LB Jarvis Jones remains eligible as UGA’s internal investigation continues

Georgia hopes linebacker Jarvis Jones will be able to suit up against Boise State on Sept. 3 (Photo by Chip Towers)

Georgia hopes linebacker Jarvis Jones will be able to suit up against Boise State on Sept. 3 (Photo by Chip Towers)

Athens — Georgia hasn’t ruled linebacker Jarvis Jones ineligible. Not yet, anyway.

Jones, a sophomore from Columbus who is slated to start at strongside outside linebacker this fall, continues to work out with the Bulldogs this summer as if he will be play in the season opener against Boise State on Sept. 3. But there is a good chance UGA will have to rule him ineligible and apply to the NCAA for reinstatement sometime before the start of the 2011 season.

“That has not happened and we’re really not even sure yet if that has to happen,” Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said on Monday. “We’re still looking into it.”

Jones and UGA basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are the subject of an ongoing UGA internal investigation into allegations of receiving improper benefits from a former Columbus parks and recreation official. That official, Tony Adams, was fired following a police investigation for misusing funds, some of which allegedly benefited Jones and/or Caldwell-Pope.

Adams, who also was an administrator for the local AAU team, reportedly paid for four flights for Jones to and from Los Angeles in the summer of 2009 when he was a recent Southern Cal enrollee. Caldwell-Pope’s mother reportedly was provided cell phone service.

McGarity said that UGA is actively investigating the case and no records of their findings are currently available for review.

“I would say that we’re doing our due diligence internally to sort through everything,” McGarity said. “At some point in time we’ll have some sort of communication with the SEC and the NCAA on the entire situation. So much of this right now is verbal. We’re obviously having conversations, but there’s nothing to report right now.”

Whatever the outcome, it’s expected to affect the players’ individual eligibilities and not any of Georgia’s athletic programs.

To rule a student-athlete ineligible and then apply for reinstatement has become standard operating procedure for schools facing NCAA eligibility questions. That’s what Georgia did last summer soon after it was made aware that All-America wide receiver A.J. Green sold a bowl jersey to an individual who allegedly worked for an agent. Georgia declared Green ineligible for the season opener against Louisiana-LaFayette. However, it did not find out until the second week of the season — the week of the South Carolina game — that he’d also have to miss the next three games.

Georgia Tech did not inactivate Demaryius Thomas or Morgan Burnett when eligibility questions arose for them in the fall of 2009 and that seems to have contributed to harsh penalties handed down by the NCAA last week. The Yellow Jackets were placed on four years probation and had to vacate their 2009 ACC title.

In the meantime, Georgia must continue its preparations for a nationally-televised matchup against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3 in the Georgia Dome. The Bulldogs will do so with the anticipation that Jones will be able to participate.

“It’s no different than a guy being injured in the sense that you don’t know when a guy is going to be injured,” Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We’re obviously going to prepare at every position as if the guy that’s the first-team guy is the player. And then if he goes down, who’s the next guy? We’re always going to have plans in place to get our guys on the field.”

So what happens if Jones is not available?

“We could move a guy around; it could be a guy that’s here now; it could be a freshman,” Grantham said.

Grantham said they had discussed cross-training inside linebacker Richard Samuel at the position but Samuel was moved to tailback last week. Sophomore Chase Vasser is currently listed as the No. 2 linebacker behind Jones. After that are walkons Matthew DeGenova and Jamal Allen.

Five incoming freshman linebackers will join the team in August — Sterling Bailey, Ray Drew, Amarlo Herrera, Kent Turene and Ramik Wilson. All but Turene were enrolled summer semester.

Asked which freshmen might get a look at strongside linebacker, Grantham quipped, “All of them.”

Chip Towers

92 comments Add your comment

Frank Lane

July 18th, 2011
5:51 pm

Ray Drew will cover it if needed.

