Florida Gators Investigated For Possible NCAA Violations

The University of Florida is the latest school to be investigated for NCAA violations in a list that is rapidly expanding.

Along with an internal investigation by the university, the NCAA is looking into whether a representative of an agent paid former Florida center/guard Maurkice Pouncey $100,000 in the time between the loss to Alabama in the SEC title game and the Sugar Bowl victory against Cincinnati.

“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,” 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.”

Pouncey decided to forgo his senior season and entered the 2010 NFL Draft. He was drafted 18th overall in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Much like how USC vacated victories due to Reggie Bush accepting improper benefits, Florida may have to vacate the Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati.

Just last Thursday, North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said that the NCAA is investigating a sports program at the school regarding possible rules violations. We now know that the specific sports program is the football program and that the investigation relates to defensive tackle Marvin Austin, wide receiver Greg Little, safety Deunta Williams, cornerback Kendric Burney, and linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant.

During interviews with the NCAA, the players were asked to provide phone records and details on all agent-involved interaction.

South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders, a friend of Austin, is also under investigation in connection with the Austin probe. Saunders and Austin went on a trip to Miami together in the spring, and the NCAA wants to know who paid for the travel and lodging expenses.

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