ATLANTA The investigation into Jarvis Jones eligibility is nearing an end, at least on the Georgia end of it.
Athletics director Greg McGarity said Monday that the school is hoping to turn its report over to the SEC by the end of this week. Then it will be up to the conference and the NCAA, which are not involved in the investigation yet.
Last year, when star receiver A.J. Green was eventually suspended four games, the NCAA initiated the inquiry. This year its Georgia, after Jones relationship with his former AAU basketball coach was brought to its attention by a June report in the Ledger-Enquirer.
Georgia is scheduled to hold its first practice next week and opens the season Sept. 3 against Boise State.
It just puts a sense of urgency on everything, McGarity said before the UGA Day event in Atlanta. You try to wrap up everything as soon as you can. Were hopeful that we can have everything wrapped up here before the end of this week.
Jones, a sophomore who sat out last year after transferring from Southern California, is expected to start at outside linebacker if hes eligible.
Our goal is that we will have an answer early enough so we will be able to prepare properly, head coach Mark Richt said.
An investigation into the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, involving Jones former AAU coach, found that the coach had paid for several flights for Jones from Los Angeles to Atlanta. That would be an NCAA violation, unless it was found that Jones and the coach had a pre-existing relationship, and therefore it wouldnt be considered an extra benefit.
McGarity said Georgias compliance director, Eric Bumgartner, has been interviewing the key people, including Jones.
The schools hope is that theres nothing beyond the initial report on the case.
You would think that the findings were conclusive. If theres more stuff there, Im sure it wouldve been in the police report or in the findings that were reported in the Columbus paper, McGarity said. Were hopeful that there wouldnt be anything else there. Because if it was, it would have been certainly in that report. Hopefully the report is conclusive and youve got everything there.
McGarity declined to characterize his feelings as positive or negative on Jones status.
I quit trying to guess how things will turn out, because the bottom line is it is what it is, and you report what you find out and try to uncover everything, try to uncover everything at one time, he said.
The Columbus situation also involves basketball star recruit Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Head coach Mark Fox said he hadnt heard anything new.
You dont ever want these situations, Fox said when asked if he was worried about Caldwell-Popes eligibility. But I think itll be handled appropriately. Theres really not much I can do. Its not a decision Im gonna make.
A few more notes from Monday nights meeting:
The four-year-old daughter of new inside linebackers coach Kirk Olividatti has been battling leukemia, Richt announced. Olividattis wife Keely hasnt left the hospital for 30 days, the head coach informed the crowd. She spoke to Richt on Monday, and agreed that Richt could make the daughter Kasyns fight public.
Richt reiterated that Richard Samuel will start off first on the depth chart, mainly because he has the most experience, despite spending last year at linebacker. Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell has received the most preseason attention.
Nothing was promised to him, Richt said of Crowell. We didnt promise he was gonna start or anything like that. We promised to give him an opportunity to compete. We think he has a tremendous skill set. We think hes got a chance to be very outstanding. But hes gotta learn what to do, and hes gotta prove that he can hang onto the football and all those type of things. But I dont think hes afraid of competing. So well see what happens. I mean Richards the No. 1 tailback not for any other reason than hes the No. 1 guy weve got.
Freshman recruits Kent Turene and Devin Bowman, each waiting academic clearance, are still up in the air, according to Richt.
McGarity told the crowd the new high-definition scoreboard at Sanford Stadium would be the one thing, without question, that garners the most attention from fans.