According to published reports including The New York Times, Perry Jones III has been suspended from the Baylor basketball team for the remainder of the season for accepting impermissible benefits.
Just when Baylor fans thought their season couldn't get any worse, it looks as if the basketball program could be in trouble. However, there is still much to be learned about this situation.
What We Know
- Perry Jones III from Duncanville High School is suspended for tonight's Big XII tournament opener against Oklahoma.
- It has come out that the suspension is due to Pre-Enrollment Amateurism/Preferential Treatment. Jones' AAU coach gave three separate 15-day loans to Jones mother.
- Perry Jones had no knowledge of the loans his mother received.
- Baylor is appealing the NCAA's suspension, which is set to be for the rest of the season.
Edit: A few things have surfaced since my posting of this article.
- Baylor has no involvement in this incident
- The NCAA found out about this in November, interviewed Jones in December and mysteriously waited until hours before a game to tell the Bears.
- The loans totaled less than $1,000 and were paid back in full in a timely manner.
- Head coach Scott Drew isn't happy; I've never seen him like this. What this means for Baylor is that if they can hold off Oklahoma this evening in their conference tournament opener, there is a chance Perry could be reinstated.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw has said that Baylor "is profoundly disappointed in the timing and determination of this matter" and that "This outcome appears to be inconsistent with other recent, widely discussed NCAA decisions."
It seems as if McCaw could be right, this coming in the same school year as Cam Newton's dad allegedly shopping his son as a college football player.
Newton reportedly had no idea his dad was asking money for his son's commitment, similar to this situation.
One could assume the amount of money provided in these three 15-day loans is much less than the large sums of money that Newton's father was looking for.
Hopefully, with the Bears appealing this situation, Perry Jones III will be reinstated to the basketball team.
The additional details come as relatively good news for Baylor basketball, as it appears the program did no wrong in the situation.
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