Jarvis Jones and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are both having questions about their eligibility. Both Jones, a redshirt sophomore that is expected to man one of the outside linebacker spots this fall for the football team, and Caldwell-Pope, a five star shooting guard that was expected to start this year for the basketball team, both played on the same AAU basketball team, the Georgia Blazers.
An unauthorized bank account between Parks and Recreation Department Tony Adams, director, and Herman Porter, a top lieutenant, was used to pay for $828.40 worth of flights for Jones to Los Angeles. Jones would end up going to Southern California, located in LA.
The account also made a payment for $280.90 to Caldwell-Pope’s mother’s phone bill, and could end up being worse than the number may show.
The payments are a few years old, but they are still relevant.
The Jones situation shouldn’t end too bad for Georgia, and Jones may not even be suspended. The payments didn’t help Georgia in any way, and should have a better chance to hurt USC then Georgia, if anything at all. Georgia itself cannot be punished the information that has been given released so far.
As for the Caldwell-Pope thing, it is a little bit tougher. Mark Fox has been on the record saying that he was unaware of the benefits for Caldwell-Pope, but the young player could still have some rulings brought down on him. I’m still waiting to get more information on how he can be affected.
With the information we have so far, Georgia shouldn’t be punished for anything. They may lose these players for some time or not at all, we just have to wait and see what the NCAA decides.
Benedict Given Release
Brent Benedict, a former four-star lineman, has decided to leave Georgia. Benedict has had some problems with his knee, and it is likely to never be the same because of it of nerve damage.
The only information I have is that Benedict’s father met with Strength and Conditioning Director Joe Tereshinski last week, and that the decision was made shortly afterwards.
I don’t know if it has anything to do with the workouts that the players have been put through, because I have read that Benedict was in fact calling out other players to see who could do more weight than him.
Benedict was slated as a backup at guard and he will continue his football career elsewhere, I did read that he had talked to Florida.