Thursday, August 18, 2011
Florida players cleared in Yahoo! report
By Edward Aschoff
A day after Georgia declared there would be no eligibility issues for tight end Orson Charles after being linked to an ex-Miami booster in a Yahoo! Sports report, Florida released a statement on its two players linked to the story.
Florida wide receiver Andre Debose (see the allegations against him) and offensive tackle Matt Patchan (here are the allegations against him) were both named in the Yahoo! Sports report as athletes who were improperly brought to Miami booster Nevin Shapiro so that he could try to persuade them to sign with the Hurricanes.
Florida said in a statement released by the university that neither player has any eligibility issues.
"We have been in communication with the NCAA and there are no eligibility issues with Andre Debose and Matt Patchan as it relates to recent reports," the statement said. "Andre, Matt nor the University of Florida will have any additional comments regarding this matter."
Florida wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill was also linked to the report as a coach who Shaprio said was knowingly involved in the impermissible recruitment of Miami recruits, including Debose, while he was the Hurricanes' wide receivers coach. Shortly after Yahoo! Sports' report was published, Florida issued a statement on Hill, saying that he was confident he did nothing wrong during his time with the Hurricanes.
"While we declined comment for Yahoo's request, Coach Hill indicated he was very comfortable with, and very confident in how he conducted himself while at the University of Miami," associate athletics director/communications Steve McClain said in a statement.
Former Tennessee running back Bryce Brown, now a member of Kansas State's football team, was also cleared of eligibility issues after he was also named in the Yahoo! report.