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Report: Pounceys will deny wrongdoing on Tuesday

pouncey011110.jpgOn Monday, Pat Forde of ESPN.com reported that the NCAA and Florida are investigating whether former Gators center (and Steelers rookie) Maurkice Pouncey received $100,000 between the 2009 SEC title game and the team’s January 2010 bowl game.

Now, Joe Schad of ESPN.com reports, via Twitter, that the Pouncey family “plans to deny any wrongdoing” on Tuesday.

Schad also explains that the letter sent to Florida tipping the program off to the potential problem was postmarked in Canada, and that it “contained photographic evidence of an alleged runner for an agent in social situations,” presumably with the Pounceys.

Still, Schad reports that the Pounceys have provided “phone, bank and credit card statements that do not show large payments.” 

But Maurkice Pouncey bought an Escalade and jewelry after the draft.  He claims that he paid for it with a deferred line of credit, and that at times he loaned it to his brother, Mike, who still plays for the Gators.

A separate source with knowledge of the Pouncey family tells us that, in the source’s opinion, it’s 99.99 percent likely that the Pounceys did not accept cash or other benefits from an agent before Maurkice’s eligibility expired.

Though there’s no NCAA ban on paying players after their college eligibility expires, the NFLPA prevents payments to induce players to sign with football agents.  So it’s possible that Maurkice Pouncey actually was paid — if he was paid at all — after the bowl game.  This would create no problems for Pouncey or the Gators, but it would create a problem for the agent.

Complicating matters is the ongoing presence of Mike Pouncey at Florida.  If an agent gave cash or any other thing of value to the Pounceys after Maurkice left Florida, the gesture could create problems for Mike.

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25 Responses to “Report: Pounceys will deny wrongdoing on Tuesday”
  1. MrNatural says: Jul 19, 2010 10:13 PM

    Gestures. I’ll take one!

  2. Calir says: Jul 19, 2010 10:16 PM

    The Pouncey family better take back that caddy and mink coat they showed up with at the xmas party this year.

  3. frydorov says: Jul 19, 2010 10:21 PM

    This just in, Mike & Maurkice Pouncey will also deny that they french kissed during the celebration of Maurkice getting drafted by the Steelers… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  4. Dianenfl says: Jul 19, 2010 10:25 PM

    I plan to start announcing my plans to announce things…

  5. RedLeg15 says: Jul 19, 2010 10:30 PM

    The hypocrisy is astounding. I would love for the Big time athletic schools to withdraw from the NCAA. Everyone knows that CFB & CBB are businesses at the top level.

  6. PatsRPerfection says: Jul 19, 2010 10:33 PM

    It was great listening to Florio push NASCAR and Combos today!! I’m sure he pops Combos like popcorn while cheering on “Junior”

  7. realitypolice says: Jul 19, 2010 10:45 PM

    Still, Schad reports that the Pounceys have provided “phone, bank and credit card statements that do not show large payments.”
    =================
    Gee- do you think that the agent may have made the illegal payment in CASH?
    I guess since Pouncey played for King Meyer and blocked for Prince Tebow, he will get every benefit of the doubt from the media.

  8. ravens suck says: Jul 19, 2010 11:02 PM

    It’s probably Roethlisbergers fault..You know, come to think of it, I think I saw Pouncey pissing on the golf course with Roethlisberger..Why don’t you just ban him for 4 games….jeesh.

  9. mr_snrub says: Jul 19, 2010 11:03 PM

    Unfortunately, when Maurkice and Florida’s name are ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing it won’t change the minds of the haters who spend every day just looking for a reason.

  10. ildeuce says: Jul 20, 2010 12:27 AM

    As much as everybody would love for the allegations to be true, no matter how stupid you may think Maurkice is he probably would know better to accept an illegal $100,000 when he was months of way from millions. Haters gon’ hate.

  11. tryagain says: Jul 20, 2010 12:50 AM

    ravens suck says: It’s probably Roethlisbergers fault
    That’s not possible- ever. It’s obviously some golddigging slut going by the alias ‘alleged runner’ that’s causing all the probs.

