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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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