UGA aware of accusations in Columbus that could affect eligibility of Jarvis Jones, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

A police investigation in Columbus has uncovered alleged illegal activity in the parks and recreation department there that may or may not affect the eligibility of Georgia football player Jarvis Jones and basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported Sunday that an unauthorized bank account controlled by the parks director and one of his associates was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jones while he was playing football for Southern Cal, and for the cell phone bill of Caldwell-Pope’s mother. Both Jones and Caldwell-Pope played AAU basketball for the Georgia Blazers, a “city-funded, Nike-sponsored” group overseen by parks director Tony Adams and Herman Porter.

Adams allegedly used the team’s credit card to pay for four flights for Jones to or from Los Angeles worth a total of $828 from June to October of 2009, according to the police investigation. Also, police allege Porter paid the $280 Verizon phone bill of Rhonda Caldwell in July of 2009 with some of the money coming out of the team’s account.

Eric Baumgartner, Georgia’s compliance director, told the Ledger-Enquirer, “I have not received or heard of anything” from the NCAA regarding the matter.

Reached Sunday, athletic association spokesman Claude Felton told the AJC, “We are aware of it and will do our due diligence in looking into the matter.”

Jones, a sophomore linebacker out of Carver High, transferred to UGA last  year and is slated to start at outside linebacker this season. Caldwell-Pope, a five-star shooting guard, signed with the Bulldogs out of Greenville High last November and is scheduled to enroll at UGA this summer.

Whether or not this activity would affect either players’ eligibility at UGA is unclear. The newspaper cited a similar case with a Baylor basketball this past spring. Forward Perry Jones was declared ineligible after an investigation determined that, while he was in high school, an AAU coach provided his mother with three 15-day loans that did not total more than $1,000 and paid for the player to travel to a preseason pro football game in San Diego, which cost $4,100. Perry Jones was suspended from Baylor’s first-round Big 12 tournament game the first five games of the 2011-2012 season.

CLICK HERE to read the full report from the Ledger-Enquirer. Check back for further developments.

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Bigboy

June 26th, 2011
4:07 pm

Jones can say he didn’t know who paid for the tickets.He was with his legal guardian on each trip so it’s not implausible that he thought she paid for them.It looks like they got some good prices too.

honest_abe

June 26th, 2011
4:07 pm

that’s wack

UGAKev

June 26th, 2011
4:15 pm

Well the University of Georgia has absolutely nothing to do with this so no idiot should come in here trying to tie UGA to this situation.

UGAKev

June 26th, 2011
4:16 pm

Two to three game suspension I feel is the worst case scenario for Jarvis Jones

LilburnDawg

June 26th, 2011
4:16 pm

Jones just use the “Cam” alibi.

Michael

June 26th, 2011
4:17 pm

It really depends on exactly WHAT Jones was flying over for. If it was to get to school, then dang…give the guy a break. But, if it was to do something stupid like go to an event, like Perry Jones did, then I see where the NCAA could have a problem.

I really hate these situations though. So many of these players, who are put under intense pressure and on top of pedestals, come from poor backgrounds. It’s so difficult to turn down money. This is a free country…apparently…so it baffles me that these events are looked down upon.

Put the park and rec at fault, but don’t take these kids…who were amateurs at the time…and knock them down with a hammer. It’s not fair and it’s sickening. We heard T. Pryor’s attorney talk about how the college sports world in essence is slavery…and while that saying might be drastic, it has many truths. These players are the cornerstone of a multi billion dollar business….but when they get offered “HELP” in terms of their finances they get punished.

T Pryor wasnt getting help for his car. I dont feel bad for him. He’s at fault. But, players who are simply trying to find ways to make ends meet should not be punished.

Captain

June 26th, 2011
4:17 pm

Another classic case of the AJC’s headlines misrepresenting reality. Only happens when it’s Georgia athletics. Pattern? Intentional?

Whereas the “open records request” for GT athletics?

Chiefdawg

June 26th, 2011
4:26 pm

Won’t turn out good for UGA. You can bet your bottom dollar on that. Yet Cam Newton was ruled eligible. Amazing!

Brian F.

June 26th, 2011
4:34 pm

To lose Pope would be a disaster !!

Blake

June 26th, 2011
4:38 pm

Let the kids pay the money back and sweep it under the rug. Use the Cam rule. I DON”T KNOW NOTHING, IT WAS MY PARENTS!

DAWG FAN

June 26th, 2011
4:40 pm

THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS. THEY HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OR INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER. I’M NOT WORRIED.

DAWG FANS: DO YOU THINK UGA IS THE BEST TRADITION IN COLLEGE SPORTS? VOTE ON ESPNS TRADITIONS POLL AND ADVANCE US TO THE NEXT ROUND. DON’T LET OUR BELOVED MASCOT LOSE TO A STUPID NOTRE DAME SIGN!

