NCAA, Florida Investigating Possible Agent Contact With Maurkice Pouncey

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Maurkice Pouncey Calls Claim That He Took Agent's Money 'Absolutely Ridiculous'

Former Florida lineman, and current Steeler, Maurkice Pouncey released a statement via his lawyer on Wednesday denying the claim that he took money from an agent while in school.

“I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim. I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me.”

A report on Tuesday claimed that Pouncey took $100,000 from an agent between the SEC Championship game and the Sugar Bowl last year.

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NCAA, Florida Investigating Possible Agent Contact With Maurkice Pouncey

ESPN's Pat Forde is reporting that Florida and the NCAA are investigating contact between former Florida offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey and an agent. The contact occurred between the SEC Championship Game and the 2010 Sugar Bowl, and allegedly involved an agent giving Pouncey $100,000 in cash. 

Florida is self-reporting this, so if true any and all punishments would likely be self-imposed, but coming on the heels of the Marvin Austin investigation at UNC and South Carolina's self-reported issues with agents and tight end Weslye Saunders, this is likely a shakeout of one long chain of improper agent contact with college football players. It's not a chain that's likely reached its end if the contact is this widespread and this blatant. It's like Outbreak, really: symptoms may include loss of bowl game victories, sudden rashes of loose cash in wallets and bank accounts, and the sight of university PR men scuttling for cover. 


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