According to ESPN.com‘s Pat Forde, the NCAA is investigating an allegation that former Florida Gator offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey received $100,000 from an associate of an unnamed sports agent while still a member of the football program. Pouncey, selected in the first round of the April draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers after leaving Gainesville a year early, allegedly received the money in the time between the Gators’ loss to Alabama in the SEC title game and the win over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.
Florida is doing its own investigation into the situation after informing the NCAA of the rumor when they first caught wind of it.
“We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and the SEC,” athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. “At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.”
If it’s proven that Pouncey received the illicit benefits, Florida could be forced to vacate their bowl win.