitted 23 scholarships in 1985 and 23 in 1986, instead of the normal 30 in each of those years, according to the university's sports information director, Claude Felton.
Georgia must also reduce the total number of football squad members receiving financial aid from 95 to 90 in the 1985-86 academic year and to 87 in the 1986-87 year.
The school released a statement from the NCAA, which said its Committee on Infractions levied the penalty primarily because of the actions of Georgia boosters not employed by the university. It ordered Georgia to prohibit three boosters from further recruiting.
Unidentified members of the coaching staff were cited for arranging "one-way automobile transportation" for a player from Athens to his home about 50 miles away.
Frank J. Remington, Infractions Committee chairman, praised Georgia's cooperation in the probe.
Georgia coaches "were not involved in the serious violations in this case and were unaware of the violations committed by outside representatives, (but) the university's football program should bear the responsibility for the clear violations that did occur."
Vince Dooley, the football coach and athletic director, said, "We are disappointed with some aspects of the NCAA committee's action. However, considering the extensive and prolonged inquiry and both the small number and nature of the violations involved, I think we can have a very positive feeling about our program. I plan to address all the points involved at a press conference on Saturday."