Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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Jones admitted to the U; Gophers still awaiting word on his eligibility

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher recruiting Updated: August 8, 2014 - 8:17 PM

 

Prized recruit Jeff Jones posted a Facebook picture Friday, showing his letter of admission from the university.

That’s good news for the Gophers, but they are still awaiting word regarding Jones’ NCAA eligibility. Jones was rated the nation’s No. 7 running back by Rivals.com but came just short of qualifying with his grades coming out of Minneapolis Washburn.

Jones has taken summer school, and soon, the Gophers expect the NCAA to either clear Jones, or at least grant him an initial eligibility waiver. The waiver would allow him to use his scholarship, but he couldn’t play until 2015.

Now that Jones has been admitted to the U, he also has the option of going there even if the NCAA deems him ineligible. In that scenario, he could use a school loan and work to become eligible for 2015. Jones also has the option of attending Iowa Western Community College.

At this point, even if the NCAA clears Jones to play this fall, he likely would redshirt with the Gophers. As Coach Jerry Kill has said, the main point is making sure Jones is ready to play next year, after two of the team's current running backs, David Cobb and Donnell Kirkwood, have graduated.

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