Wilton Jackson and Giacomo Bologna
Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Published 8:11 AM EDT Sep 24, 2019
A former Jackson State University football player accused the school’s athletic program of misconduct after his current university ruled the defensive end ineligible to play.
Emmanuel Olenga, a student at Tennessee State University, made the allegations Friday on Twitter in posts that have since been deleted. The Tennessean reported that TSU had asked the NCAA to investigate a possible violation of transfer guidelines.
It’s unclear what the possible transfer violation could be — or mean for TSU and JSU. Jackson State and Olenga declined to comment Monday.
In a series of tweets, Olenga accused the university of paying football players and paying teachers to give athletes passing grades.
Olenga did not play in TSU’s home game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.
TSU athletics director Teresa Phillips confirmed the school reported the possible violation to the NCAA and offered no further comment, the Tennessean reported.
“We are still gathering information at this time,” Phillips said.
Olenga, now, is blaming his old school — JSU — as the reason for his ineligibility.
In several tweets that started Friday and ran through Monday, Olenga said he had voice recordings of discussions with JSU officials about paying him and other players cash. He also listed names of JSU players who he said were given cash and people he said took classes on behalf of players.
Dennis Driscoll, JSU’s associate athletic director for sports media, said Monday the school had no comment.
Over a span of 72 hours, Olenga tagged the NCAA in his tweets, alleging he had more evidence about misconduct.
The Clarion Ledger reached out to the NCAA to see if the organization is aware of Olenga’s allegations. The NCAA did not immediately respond.
In three games for TSU, Olenga recorded a total of nine tackles, including one for a loss and broke up one pass.
Despite being ineligible, Olenga is still on the team’s roster. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native began his career at North Carolina State, where he redshirted in 2015 and wasn’t enrolled in 2016. He played at Campbell in 2017.
Olenga then transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College and played in 2018. From there, he transferred to Jackson State before leaving JSU to go to TSU in August.