We've all obviously seen the discussion here on Conelius Jones that spawned from the Scout article on Conelius Jones yesterday. Well, apparently there is a dispute regarding the original quotes from Brown (Jones' coach) that Scout used in its article and apparently it's not a sure thing that Conelius Jones won't still yet qualify.
“The final decision is still to be made,” Brown said. “He's trying to do everything he has to do to become a Wolverine.”
But the web magazine GoBlueWolverine.com, quoting Brown, reported the decision had already been made.
“He will go to Fork Union Military Academy (in Virginia) in the fall and try to enroll at U-M in December,” the site quoted Brown as saying.
When asked about the report, Brown said he thinks Fork Union is the school Jones would pick.
“I think that's the school he would pick,” Brown said. “He's too close academically to go the junior college route. But it's premature to say one way or the other right now.”
Now, that said, it's still entirely possible that Jones ends up at Fork Union, but it's not a sure thing yet, at least as the Clearinghouse is concerned.
Jones does not have a qualifying SAT score but could still get in due to his core GPA.
Brown said the NCAA clearinghouse will make a decision on Jones' future in the coming weeks.
All quotations sourced here: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20100628/NEWS/100629663/1095/sports01?Title=Spartanburg-s-Jones-may-not-enroll-at-Michigan-in-fall. I actually really don't understand the discrepancy between the articles (e.g. if you read the AnnArbor.com article that Brian linked you would think that Brown definitively said Jones is out, but the local article down here was updated after the AnnArbor.com article). Somewhere and somehow someone is getting these quotes wrong. This might be an unpopular thing to say, but my tendency is to believe (for now) the local article here since the author is the usual beat writer for high school football here. This is also an area that produces a boatload of division one talent each year (e.g. one game between two of the high schools in our county last year had 23(!) players who are now playing in FBS on scholarship), so please don't assume that the Ann Arbor writer knows more about the Clearinghouse process than the "local yokel" down here.
Also, for those of you who do not know, the article provides a very brief summary of part of the reason why this situation is where it is regarding his grades:
Jones won the starting quarterback job prior to his junior season after an 18-month hiatus in the public school system due to what he previously called “some bad decisions.”
After returning to school, Jones openly talked about his troubled past to kids within the district to prevent them from making the wrong choices.
This may also lend some insight on why the typical Clearinghouse ratio might not apply here. This situation involves a kid who was not in school for 18 months, and therefore has a large gap in the typical academic transcript, but did successfully graduate from high school (i.e. rather than with a GED). This, in part, explains the discrepancy between the initial reports of his GPA in the 3.7 range and his "core" GPA in the 2.5 range.
It's entirely possible that Scout could end up being correct here, but as of right now, according to sources down here, the Clearinghouse hasn't made its decision yet. What is possible, however, is that the initial reports extrapolated the core GPA - SAT score ratio and made a prediction based upon past Clearinghouse results.
As of right now the only quotes in any of the articles are from Coach Brown (i.e. no quotes from any Michigan officials). The Rodriguez quote in the AnnArbor.com was not made in reference to Conelius Jones. All of the articles tha I have seen from the Detroit / Ann Arbor media are sourced off of the Scout article. I think we should leave this in the possible/probable category until we hear something official from someone at Michigan.
I thought this deserved its own thread because it would just get lost in the other threads on the subject. If the mods disagree, feel free to merge it where appropriate.