Good news: it’s non-football-related Steelers news that doesn’t involve Ben Roethlisberger, college coeds or sex in bar bathrooms.
Bad news: it’s non-football-related Steelers news that involves 2010 first-round pick Maurkice Pouncey. According to ESPN’s Pat Forde, University of Florida officials are investigating possible rules violations that allegedly occurred last December and Pouncey is involved.
Florida is internally investigating what sources described as an allegation that a representative of an agent paid Pouncey $100,000 between the Gators’ loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama and their season-ending Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati. Florida apprised the NCAA of the allegation after it became aware of it.
“We were made aware of some information in early June that we reported to law enforcement and we then shared with the NCAA and the SEC,” athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement released Monday morning to ESPN.com. “At this time we have no information that has indicated that there are any compliance issues for the University of Florida.”
So there’s that. Obviously, it’s not a rape allegation, or getting caught with weed on your person as you drive around Pittsburgh, but it’s one more thing that makes you glad training camp is less than two weeks away. And while Pouncey won’t face legal (or league, I think) sanctions if he’s found guilty, Forde notes that “he could be retroactively ruled ineligible for the game and Florida might have to vacate the victory.”
And since I hate Florida Gators football, that punishment seems just. (Although I suspect Tim Tebow and his Powers of Awesomeness will swoop in and make everything alright. Just like old times.)