July 10, 2007
Albany -- Former Colquitt County stand-out Vance Cuff has been looking forward to playing defensive back at Georgia for a long time, but a dispute over a speech class may delay his Bulldog career for more than a year.
Back on signing day in February, it was all smiles for Cuff, with the senior signing to play with the Dawgs.
Since that time, Cuff and the Colquitt County school system have been in a battle with the NCAA Clearinghouse over approval of an oral and written communications class at the school.
Cuff had received approval by the NCAA, and was at UGA to enroll for summer classes Monday, but instead was denied entry into the school.
The CCHS speech class has been moved off the NCAA approval list, despite the fact it is accepted from other high school schools in the area.
Now Colquitt County is in the difficult process of appealing on Cuff's behalf, and are not happy with the decision.
Colquitt County Guidence Director Keith Hall says, "This class is approved in many other schools in this area by the NCAA, and across the state. We're disappointed, and we feel like our kid is not getting a just deal in this case."
Head coach Tim Cokely adds, "My concern as the football coach is just getting Vance ready for the football season at Georgia, and we continue to do that. These things are hard for kids, but that's why they have coaches. He's is good spirits, I'm in good spirits, and we're looking forward to the season."
If the decision goes against Cuff and he is unable to qualify, he could be forced to play at a junior college this year.