Tag:Jarvis Jones Investigation
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 4:49 pm

UGA cooperates with NCAA on eligiblity questions

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

Report: UGA transfer LB received benefits in 2009

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."
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