Published July 21, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida Gators standout Maurkice Pouncey denied allegations Wednesday that he took money from a representative of a sports agent while he was still at the university.
"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," Pouncey said in a statement released through his Gainesville attorney, M. Stephen Stanfield.
The offensive lineman was selected 18th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in this year's NFL draft. His twin brother, Mike, will be a senior at Florida this season.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has said the university became aware of the allegation in early June. He said the school reported the information to the NCAA, the SEC and the university's police department.
Gators coach Urban Meyer and Pouncey's brother were scheduled to speak later Wednesday at SEC media day.
Pouncey's agent is Joel Segal, but the allegation is not necessarily tied to him. If the allegation is proven true, however, Pouncey could be ruled ineligible for the Sugar Bowl game and Florida might have to vacate that victory over Cincinnati among other potential penalties.
The investigation is one in series lately involving sports agent-related inquiries in college football.
North Carolina announced last week that the NCAA is investigating its football program. The NCAA is looking into a possible rules violation involving South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders.
And Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN.com that university compliance officials are trying to determine if defensive end Marcell Dareus violated NCAA rules by attending an agent's party in Florida.