Baylor's Perry Jones loses appeal
WACO, Texas -- Perry Jones will miss the first five games next season if he stays at Baylor after an NCAA reinstatement committee on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling that declared the standout freshman ineligible.
Jones is projected to be one of the top picks in the NBA draft.
As part of Thursday's ruling, Jones must also repay at least $700 in impermissible benefits. That included a trip to California last August to attend an NFL preseason game before he began classes at Baylor.
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw last week criticized the decision to declare Jones ineligible. He said then that the action was inconsistent with other recent cases, citing the Ohio State football team and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. He stood by that Thursday.
"Based upon the totality of the circumstances, we continue to believe that Perry Jones III and the Baylor's men's basketball team received a disparate outcome in relation to other recent high profile cases," McCaw said in a statement.
The ruling by the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement was the final appeal opportunity, and the NCAA reasserted Thursday that Jones' case was not directly comparable to other recent decisions.
"Every situation includes a distinctive set of facts," an NCAA statement read. "In this specific case, the student-athlete and his family actually received benefits, including the trip."
The NCAA said Jones' trip to an NFL game with his AAU coach was provided by an unidentified NFL player, and that the NFL player also provided Jones' parents three separate 15-day loans, all of which were repaid.
While the ruling will not change, McCaw said senior NCAA leaders have agreed to meet and discuss concerns that have arisen related to Jones' case.
Jones sat out Baylor's season-ending loss in the first round of the Big 12 tournament March 9, the same day he was declared ineligible. That was considered part of a six-game suspension.
The 6-foot-11 Jones averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.
Last week, the NCAA said Jones and his family received benefits of more than $4,100.
In its release Thursday, the NCAA said Baylor disagreed that the total amount of the loans to the family should be included in the value of the benefits received. The release went on to say Baylor "did agree that the student-athlete received more than $700 in impermissible benefits."
It was unclear what amount Jones would be required to repay in the form of a donation to the charity of his choice.
Auburn won the BCS national championship after Newton was declared ineligible by the school and then reinstated by the NCAA with no evidence that the Heisman Trophy winner knew his father was seeking money for his son to sign with Mississippi State, or that the quarterback received anything.
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and four teammates were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl even after being suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling jerseys, championship rings and trophies to a local tattoo parlor owner.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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