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)