Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Georgia athetes Jarvis Jones and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may have received improper benifits.

Georgia has contacted both the NCAA and the SEC in regards to accusations involving possible improper benefits received by linebacker Jarvis Jones and basketball recruit  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while the two participated in an AAU basketball team in Columbus, Ga.  The alleged benifits came to light in a report by the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

"Columbus police interviews conducted during an investigation of the Parks and Recreation Department reveal that director Tony Adams and top lieutenant Herman Porter may have jeopardized the amateur status of two University of Georgia athletes who played on the Georgia Blazers, their city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team.

Police records show that an unauthorized bank account controlled by Adams and Porter was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jarvis Jones, a two-sport star at Carver High School who played football for one season at the University of Southern California, and for the cell phone bill of the mother of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a five-star shooting guard from Greenville High School."

While Georgia athletes involved with NCAA rules is nothing new (see A.J. Green), a scandal that could affect both the football and basketball programs at the same time has to be one for the record books.  And probably something that neither Mark Richt or Mark Fox was looking forward to.

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