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Pouncey denies 'absolutely ridiculous' claim he took $100K from agent

When news first surfaced Monday that Maurkice Pouncey had allegedly received $100,000 from a player agent’s “runner”, it was reported that the Pouncey family would be issuing a statement denying the allegation the next day.

Tuesday came and went without a denial, although that was attributed to Pouncey wanting to wait until his former head coach Urban Meyer spoke at Wednesday’s SEC Media Days.

Now, apparently, that strategy has changed.

In a press release sent exclusively to the Gainesville Sun, Pouncey has adamantly denied being the recipient of illegal benefits from an agent or anyone associated with an agent.

I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim,” Pouncey said in a very brief denial.

“I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me.”

Unless it’s proven that this situation involves Maurkice Pouncey’s twin brother Mike, a senior Gator offensive lineman, whether Maurkice Pouncey accepted benefits or not will have little impact on the program, other than possibly having to vacate the Sugar Bowl win over Cincinnati.

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  1. buckeye044 says: Jul 21, 2010 12:45 PM

    If the NCAA is serious about this, look for more teams to be involved.

  2. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 12:47 PM

    Case Closed!!!!!!!
    SEC SEC SEC

  3. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 21, 2010 12:55 PM

    He should have to pay the FCC that 100k for making out with his brother on national TV. They make a big deal out of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction but these two 300 pounders go into a full game of tonsel hockey and nothing. ABSOLUTELY REDICULOUS!!
    Anyways its good to see Urban Liar’s values are being passed down to his players.

  4. Deb says: Jul 21, 2010 1:03 PM

    Is that an identical twin brother? Is the implication that his brother took the money pretending to be Maurkice? Think that would happen without Maurkice’s knowledge? Who says he took the money? Doubt the agent would come out with that–was there another witness? Did Maurkice tell someone?
    I don’t think the Gators are responsible for the behavior of a single individual. But it has an impact on my pro team, so I hope this investigation continues until we find out one way or another … hopefully before any contracts are finalized.

  5. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 1:21 PM

    Now you see it>>$$$$$$$$$
    Now U Don’t>>??????????
    Apologies Please ~~~~~~~
    God is a GATOR….Thank You

  6. Donna says: Jul 21, 2010 1:31 PM

    @ Deb:
    I’m not sure if how they arrived at the idea he took money, but everything I’ve read on this says that he was tagged by details that they gathered while investigating the player from UNC who apparently posted some questionable comments regarding this party in Miami on his tweeter page.
    I agree that if a player does something during the off season then the university program should not be punished for an individual’s poor decisions. In Alabama’s case the questionable conduct happened earlier this year but after the national championship game.

  7. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 21, 2010 1:32 PM

    Same Agent as Reggie Bush and same story as Reggie Bush. Reggie is up to his ass in evidence that he was on the take and he still denies it.

  8. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 1:45 PM

    @ Not so fast Slow Tro–SoFlaTrojan
    @ Deb
    @ Donna
    Foley, AD FL rec a letter (postmarked from Canada) with info about Pouncey taking the $100K –Had nothing to do with the NC investigation or the agent’s hooker extravaganza in South Beach.
    @SoFlaTrojan–just because Pouncey made the announcement wearing size 48 slacks made out of crisp new $100 bills shouldn’t jade your thinking….
    I say it’s NOT always that obvious—LOL

  9. baracuda says: Jul 21, 2010 1:48 PM

    Segal isnt dumb–they paid cash thru a friend of pouncey–never catch ‘em

  10. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 21, 2010 1:50 PM

    Donna,
    A anonymous letter was sent to UF postmarked in Canada. It contained pictures of Pouncey with a known runner for an agent.

  11. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2010 1:51 PM

    Reggie says “I tell NO LIES”
    “I did NOT take
    I RECEIVED”
    “What don’t you understand?”
    “I am KEEPING MY Heisman”
    End of interview.

  12. Deb says: Jul 21, 2010 2:05 PM

    @Donna …
    Yeah, I know we don’t have to worry about the championship game–thank God. But I’m also a diehard Steelers fan, and Pouncey was our first-round pick. My dream was McClain, but I knew he’d wouldn’t be around when we came up. So I was thrilled with the Pouncey selection–we’re desperate on o-line. But I’d like to know what we’re dealing with before he signs the contract. At this point, we’re screwed. We just lost our top OT for the season to a torn Achilles and can’t afford to lose a #1 draft pick who was to be a starting guard. Still … I want to know if he took that money. Maybe we can deduct it from his contract :)

  13. gator_prof says: Jul 21, 2010 2:23 PM

    Yawn, nothing added to this situation from today’s announcement.
    Unless the agent comes forward to sue MP, MP continues to deny and then at the last minute settles the suit for a large sum of money thus avoiding sworn testimony, there is no similarity to the lack of institutional control that we witnessed at USC.
    Then again, if money did exchange hands, the agent and runner are likely looking at jail time. Yes, UF will vacate a meaningless bowl win since it was a disappointment to be playing in that game after being beaten by Bama.
    It is nice to see the USC fans spewing venom knowing full well that the whole PC era was a mirage…no titles, just cheating. Good stuff… As a UF fan, I can appreciate the bitterness that after the Hall era. Someday your program may resurrect and has taken the right steps in that direction after canning the poster child AD for lack of institutional control, but you still need to hire a quality HC with a proven track record like Spurrier or Meyer. In Bama’s case, they did it with Nick.
    USC will be lost in the wilderness and will likely pile up more violations with the clowns they have in place right now. It amazes me that the USC administration doesn’t flush this staff to cut all ties to the PC cheating era.

  14. Donna says: Jul 21, 2010 2:40 PM

    Ok my bad! I went back and reviewed the article about UNC and it was another player that attends SC. Apparently because of their close friendship and apparent rumors they were at the same party both have become part of the investigation.
    I retract my previous statement and offer my apologies for giving Deb the wrong info. Thanks for keeping me straight on the facts blitz4848 and SoFlaTrojan. You guys are awesome!!

  15. BlitzburghGator says: Jul 21, 2010 2:53 PM

    The funny part of this is that the agent is the only one that really has anything to lose, and chances are that either he or someone close to him brought attention to this.
    Then again, maybe its just an FSU fan who is still pissed the Pounceys didnt go there, and is sick of seeing UF win. :)
    Either way, ironic how everyone jumps on an accusation from someone who is trying to hide their identity. Not exactly a credable source is it?
    But yes, lets drag this good kid through the mud and make him defend himself when he did nothing wrong to begin with.
    Shameful…

  16. BrownsTown says: Jul 21, 2010 3:01 PM

    blitz4848 = Baghdad Bob

  17. Deb says: Jul 21, 2010 10:18 PM

    Whoa!!!!! Anonymous letter postmarked Canada containing photos of Pouncey w/a runner????
    ROFL
    Aw, gee, nothing suspicious about that. Nah.
    NO ONE should be handing out sanctions until they discover who sent that letter, how that individual got the photos, and what that person stands to gain in all this. And exactly WHERE did the tips for the other investigations originate?? In years past, rival SEC teams have set up each other for NCAA rules violations.
    Are there any honest-to-goodness investigative reporters left in the sports world to find out what’s really going on here? Because that package from Canada says there’s a lot more to this than agents paying kids under the table.

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