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UGA cooperates with NCAA on eligiblity questions

Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:49 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

When the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer began investigating the Columbus (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department, they discovered some interesting transactions involving a city-funded AAU baksetball team, the Georgia Blazers. included in these questionable transactions were possible impermissible benefits provided to two current University of Georgia athletes.

The report alleges that basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and sophomore linebacker Jarvis Jones received financial assistance from parks director Tony Adams and lieutenant Herman Porter through a misuse of state funds. The Columbus Police Department claimed the NCAA was aware of the investigation and the parties involved, but the university discovered these possible violations along with the rest of the public.

Basketball coach Mark Fox said he was "just made aware" of the allegations on Sunday, and UGA athletic director Greg McGarity said that the department had reached out to the NCAA and SEC regarding the allegations in the report.

"UGA and the student-athletes will work cooperatively with both entities as the process continues," McGarity said in the release. Do not expect to hear much more from Georgia until the issue is settled.

In Jones' case, the report alleges that a credit card designated for the AAU basketball was used to purchase flights to and from Los Angeles (Jones was committed to USC before a neck injury kept him on the sidelines and eventually he transferred to UGA) in 2009. Even though he was signed to USC at the time of the purchases, possibly penalties could be enforced on the 2011 season. Jones is expected to be a starting linebacker for the Bulldogs in the fall, and could miss 3-4 games if the NCAA determines the the plane tickets warrant an NCAA violation. Georgia starts their season with two of the biggest games on their schedule, facing Boise State in Atlanta on Sept. 3, and South Carolina in Athens on Sept. 10.
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Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:27 am
 

UGA cooperates with NCAA on eligiblity questions

Soesahed.......Please enlighten me as to where in this article it stated that the AAU was paying for Jones to play in games in GA?  The article I read said a credit card designated for the AAU Basketball team was used to purchase an airline ticket for him to and from Los Angeles.  I must have missed the part where they said they were paying for him to play in games in Georgia.  UGA in no way used improper funds to recruit this kid.  And since none of us know the nature of the situation other than this vague story, no one can say if any illegal activities occured or not.  AAU possibly using improper funds happened before he was signed with UGA.  It happened while he was signed with USC.  UGA's clean of any wrongdoing in this entire matter.




Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:13 pm
 

UGA cooperating with NCAA, SEC regarding Jones

What connection do the Georgia Blazers have to the University of Georgia?  Do they receive any support from UofG and was any influence brought to bear upon Jones to return to Georgia?  That the AAU was paying for him to play in games in Georgia does indeed recruit him to play for Georgia.  This is a recruiting violation and should cost Jones the entire year of eligibility, not just a few games.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:13 pm
 

UGA cooperating with NCAA, SEC regarding Jones

What connection do the Georgia Blazers have to the University of Georgia?  Do they receive any support from UofG and was any influence brought to bear upon Jones to return to Georgia?  That the AAU was paying for him to play in games in Georgia does indeed recruit him to play for Georgia.  This is a recruiting violation and should cost Jones the entire year of eligibility, not just a few games.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 4:55 pm
 

skreffy=clueless

Of course, skreffy is clueless, or else he would have known that even the NCAA didn't claim that Reggie received benefits before becoming a student at USC. FWIW, Reggie had been at USC for nearly 2 years before receiving extra benefits from someone not associated with USC.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:28 pm
 

UGA cooperating with NCAA, SEC regarding Jones

All that may be true, but of course Reggie Bush wasn't yet a student at USC when he was given funds.  This is pay for play without a doubt.



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:39 pm
 

UGA cooperating with NCAA, SEC regarding Jones

Cooperation is a relative term in the current investigation. Since neither of the two players were students at the time that the alleged benefits were received, there is nothing the University of Georgia can do to help the investigation. The university will have to wait to until the investigation is completed to impose penalties, if there are any.

As a matter of fact, UGA has made attempts to contact the SEC and NCAA in regards to this investigation, not the other way around. There has not been a report that has stated what took place during these conversations.


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