June 27th, 2011 10:56 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Georgia
Tags: Carver High School, Georgia, Greenville High School, NCAA
Columbus, Georgia police — investigating the city’s Parks and Recreation Department — found that two higher-ups in the department might have spent money on a pair of local basketball players who starred for a Columbus AAU team. One of those players signed with Georgia. The other played a year of football at Southern Cal before transferring back to Mark Richt’s program. Now both face eligibility questions.
According to The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:
“Police records show that an unauthorized bank account controlled by (P&R Department director Tony) Adams and (Herman) Porter was used to pay for flights to and from Los Angeles for Jarvis Jones, a two-sport start 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.”
Columbus police chief Ricky Boren told the paper that the NCAA is “aware of the investigation, allegations and actions of the individuals we had under investigation.” Meanwhile, UGA director of compliance Eric Baumgartner said he had “not received or heard of anything” from the NCAA.
Georgia spokesperson Claude Felton said, “We are aware of it and will do our due diligence in looking into the matter.”
Jones’ flights cost a total of $828.40. The cell phone bill of Caldwell-Pope’s mother cost $280.90.
And now both players’ amateur status is in doubt.
Oh, so stupid.
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