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Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 5:56 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Florida announced just before kickoff Saturday that defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd had been declared ineligible by the NCAA, their assurance that Floyd's "issue" was "not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida" suggested that he might return to the lineup sooner rather than later. That suggestion has been proven correct.

The NCAA announced Thursday that Floyd will have his eligiblity reinstated following a two-game suspension and the repayment of $2,700 in benefits to charity. Assuming Floyd makes the payment, he will miss this week's game against UAB but be eligible to return for Florida's Week 3 SEC opener against Tennessee.*

According to the NCAA statement, Floyd was declared ineligible by Florida "for violations of NCAA preferential treatment rules, including receiving $2,500 cash over several months from an individual not associated with the university."

That individual has been reported to be a man named Steve Gordon, president of an organization titled the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation. Involvement with Gordon and his organization has led to eligiblity issues for both Floyd and South Carolina freshman receiver Damiere Byrd. " "We don’t steer players (to specific schools), and the proof is in the pudding," Gordon told Columbia (S.C.) newspaper The State. "All I know is they are punishing Damiere and Sharrif for something they didn’t do."

To some extent, the NCAA seemed to agree, reducing Floyd's suspension from four games to two for "mitigating circumstances." Their statement explains:
In its decision, the reinstatement staff cited the totality of Floyd’s circumstances, including his personal hardship that led to the impermissible benefits being provided to the student-athlete by someone other than a legal guardian or family member.
Even that doesn't sound like it was enough for Florida. Gator AD Jeremy Foley released a statement stating that the Gators were "comfortable" with Floyd's eligiblity status, " yet the NCAA staff interpreted that there were violations."

He described Floyd's upbringing as "an environment where he didn’t have the things most of us take for granted ... In the absence of parents, there were kind people, in no way affiliated with the University of Florida, who were not boosters or sports agents, that helped him along the way."

While Byrd was unlikely to become a major contributor so soon for the Gamecocks, Floyd had reportedly been a terror in Gator practices throughout the offseason and was set to start at either tackle or end. He was named a CBSSports.com preseason All-SEC selection and should give Will Muschamp one more weapon on what already shapes up as one of the SEC's best defensive line.

So if Muschamp walks with just a little more pep in his step today, we won't blame him.

*On CBS, we just think you should know.

Comments

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

yeah he was "truthful" after he got caught. He is a beacon of moralality. ****

lol You must have graduated from an NCAA college.




Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

See this is why the NCAA is going to be dead in 10 years or less. Just stupid. I could waste my time and write a lot more on this, but I won't even bother; because the NCAA is done and it's not even worth it to think about them as serious at this point.




Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

Although Floyd didn't sell anything, he took $2500 which is worse than the other.  I don't care what he did with the money just like I don't care what the osu players did with their money.  Floyd knew it was wrong.  He got off with 2 games whereas those osu players got 5 games.  Florida fans need to shut it while we are ahead.  Don't say nothing and let this blow over til the next embarrassment. 




Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

NitroButt, Check your apples and oranges, ya bafoon...Sharrif didnt "sell" anything, unlike those from Ohio St. Selling memorabilia, autographed or not, for profit is a violation of NCAA rules. Receiving money from an organization that is not University or agent affiliated and sending that money home to pay bills is not against any NCAA rule. The NCAA is only doing this because they can. Oh, and while Im at it, he didnt "get caught"...he told coach about this and in the best interest of full disclosure, coach reported it to the NCAA. He was mortified and pissed when the NCAA threw down this unjust suspension. How you can even compare this act to the student athletes at UM and OSU clearly shows either 1. You are so biased for the team you support you cant see straight or 2. You are just a simpleton. Oh, and it takes a real tough guy to tell someone to "shut the hell up" on an internet blog...bet you were a telephone tough guy back in the 80's, huh?



Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

This story makes zero sense. Here you have a kid with literally zero dollars who, because he was a highly touted recruit in high school, was invited to a few camps and an all-american game. The "extra benefits" he received were trips to and from summer camps and an all-american game to showcase his talent. Now you put a kid, who sends the little money he does receive from school to his great-grandmother, in a position where he has to repay money he does not have and has no real means of attaining. All for simply showcasing his talent? What kind of message does that send? "Hey kid, you have talent but you have no money. Sorry! Hope you get noticed!" America is, or at least used to be, the land of oppurtunity. With this decision the NCAA, along with the rest of our country, is slowly becoming more and more Un-American.

Go Falcons



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

For either of you to try and even remotely compare this to the scandals at the two previously listed universities [Miami and Ohio St] is absurd. There was no affiliation with the University of Florida


Yo, olivejim!  Newsflash!!  The tattoo shop owner had no affiliation with The Ohio State University.  Yet the Buckeyes involved got 5 game suspensions for selling personal mementos for less in the way of benefits $$$.  While the way Floyd chose to use the money is more noble, it was still for personal gain.  I don't care if he gave the money to an orphanage for abused crack babies, it was still a violation.  AJ Greene got 4 games for selling a jersey for a lot less $$$.  You would be wise to accept the fact that Floyd got off easy, then shut the hell up.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:41 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

Why is it so important that you know their favorite teams?  So you can attack them for some perceived bias instead of addressing the point that they make on its own merits?  You're a Republican, aren't you?
When a point has no merit it behooves me to look and ascertain if some bias might be implicit.  As for your obvious political bias, I am just amazed that you did not call me a "tea bagger" or some other trite insult.  You are a marxist, aren't you?



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

yeah he was "truthful" after he got caught.  He is a beacon of moralality. 



Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

This is so true. Shariff did something that no other player has done... be truthful. There was an article in the Gator News, where Muschamp was ticked off and I do not blame him. Kudos to you Shariff!!! Don't worry - you will get your chance!!! SEC watch out!!!! Thanks olivejim - people should learn to read a bit better and understand perspective. (OSU & UM embarassing!!!!) Shariff Floyd, keep your head up tall and stand strong.



Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:33 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

Why is it so important that you know their favorite teams?  So you can attack them for some perceived bias instead of addressing the point that they make on its own merits?  You're a Republican, aren't you?


Deflection...you must be a democrat


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