Chaney headed to Florida - can't enroll at UGA

ATHENS — Linebacker Jamar Chaney has been denied admission to the University of Georgia and was in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, hoping to become a Florida Gator by the end of the week.

Georgia coach Mark Richt called Chaney on Thursday night and informed him that the university's admissions office had denied his application, said Alice Chaney, the player's mother. Jamar Chaney met NCAA qualifying standards but his SAT score had been flagged by the board that administers the test, his mother said.

"They said it's impossible for a student with a GPA of 2.8 to make a 1260 on the SAT," she said. "They're trying to say he cheated on the test."

The Chaneys learned the test score was flagged in a letter mailed March 4, Alice Chaney said, but they still thought Jamar would be able to get into Georgia because of his GPA combined with the 17 he scored on the ACT.

"He still had the ACT to fall back on," Alice Chaney said.

Richt said he knew Chaney's SAT score had been flagged but told the family he was still hoping the player could gain admission based on his ACT score, Alice Chaney said. However, Richt called on Thursday night to say "it wasn't going to happen," she said.

It is the second time in two years Georgia has denied admission to a player the football coaching staff expected to have in the fall. Last year, Michael Grant was told in late June that he wouldn't be welcome after a faculty review committee turned up a disciplinary issue during his high school career. Grant went to Arkansas, where he started at cornerback as a freshman.

Jamar Chaney, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder out of Fort Pierce, Fla., drove to Gainesville on Sunday morning in hopes of enrolling at Florida. Chaney had 68 tackles and six sacks in his senior season despite playing in just six games. He was Class AAAA third-team all-state in Florida last year.

"I'm very upset because Georgia's where I wanted to go to," the player said Sunday. "I guess that's what the admissions people thought they had to do."

Chaney has talked to Florida head coach Urban Meyer and thinks he'll know Wednesday if he can be accepted there, he said.

"We're hoping and praying that they'll take him in," Alice Chaney.

Richt would not discuss the situation Sunday evening as he oversaw the first day of his summer football camps.

"Jamar has been denied admission to Georgia," he said. "That's all I can say."

Chaney became the third member of the Bulldogs' 19-man signing class to learn he won't be coming to Athens. Linebacker Darius Dewberry of Peach County High School and defensive lineman Brandon Sesay of Douglass High School failed to meet NCAA qualifying standards.

Chaney also became the third linebacker Georgia has lost in the last two weeks, joining veterans Josh Johnson and Derrick White, who were dismissed from the team by Richt for disciplinary reasons.

Chaney hasn't considered going to prep school for a season and then trying again at Georgia, he said.

"(Richt) didn't say anything about that," he said.

The Chaneys, who are planning to sue the SAT board, have no ill will toward Georgia, both Alice and Jamar said.

"I can't fault them for the decision they made," Alice Chaney said. "It's just disappointing because he bonded so well with that school. For it to come down to Thursday night, that just really hurt everybody. He still had that hope in his heart."

Added the player: "I'm going to be happy wherever I play football because I love football."

Dawg Post Top Stories