Jacket Man

July 18th, 2011
5:51 pm

I wonder if anyone took the time to speak to the NCAA before they started their own “internal” investigation of Jarvis. We all know how those things turn out…

Frank Lane

July 18th, 2011
5:56 pm

Watch Derrick Henry on You Tube. He is a horse. Looks better than Crowell. Amazing.

JB

July 18th, 2011
5:59 pm

We KNOW what Paul Johnson and Tech would do. He’ll sit for 4-5 games as a Dawg

TC

July 18th, 2011
6:17 pm

You fail to mention that Jarvis jones guardian also works for parks and recreation and she accompanied him on the flights. That is called a prior relationship before he was a star, which wouldn’t come with any games missed. Also easy to play the Cam card in this one. 100 percent he plays vs Boise. Funny how you leave out big facts about his guardian.

chilidawg

July 18th, 2011
6:23 pm

Hey, some good news!

RabidDawgFan

July 18th, 2011
6:24 pm

I think Jarvis will be good to go come Sept 3rd. No worries here.

DE: Abry Jones
NG: John Jenkins/Kwame Geathers
DE: DeAngelo Tyson

OLB: Jarvis Jones
ILB: Alec Ogletree
ILB: Christian Robinson
OLB: Cornelius Washington

CB: Sanders Commings
FS: Bacarri Rambo
SS: Shawn Williams
CB: Brandon Boykin

midland Dog

July 18th, 2011
6:29 pm

Why would Georgia be penalized for ths anyway? it seems like this was on USC’s watch.

RabidDawgFan

July 18th, 2011
6:29 pm

LT: Cordy Glenn
LG: Kenarious Gates
C: Ben Jones
RG: Chris Burnette
RT: Justin Anderson

QB: Aaron Murray
FB: Bruce Figgins
RB: Richard Samuel/Isaiah Crowell/Ken Malcome

WR: Tavarres King
WR: Marlon Brown

TE: Orson Charles

GA_BOI 24/7_365

July 18th, 2011
6:30 pm

He’s playin and if not Ray “The Head Bussa” Drew will be more than willing to step in and make an early name.

trupert

July 18th, 2011
6:31 pm

@Frank. Henry is a beast. He’s fast but what jumps out about him is his strength. He looks like a man among boys. Ga needs to keep this kid. Go dawgs!!!

bigroot

July 18th, 2011
6:32 pm

play as many of the DREAM TEAMERS that we need to don’t bring in all that talent to sit and get LAZY

bigroot

July 18th, 2011
6:35 pm

play ur best players not da coaches favorite

Zoli

July 18th, 2011
6:44 pm

Chase Vasser will impress! Mark it down…he will be a viable fill-in if he is suspended. Ray Drew will be on his coat tails and will push anyone in front of him. Getting close DAWG fans. Reporting in less than two weeks!

Mr. Pappagiorgio

July 18th, 2011
6:45 pm

Is it just me or is anyone else getting tired of the scandals, NCAA investigations, and countless student athlete suspensions? It seems like every year it increases more and more…I almost dont want to read the AJC. All the bad news and “inappropriate” behaviors by our students and universities make it very dificult to enjoy a simple football season.

mgdawg

July 18th, 2011
6:51 pm

midland dawg, uga isn’t being punished, jarvis jones will be punished which will affect uga. No penalties will be brought on uga. Kind of like with aj green, uga wasn’t punished, aj was. My only hope is that the ncaa rules on this before the boise game, preferrably before fall camp but that is probably too much to ask. A lot of these NCAA punishments could be avoided if they would rule on situations quicker.

JDawg1785

July 18th, 2011
7:07 pm

Here’s to hoping nothing too serious happens. Based on that sample we got at G-Day, Jarvis would certainly be missed.

Charlie Hayes

July 18th, 2011
7:16 pm

Jones will be a big component in the D for 2011. I hope UGA will go ahead and declare Jones ineligible and then seek reinstatement for the season opener.

All I do is win, win, win no matter what…..IC is coming boys…..Get ready. Crowell’s gonna win!
This year the RB’s will be a huge benefit for UGA. Samuel and Malcome will pound inside down after down while IC will be brought in fresh in the 4Q to run wild over Boise State. The three-headed monster is gonna win-baby-win!

