Floyd participates in NCAA eligibility hearing
Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.
Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd had a hearing with the NCAA on Tuesday to review his eligibility, according to Floyd's high school coach.
Philadelphia George Washington head coach Ron Cohen said he faxed a letter to the University Athletic Association on Tuesday to be presented as part of Floyd's case.
"It was about and hour-and-a-half hearing," he said. "They told their side and (the NCAA) listened. Now they have to interpret it and decide how they want to react to it. There was no indication. We just have to wait and see."
Cohen said he wrote the letter Monday night because he was asked to describe Floyd's background, his character and what kind of clothing and travel expenses were paid for by Cohen and other members of Floyd's George Washington High School community.
At times during his high school years, Floyd lived with his grandmother as well as an aunt in a basement apartment and had to wear the same clothes to school.
"A lot of people helped him because he had nothing," Cohen said. "He didn't have two pennies to rub together. I had to give him money to eat sometimes. Transportation, clothes."
His coaches and guidance counselor organized a bake sale fundraiser to help pay for travel expenses to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl scouting combine in January 2009. The story appeared in Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com.
"Supposedly that's part of it," Cohen said. "That's why I was questioned. I know the cookie sale was still being brought into it.
"But again, I don't know. I wasn't there. I don't know how it went. They didn't tell me."
Florida head coach Will Muschamp and the UAA have had no comment on the matter since issuing a statement before last Saturday's season opener which said Floyd's case "is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida."
Floyd played in all 13 games as a true freshman at Florida last season.
"The kid is a great kid," Cohen said. "He never took money from agents or colleges as far as I know. He would never do anything that he knew was breaking any kind of laws. He grew up in a drug-infested area. I mean, if he wanted to break the law he could have easily done it there for big, fast money."
Contact Jeff Barlis at (352) 374-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org and follow at http://Twitter.com/JeffBarlis.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.