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UGA Recruits With Possible Eligibility Issues


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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.

Article written by Chris Thomas

11 Comments for UGA Recruits With Possible Eligibility Issues

  1. Kige Is the [email protected]
    1:46 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Ron Swanson wouldn’t have allowed this to happen in his Parks and Rec dept.

  2. Judge Roy Bean
    2:04 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Good one #1!

  3. Computer Blue
    2:11 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA is probably too busy following up on all those vacated win celebration violations we brought to their attention to bother investigating this.

  4. x-ray tech dude
    2:19 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

  5. PatPattersonISWalkingThruThatDoor
    2:31 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    (4) freaking awesome. DLamb has got some serious personality hahaha

  6. Random
    2:40 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    A little over 800 dollars? Just get it paid back and let the kids play.

  7. Czar of Daycares
    4:27 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Man, without Kentavious, UGA would probably be pretty putrid next year.

  8. Han
    7:01 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    If this was us, the Triumvirate and Tipton would already be blanketing the media with articles about how it was evidence of Cal’s corruption and our win at all costs mentality.

  9. BlueBones
    8:35 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    We have neither the time or resources to investigate every possible violation…unless involves UK.- Mark Emmert, NCAA President

  10. pongo
    10:50 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Why would the “police” EVER get involved in something like this?
    I think our country basically sucks.

  11. NBA league pass
    12:30 pm June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Ht: 6’10”
    Wt: 120 lbs