NCAA: Baylor’s criticism of Jones case ‘off base’

Friday, March 11, 2011

— A day after ruling Baylor freshman Perry Jones ineligible for accepting improper benefits, the NCAA said Thursday that the school was wrong in criticizing how the case was handled and suggesting there were similarities to problems at Auburn and Ohio State.

Jones was ruled out for the rest of the season a few hours before the Bears lost to Oklahoma without him in the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night. The NCAA determined he and his family received improper benefits from an AAU coach before enrolling at Baylor.

Baylor issued a release after the ruling Wednesday in which athletic director Ian McCaw said the decision appeared “to be inconsistent with other recent widely discussed NCAA decisions.” In a later TV interview, McCaw referenced cases involving the Ohio State and Auburn football teams this past season.

McCaw declined comment Thursday. But the NCAA said Baylor “is off base, related to timing, process and precedent.”