Dwayne Jarrett's Eligibility Reinstated By NCAA
Aug. 9, 2006
The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff announced today it has reinstated the eligibility of USC junior wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett.
Jarrett must pay $5,352 to a charity of his choice for receiving extra benefits from a teammate's family that included discounted rent at an apartment. Jarrett will not be required to sit out any competition for the 2006 season.
"Mr. Jarrett made a mistake, and we believe that had he known he was required to pay his full share of the rent for the apartment, he would not have chosen to live there," said Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of membership services and student-athlete reinstatement. "Reinstatement is a delicate balance of addressing the benefit or competitive advantage gained with student-athlete well being. In this instance, requiring some level of repayment was a fair and reasonable outcome given the specific facts."
According to the facts of the case submitted by USC, Jarrett lived with a teammate for 13 months in an apartment that cost $3,866 a month. Jarrett paid $650 a month toward the rent and did not pay any utilities.
He is required to pay the full value of his $960 monthly housing stipend, minus what he already paid in rent, plus half the cost of utilities for the time he lived in the apartment. The total value of the benefit Jarrett received by living in the apartment was $18,001.
"The reinstatement staff concluded that Mr. Jarrett gained a benefit based on his living arrangements," Strawley said. "Requiring him to pay the full value of his housing stipend and his share of the utility costs not only considers all the facts in the case but also provides a student-friendly decision that allows him to compete without missing any games."
"We've felt comfortable throughout this process that the outcome would be like this," said USC head foootball coach Pete Carroll. I'm happy that the NCAA recognized the uniqueness of this situation. I know that Dwayne is relieved. We'll take this news in stride now and continue on with our business."
Said Jarrett: "I'm glad this is finally behind me. I felt all along that this would be resolved as it has been. I believe the conditions of the reinstatement imposed by the NCAA are fair. I'd like to thank everyone from USC and the NCAA who worked so diligently on this and I want to thank our fans, my coaches and my teammates for their continued support. I'm now looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2006 season and our opener at Arkansas."
Following a review by the NCAA's Legislative Review Interpretations Committee, which consists of representatives from NCAA-member colleges, universities and athletic conferences, the NCAA informed USC on June 15 that a violation had occurred in this case.
USC submitted its request for Jarrett's reinstatement on July 9, and after an initial review the NCAA requested additional information from the university on July 21. USC provided the complete information requested from the NCAA on August 7, which allowed the reinstatement staff to reach its decision today.
The university can appeal the decision to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, an independent committee comprised of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences.