July 18, 2011

Where is Turene?

Although he wouldn't get into specifics, incoming linebacker Kent Turene told UGASports Monday night that he's been flagged by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"It's the Clearinghouse," Turene confirmed in a text.

Turene declined to comment on any details as to what exactly was being investigated, but the 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. said he expects the situation to be resolved and to be in Athens "soon."

He hopes to get a final answer from the Clearinghouse later this week.

"Yeah, I will be there (it's) just a matter of time," Turene said in a subsequent text. "It is in God's hands now."

The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse determines whether prospective college athletes are eligible to play sports at NCAA Division I institutions and does so by reviewing the student athlete's academic record, SAT or ACT scores, and amateur status to ensure conformity with NCAA rules.

The Bulldogs certainly hope the situation will be resolved.

With Richard Samuel now at running back, the chance for Turene earning serious playing time as a true freshman is there.

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was asked about Turene's status during a press briefing last Friday afternoon.

Like Turene, he's hopeful the situation will be resolved quickly.

"I am from the standpoint that yes, he's on track," Grantham said. "But to me it's a matter until they are here - you never know. I feel comfortable."

Still, Grantham and the Bulldogs will feel much better when Turene actually steps foot on campus.

In 2009, then-freshman Kwame Geathers did not arrive in Athens until mid-September while his academic situation was addressed by Clearinghouse investigators.

With the exception of Chris Mayes who did not qualify academically and is enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, all other Bulldog freshmen are enrolled and working out with the team.

Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.