While this has no direct effect on the Cats, other than possibly not seeing these SEC foes on the court/field next year, we here in the Commonwealth have a newfound interest in seeing how the NCAA handles eligibility issues with other schools. The Eric Bledsoe uproar and the Free Enes campaign gave UK fans another reason to keep a watchful eye out whne it comes to eligibility issues.
The Georgia Bulldogs have two recruits in a little hot water now: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jarvis Jones. Caldwell-Pope (formerly simply Caldwell until this past year, I believe) is a 4-star SG, sometimes 5, (#23 overall-ESPN) in the 2011 class who can score in a multitude of ways, whether slashing or shooting from long range. Jones was a 4-star DE who played one season at Southern Cal before deciding to transfer back to his home state and UGA.
The eligibility issues stem from the recent investigation of the Parks an Rec Dept. in Columbus, GA. The organization ran an AAU basketball team that both Caldwell-Pope and Jones played for: the Georgia Blazers. The director and a lieutenant used a side bank account to pay for the Jones’ flights to and from LA while at USC, as well as the cell phone bill for Caldwell-Pope’s mother. The costs of the Jones’ flights totaled $828.40. The cell phone account also included Kentavious’ number, too.
UGA claims they have received no notification of an NCAA investigation at this point. The Parks and Rec. Dept. has only been investigated by the police, but that could change at any time. The NCAA is “aware” of this, according to the police. These actions certainly seem to go against the NCAA’s supposed ‘amateurism’ bylaws. However, like John Wall and Perry Jones, money can be paid back and only a short amount of games missed if the price isn’t too high. But remember, if it breaches a completely arbitrary and unclear amount, even if you have the cash still sitting there unused and ready to pay back immediately, the NCAA will merely call you a professional and give you two middle fingers.
Full article HERE.