LakeDawg

July 18th, 2011
7:18 pm

I’m still puzzled on how this could be an NCAA violation. The AAU guy wasn’t an agent. He wasn’t associated with any school, so he can’t be considered a booster. The only thing that I see is a guy who misused public funds, but that has zero to do with Jarvis Jones. He just accepted money from a member of the community. No crime there…NCAA or otherwise.

Beast from the East

July 18th, 2011
7:23 pm

LakeDawg,
I think it comes down to “impermissible benefits”. Basically, they can’t take anything from anyone that isn’t a family member. Silly isn’t it?

LakeDawg

July 18th, 2011
7:28 pm

Beast from the East

July 18th, 2011
7:23 pm
LakeDawg,
I think it comes down to “impermissible benefits”. Basically, they can’t take anything from anyone that isn’t a family member. Silly isn’t it?

Yes it is. Thanks for informing me.

Beast from the East

July 18th, 2011
7:42 pm

LakeDawg,
The real problem is these AAU types. Many have become like “agents” for lots of these kids. It’s been a major problem for NCAA basketball and now these 7 on 7 football leagues/camps are following suit. As much as we all hate the NCAA, I wouldn’t want their job for anything. No way in heck they can keep up with all the shady characters that attach themselves to these kids in hopes of a big payday when/if they make it to the pros. See Bush and Pryor for recent examples.

BG

July 18th, 2011
7:47 pm

Cam got all the $$$$$$$$

LakeDawg

July 18th, 2011
7:50 pm

Beast from the East,

I know the AAU types have taken over basketball. I wonder if this situation is similar or if it was just a guy helping out kids in the community. I guess we shall see. I know the NCAA has it rough. They don’t want to open Pandora’s box, but the kids sure do get screwed. Universities make millions off of them and they can’t even get air fare to see family.

Gofortwo

July 18th, 2011
7:51 pm

Nebraska better hope Oklahoma doesn’t transfer to the Big Ten or they will be playing for second place again. If you can’t beat them, change Conferences.

Bull

July 18th, 2011
7:53 pm

Athletes are allowed per NCAA rules to take as many unofficial visits to a school as they want but the school cannot pay for the travel. Jones taking paid flights that were school related will probably fall outside of what is considered impermissible benefits. Jarvis should play.

LakeDawg

July 18th, 2011
7:59 pm

Bull,
Did he take those trips while he was a student or when he was being recruited?

adam

July 18th, 2011
8:05 pm

Lakedawg

The NCAA will suspend anyone who receives improper benefits and they see improper benefits as anything received that others are unable to receive such as money from an outsider. Even if it was only $5 from a kid in his math class they could claim improper benefits. If a player had no money to eat and coach richt bought him dinner that would be improper. Improper is anything that the average citizen could not easily obtain.

LakeDawg

July 18th, 2011
8:15 pm

adam,
I know how the NCAA is going to see this, but plenty of college kids get outside help. Obviously if CMR gave anything that would be a violation. I guess the only question is if the NCAA is going to consider this minor (one game suspension) or major (four or more games).

Dawg Days

July 18th, 2011
8:33 pm

Henry looks good, but he looks like Samuel as a freshman, seems to run high, or straight up, and he may need to hunker down when hittig the hole in SEC play….just saying….but I hope he is the real deal, go Dawgs.

Mobile Dawg

July 18th, 2011
8:48 pm

Adams should be jailed, not just fired for using “taxpayer” money to fly a player period. It sounds like impermissable benefits to me, as he wouldn’t buy my airfare. I hate it, was looking forward to seeing JJ play against BS.

Maybe if they would have just put a bag of unmarked cash from an anonymous source outside his church doors it would have been ok.

