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Schintzius' car may be NCAA violation

The purchase of a $77,000 automobile for former University of Florida center Dwayne Schintzius by an athletic booster may be a violation of NCAA rules, according to Richard Hilliard, director of enforcement for the NCAA. Although Gainesville contractor Bobby McKibbin did not purchase a 1990 BMW until Jan. 29, four days after Schintzius left the Gators basketball team, it could still be considered an extra benefit.

Schintzius renounced his scholarship upon leaving the team, but did not officially withdraw from school until Feb. 2. Hilliard said it would be a violation if McKibbin offered the automobile as an inducement for Schintzius to attend Florida.

McKibbin, who appeared before a federal grand jury investigating possible drug use by UF student-athletes, was accused by former Gators guard Vernon Maxwell and other players in sworn testimony of giving money to athletes.