Sharrif Floyd ruled ineligible before opener

By Adam Silverstein
September 3, 2011

Florida Gators sophomore defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, set to start at defensive end for the team in 2011, was declared ineligible by the University of Florida prior to Saturday’s season opener against the Florida Atlantic Owls.

The school released the following statement just before the game:

“We have declared Sharrif Floyd ineligible and he is not eligible to compete until his eligibility is reinstated the NCAA. We have been and will continue to work with the NCAA until this matter is resolved. This is an issue that is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida. We will not have any additional comment on this matter until it is resolved.”

A five-star high school prospect and one of the top players in the Gators’ stellar 2010 recruiting class, Floyd is expected to be a big-time contributor for Florida this fall.


  1. David says:

    Potentially, the biggest thing that happened today.

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    What else is left? Academic eligibility is typically handled internally, unless something from high school transcripts, and that would have come up last year.

  3. Justin says:

    Adam do you know what else could it possibly be? If its not Recruiting, Agents, or boosters, what could the NCAA be holding him out for?

  4. GatorRx says:

    This is pretty bizarre. Hope it gets worked out quickly!

  5. Daniel M. says:

    YIKES ! I am patiently waiting for the Floyd, Easley, Powell triumvirate to dominate on our way to BCS NC #4. This could be a crushing blow to that effort.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      Actually, we only have 2..the first one was before the BCS actually started, before Pac 10 and Big 10 joined.

  6. John S says:

    The statement doesn’t say it isn’t related to boosters or recruitment, just not to UF recruitment or boosters.

  7. gatorade says:

    speculation is that is has something to do with his recruitment by UNC

  8. dp says:

    And so what about what happened during his recruitment…he was not a collegiate athlete at the time of the alleged allegation(s). This is horse$h!t.

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