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Jarvis Jones cleared by NCAA

ATHENS (WTVM) - Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones has been cleared to play football by the NCAA.

Last week UGA sent the findings of their own investigation to the SEC and NCAA, which determined that the Carver Alum did not receive extra benefits from his AAU coach. The NCAA made its decision exactly one week after receiving Georgia's letter.

"I appreciate the work of our compliance office for its time and effort in providing a thorough, comprehensive report and I'm thankful for the timely manner in which the NCAA reviewed and evaluated all the facts to reach a decision," Georgia coach Mark Richt said in the statement. "We're ready to move on with preparations for our season opener."

The University started their internal investigation after police reports looking into the Columbus Parks and Recreation corruption revealed that former parks and rec director Tony Adams bought four flights between Atlanta and Los Angeles in the Summer of 2009, after Jones signed with University of Southern California.

The compliance investigation determined that the flights were not considered an impermissible benefit because Adams had a romantic relationship with parks and rec employee Shelly Stephens, who was Jones' legal guardian.

The main criteria for meeting the stipulations of NCAA Bylaw 12.1.2.1.6 (preferential treatment, benefits and services) is that a relationship was established before an athletic prospect's ninth-grade year.

Police records obtained also show that Adams paid for the cell phone bill of incoming basketball player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope while he was at Greenville High School. The University compliance office has not completed their internal investigation into that case.

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