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Records Show UGA’s Jones Might’ve Received Cash In AAU Scandal (While At Southern Cal)

Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones — who just transferred to Athens from Southern Cal — might have a harder time gaining eligibility than initially thought.

Last month, a police investigation into what amounts to a slush fund in the office of Columbus, Georgia’s former parks and recreation department director showed that Jones and UGA basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope likely received improper benefits while playing AAU basketball in high school.

It was believed that Jones had received Atlanta-to-Los Angeles (and back) airline tickets.  However, a report in The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer today states that:


“Further investigation into police records shows (the P&R director/AAU coach) also withdrew $700 in cash from the account and made notes on the transactions that may link them to Jones.


Georgia AD Greg McGarity said earlier this week that his school is finalizing its report on the Jones/Caldwell-Pope matter and hopes the NCAA will rule quickly on Jones’ status with the Bulldog football team.

Question is — Did UGA know about this new information or are they now having to restart from ground zero on their report?

If true, it’s possible that the NCAA could sit Jones for a few games and require him to donate to charity an amount of money equal to what he received during his AAU days.  Of course, it’s also possible they could bag him entirely.

What doesn’t appear likely at this point is Jones taking the field with his Georgia teammates when they face Boise State in little more than a month.

UPDATE — Our bad, folks.  We missed a rather big point in this story.  It seems Jones was given the money while attending Southern Cal, not during his AAU days.  (Only the plane tickets were provided during his AAU days).  In February of 2010, Tony Adams withdrew $400 from the questionable account and labeled the transaction: “Jarvis laptop.”  Then in March of last year, he withdrew another $300 and labeled that transaction: “Georgia Blazers Jarvis Jones.”  The Georgia Blazers are the AAU team Adams coached and Jones played for.

 


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