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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Baylor freshman Perry Jones ruled ineligible

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— Baylor freshman Perry Jones was declared ineligible by the NCAA on Wednesday after an investigation about whether Jones or his family received preferential treatment or improper benefits from an AAU coach before enrolling in college.

The NCAA’s decision came only hours before the Bears played Oklahoma in their first game at the Big 12 Conference tournament, leaving them without a starter and one of the nation’s top freshmen. The 6-foot-11 Jones averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds for Baylor.

Baylor immediately appealed to have Jones’ eligibility reinstated.

“We are profoundly disappointed in the timing and determination in this matter,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a release from the school. “This outcome appears to be inconsistent with other recent, widely discussed NCAA decisions.”

The school’s release said Jones had no knowledge of three, 15-day loans between his mother and AAU coach that were provided while Jones was in high school. The loans were repaid in a timely manner, according to interviews conducted by Baylor officials and the NCAA staff.

Jones’ AAU coach also paid for the player’s travel to a professional preseason football game in San Diego before getting to Baylor, the release said.

Jones, from Duncanville, Texas, was the Bears’ highest-rated recruit ever. He could also become their first one-and-done player since he is projected to be one of the top picks in the NBA Draft this summer.

McCaw indicated that no Baylor representatives were involved or aware of any preferential treatment between the AAU coach and Jones’ family, whose relationship dates to at least the sixth grade. The AD commended Jones “for being cooperative and forthcoming during this unfortunate process.”

Baylor’s release said the issues that led to Jones’ ineligibility are not considered to be an institutional violation of NCAA rules.

Comments

Chris Shaw 8 years, 6 months ago

As much as I'm not a Baylor nor am I a Scott Drew fan, I thought the timing of this by the NCAA was very very poor. As much as a slime Drew is as a coach, I'm not agreeing with the NCAA's stance of suspending Perry Jones right before the game. Where is the consistency with the NCAA? Cam Newton? Ohio State 5 and Coach? It just doesn't make sense.

Ted Toulouse 8 years, 6 months ago

Apparently BCS games earn more money than the Big 12 tourney. Who knew?

GeoHawk15 8 years, 6 months ago

Kushaw, I couldn't have said it better myself. It is appalling that the NCAA would let the OSU players slide until next season when they were directly involved in a violation, whereas Jones had no knowledge of what his mom was doing. I have a feeling, the NCAA felt the backlash of delaying OSU's suspensions along with the recent revelation of Tressel's apriori knowledge of the violations and therefore decided to act immediately on this one. F'ing hypocrites...

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 6 months ago

Screw Baylor and Scotty Drew!!! It's only a matter of time before the NCAA jumps all over them for violations. There is no way in hell he can recruit the talent that he has been without some shadiness going on.

bayareajhawk 8 years, 6 months ago

I have heard this argument several times and I disagree totally. This is not a res ipsa loquitur issue. Besides, the NCAA has already investigated them thoroughly and found only a couple of impermissible phone calls.

Haters gonna hate, I guess.

jayhawkinATL 8 years, 6 months ago

Recruits are eventually going to realize that Drew can't coach. Look at the talent he has this year and they didn't even come close to the Big Dance.

bayareajhawk 8 years, 6 months ago

We will see. I agree that I expected a lot more from Baylor this year. By the way, Drew has one of the top players/recruiting classes in the country coming in next year. Let's see how they do.

bayareajhawk 8 years, 6 months ago

So the kid's mom received loans and paid them back. He is suspended. Meanwhile, Cam Newton's Dad is shopping him all over the SEC and it's ok because he didn't know anything about it. I guess they shouldn't have told Perry about the loans!

ahpersecoachingexperience 8 years, 6 months ago

Word out of Baylor is perry has locked himself inside the Baylor locker room with a few of his loyal teammates. Not to worry, the NCAA has it surrounded with armed investigators and is coordinating entry plans. What could possibly go wrong?!?!?

Dirk Medema 8 years, 6 months ago

As long and drawn out as Josh's situation was, I'm certainly glad it happened at the beginning of the season, before we possibly built a team around him leading from the point, only to have the rug pulled out at the last minute.

Realistically though, KU carries about as much weight in BB as tOSU, ... in FB, so that probably wouldn't happen anyway. Maybe Baylor and Drew ARE a bit to blame for this after all. If they hadn't majorly underacheived, and had lived up to even a bit of the pre-season hype, maybe the NCAA would have shown the same deference to a ranked, elite program instead of the mercy killing.

Seems like there should be a clip from a movie where a couple guys find an animal (usually a deer, but maybe a bear?) on the side of the road that has been hit by a vehicle and left to gasp for life. "Put a bullet in it's head Vern. Suckerz gonna die anyway."

Kenneth Johnson 8 years, 6 months ago

Sometimes, as they say, you're lucky not to get what you wished for. I remember that KU was making considerable effort to recruit Jones (out of the same town as Greg Ostertag).

Ken Johnson (KU MS '70) www.hoopszone.net

Greg Lux 8 years, 6 months ago

Right Wrong warrented or not the timing is just horrible. I know the NCAA had to have done this investigation for months .. how can they get to a final decision right before a game? In many of these violations the player is a no fault victim of the violation ( this was his mom mostly ). I am not a fan either way of perry's but if it was a KU player I know I would be outraged at the NCAA's timing. Does this effect any of the Baylor wins? ( again don't care just questioning )

The NCAA owes a responsibility to Schools who had no part in the violation some concideration. Suspend before the tournament or as least after the game. Unless the school knew this was coming.

Rock Chalk

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