Report: Florida, NCAA looking into allegations involving Pouncey

01 January 2010: Maurkice Pouncey of Florida cheers with the fans during warm-ups before the game against Cincinnati during Sugar Bowl at the SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo via Newscom’s Pat Forde is reporting that Florida and officials from the NCAA are investigating a potential rules violation involving former Gator Maurkice Pouncey (now with the Steelers).

Florida is internally investigating what sources described as an allegation that a representative of an agent paid Pouncey $100,000 between the Gators’ loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama and their season-ending Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Florida apprised the NCAA of the allegation after it became aware of it.

“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 “At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.”

It’s important to note that even though Florida reported these allegations to the NCAA, the program isn’t any less susceptible to punishment. It’s up to the university to keep agents, boosters, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Girl Scouts away from players, even though it’s impossible for programs to play babysitter to every single athlete.

The key is whether or not Pouncey accepted money or not. If he was just talking to an agent, the Gators are probably in the clear and will avoid any major penalties. But if it’s discovered that Pouncey accepted $100,000 from an agent, then this could be Reggie Bush/USC all over again.

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