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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: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:27 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

Perhaps you Miami and Ohio state fans should read the article first. Left to right, top to bottom. The words make sentences, the sentences make paragraphs. For either of you to try and even remotely compare this to the scandals at the two previously listed universities is absurd. There was no affiliation with the University of Florida, no hookers, no drugs, no cars or personal gain. He sent money, including some of his Pell grant money home to his grandmother, who has raised him, to pay bills. Oh, did I happen to mention that Shariff Floyd brought this to his coaches attention on his own accord? Get your facts straight  before you come on here and spew your garbage please, boneheads.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:41 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

Incredible NCAA...be proud of yourselves! Greedy scumbags



Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:35 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

I love it when the ncaa trips over there little peckers, pulling all this petty crap is getting old. I can't wait untill the big schools break away from these blood suckers and bottom feeders.



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:51 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

Don't worry, even a full squad of Hurricanes won't sell out Sun Life. Boring ACC football is as bad as the NFL. SEC rules baby! Go Gators!




Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 5:15 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?



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:56 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

It looks like there are some very very bitter people posting on this article!   Apparently the SEC is the anti-christ and Alabama and Florida are his deciples on earth?   Guess what.  You are a delusional moron.
If you don't list a single favorite team in any sport I find it difficult to take you as much more than a teenage troll with low self esteem.   But don't worry!  Mom will still pour milk on your Lucky Charms in the morning



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:32 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

$2500 is more than tattoos, so why aren't Dodd and Doyel treating this with non-stop articles like they did for Ohio State
Simple.  I've been telling you guys for a couple of years now the SEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS.  They make too much money from puffing their baby.  Haven't you noticed that even though most people suspect the SEC is dirty, the teams that get the screwing from the NCAA are the ones who present a threat to the SEC.  USC was THE undisputed national power but the NCAA wiped them out over one man.  UNC last year, who was expected to do well, was short, I believe it was thirteen players, but still nearly beat LSU in Atlanta.  Ohio State plays a couple of national championship games and is looking good so poof, they're taken out by the NCAA over trinkets and tatoos.   Oregon, plays Auburn for the championship and immediately is on the NCAA hot seat.  Now Miami, maybe the most talented team in the ACC gets on the NCAA S--tlist.  When Dodo and Dumbel write a negative article about the SEC it'll be their last.  Bet on it.  It's not allowed by their employer.    &n
bsp; 



Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:15 am
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

The kid got money from someone not related to the university.  Also, I didnt read anything in here about him getting drugs and cars.  Are you really going to compare a guy getting cash from this guy to the miami staff paying players to go there and getting them hookers.  The amounts the miami players have to pay back look pretty low since they cant really track how much was paid for the hookers.  But really its exactly the same right?????



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

$2500 is more than tattoos, so why aren't Dodd and Doyel treating this with non-stop articles like they did for Ohio State.  I bet the coach knew too.  I hope those two clowns are investigating.



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Gators' Floyd suspended two games by NCAA

this is really bad by the NCAA.... he may as well have taken benefits from a booster, he is being punished the same


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