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UF’s Floyd Might Have Created An NCAA Loophole For Other Athletes

Get ready to the name of Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd a lot more often.  According to USA Today, the junior might have opened up a loophole in the NCAA rule book that’s big enough to drive a truck — or at least an SEC D-lineman — through.

In 2011, Floyd was suspended two games by the NCAA and forced to repay money (see: extra benefits) that was given to him by a Florida businessman “who had mentored him.”  In response, Kevin Lahn turned around and adopted the 20-year-old Floyd legally.  And now he can give Floyd all the money/gifts that he likes.  He’s a parent now, not a fan, mentor, booster or businessman.

If Lahn’s name sounds familiar, it’s likely because he was dissociated from South Carolina — his own alma mater — in 2011 following an NCAA investigation into the Gamecocks’ program.

Lahn responded to USA Today via email:

 

“(The adoption) was not something we planned, but it’s been a natural fit…

My wife and I love Sharrif and he feels the same way about us.”

 

The issue, obviously, is that any booster or third-party who wants to go through the legal red tape of adopting an athlete — even an athlete already in college and in his 20s — can do so and then provide any benefit he likes to the player.  Why would anyone do that for any reason other than love of the player?  Well, if you’re a cynic like me, because the adoptive parent might see some NFL or NBA dollars rolling back to the player — and his loving adoptive family — at some point in the future.

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UF Dismisses Freshman Dowling

Urban Meyer announced yesterday that freshman safety Jonathan Dowling has been dismissed from the Florida team for violating team rules.  When asked if the move was permanent, Meyer said that Dowling was “done” at Florida.

Dowling was a four-star signee last February.

Meyer wouldn’t say what Dowling had done, but we can assume it was something worse than sending a threatening text.

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Florida freshman FS Jonathan Dowling kicked off team

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FS Jonathan Dowling, who played in the Under Armour All-American Game last year, was dismissed from the team. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida freshman free safety Jonathan Dowling has been dismissed from the team, coach Urban Meyer said Monday.

Meyer said Dowling, a four-star recruit last season out of Bradenton Southlake, violated team rules. He added that Dowling will not be back on the team.

A search of court records in Alachua and Manatee counties shows Dowling does not have a case more serious than a traffic violation.

Dowling appeared in two games this season, playing in the secondary vs. Kentucky and on special teams vs. Miami (Ohio) in the opener.

Dowling was part of a 2010 recruiting class ranked No. 1 by Scout.com and No. 2 by Rivals.com. He was the fifth-ranked safety in the country, according to Scout.com

Three players from that class have now left the program. WR Adrian Coxson and FS Jordan Haden left before the start of the season.


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