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/post/_/id/6681916/1-notre-dame-vs-8-georgia

GO DAWGS!

ryan

June 26th, 2011
4:45 pm

I agree this situation happened 3 years ago with USC and you know how dirty that program is this happened before they came to UGA should not hurt the football or basketball teams .

RabidDawgFan

June 26th, 2011
4:46 pm

Jarvis, we needed you on the field vs Boise buddy. Now it looks like Ray Drew better get ready to rock on from the 1st snap. Cornelius Washington is already one of the starters and it looks like Drew could start now. But this had NOTHING TO DO WITH UGA. I hope we don’t lose Jarvis because he showed promise, but we’ll see. One player won’t make us lose to Boise.

ryan

June 26th, 2011
4:49 pm

King was cleared a long time to play there has been nothing about Mason transferring were do you haters get these rumors .

easy now

June 26th, 2011
4:52 pm

just suspend him for one of the creampuff games, not boise st. the dawgs need him big in that game.

thom

June 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

RabidDawgFan

June 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

I know people are going to come on here to bash UGA, and to say they knew we couldn’t stay out of trouble but the truth is, UGA isn’t involved with this and nobody got arrested from our team. We are still in good shape if everyone can stay healthy and out of trouble. I like to hear nothing from our team that’s bad or in the headlines but you can’t expect it to be too peaceful. We’ll be just fine. Relax guys.

DAWG FAN

June 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

Jettie: Do you enjoy rumor mongering? Because that’s what you are doing. Richt has already came out and said Kings eligibility is not in question and Hutson Mason will never transfer. Hasn’t even mentioned it. He is a lifelong UGA fan and loves his team and school.

Your “big trouble” is a “big farce.”

Dawg4ever

June 26th, 2011
4:53 pm

NCAA hasn’t forgotten when UGA&Oklahoma sued them years ago. UGA should do exactly as Auburn did with SCAM, and ignore the NCAA and play the kid. But you can bet the house McGarity & Adams will panic and sit the guy forever until the NCAA finally decided to sit him. This is why UGA will never win an SEC title again. McGarity&Adams want UGA to become an academic powerhouse like Vandy, and as Adams said in his interview at the SEC meetings, he expects UGA to have a winning season every year. Not, he expects UGA to play for the SEC championship every year. This guy is killing UGA, and his hand picked puppet McGarity isn’t what UGA needed. He can’t make a decision on his own, and he will have UGA in the middle of the SEC as long as he is A.D., and the rest of the programs want prosper either under this guy. When will UGA be successful in football, basketball, or baseball again? After Adams is gone, and not before then.

Ga Peach

June 26th, 2011
4:55 pm

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ryan

June 26th, 2011
4:58 pm

If something were to happen Murray then Mason would get the call he is not going anywhere jettie person is just stir up trouble .

MarineDog

June 26th, 2011
5:04 pm

If there’s an NCAA nvestigation, does the NCAA investigate UGA or USC? All this supposedly happened while he was playing at USC.

FACTS

June 26th, 2011
5:11 pm

Jones guardian will probably have to pay for the flights & there is no chance of tying Pope to his mother’s cellphone bill so forget it, if it is true , she is just like Newtons’ Dad she acted on her own accord without her son’s involvement.

RabidDawgFan

June 26th, 2011
5:22 pm

These are just accusations. Doesn’t mean that something has taken place. People are always trying to start stuff when nothing is going on. I knew it was too good to be true to have a quiet, peaceful off-season, not because we have bad boys, but because the media will always, and I mean ALWAYS, find something to bring up. It happens at every school. No such thing as a quiet off-season.

Captain sir

June 26th, 2011
5:32 pm

Um Captain, this is directed towards UGA athletics because it’s about UGA athletics, not GT Athletics. No personal agenda against UGA my friend. If it was GT, they would had done the same.

bigcalidawg

June 26th, 2011
5:40 pm

It really does begin to feel like a witchhunt after a while.

When’s the last time we had all our boys eligible for the 1st 3 games? And it’s never like the backup kicker, or 3rd string corner….it’s always a rush DE, star wideout, or tailback.

Seems we always begin the season with one hand tied behind our backs.

If Caleb is ineligible, I believe we can survive that, with Boo and Crowell.

If Jarvis is ineligible, we have Drew and Stripling, but it does mess up the chemistry.

I wonder if Auburn’s reach is stronger than we think, cuz we always get nailed, and they get straight up caught with their junk in the puddin’ and just walk……………

Common Sense

June 26th, 2011
5:47 pm

Screw Lane Kiffin and USC. Bitch deserves everything he and that homo Pat Hayden have coming to them.

