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UNC’s leading receiver ineligible for Independence Bowl

Dwight Jones, Ross Cockrell AP

For now, North Carolina will have to prepare for the Independence Bowl against Missouri without their top receiver, Dwight Jones. Whether or not that changes in the near future remains to be seen.

UNC declared Jones ineligible Tuesday after a flyer surfaced online on Monday advertising a New Year’s Eve/birthday party for Jones. The flyer had Jones’ name and photo promoting the party, which was set to take place at a Burlington, North Carolina, night club.

The school has since applied for Jones’ reinstatement to the NCAA for the secondary violation. Jones has issued an apology and the party has been cancelled.

Jones had 79 catches for 1,119 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.

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4 Responses to “UNC’s leading receiver ineligible for Independence Bowl”
  1. woebegong says: Dec 20, 2011 10:11 PM

    And to think, they say that the NCAA has these rules for a reason. I guess if the flyer had said, it was sponsored by his mother, father or wife, it would have been OK. Does anybody know who was paying for it?
    Run as fast as you can young man to the NFL. At least you will be compensated for your time getting the heck beat out of you in every game, and if you want to advertise a party for you, or someone wants to give you a party, it will not be fined and you will not get suspended.

  2. tg1896 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:02 AM

    The whole thing is pretty confusing at this point. The articles state it was a violation because it was EITHER a for-profit party ($10 admission fee) OR because it was an off-camus event (maybe both – the articles aren’t very clear).

    It was cancelled and UNC has asked for him to be reinstated (a la Cam Newton).

    Regardless – one more example of our fine friends at the NCAA saving us from these lawless hoods Luckily no one put cream cheese on his bagel (another NCAA secondary violation – and no, I am not making that up).

  3. dalucks says: Dec 21, 2011 8:59 AM

    If he does not play in the bowl game then he should go ahead, have the party and make it rain for the new year.

  4. sportsbastard says: Dec 21, 2011 11:32 AM

    Take a look at the flyer on Deadspin. It shows Dwight “making it rain”, the $10 admission, has a $500 “bootie shake” contest for the ladies… Not exactly sure how anyone in the UNC compliance dept (insert joke here) thought this would be ok…

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