UPDATED: Georgia LB Jarvis Jones cleared to play by NCAA

ATHENS – Georgia not only got good news from the NCAA regarding the eligibility of Jarvis Jones, it got it fast.

Jones, a sophomore linebacker from Columbus, was determined to have not violated any NCAA rules and therefore will be eligible to play every game for the Bulldogs this season, UGA confirmed on Tuesday. Georgia received the news from the NCAA on Monday night, exactly one week after filing the report on its internal investigation with the SEC.

“I think the NCAA is making a concerted effort to turn things around as quickly as possible,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ve been hearing in these various meetings they were going to try to do a better job of that. So we’re just thankful NCAA was able to do that in this case. Whether the decision was up or down, we’re able to move forward now. At the end of the day that’s all schools want.”

Last year the Bulldogs had to wait until the second week of the regular season to learn from the NCAA that wide receiver A.J. Green would have to sit out four games for violating NCAA rules. UGA held Green out of the first game on its own.

“I appreciate the work of our compliance office for its time and effort in providing a thorough, comprehensive report and I’m thankful for the timely manner in which the NCAA reviewed and evaluated all the facts to reach a decision,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in the statement. “We’re ready to move on with preparations for our season opener.”

Richt was not made available to reporters on Tuesday.

The NCAA’s decision is significant for Georgia as it prepares to open the season against a pair of highly-ranked opponents. The Bulldogs open against No. 7 Boise State on Sept. 3 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and follow that with a home tilt against No. 12 South Carolina in Athens.

Jones, a sophomore linebacker from Columbus, is slated to start at strongside linebacker for Georgia. He was having his eligibility reviewed after a police investigation into alleged corruption within the Columbus parks and recreation department revealed an administrator had provided benefits to him and basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the summer of 2009.

Jones’ relationship with that administrator, Tony Adams, was the center of UGA’s investigation. Adams reportedly paid for four flights for Jones to and from Los Angeles in the summer of 2009 as well as some other benefits. At the time Jones was a freshman signee at Southern Cal.

In its investigation, Georgia was able establish that Jones’ legal guardian, Shelley Stephens — who also worked for the rec department and flew with him to LA — had been in a long-term relationship with Adams.

“Based on the information that we reviewed, it was interpreted that it met the four-pronged test of an established relationship,” UGA compliance director Eric Baumgartner said.

The main criteria for meeting the stipulations of NCAA Bylaw 12.1.2.1.6 (preferential treatment, benefits and services) is that a relationship was established before a prospects ninth-grade year.

McGarity said Georgia has not yet completed its investigation of Caldwell-Pope. The five-star shooting guard from Greenville allegedly was using a cell phone that was paid for by Adams.

“We’re still processing that case,” McGarity said. “Jarvis’ situation was a little more urgent.”

Jones transferred to Georgia from USC — where he played in eight games as a true freshman — last summer and sat out per NCAA transfer rules. He’s a former AJC Super 11 player who was rated among the top linebackers in the nation.

Jones has not been available for comment but Tuesday night he addressed the news on his Facebook page. (Edited) “The right support, great mentors, friends/fans. I’m so grateful for everyone that’s in my corner. I put my trust in a higher power and not in man. No stressing, just hard work and dedication. Stand up Bulldog Nation, we have business to tend to. — #29″

Georgia launched an internal investigation earlier this summer and turned over its findings to the SEC office on Aug. 2. UGA declined the AJC’s open records requests under the Freedom of Information Act to view that report under the claim that the document was protected by a federal law protecting the privacy of students. The AJC disputed that claim.

305 comments Add your comment

IndianaDawg

August 9th, 2011
10:22 am

Welcome back Jarvis. Now get to work my man. The Dawgs definitely need you this season!

#1Stunna

August 9th, 2011
10:25 am

Thanks for the quick turnaround NCAA…it’s about time you guys get something right!!!

LPayne21

August 9th, 2011
10:25 am

Yesss!!!!! gonna be huge for this D

GATA

Dawgman

August 9th, 2011
10:26 am

Did anyone even have any doubts?….This spells TROUBLE for all opposing teams on the Dawgs schedule this year.

Stockdog

August 9th, 2011
10:26 am

Wonderful news. I think that the defense will be awesome.

Pitbull

August 9th, 2011
10:26 am

Congrats Jarvis. Now lets win it all!!

Anteater

August 9th, 2011
10:27 am

As the eloquent Dirk Winston said many years ago ” We’s gonna hurt somebodys “

Mike L.

August 9th, 2011
10:27 am

I hope this means Kentavious will be cleared for hoops season too.

D A DoubleU G

August 9th, 2011
10:27 am

WOO HOO!!!!!

GREAT NEWS!!!!

BMDPD

August 9th, 2011
10:28 am

rduck

August 9th, 2011
10:28 am

good news for the Dawgs. Congrats to the kid for getting through the BS that is the NCAA.

Brian

August 9th, 2011
10:30 am

Any word on Kentavious?

D A DoubleU G

August 9th, 2011
10:31 am

And the NCAA conspiracy theories from the Tech faithful begin in 3……..2………1……..

WinderDawg

August 9th, 2011
10:31 am

Great News…Start hitting somebody Jarvis

Bama Bill

August 9th, 2011
10:32 am

Guess young Jarvis did not know that he was on a trip paid for by someone else – wonder if his Dad was the bag man ?

f4ifrank

August 9th, 2011
10:33 am

Yeah Baby!! That Rocks!!

