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Florida Gators' Matt Patchan, Andre Debose cleared to play by NCAA

Florida Gators OL Matt Patchan and WR Andre Debose will not be ineligible to play for the Gators this season despite allegations by a former Miami booster who claims he had improper contact with the two during their recruiting visits to Miami.

Florida athletic officials released a statement today saying there are no eligibility issues with either player.

"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 read. "Andre, Matt nor the University of Florida will have any additional comments regarding this matter.''

Former Miami rogue booster Nevin Shapiro, who is currently serving prison time for a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports of rampant recruiting violiations he's alleged to have participated in at Miami from 2002-2010.

Shapiro alleges that Patchan, an Armwood alum, and Debose were both among dozens of players brought to Shapiro so he could recruit them to Miami. Patchan and Debose were in high school at the time and on recruiting visits at Miami.

Florida Gators' Matt Patchan, Andre Debose cleared to play by NCAA 08/18/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:28pm]
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