Georgia Bulldogs Football and Basketball: Scandal in Athens?

Andrew Hall@DudeYouCrazyCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2011

The last thing Richt needs is scandal
The last thing Richt needs is scandalKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The University of Georgia is investigating an incident that may affect the eligibility of two Bulldogs— football player Jarvis Jones and basketball signee Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. 

The Columbus Ledger Enquirer is reporting that the two players may have received improper benefits from an employee of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Both players are alumni of an AAU basketball team, the Georgia Blazers, that was at least partially funded by Parks and Rec director Tony Adams.  Reports indicate that Adams paid for the cell phone bill of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s mother and for as many as four flights for Jones from Atlanta to Los Angeles (he initially committed to and attended USC).

The details are pretty clearly detailed here, but the NCAA has not yet publicly stated what process Georgia may be subjected to.

Admittedly my Bulldog blood skews my perspective, but this seems like a case of a coach/mentor overstepping his boundaries and not necessarily a manipulative ploy to create a recruiting advantage or eliminate amateur status. 

Jones actually lived with another Parks and Recreation employee after she gained power of attorney rights and she accompanied him on the trips to and from LA, perhaps Adams was paying for one of his co-workers' trips because he knew that her City salary couldn't cover such expenses. 

Furthermore, I’m not sure that any connection between Tony Adams and any individual college has been firmly identified.  He seemed as eager to help Jones get back and forth to LA after he committed to play there as he did to help out Kentavious’ mother on a cell phone bill. 

It’s hard to argue that any sort of competitive advantage was gained for Georgia through these incidents.

Let's hope that a logical explanation will come forth and for a reasonable punishment (if any).  I'd hate to see the university's name tarnished and athletics program lose two young players.