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NCAA rules UF’s Sharrif Floyd must sit two games, repay $2,700

Matt McGloin, Sharrif Floyd

Two days after a hearing in front of the NCAA to clarify his eligibility, Florida’s Sharrif Floyd has heard The Association’s ruling on his case.  Suffice to say, it’s not music to the defensive lineman’s ears, especially financially.

In a statement, the NCAA announced that Floyd will be forced to sit for two games — he’s already sat one — and repay $2,700 to a charity in order to regain his eligibility.  UF had previously declared Floyd ineligible for violations of NCAA preferential treatment rules.

The NCAA found that Floyd had received “$2,500 cash over several months from an individual not associated with the university. Floyd used the money for living expenses, transportation and other expenses.”  The release went on to state that “he received impermissible benefits prior to enrollment, including transportation and lodging related to unofficial visits to several institutions.”

UF was not one of those schools, the NCAA ruled.

“We examine each situation carefully and consider all elements related to a student-athlete’s individual circumstances and the violation,” an NCAA statement read. “This gives us the flexibility to tailor the conditions of reinstatement that take into account all details and are in the best interest of the involved student-athlete.”

Perhaps in an effort to highlight their boundless benevolence, the NCAA noted in its release that Floyd could actually have received a four-game suspension; but, “[b]ased on the mitigating circumstances in the case” — with those being Floyd’s “personal hardship that led to the impermissible benefits being provided to the student-athlete by someone other than a legal guardian or family member” — the “withholding condition” was cut in half to two.

Of course, this also begs the question: how the hell is Floyd supposed to repay $2,700 if personal hardship less than two years ago led him to accept $2,700 in impermissible benefits in the first place?

Regardless, Floyd, who missed the opener against FAU after being declared eligible on game day, will also missed this weekend’s game against UAB.  He had been a starter heading into the 2011 season.

UPDATED 5:46 p.m. ET: Florida released a statement attributed to Jeremy Foley addressing the NCAA’s decision, and UF’s athletic director doesn’t appear too pleased with the ruling.

“It is important to note that Sharrif brought this matter to our attention and we reported the facts to the NCAA this past February. We were comfortable with the information we provided, yet the NCAA staff interpreted that there were violations. In accordance with NCAA rules, we declared him ineligible for the season opener and requested restoration of his eligibility. Sharrif has been extremely forthcoming throughout the process and the NCAA has commented on his honesty and openness.

Sharrif grew up in an environment where he didn’t have the things most of us take for granted – food, shelter and clothing. 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 to provide those things that he would otherwise not have had. This is not an issue about his recruitment to the University of Florida or any other University.

Sharrif Floyd is an outstanding young man and we are very proud that he represents our program. We are all disappointed that he had to deal with this situation, but he will move forward and be stronger for this.”

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9 Responses to “NCAA rules UF’s Sharrif Floyd must sit two games, repay $2,700”
  1. bigd88 says: Sep 8, 2011 5:39 PM

    Are people supposed to be surprised?
    Whose spidey sense wouldn’t be tingling if a poor kid who needs garage sales and bake sales to raise money just to visit an out of state school for one weekend, suddenly commits to a school 700 miles away for the next 4 years of his life?

  2. halo81 says: Sep 8, 2011 5:51 PM

    @bigd88

    Read closer. It had nothing to do with Florida though.

    Again, as I’ve said many times over the years this goes way deeper than schools and it’s not Florida or North Carolina as reported last night.

    You have a group of adults taking advantage of not only Sharrif, but many other kids in his area and putting them in jeopardy once they’ve been used.

    I’m sure John will track down the story. It’s ugly.

  3. blitz4848 says: Sep 8, 2011 6:52 PM

    The illegal $$$ was NOT from agents of alums or benfactors.

    This $$ was from high school teammates parents and neighbors who conducted bake sales and car washes to raise $$$ for Shariff to have clothes and also for plane tickets to visit North Carolina.

    It is a violation of NCAA rules but even the NCAA realized this kid did nothing wrong, self reported it so they reduced a potential 4 game to 2 games.

    This kid has nothing. No parents and no family members that could even provide daily food and clothes. How will he repay $2,700.00? Can he get a loan using NFL “potential as collateral for a 3 yr loan?

    Shariff Floyd is a survivor of the drug infested ghetto against all odds and is a positive role model to other kids in his situation.

  4. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 8, 2011 7:07 PM

    I don’t know the kid, but from what I gather this is a result of a community helping one of their own. I’d be more than happy to donate some dosh to help this kid post off this stupid ruling.

  5. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 8, 2011 7:07 PM

    Err, pay not post.

  6. gatorfan1 says: Sep 8, 2011 7:29 PM

    I think this is fair judgement.

    Some kid living in the streets in a drug infested lifestyle while depending on families WHO have no allegiance to any school or motive; except to make sure he doesn’t starve to death, have clothes so he doesn’t freeze to death, and sometimes a roof over his head so he doesn’t go to a shelter. Make this little scum pay back $2700.00.

    But it’s OK to let some kid who was pimped out by his PREACHER father for $180,000 keep the money AND lose no eligibility.

    Sounds fair to me and I don’t know why everyone’s bitching about the end result. This decision will obviously go a long way to deter any more cheating in college football.

    Kudos to the NCAA and job well done!!!

  7. canetic says: Sep 8, 2011 8:10 PM

    DEATH PENALTY!!!

  8. lakesidegator says: Sep 8, 2011 8:50 PM

    Wait a second. If I can show that he and I are related, I can gift him the $$$$2700.
    signed,

    Anybody in the Gator Nation.

    It’s all good, Miami.

  9. burntorangehorn says: Sep 9, 2011 9:19 AM

    gatorfan1, for what it’s worth, I think Cam Newton should have been found ineligible, and that Auburn should have had to vacate all its victories. That may still retroactively happen.

    As for Floyd, I think the kid is probably just naive, as evidenced by the manner of how Urban Meyer gained his commitment. But if the $2700 he has to repay stems from the community’s efforts to scrape together money so that Floyd could make a campus visit, then (a) he should fly Southwest, and (b) that’s just heartwarming what everyone was willing to do for him. I understand the slippery slope and precedent it could set, but a community’s banding together to help one of its own make everyone proud and make it big really isn’t a bad thing.

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