Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Florida adds its name to the list of NCAA Investigations this offseason.

Gators The University of Florida has added its name to the list of universities this offseason to have NCAA investigations due to inappropriate relations between student athletes and agents. So far this summer we have seen investigations into the Universities of North Carolina and South Carolina, both probing to see if agents have contacted football players and possible rules violations because of it.

The Florida investigation is targeted at former offensive linemen Maurkice Pouncey, who is alleged to have received a payment from an agent before the end of the 2009 season while still playing for the Gators. The internal investigation is trying to determine if the allegation that Pouncey received $100,000 from a agent has any truth to it.The payment is alleged to have happened during the break between Florida’s loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, GA and the Gator’s Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati.

In an statement released from athletic director Jeremy Foley, he states, “We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and SEC. At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.”

Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Florida may have to vacate the victory in the Sugar Bowl since Pouncey would have been declared ineligible and played in the bowl game. Any other possible outcomes will be up to the school and the NCAA.

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