Dawg stuck in Huntsville

August 9th, 2011
10:33 am

Any the whining from the Techies starts….NOW

Dawg stuck in Huntsville

August 9th, 2011
10:34 am

And the pot shots from Bammers starts….NOW

Batman

August 9th, 2011
10:35 am

Now go hit some people Jarvis and pay no attention to Richts silly vampire gimmick. Im ready to see some ole time slobber knockin football!

bill_in_atl

August 9th, 2011
10:36 am

Bama Bill is a bit ignorant of the situation, but that doesn’t prevent him from giving his opinion on the matter.

Thanks Bill.

bruce mac

August 9th, 2011
10:36 am

Fantastic. Cannot wait for Boise, I feel as good about this game as any in five years. Bring on all the haters to this blog and keep em coming until the first Saturday Night in September. Then the reality of the Dawgs return to greatness will start to set in. GATA!!!!!!!!

Dawg stuck in Huntsville

August 9th, 2011
10:36 am

Since I now live in Bama, I am fully aware that Bama Bill, like the rest of this state, cannot read. If Bama Bill could read, he would know that the person that paid for the trip for Jarvis was/had actually dated Jarvis’ mother. Therefore, there was a pre-existing relationship. Not an infraction in NCAA rules…now go brush your tooth Bill.

thom

August 9th, 2011
10:37 am

AWESOME – THANKS FOR BREAKING THE NEWS! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

rock steady freddy

August 9th, 2011
10:37 am

AND JARVIS WILL BE ROCKIN STEADY, JUST LIKE OL’ FREDDY! AaROOF!

Joey

August 9th, 2011
10:38 am

Robin

August 9th, 2011
10:38 am

I agree with Batman…. time to suit up and play hard nosed football. plese cut the gimmicks coach Richt.

17 - 3

August 9th, 2011
10:39 am

See ya in J’ville, lol.

D A DoubleU G

August 9th, 2011
10:39 am

For those (Bama Bill) who have no clue, the person Jarvis was receiving the “benefits” from was his LEGAL GUARDIAN, an employee of the Columbus Parks and Rec.

A LEGAL GUARDIAN happens to fall into the category of “person whom a relationship is established before the athlete becomes a recruit”.

CHDawg

August 9th, 2011
10:39 am

That should pump the team up, too. I think he has the ability to be one of our best LBs ever. Not much has been said of him, but I really like the way our LBs stack up with JJ in the mix. 2011 could turn into a big year for Carver grads! Go Dawgs!

RxDawg

August 9th, 2011
10:40 am

Well heck yeh! I very much think this was the right decesion. He obviously knew him before any football recruiting was going on.

sheepdawg

August 9th, 2011
10:43 am

this addition should really improve the GPA of the entire team

BG

August 9th, 2011
10:43 am

Awesome news!!!

JB

August 9th, 2011
10:44 am

Great News for the Dawgs. Bad news for the Boise QB. Me thinks they’ll get to know each other…..

RxDawg

August 9th, 2011
10:44 am

Bama Bill, you really shouldn’t be on here trying to throw stones right now. I’m pretty sure Bama has it’s on issues. You probably should go back to the mud slinging contest you guys have with Auburn. After the dust settles the top football program in the state of Alabama will be UAB. Goooooooo Blazers!

PTC DAWG

August 9th, 2011
10:46 am

Good to see the rival fans still care.

JB

August 9th, 2011
10:46 am

Dawgs will have some of the fastest LB’s in college ball.

Tech Cheats 90210

August 9th, 2011
10:48 am

I knew it….I knew it……the NCAA doesnt like us Jackets

UGA Insider

August 9th, 2011
10:48 am

This guy is a monster coming off the edge! He has a motor Justin Houston dreams about at night. As far as talent on the field I see us matching up with USCe just fine. That game is going to be a toss-up for the SEC East Crown.

Aubarn...aka Green Acres

August 9th, 2011
10:49 am

We didnt cheat either…..the NCAA will clear us shortly as well

JB

August 9th, 2011
10:49 am

Got playing time as a True freshman at Southern Cal. Nuff Said.

12 x 60 ga style with a tin roof

August 9th, 2011
10:51 am

huntsville dawg – you aint stuck over there – you just enjoy a tad of class standing out front of Connor’s with your toothpick.

Dirty Dawg

August 9th, 2011
10:51 am

To he!! with the AJC…if you guys were as intent on digging into the crap every Republican politician in this state is into as you seem to be on kids with nothin’ but their athletic ability going for ‘em and just out of high school, you’d be going a long way to measuring up to the standard that Henry Grady and Ralph McGill set for you all those years ago.

trupert

August 9th, 2011
10:52 am

Now that that’s settled, the NCAA can turn their attention to free suits university, or is it free suits for autographs university?

I would have said their full attention, but there’s still that ongoing NCAA investigation of Auburn. Atleast the NCAA can save on travel expenses. How far is it from Auburn to Tuscaloosa?

Old Dawg

August 9th, 2011
10:52 am

This is really great news. Let’s hope the injury bug doesn’t hit during camp.

The Goat

August 9th, 2011
10:53 am

Get ready to light somebody up Jarvis! Looking forward to seeing you get mean between the hedges this season.

Destin Dawg

August 9th, 2011
10:55 am

It’s all good in Athens these days…. can’t wait !!! Go Dawgs 1!!!!

AltamahaDawg

August 9th, 2011
10:56 am

SURELY, there is some way to complain about Richt in this story.

JB

August 9th, 2011
10:56 am

Keep Richt away from the defense…and let them get nasty…..

UGA Insider

August 9th, 2011
10:56 am

Is there an investigation starting at Alabama? I haven’t heard of any.

Name Police

August 9th, 2011
10:56 am

Who on earth would name a child Kentavious?