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Georgia contacts SEC, NCAA amid speculation of violations

Jarvis Jones

Earlier today, we noted that current Georgia and former USC linebacker Jarvis Jones could have his eligibility called into question after the Columbus (GA) Parks and Recreation Department uncovered what appeared to an impermissible bank account used to pay for Jones’ air travel when he was a member of a Los Angeles, Nike-sponsored AAU team in 2009.

While police are still investigating the actions of P&R director Tony Adams and associate Herman Porter — both are (or, at least, were) involved in a local AAU team by the name of the Georgia Blaze — UGA has notified both the NCAA and the SEC regarding the allegations.

It’s pretty standard protocol, but it’s necessary nevertheless.

“UGA and the student-athletes will work cooperatively with both entities as the process continues,” athletic director Greg McGarity said in a release, noting UGA won’t have any further comment “until the matter is resolved.”

Police are accusing Adams of using a credit card to pay for the airfare of four flights between Atlanta/LA for Jones spanning from June to October, 2009, and totaling $828.40.

Additionally, Adams reportedly provided financial assistance to UGA basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope by paying a $280 phone bill for Caldwell-Pope’s mother using AAU team funds.

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.

(Big thanks: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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13 Responses to “Georgia contacts SEC, NCAA amid speculation of violations”
  1. brownsfrown says: Jun 27, 2011 11:32 PM

    Hmmm. The NCAA corruption plot thickens.

    Kudos to UGA for coming clean so promptly. (Auburn, you would benefit from a few integrity lessons from Athens!)

    I see this as a positive thing, that dirty linen is coming out as it becomes known. Unfortunately, cleaner programs will suffer a disadvantage to the sleazier programs across the country. I think we all know the institutions which comprise the latter.

  2. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 12:37 AM

    ” I think we all know the institutions which comprise the latter.”

    you must be talking about bama. they’ve only been on probation for what? the last 17 years?

  3. whatswiththehate says: Jun 28, 2011 7:44 AM

    “Kudos to UGA for coming clean so promptly. (Auburn, you would benefit from a few integrity lessons from Athens!)”
    ————–
    More proof that the false attack on Auburn and Cam was/is orchestrated by those school loyalists, both in and out of the sports media, who can’t stay out of their own NCAA trouble.

    I wonder if Joe Schad is still in trouble with ESPN because of his “Radar Online” reporting of the Cam Newton story?

  4. macbull says: Jun 28, 2011 11:46 AM

    HEY CFT…did you hear about the FLORIDA GATOR LB who “SOLD” HIS GAME JERSEYS while playing for Headcoaches URBAN MEYER and Ron Zook?

    Urban Meyer even made this individual a team captain.

    It sure looks like Urban Meyer and the Gators were using one or more players who were receiving improper benefits, which is a NCAA violation, making those players involved, ineligible to play.

    This could lead to the Gators forfeiting all the games this individual played in. I wonder how many more players may have been involved?

    How far back does this practice of Florida Gator players selling “memorabilia” go?

    Something else that is interesting…THIS MORNING, “this story” appears on USATODAY, ESPN, SI, AP, HUFFINGTON POST, AOL SPORTS, WASHINGTON POST, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, SPORTING NEWS, CBS SPORTS, FORBES, BLEACHER REPORT…just to mention a few of the sports outlets reporting on this story.

    YET, COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK …has not one word about this story…WHY IS THAT?

    One might get the impression that CFT picks and chooses which college football programs they report on, especially when it comes to possible NCAA violations…ARE THE GATORS OFF LIMITS ?…

    WHY NOTHING FROM CFT ON THIS STORY?

  5. Deb says: Jun 28, 2011 12:12 PM

    You Auburn people need to quit kidding yourselves with the “false” allegations stuff. Cam Newton’s preacher-daddy confessed. So the speculation about the character of Cam & co. isn’t false. Auburn is caught up in speculation because Cam’s people are dirty.

    They solicited six figures from MSU, went to visit Auburn–a school not on their list–and signed two weeks later. If they’d signed with Bama in those circumstances, you guys would be screaming that Bama had met their price. And you know it.

    @macbull …

    The Gators have never been off-limits here before. Maybe Taylor is on vacation.

  6. ugabugkiller says: Jun 28, 2011 12:31 PM

    Deb,

    Don’t forget how mere WEEKS before Pimp Newton’s church was to be demolished because it had a litany of code violations against it, he miraculously found the cash to remodel and renovate it.

    It’s just a coincidence that the renovation of Pimp Newton’s church happened mere WEEKS after his son signed with Auburn.

    That’s a CRAZY miracle, huh?

    The price tag for the renovations as well as all of the fines accrued for being out of code? Just north of $150,000.

    Hmmm.

    I mean really… Hmmmm.

    Pimp Newton has a church that needs more than $150,000 to get up to code and pay off code violations, his son signs with Auburn, and then just a few weeks before the church is to be blown up, Pimp Newton miraculously finds the cash to fix the church and pay the fines.

