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‘Eligibility issues’ could be in the offing for UGA, Jarvis Jones

Jarvis Jones

Move over Ohio State.  Make room Oregon and North Carolina.  Y’all could have yourselves some additional company atop the NCAA hot seat in the not-too-distant future.

According t0 the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, a police investigation into the Columbus (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department has turned up what could be potential issues for the eligibility of two Georgia student-athletes — one football and one basketball player.

The paper writes that an unauthorized bank account controlled by a pair of top Department officials was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jarvis Jones, who was a member of a city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team at the time.  Jones, expected to start at linebacker this season, began his collegiate career at USC in 2009 before transferring back to his home state last year.

The total cost of the four flights to and from Atlanta/Los Angeles was $828.40, and came after Jones signed with USC in February of 2009.

NCAA rules do not allow amateur sports organizations to provide expenses for athletes in excess of actual and necessary travel, room and board, apparel and equipment for competition and practice.

A Columbus PD official told the paper that “the NCAA was “aware of the investigation, allegations and actions of the individuals we had under investigation.”

“We are aware of it and will do our due diligence in looking into the matter,” UGA athletic spokesman Claude Felton told the Athens Banner-Herald Sunday.

The NCAA will not confirm or deny that they are in the midst of an investigation into the situation involving Jones.

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21 Responses to “‘Eligibility issues’ could be in the offing for UGA, Jarvis Jones”
  1. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 12:23 PM

    What a recklessly STUPID thing for you to say, John Taylor, but I guess knowing who your boss is, I’m not surprised.

    These allegations are NOT of the Suckeye, Trojan, or Tar Heel variety.

    NOTHING was sold while the player was in college, or any benefit gained while the player was in college.

    There is NOTHING to tie any of these alleged actions to the recruiting of these two players, either by USC or UGA, in the case of Jones.

    These are allegations that occurred when the players in question were playing AAU basketball, and there is NO “smoking gun” that any of these allegations are tied to Georgia.

    So, you might want to rethink and rewrite your foolish opening statement before it makes you look truly stupid.

  2. birdcen says: Jun 27, 2011 12:27 PM

    John Taylor….you’re an idiot. Is nothing like OSU or North Carolina. I know you’re trying to make headlines but really? Really? Grow up bud.

  3. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 12:58 PM

    Just jumped back on here… who wants to bet Taylor gave birdcen and I the thumbs down for pointing out his foolish stupidity and muck-raking?

  4. teambringitstrong says: Jun 27, 2011 1:20 PM

    Sounds like the holierthanthou Gawgians can’t stand negative press.

  5. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 1:36 PM

    Um, no… we’re big boys down South in Georgia, as evidenced by the fact that we’ve NEVER lost to a Big-ZERO team (in fact, we embarrassed Michigan so thoroughly in the late 60’s that they routinely refused to play us a Home-Home series the last few years).

    But the facts are the facts, and unfortunately, John Taylor’s ridiculous, inflammatory, and just plain WRONG statement at the beginning of this blurb (which he’s about a week late on reporting, btw) has nothing to do with fact.

  6. chefklm says: Jun 27, 2011 2:05 PM


    Well you’ve been spanked by the newest member of the Big Ten. Also I can recall Georgia scraping by the skin of their tooth to an 2-10 sCUm.

  7. thompgk says: Jun 27, 2011 2:20 PM

    UGA has been reaping the rewards of the cheating in Columbus for years.

    Glad its finally catching up to them.

  8. cosanostra71 says: Jun 27, 2011 2:27 PM

    wow, the UGA fans response is a bit of an overreaction… you got caught, get over it. Just be glad that you’re in the SEC, so likely nothing will come of it…

  9. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 2:38 PM

    Wow, some of y’all like thompgk and casawhatever and of course, JohnTaylor, can’t seem to understand that there are NO TIES TO UGA in any of this.

    This isn’t Auburn maybe paying sCam or USC and SLOWHIO State standing by and doing nothing as their players ran amuck… any allegation against either player occured BEFORE they enrolled at UGA, in Jones’ case, years before, when they played AAU basketball.


    If Taylor had even a tiny ethical bone his body, he would never have made his baseless insinuation.

    And what I’m saying is FACT. Period.

  10. bamasucks says: Jun 27, 2011 3:09 PM

    UGA fans are the biggest crybabies on the planet. it’d be great to see the NCAA set up camp in Athens.

  11. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 3:19 PM

    Bring on the NCAA, bamasucks… unlike your beloved Auburn and Chizik, Georgia and Richt have NOTHING to sweat over.

    We self-report every secondary violation that may occur, Richt has even reported things that have turned out not to be violations.

    Richt and Georgia run a clean program… our 14-12 record over the last 2 years is a testament to that.

  12. gorilladunk says: Jun 27, 2011 4:26 PM

    @ugabug…..your response is the exact reason why the problems exist in NCAA sports to the level they do. If UGA has nothing to worry about, then why get your panties in such a wad? For God’s sake, you act like Taylor assualted your 14 year old sister. Lighten up and if “there is nothing tying these allegations to UGA” then you have no worries. I can only imagine how you’d react if someone cut you off on the highway.

