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