Last week, it was reported that Georgia was both close to completing its investigation into potential eligibility issues for Jarvis Jones and hopeful that the linebacker would be cleared before the start of summer camp.
While the former has come to fruition, the latter is still very much up in the air.
Speaking as his Bulldogs hit the practice field for the first time this summer, head coach Mark Richt confirmed that the investigation into Jones from the school’s end is complete and the report has been sent to the SEC. If the conference finds anything untoward in the report, it will forward that information on to the NCAA.
It’s unclear when a final decision on Jones’ status will be made, or when the report was submitted to the SEC.
“The only thing I know is that we have submitted whatever we have found to the SEC offices, and we’re just kind of waiting,” Richt said according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “That’s all I’m really allowed to say.”
As Ben had previously written, Jones was the subject of an investigation that is looking into the validity of a police report that alleges a Georgia Parks and Recreations Director opened up and used an impermissible bank account to illegally pay for airfare for Jones between Atlanta and Los Angeles in summer, 2009. Other items could also be included in what may be construed as impermissible benefits, including a laptop.
Jones announced in June of 2010 that he was transferring from USC after he was not given medical clearance by the school’s medical team following what was described by Lane Kiffin as a career-threatening neck injury. Two weeks later, however, he was cleared by UGA’s medical staff and transferred back to his home state.
Jones was a four-star recruit out of Columbus, Ga., in 2009 and was the No. 4 defensive end in the country according to Rivals.com.