  13. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 4:58 PM

    gorilladunk… let’s see how you like it when John Taylor libelously insinuates that YOUR program has committed NCAA violations similar to the Suckeyes or the Tar Heels.

    That is a SERIOUS insinuation to make, and given the complete and total lack of evidence, incredibly stupid on his part, as well.

    It takes very rudimentiary reading comprehension skills to understand that UGA has no ties to this investigation, yet Taylor’s unethical words make it seem as if UGA is as out of control as OSU and UNC, when that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

    So yeah, I’m pissed off, and I and every Georgia fan has every right to be.

    This issue isn’t ANYTHING like what happened at SlowhioState or NorthCarolina, yet Taylor’s baseless comparisons already has simpletons making a connection where there is none.

    Taylor is a week late in reporting this issue, and it doesn’t even seem if he’s actually read anything about it.

    Florio, of course, would be proud.

  14. whatswiththehate says: Jun 27, 2011 6:00 PM

    “This isn’t Auburn maybe paying sCam or USC and SLOWHIO State standing by and doing nothing as their players ran amuck… ”
    Why is it always those knee deep in NCAA violation scandal who are quick to defend their crimes while pointing guilty fingers at other schools.

    Funny how you don’t like John Taylor spreading false news about your school, yet you’re quick to believe Auburn paid for Cam even thou the only one accusing Cecil of anything was the man who was trying to get Cam to go to MSU by running around trying to find money to give his father and even he admitted there was no money exchange between him and Cecil. And Auburn never received a Letter of Allegationd from the NCAA but launched their own investigation into the matter since they were dragged into the mess because Cam ended up at that school. But what’s dishonest news reporting if it doesn’t involve your school.

    By the way, many of the so call sources that this site and ESPN used to smear Cam and Auburn weren’t even varified and turned out to be claims made by the former MSU students who never met Cecil. Talk about BASELESS…

    Something tells me if Cam went you your school, you would be singing a different tune.

  15. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 8:51 PM

    AGAIN… what is with the READING COMPREHENSION issues with the people who write for and comment on, this website?

    whatswiththeblahblahblah… when did I say Auburn paid sCam?

    When did I say it was an actual fact?

    I referenced the investigation with a “maybe,” which hardly qualifies as “pointing fingers.”

    And, again, since when is Georgia knee deep in anything besides red clay? Knee deep in a scandal? Are you a MORON?

    Yet, I do find that it’s more than a little strange that Pastor Newton’s bankrupt church SUDDENLY had about the $150,000 it desperately needed for the repairs in order to meet code and the deadline for demolition.

    Don’t you? Don’t you find that an extremely weird coincidence that Pasto Newton, who was proven to have pimped his son to MissyState SUDDENLY has the desperately-needed funds to fix his church in the nick-of-time right after sCam picked Auburn?

    You don’t find that more than a little miraculous?

    See… people who are rational think about the coincidental nature of things, and ask questions that the NCAA seems like they only wanted to ask SouthernCal, but skipped right over when it comes to the miraculous money that fell out of the sky and fixed Pastor Newton’s church RIGHT BEFORE IT WAS TO BE CONDEMNED.


  16. cosanostra71 says: Jun 27, 2011 9:25 PM

    ugabugkiller says:
    Jun 27, 2011 2:38 PM
    Wow, some of y’all like thompgk and casawhatever and of course, JohnTaylor, can’t seem to understand that there are NO TIES TO UGA in any of this.

    The paper writes that an unauthorized bank account controlled by a pair of top Department officials was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jarvis Jones, who was a member of a city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team at the time.

    seems like there is a tie to UGA there to me. Even if there isn’t, you can get hammered for issues that “have no tie” to the university- see what happened at USC.

  17. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 10:12 PM


    The UGA Athletics Department has NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS.

    John Taylor didn’t even READ the paper’s report, it seems, if he (and you) are insinuating that the UGA AD paid for those tickets.

    The paper reports that the City of Columbus Parks & Rec Department paid for those tickets.

    So again… WRONG.

    Try again.

  18. ugabugkiller says: Jun 27, 2011 10:14 PM

    Seriously… you people CANNOT be this stupid.


    No wonder our country sucks when it comes to education if the public school system is turning out morons like cosanostra71.

  19. gorilladunk says: Jun 28, 2011 8:17 AM

    actually, our country is going to hell because morons get on websites like these and act like society as we know it will cease to exist because their school of choice hs been mentioned in the same paragraph as an athlete at that school who may have received improper benefits. Forget an education system in shambles, an economy sliding downhill and a broken healthcare system. None of it matters. The school I support has been wronged! Geeesh!

  20. edgy says: Jun 28, 2011 10:31 AM

    John, how dare you stop taking shots at tOSU, USC and UNC to report this story. :)

  21. edgy says: Jun 28, 2011 10:33 AM

    How come you’re not reporting on a former Gator selling his stuff – huh, huh? :)

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