Doc

July 18th, 2011
9:14 pm

Tony Adams was acting as a semi-guardian of Jones. Jones had “family problems since high school” (legal guardian with possible drug problems). Sent him plane tickets back and forth from california. Jones had no knowledge that they were paid for by “parks and recreation” and AAU team funds. Jarvis used the tickets to go home, visit family members and go back to USC. Jones is no crook,and is completely innocent in the entire situation. HE WANTS BOISE TO PROVE HIS WORTH TO THIS TEAM. HE IS READY TO PLAY FOR THE DAWGS.

Spike 80DF

July 18th, 2011
9:16 pm

interesting situation here with Jones, i’m sure he’ll get the usual 2 game suspension but this year that really hurts….

Mobile Dawg

July 18th, 2011
9:19 pm

If the allegations are correct Tony Adams broke the law, that’s the tragedy here. I don’t know Jones personal situation Doc, but unfortunately, he’s gonna serve the time for Adams poor decisions. If Adams isn’t skimming from the parks and rec dept, Jones probably never even shows up on the radar.

how2fish

July 18th, 2011
9:23 pm

Jones was enrolled at USC when this all happened,it will depend on if his prior relationship with his “guardian” is allowed or if they don’t respect that we have a problem if they do..well he can Cam up and say…I didn’t know anything and I think he’s OK..but I have a feeling there will be more to this coming.

Worm

July 18th, 2011
9:23 pm

paul (fish fry) Johnson has ruled him ineligibile for the Tech game.

Doc

July 18th, 2011
9:34 pm

Mobile Dawg you are correct, Jones is about to take the fall for somthing he was completely unaware about. He had been taken in by Adams(household), and had no idea the plane fares were paid for by “outside funds”.

Mobile Dawg

July 18th, 2011
9:37 pm

Is he a legal guardian, or a perceived, self annointed guardian. It’s pretty black and white, just depends on the “facts” as defined by the NCAA.

Starting J

July 18th, 2011
9:46 pm

McGarity needs to stonewall the Ncaa like auburn did and keep jones eligible. They will not be able to trace any money that changed hands. It worked for auburn after cam got $200,000.

ugab

July 18th, 2011
9:54 pm

Hope to have him come gameday! Play the best players! Keep the hot players in the game!Goooooo dawgs

The rest might qualify, maybe

July 18th, 2011
9:54 pm

Maybe the auburn, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, or south central Florida police will cover it up, lol.

Tampa Gator

July 18th, 2011
10:32 pm

Noticed how quite things are in Gainesville since Muschamp sent on the to TOP CBs in the country packing to South Alabama? Just players working very hard and Muschamp and staff putting together perhaps the top recruiting class in the nation this year…..including two top safeties this week to go along with one of the top CB recruits previously….and another one (Howard) on his way soon….and maybe two top OTs at the upcoming FNL. Sorry….Dawg fans…..I think the first year coach down in Gainesville is going to do just all right…..and probably starting this year.

chickenman

July 18th, 2011
10:33 pm

i rather not play the kid and risk a lost season…. if hes guilty then give him the boot… hes coming from usc and we all know they get paid quite well there

sports

July 18th, 2011
10:50 pm

Since the hoods at tech have been exposed the sports dept at AJC, if you can call that are gonna dig up any dirt on UGA they can. They’ll run with anything they can…real on imagined.

BG

July 18th, 2011
10:55 pm

Where is Cam’s dad when you need him??

george

July 18th, 2011
10:58 pm

do any of u have jobs, families, lives……..????????

Athens is Hell

July 18th, 2011
11:02 pm

beware of ‘witch hunts’ boys …

We know what paul johnson would do at tech?

July 18th, 2011
11:09 pm

The cheaters next to the varsity can now shut the hell up about jan kemp karma is a bi–h

HAHA

July 18th, 2011
11:29 pm

Breaking News>>>>NCAA actually does something worth while. NCAA is messing the game up.

SamoanDawg

July 18th, 2011
11:42 pm

If NCAA knew about the allegation in ‘10, why didn’t they dish out their rules then? Why now? Why they waited for ‘11 season? It should’ve handled at the same time they suspended AJ.. sounds like rubbish to me!