November 14th, 2012 10:05 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Dominique Easley, Jonathan Dowling, NCAA, Shariff Floyd
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.
“(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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