Former Gator Maurkice Pouncey subject of NCAA violation allegations
Florida athletic officials acknowledged on Monday they have been in contact with law enforcement and NCAA officials as part of an investigation concerning potential NCAA rules violations.
The investigation stems from an anonymous tip Florida officials received alleging that an agent's representative paid former offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey $100,000 after the SEC championship game in December, but prior to the Gators' appearance in the Sugar Bowl last January. Under Florida law, an agent can be charged with a second degree felony for providing illegal inducements to players.
"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 athletics director Jeremy Foley said in a statement Monday. "At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.''
Pouncey, who won the 2009 Rimington Trophy given annually to the nation's top center, eventually went on to become a first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His twin brother, Mike, remains on the team and is a senior captain. Mike Pouncey is one of three players expected to participate in SEC Media Days on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala.