The Georgia Football team is proceeding as normal while an investigation into whether or not linebacker Jarvis Jones and basketball recruit Kentavious Caldwell-Pope received improper benefits from a Columbus based AAU team. Thus Jones has been taking his place as a starting outside linebacker as Georgia prepares for its season opener against Boise State on Sept 3.
Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity confirmed that while the investigation is still ongoing, neither student athlete has been declared ineligible as of yet.
"I would say that we're doing our due diligence internally to sort through everything," McGarity said. "At some point in time we'll have some sort of communication with the SEC and the NCAA on the entire situation. So much of this right now is verbal. We're obviously having conversations, but there's nothing to report right now."
It has become more common place for a school to declare a player ineligible and then immediately seek reinstatement from the NCAA. That scenario is still a possibility for both Jones and Caldwell-Pope as their respective seasons approach.
Georgia held A.J. Green out of last season's opener after questions arose about his eligibility. Green ended up being suspended three more games but Georgia avoided having to forfeit any games by not playing him.