No eligibility issues for Debose, Patchan


University of Florida wide receiver Andre Debose, left, and offensive lineman Matt Patchan are shown in these file photos. Both are eligible to play, despite being mentioned in reports about recruiting and player scandals related to a booster at University of Miami.

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Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 9:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 11:22 a.m.

Florida says wide receiver Andre Debose and offensive lineman Matt Patchan remain eligible after they were mentioned in a report that says they received extra benefits from a University of Miami booster.

“We have been in communication with the NCAA and there are no eligibility issues with Andre Debose and Matt Patchan as it relates to recent reports,” UF said in a news release. “Andre, Matt nor the University of Florida will have any additional comments regarding this matter."

Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi scheme artist now serving 20 years in federal prison, told Yahoo Sports that he provided Debose with benefits and hosted Patchan at his home.

There was no word from UF, however, on the status of assistant coach Aubrey Hill, who also was mentioned in allegations by Shapiro.

UF spokesman Steve McClain released a statement Tuesday night saying that Hill indicated he was “very comfortable with, and very confident” in how he conducted himself during his three seasons at UM. Hill was named the wide receivers coach at UF by Will Muschamp after the 2010 season.

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