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pete74
07-20-2010, 04:37 AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. Steelers first-round draft pick Maurkice Pouncey is the center of an investigation by the University of Florida and the NCAA after an allegation that he received $100,000 from a representative of a sport agent before last season ended.

ESPN.com reported Monday that Pouncey, an offensive lineman from Florida, received the money between the Gators' loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game and its Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati. The alleged representative was not named.

Calls from the Tribune-Review to Pouncey and his agent, Joel Segal, were not returned yesterday. Although Segal is Pouncey's agent, the allegation is not necessarily tied to him, ESPN reported.

Pouncey was scheduled to attend speed and conditioning guru Tom Shaw's camp in Orlando yesterday, but he did not show for his workout, Shaw said.

Florida also is investigating the matter.

"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 athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. "At this time, we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida."

Pouncey was selected 18th overall in this year's NFL draft. His brother, Mike, will be a senior offensive lineman with the Gators next season.

If the allegation is true, Pouncey could be ruled ineligible for the Sugar Bowl game, and Florida might have to vacate the victory among other potential penalties.

The investigation also is the latest involving sports agent-related inquiries in college football.

North Carolina announced last week that the NCAA is investigating its football program. South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman said the NCAA is investigating a possible rules violation of one of its athletic programs.

vrabinec
07-20-2010, 06:51 AM
Hate that it happened, sorry for Florida, but ultimately I couldn't care less as long as it has no effect on his pro career.

Big
07-20-2010, 10:41 AM
only person that may get into trouble is an agent, so it makes no difference to the Steelers, except for the bad press

scsteeler
07-20-2010, 11:20 AM
Yes I agree I just hope it does not affect his career. Schools make a ton of money from these players and there should be some way they can get players the financial help they may need.

Playing College football and other scholarship regulations make it hard for these guys to make money if their family can't afford to do so.

supa_fly_steeler
07-20-2010, 11:20 AM
Ah who gives a shit

viking350
07-20-2010, 11:28 AM
i think having Pouncy will be good for the Steelers

TackleMeBen
07-20-2010, 03:27 PM
Playing College football and other scholarship regulations make it hard for these guys to make money if their family can't afford to do so.
why do you think so many of them that play basketball are 1 and done.

supa_fly_steeler
07-20-2010, 05:43 PM
TMB, seems like you need to teach Pouncey a lesson just like Ben, but Maurkice could be some trouble.