Monday, July 25, 2005

Sounds Like Something Jackie Would Do

Turned down by Georgia's admissions office, former Bulldogs recruit Jamar Chaney has decided to suit up for the competition.Chaney, a linebacker prospect from Fort Pierce, Fla., will enroll this fall at Mississippi State, his mother said."They were the ones that really stepped to the plate," Alice Chaney said Sunday. "He's just ready to go to school and play football."Last month, Chaney was denied admission to Georgia after his SAT score of 1260 out of a possible 1600 was flagged by the Education Testing Service as unusually high for a student with a 2.8 GPA.While the Chaneys stood by the validity of the test result, Georgia denied the player admission after determining he "failed to abide by the Honor Code provision in the application process," according to a letter written to the player on June 6 by Nancy G. McDuff, associate vice president for admissions and enrollment management at Georgia.Chaney is one of five players in Georgia's 19-man recruiting class who won't be on campus this fall for academic reasons.Alice Chaney said her son also considered Maryland, N.C. State and Rutgers before settling on Mississippi State, which hosts Georgia on Sept. 24 in Starkville. Under NCAA rules, Mississippi State officials cannot comment on prospective recruits until they enroll."We've just put that all behind us," Alice Chaney said. "It was a dark cloud but we don't hold anything against Georgia. It just wasn't meant to be."