And while I’m at it, Pete Carroll is a cheating douche.

bigcalidawg

June 26th, 2011
5:54 pm

Thanks for keepin’ it real common. You know it’s gone get deleted though, bruh

Captain Justice

June 26th, 2011
6:01 pm

As usual the gagers are already getting the excuses ready. If there were illegal payments, there is a chance of suspensions. How many point do you get in the Fulmer Cup race for this?

UGAKev

June 26th, 2011
6:07 pm

Common sense that is true, but Its Tony Adams and Herman Porter that are the idiots in this situation. It makes me absolutely sick because I thought we had got rid of those two bums in columbus and yet they still end up biting someone in the A**. The comer parks and rec is basically in my backyard here in columbus so I have known these guys since I was a little kid and its no surprise if this is actually true, because they have been pricks since those days. Herman Porter is definitely the bigger prick of the two. I use to go shoot basketball when I was a kid back when the two worked at the Comer Rec center and I always remember how rude and unprofessional both men were. I have always knew both men were crooks as both were fired from parks and recs recently. I just hope Jarvis Jones is only suspended at worst.

bigcalidawg

June 26th, 2011
6:08 pm

Captain Buford T. Justice. These infractions occurred while Jarvis was at USC and Caldwell was still in high school. Why would UGA pay for Jarvis to fly to Los Angeles? Does USC serve as a JUCO for us now?

Interesting theory

Now pull your head out

Biff Pocoroba

June 26th, 2011
6:08 pm

AAU teams are all semi pro anyway. all of those guys get paid and you have to pay the crooked coaches if you want to recruit one of their players. Or you can just do like UCLA and give one a job

ryan

June 26th, 2011
6:09 pm

Captain Justice this happened at USC not UGA Jarvis Jones was in LA when this happened these tickets were purchased by the parks and rec of LA and with Pope it was AAU this way before they got to UGA .

Red

June 26th, 2011
6:10 pm

While UGA was not involved and did not know, it is still an athlete under their watch that could be ruled against. Like I told Auburn friends, had Cam been ruled ineligible, Barn’s season would have been nullified. These incidents are more reason to start looking more into the backgrounds and character of these kids…AND their families. Just like Cecil, some parents will pimp their kids out for a car, house, or some pocket cash. It’s a shame but family will sell children out like slaves for a buck.

VININGS DAWG

June 26th, 2011
6:10 pm

It won’t affect UGA but it will probably affect the players. This is different form the Cam situation. Technically Cam did not receive any benefits, in this case both players and/or families received some benefits. The problem is Tony Adams and Proter are well known “street agents” and as you know the NCAA is currently on street agent rundown. Both players are looking at some kind of suspensions.

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Fox is a Con Man

June 26th, 2011
6:16 pm

This will not affect Georgia for anything in the past. They did this outside of UGA, assuming it is true. Where it will hurt UGA is in the next season where these players would certainly receive some type of suspension.

ryan

June 26th, 2011
6:18 pm

My guess it wont be the the Boise game most likely Coastal Carolina game you know the non televised games .

Preston

June 26th, 2011
6:26 pm

Probably much ado about nothing. Jones hasn’t done anything wrong during his tenure at UGA so this should be a non-issue. Maybe USC will get the boom lowered on them some more but the NCAA shouldn’t hold UGA accountable for this. Besides, one player doesn’t make a team. Looking forward to watching JJ crack skulls this season. But if he’s suspended for a couple of games, we’ll still be fine.

St. Richt

June 26th, 2011
6:28 pm

Yep, keep those rose-colored glasses on Georgia fans, NOTHING TO SEE HERE! Do not pay any attention to this, it will all go away in due time. Keep living the lie. From this non-Georgia fan’s perspective, it doesn’t look like Jarvis Jones will ever see the field in AThens.

Poopdawg

June 26th, 2011
6:35 pm

Both deserve Tuesday suspensions just like Scam.

Poopdawg

June 26th, 2011
6:37 pm

Maybe even multiple Tuesdays. Or maybe this Tuesday and next.

seriously?

June 26th, 2011
6:44 pm

Here we go again! Is Richt still in Honduras?

seriously?

June 26th, 2011
6:45 pm

To Preston.. It’s much ado about a hair do! C. McKinney loves Georgia. They keep her out of the news!

Garnett

June 26th, 2011
6:57 pm

Paul and Al paid for those tickets and gave cell phones to recruits at a fish fry.

bitter scam newton

June 26th, 2011
6:57 pm

call me, my dad can handle this—–duh!!–admitt nothing—yo—1st round pick—hahahahahaha

———————f—-pay for play———————-10 years probee coming soon for ALL-BURN

AltamahaDawg

June 26th, 2011
6:58 pm

ryan, you would guess that based on what?

SatchelBuzz

June 26th, 2011
6:59 pm

Not surprising,….goinh to be fun to see how ugag spins it. Trash in,…trash out.

THWG!!!

bob

June 26th, 2011
7:00 pm

ITS BUSH’S FAULT