    Hmmmm.

  7. Deb says: Jun 28, 2011 1:41 PM

    @ugabugkiller …

    Hmmmm … the Lord works in mysterious ways.

  8. bamasucks says: Jun 28, 2011 3:21 PM

    anyone have any pics of this renovated church? if so, feel free to post them.

  9. ugabugkiller says: Jun 28, 2011 3:26 PM

    Easy enough to follow the link… the Church was to be demolished after a time period when it was to be brought up to code.

    Pimp Newton missed the time period. The city decided to demolish, but before the demolition could start, Pimp Newton SUDDENLY gathered enough money together to bring the building up to code and pay the fines.

    RIGHT AFTER HIS SON SIGNED WITH AUBURN.

    Hmmm.

    Only a complete moron (and Allbarn fans fit that model) could not put 2 and 2 together and reach PAYOFF.

    http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=13454296

  10. ugabugkiller says: Jun 28, 2011 3:37 PM

    Where Pimp Newton was VERY smart is in hiding the money.

    He didn’t use it for himself (that we know of). He didn’t stupidly flaunt the money and live in a house that was outrageously out of his pay level, as Reggie Bush’s stupid family did.

    No, Pimp Newton pimped out his son to the highest bidder (and Auburn was DESPERATE, as they went 3-5 and 2-6 the previous two years in SEC games) and then sank every red cent into the church to bring it up to code.

    It is VERY easy to hide illicit money in a church.

    Non-profit organizations thrive off of donated money and get to play loose with the tax code.

    Pimp Newton gets about 1800 $100 bills (which can easily fit into a small gym bag or backpack to be “donated” to the church fund for construction), there’s no paper trail that the NCAA can find, and Allbarn gets to buy a title.

    And they do without flaunting the rules so blatantly as the idiots at USC, SlowhioState, and UNC did.

    In a way, it’s almost a good story, getting money to pay for the church, but it’s still illegal, it’s still wrong, and anyone with a modicum of common sense knows Allbarn cheated, selling their soul to a Pimp Reverend, to win their title and keep up with the Joneses (or is that Saban’s?).

    Truth hurts. Enjoy the crystal, it’s not going anywhere because the NCAA doesn’t seem to want to pursue the too-good-to-be-true coincidences surrounding sCam and Pimp Newton…

    … buy EVERYONE else knows how you got your title.

    And while you’ll never admit it, it burns. It chaps. It irritates. It annoys.

    Auburn couldn’t win without cheating, and not just cheating a little bit… but cheating A LOT.

    Most Auburn friends I have, the closest they’ll come to admitting that yeah, they know their school cheated, is by saying, “Yeah, well, we got screwed in 2004.” And they leave it at that.

  11. macbull says: Jun 28, 2011 6:55 PM

    This story about Florida Gator LB Crowder possibly selling his memorabilia to local Gainesville businessmen could be posted on CFT by whom ever is responsible…it does not have to be John Taylor.

    As I pointed out, every other major sports news outlet had this story on their website or in their newspaper today…ALL BUT CFT.

    Do a quick search…Channing Crowder selling jerseys…and take note of the sources that ran a story on that subject.

    DOES CFT TARGET SPECIFIC COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS?

    …SURE LOOKS LIKE IT.

    BTW, this story about Crowder selling his Florida Gator jerseys could be posted on PFT, since Crowder is has been in the Pros since 2005.

    …sorry to say this, but it sure looks like PFT and CFT are picking and choosing which college football programs they choose to report on.

    So far, it looks like Alabama, Texas, Notre Dame and the Florida Gators are off limits when it comes to reporting stories that might cast a negative shadow over those football programs.

    …jmho…mac

  12. Deb says: Jun 28, 2011 7:46 PM

    @macbull …

    Well, you must be a short-timer because the Gator fans were ready to lynch Taylor when I first dropped into CFT. The reason I said that about him being on vacation was I thought maybe he wanted to do the honors of posting the Crowder story himself because he hasn’t felt enough Gator heat lately.

    And you’re wrong about the sacred cows. JT is a diehard, lifetime Buckeyes fan. If he’d rip OSU, he’d rip anyone. Ben is a relatively recent addition, and I can’t remember off the top of my head where he went to school, but I believe it was out west. It wasn’t any of the programs you mentioned. And I’ve butted heads with Ben myself over his recent Bama posts (good naturedly, of course ;) )

    Bear in mind that this is a blog, not a news site. They post commentary on what’s happening and give us a place to blab about it. If anything comes of the Crowder stuff, CFT will cover it. But blogs aren’t following the standards of journalism so they don’t have to be first with the story.

  13. edgy says: Jun 29, 2011 11:42 AM

    The Gator story isn’t exactly getting play in many places. It’s shown up, people have commented and then have moved on to the next story (FYI, Crowder says that he never sold anything and he was just trying to make a point). Since Floyd has been given his day in court, I expect that HIS story will be the one that shows up next. :)

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