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Former Gator Shariff Floyd takes lead in class-action suit against NCAA

Matt Schilz, Sharrif Floyd

A new class action lawsuit against the NCAA and just about every Division 1 conference has been filed with former Florida Gators defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd taking the lead as a plaintiff. The class action suite was filed Friday and focuses on grants-in-aid for men and women student-athletes. Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated was first to report news about the lawsuit.

“Student athletes need to be respected more,” Floyd said in a statement shared via Twitter Friday. “It’s hard for great coaches to do their job when their athletes are just looking for something as simple as an extra meal, a movie date with a friend and comfort that they are gonna be taken care of and not taken advantage of.”

Some of the problems mentioned by Floyd have been addressed by the NCAA, such as allowing for unlimited snacks for student-athletes.

“Athletes shouldn’t be suspended for raising money, to better his life or for looking at a mentor as a father,” Floyd stated. Floyd also clarified he was not pursuing legal action against Florida, although the SEC is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. The lawsuit also lists the Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12, ACC, Atlantic Sun, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference and the Sun Belt Conference in addition to the NCAA.

Floyd was once suspended by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits from his future adopted family in one of the more complicated situations regarding NCAA violations. Floyd missed two games in 2011 as a result of the violation.

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9 Responses to “Former Gator Shariff Floyd takes lead in class-action suit against NCAA”
  1. jaydm84 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:17 PM

    Some NCAA rules defy logic. Shariff was essentially homeless from what I read. Weren’t some of the benefits from a church charity to help him with travel expenses for recruiting? I think each recruit deserves an equal opportunity to find the school that best fits them.

  2. donovandancy says: Apr 26, 2014 2:01 PM

    “Student athletes need to be respected more”

    Why? Are you an academic scholar? Making the world better? If you aren’t actually a student then go to the CFL, or arena football as minor leagues.

    Student-Athletes already get obscene luxuries compared to what hey bring into the school. You want them to be “respected more”?
    Ok, let’s pay student athletes the 16k per year average that developmental league players get among the big sports. While we are at it, since they are employees, they shouldn’t get free tuition, housing, books, healthcare, food, weekend stipends, access to professional coaches, professional facilities, and tv exposure.

    THey should take their 16k, and have to buy the rest of it out of pocket. Heck, lets be generous and give them 20k a year, and lets see Floyd live on that for two years.

    Then, a couple years later when we find him in a gutter or in jail maybe he will realize he wasn’t smart enough to figure out that “student” athletes aren’t the same as developmental league employees, but rather students who play sports.

  3. donovandancy says: Apr 26, 2014 2:05 PM

    jaydm84 I see you don’t understand that official visits are paid for by the schools. If he was homeless and wanted to take a bunch of unofficial visits, that’s what’s known as luxury.
    Especially considering what Floyd DID on some of those visits he took. Might as well call them alimony tours.

  4. thraiderskin says: Apr 26, 2014 3:35 PM

    Tell me again its not about the money!

  5. Slim Charles says: Apr 26, 2014 6:22 PM

    People like donovandancy are mind boggling to me. If you hate the players so much, why do you even watch college football?

  6. swampcannons says: Apr 26, 2014 9:52 PM

    @Slim Charles:

    Exactly!! Especially when you come to the defense of sexual predators in your own house but want to tell others of where their recruits have been. F’in laughable!!!

  7. 35longmiles says: Apr 27, 2014 7:44 AM

    That was an ignorant rant donovan. It shows how lopsided you are on this issue.

  8. donovandancy says: Apr 27, 2014 12:01 PM

    Slim Charles: Nice substance to your reply. Why do you even post?

    Swapcannons: Aww swamp! Apparently people are guilty until proven innocent in whatever country you are from since apparently it isn’t america. Perhaps you are just confused after your team goes 4-8?

    35longmiles: Thanks for enlightening us with the substance of your reply. I’m so ignorant I display the actual display of student-athletes situation, and how much they already get for being “student” athletes. And your response is to say that’s ignorant.

    You must all be real winners on debate floors huh? Here is a better question, if you don’t think student athletes get enough $ for being students, when they could have gone to developmental leagues instead and get paid, then why isn’t your argument that the NFL should have a better minor league system which pays players (for some reason) more than the average $$ for developmental league players?

    Or would that be too difficult to understand?

  9. swampcannons says: Apr 27, 2014 3:21 PM

    UF going 4-8 doesn’t change the fact that you are a hypocrite. The truth obviously hurts. By all means, get all the mileage you can from the 4-8 jabs. Unlike fsu, UF won’t be irrelevant for 14 years before they make a return.

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