CATEGORY: FOC College Football



By Gene Phelps

and Mike Talbert

Daily Journal

The grade problems for Mississippi State basketball player Dontae’ Jones have apparently been ironed out.

Northeast Mississippi Community College officials said Thursday that a discrepancy involving Jones’ correspondence course grades from the University of Southern Mississippi has been corrected.

Jones, a junior college All-America last season at Northeast, took 36 hours this summer in order to qualify to attend Mississippi State. Of the total, 13 of the hours were correspondence courses from Southern Mississippi and 23 were from Northeast.

Jones, a 6-foot-7 small forward, was held out of Wednesday’s SEC win over Georgia pending an investigation by MSU athletic director Larry Templeton into the inconsistencies in Jones’ transcript.

MSU coach Richard Williams said from his office late Thursday that he had not heard from Templeton whether Jones would be eligible to play in Saturday’s game at Auburn.

Templeton was in San Antonio for today’s NCAA hearing regarding alleged violations by the football program and could not be reached for comment.

According to Northeast director of admissions and records, Ronald Sweeney, officials at Southern Mississippi contacted MSU to report a problem with the recording of the final independent study grades of Jones.

The error was corrected by Southern Mississippi and official notification was provided to Northeast, Sweeney said. He added that the official transcript for Jones will reflect the correct grades from the institution (USM) granting the independent study course credit.

“We want the public to understand what’s involved for Northeast,” Sweeney said. “… (Jones) still has more than a 2.0 grade point average, which is based on the corrected grades. He still meets eligibility requirements to graduate from Northeast.”

In order to met NCAA eligibility guidelines, junior college transfer student-athletes must graduate.

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