Monday, September 5, 2011
Floyd's ineligibility tied to recruitment?
By Edward Aschoff
Saturday, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for at least the opener.
Monday, some possible clarity was brought to the situation by Floyd's old high school coach, Ron Cohen.
Cohen told The Orlando Sentinel that Florida officials questioned him about Floyd's recruitment during his senior year at George Washington High in Philadelphia. Cohen said he thinks Floyd's name came up in the ongoing NCAA investigation at North Carolina involving former assistant coach John Blake.
Blake resigned amid an ongoing NCAA investigation looking into possible improper contact with agents and academic misconduct.
"As far as I know, the recruiting process went fine," Cohen told The Sentinel. "From what I understand, it had nothing to do with the University of Florida. His name came up when he … was recruited by North Carolina heavily."
Blake was in charge of Floyd's recruitment at North Carolina.
Cohen also told The Palm Beach Post that the NCAA questioned Floyd’s eligibility during the early part of this year, but didn't make it clear what exactly was in question.
“I don’t know what the allegations are,” Cohen told The Post. “I assume it has to do with when he was in high school, with recruitment, but I really don’t know. The NCAA wouldn’t tell me what any of it was about.”
One incident Cohen was asked about was a bake sale Floyd's high school had in order to help Floyd raise money for his trip to the U.S. Army scouting combine in January 2009 and to help pay for unofficial visits to colleges.
Chance are, that isn't what the NCAA is concerned about. That took place too long ago for the NCAA to still be looking into it and for Florida to not know if it would affect Floyd's eligibility, considering he played all of the 2010 season.