  12. gotsix? says: Jul 20, 2010 1:09 AM

    this is clearly an underhanded attempt by the cleveland clowns to distract Pouncey . Given that the source is in Canada, and that many browns fans have been forced to move up there to watch what they consider quality football (CFL), I think the case is obvious.

  13. LanMan says: Jul 20, 2010 1:28 AM

    You know….I remember reading a mock draft that had the Patriots taking Pouncey in the first round. Figures! Freaking Patriots! Yeah…..that’s it!
    Signed
    Steeler Fan Tired Of Having To Wear Panties And Lace And Scream “Eyeeeee Luv-It!”Every Time The Patriots Come To Town
    PS – You can’t defend Rothlsumpthin’. You just can’t.

  14. BlitzburghGator says: Jul 20, 2010 3:03 AM

    “Calir says:
    July 19, 2010 10:16 PM
    The Pouncey family better take back that caddy and mink coat they showed up with at the xmas party this year”
    The article clearly said that he bought the Escalade & jewelry after the draft, which was in April.
    Nothing to this. He’ll be cleared.
    Unfortunately as the previous poster says, that part wont get near the attention that the false accusations did..

  15. DonTerrelli says: Jul 20, 2010 6:37 AM

    Shocker. The first thing he bought was an Escalade.

  16. Mike Florio says: Jul 20, 2010 7:23 AM

    @BlitzburghGator . . . .
    Calir was making a somewhat obscure — but nonetheless excellent — reference to Goodfellas, in which some of the participants in the Lufthansa heist ignore Robert DeNiro’s instruction not to make big purchases right after stealing the money. Well done, Calir.

  17. trickbunny says: Jul 20, 2010 8:29 AM

    Ha… Almost as if he knew ahead of time that he’d be drafted by the Steelers and wanted to start getting his criminal behavior rolling early to fit right in with the rest of the crew… :)

  18. salty says: Jul 20, 2010 9:10 AM

    Ben vows to publicly urinate on any decision against Maurkice.

  19. Maddog says: Jul 20, 2010 9:20 AM

    LanMan says:
    July 20, 2010 1:28 AM
    You know….I remember reading a mock draft that had the Patriots taking Pouncey in the first round. Figures! Freaking Patriots! Yeah…..that’s it!
    Signed
    Steeler Fan Tired Of Having To Wear Panties And Lace And Scream “Eyeeeee Luv-It!”Every Time The Patriots Come To Town
    PS – You can’t defend Rothlsumpthin’. You just can’t.
    ———————————————–
    When did the Patriots last win the Super Bowl again? Can’t remember. I do remember watching the Ravens dismantle them in the play-offs last year though. It is so over. You can have your Sundays back again.

  20. realitypolice says: Jul 20, 2010 9:48 AM

    As far as I am concerned, the best part of this story is that it gives me an excuse to say “pouncey” again. My favorite PFT word since poopcanned!

  21. C.Bass says: Jul 20, 2010 10:34 AM

    Who cares? I guess Florio ran out of Ben-built-his-fence-too-high and Ben’s-golf-partner-pissed-in-the-woods stories…..
    Pouncey will have 2 SB rings with the Steelers.

  22. HandsofSweed says: Jul 20, 2010 11:36 AM

    Lan Man:
    I went to a Steelers game at Heinz where they beat New England 34-20 after the Pats scored a TD with about 3 minutes left to make it semi-close. Pittsburgh held them to 5 yds rushing and broke their NFL record 21-game win streak. The Steelers had the ball for over 43 minutes, sacked Brady at least 5 times and ran for 221 yds.
    The point is that I didn’t see anyone wearing lingerie.

  23. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 20, 2010 1:16 PM

    99% of top-round talent players get deferred credit lines when they’re seniors. Just because they drive an Escalade does not mean they accepted payments from agents.

  24. Derek Stephens says: Jul 20, 2010 1:42 PM

    Hey Florio,
    I suppose you’ll be calling Meyer a “cheater” as well, if it comes out that Pouncey accepted cash before the bowl game, right?
    Because if so, then Meyer “should have known about it”, right?
    I hope you’ll hold every coach to the same standard.

  25. Derek Stephens says: Jul 20, 2010 4:25 PM

    So Mike,
    Does this make Urban Meyer a prospective “cheater” as well (assuming Pouncey took the money before the bowl game)?

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