Monday, July 19, 2010
Florida, NCAA probing allegations
By Chris Low
Add Florida to the list of schools around the country dealing with allegations of illegal agent activity.
Both the NCAA and the university are looking into allegations that former center Maurkice Pouncey was paid $100,000 by a representative of an agent between the Gators' loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game last season and their win over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. Florida notified the NCAA of the allegation once it became aware of it. Pouncey played in both games.
"We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and the SEC," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement released Monday morning to ESPN.com. "At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida."
South Carolina has confirmed that tight end Weslye Saunders was interviewed last week by NCAA representatives over possible improper dealings with an agent, and there are several players at North Carolina, including defensive lineman Marvin Austin, who have been questioned by the NCAA about agent-related activity.