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Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:13 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:49 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

An investigation into the Columbus (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department may have revealed potential violations regarding two University of Georgia athletes, according to a report in the Ledger-Enquirer.

Police records show that department director Tony Adams and top lieutenant Herman Porter used an unauthorized bank account to pay for flights for USC transfer Jarvis Jones. The investigation also reveals possible wrongdoing involving shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (read more on Caldwell-Pope and the hardwood Bulldogs at the Eye On College Basketball).

Both Jones and Caldwell-Pope played on the Georgia Blazers, a city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team. A Parks and Recreation employee told police that Adams used the Georgia Blazers credit card to pay for four different flights between Atlanta and Los Angeles for Jones' mother in the Summer/Fall 2009. According to the report, the total cost of all four flights was $828.40.

Jones was a highly touted recruit when he signed with USC in 2009, but a neck injury kept him from being cleared medically and led to his transfer to Athens. After sitting out the 2010 season, he is projected as a starting linebacker for the Bulldogs in the fall. As of Sunday afternoon, Georgia's compliance office stated the school had not received any information from the NCAA about the investigation. Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren, however, said the NCAA was "aware of the investigation, allegations and actions of the individuals we had under investigation."

If the NCAA determines the purchase of the flights to be in violation on NCAA rules, Jones would likely be suspended for a portion of the Bulldogs' 2011 season. For enrolled student-athletes, any benefit of $500 or greater results in 30% withholding (from games) and repayment of the amount. If this punishment applies to Jones, he would be forced to sit out (likely) the first four games of the 2011 season.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the first four games of the season include two of the biggest matchups on the schedule. Georgia plays Boise State in a "neutral" Georgia Dome for the Chick Fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta on Sept. 3, then hosts the defending division champion South Carolina Gamecocks in Athens on Sep. 10. In another down year for what many consider a winnable SEC East, that early-season showdown could once again prove to be a pivotal outcome for the division race come August.

BRIEFLY: Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on Sunday that redshirt freshman Brent Benedict is no longer a member of the football program. There was no official statement from Benedict, but the release stated the offensive lineman was leaving for "personal reasons."

Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:14 am

Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

Nice try , but your obvious SEC bias doesn't float here. Jarvis Jones got hurt at USC and was not going to allowed to play there anymore, that is why he came to Georgia. Not a lcak of institutional control as you like to say. Also the purchase of the tickets were for flights for his mother to obviously go see her son play football at USC.  So Jones probably had no idea who bought the tickets for his mother so you are looking at another Cam Newton situation. Once again  this happened when Jones was at USC not Georgia so crawl back into your hole and keep your anti SEC BS to yourself.

Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:30 am

Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

Why does the title on the college football page insinuate he got benefits from USC.  It should say UGA LB received improper benefits.  I expected to read another article where someone is trying to throw USC under the bus because of more infractions.  Kind of mis-leading.

Jarvis was a guy I really wanted to see in a USC uniform too, kid is going to be a pretty good OLB.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:09 am

Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

This sounds like he was being recruited away from USC while he was a student there.  This is clearly a recruiting violation on behalf of UGA.  As such, it would mean a suspension of a lot more than a few games.  The player should be ineligible for the entire year at the least.  The use of third parties to fly recruits around by Georgia is clearly a loss of institutional control and should only be punished by the loss of scholarships.  Recuiting violations should not result in loss of games played.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:48 pm

Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

Since this was basketball related, he should be suspended from playing collegiate basketball for 30% of the UGA Basketball season.  This did not relate to the NCAA sport he is participating in.  Like the other poster said, I think he may have been thinking this was legitimate AAU travel.  In any event, this is going to be interesting ( and possibly frustrating for us Dawg fans ) to see how the NCAA handles this.  This report is more troubling to me because Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ( a UGA basketball recruit ) has also been implicated.  A large part of Caldwell-Pope's involvement has to do with his mother's cell phone accounts.   When I was that age, I had no explicit knowledge of where my parents got the money to pay the bills, even the ones that were "for me", like car insurance, etc. ( cell phones didn't exist when I was that age ).  If they were late on a bill or had to borrow money to pay them, I had no direct knowledge. 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:28 pm

Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

Not to mention this happened while he was playing for USC.  The AAU guys should be fried or USC compliance folks, not the athlete, who by all accounts thought he was part of an AAU sponsored flight.  Not like he was going to a party in Miami or selling logo merchandise to the flight attendants on the plane.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:58 pm

Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

Why cant he just play the hard games and be suspended for the cupckakes? Kind of like OSU. Or, why dont he just say he didnt have any knowledge of what was going on? Kind of like Cam at Auburn.

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