NCAA PROBE

Ex-Florida Gator al­legedly ac­cepted $100,000 from a sports agent’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive be­fore Sugar Bowl

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

GAINESVILLE,Fla.—ESPN is re­port­ing that the Uni­ver­sity of Florida and the NCAA are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that for­mer Ga­tors of­fen­sive line­man Mau­r­kice Pouncey re­ceived $100,000 from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a sports agent be­fore last sea­son ended.

Florida ath­letic di­rec­tor Jeremy Fo­ley said in a state­ment Mon­day that the school was aware of “some in­for­ma­tion in early June that we re­ported to law en­force­ment.” He says Florida also shared the in­for­ma­tion with the NCAA and the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence.

Pouncey was se­lected 18th over­all in this year’s NFL draft, by the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

The ESPN re­port says the school and the NCAA were in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions that Pouncey re­ceived the money be­tween Florida’s loss to Alabama in the SEC ti­tle game and its Sugar Bowl win over Cincin­nati. The al­leged repre- al­legedly got $100,000 be­fore last sea­son ended. sen­ta­tive was not named.

If the al­le­ga­tions stick, a whole line of ques­tion­ing un­folds re­gard­ing whether Florida must va­cate its Sugar Bowl vic­tory, if any other play­ers re­ceived sim­i­lar ben­e­fits and whether twin brother Mike Pouncey, who is a ris­ing se­nior at Florida, was in­volved.

Pouncey’s agent is Joel Se­gal, who also rep­re­sents for­mer USC run­ning back Reg­gie Bush, the source of a lengthy NCAA in­ves­ti­ga­tion that re­sulted in a two-year bowl ban, four years pro­ba­tion and loss of schol­ar­ships af­ter Bush re­ceived im­proper ben­e­fits. Se­gal vi­o­lated Florida state re­cruit­ing laws af­ter send­ing money to a Florida State foot­ball player in 1995.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina ath­letic di­rec­tor Eric Hy­man says the NCAA is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a pos­si­ble rules vi­o­la­tion of one of its ath­letic pro­grams. Hy­man re­leased a state­ment say­ing the school has co­op­er­ated and will con­tinue work­ing with the NCAA on its in­quiry, al­though he did not de­tail what pro­gram was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Tight end Wes­lye Saun­ders has been iden­ti­fied by var­i­ous me­dia re­ports as the tar­get of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mau­r­kice Pouncey

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