Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Muschamp OK with Floyd adoption
By Michael DiRocco
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Will Muschamp says he has no issue with DT Sharrif Floyd being adopted by the man who the NCAA determined provided Floyd with improper benefits.
In fact, he’s a little miffed that some are questioning Kevin Lahn’s motives behind the adoption.
"Everything is above board that the University of Florida has handled with Sharrif and Kevin Lahn," Muschamp said Wednesday. "What is wrong with someone caring about someone else? What is so bad about that is my question. The young man has done nothing wrong.
Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits.
"My statements speak for themselves and what I said a year ago, and I stand by it today."
A USA Today story on Tuesday said Lahn was the person who provided Floyd with improper benefits, and that Lahn legally adopted Floyd on Dec. 19. As Floyd’s parent, there are no restrictions on what Lahn can give to Floyd, who has said he grew up poor, lived at times with his great grandmother, and moved numerous times.
Floyd was a student at Philadelphia/George Washington High School when he met Lahn through the Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation, which according its website provides academic and athletic support to student-athletes by mentoring them and assisting them with SAT preparation. Lahn lives outside of Philadelphia in Kennett Square, Pa.
Lahn is a former South Carolina booster who was disassociated from the school in September 2011 because of his role in a major NCAA infractions case.
Floyd was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season and ordered to pay $2,700 to a charity after the NCAA determined he had violated rules regarding preferential treatment for athletes when he received $2,500 over several months from a person other than a family member or legal guardian. Floyd used the money for living and transportation expenses, the NCAA said. The NCAA also said Floyd received impermissible benefits in the form of transportation and lodging for unofficial visits to several schools, but not Florida.
Muschamp was upset at the NCAA’s suspension and released a scalding statement after Floyd’s suspension was announced.
"I’m angered, disgusted and extremely disappointed that Sharrif will have to miss two games," the statement read. "In my opinion, Sharrif is getting lumped into what is bad about college athletics. ... Sharrif is what is good about college athletics -- his life is about survival, struggle, disappointment and adversity. I have recruited kids that did not know where they would sleep that night or what they would eat. Growing up, Sharrif was one these kids. Sharrif’s life is also about triumph, honesty, integrity, determination, perseverance and character."