Making the morning rounds.
• We would have gotten away with it, too, if not for those pesky detectives. Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, a former top 100 recruit projected to start this fall as a redshirt sophomore, faces certain NCAA scrutiny and could be declared ineligible after being connected to an unauthorized bank account controlled by two employees of his hometown Columbus (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department. According to Columbus police, the men used the account to funnel benefits to members of a city-funded, Nike-sponsored AAU basketball team, including airfare to and from Los Angeles for Jones (who initially signed with USC in 2009, and saw the field there as a true freshman) and paying off a $280 cell phone bill for the mother of hyped hoops prospect Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who signed with Georgia last year. (Personally, I can't help but imagine the guys behind this as the Tom Haverford and Jean-Ralphio of Columbus, Ga.)
The NCAA is reportedly aware of the issue, as is Georgia, though a UGA spokesman said the school hasn't heard from Big Brother in Indianapolis yet. Meanwhile, UGA fans are recalling the four-game suspension handed down against star receiver A.J. Green last summer and trying not to panic. [Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dawg Sports]
• Comings and goings, part one. As expected, former Alabama running back Corey Grant confirmed his plans to transfer to Auburn, where he'll reportedly walk on this fall. The rare intra-rivalry swap probably stems from some combination of homesickness and opportunism — Grant grew up in Auburn's backyard, and was likely bound for third or fourth-string at best in the Crimson Tide's crowded backfield — though he insists the defection is strictly Xs and Os. "Alabama is more of a pro-style, down-hill offense and Auburn is more spread," Grant told AuburnSports.com. "With the kind of player that I am, I just think I will be a perfect fit at Auburn." [Al.com, AuburnSports.com]
• Comings and goings, part two. Florida defensive end Chris Martin, a former five-star recruit who initially committed to Notre Dame and signed with California before transferring to Gainesville last year, has decided to switch schools again on the heels of a marijuana arrest earlier this year. Because he burned his redshirt season on the move to Florida, Martin will be down to three years of eligibility on the other side of his second stint in transfer purgatory — or in junior college — this fall. [Gainesville Sun]
• Comings and goings, part three. In other predictable transfer news, former Wisconsin running back Zach Brown now plans to enroll at Pittsburgh, where he should be immediately eligible to play this fall as a fifth-year graduate student. Brown's role in Madison steadily faded after 2007, when he finished second on the team with 568 yards rushing as a true freshman, to the point that he was asked to spend his senior season redshirting behind a pair of more promising young 'uns in 2010. He was still sitting fourth on the depth chart when he decided to cut his losses at the end of spring practice. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
• The Rap Sheet. Spectacularly named Mashall running back Tron Martinez was arrested Friday night on a pair of misdemeanor charges for disorderly conduct and obstruction, likely nixing his hopes of emerging as the Herd's starting tailback this fall. Martinez walked on last year after spending nearly a year in jail and home confinement on 11 felony charges, including gang participation, all of which were eventually dropped. He was awarded a scholarship earlier this year and topped the depth chart coming out of the spring, but now appears to have a new doghouse to crawl out of. [Huntington Herald-Dispatch]
Quickly… The Pac-10 officially becomes the Pac-12 at the end of the week. … A home game in Baltimore is worth $2 million more for Maryland than a home game in College Park. … The story behind Boone Pickens' $165 million donation to his alma mater. … Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict is leaving the team for "personal reasons." … Penn State picks up a pair of defensive tackle commitments over the weekend. .. And West Virginia retailers work fast, yo.
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